Bollywood fame up for grabs
The film spectacular will draw hundreds of young hopefuls to a new TV contest
T’S certainly not The Voice. Multicultural broadcaster SBS launches its new fourpart TV talent search, Bollywood Star, this weekend.
Hundreds of young hopefuls including Gold Coasters Teigan Lloyd-Evans and Tara Jade travelled to Sydney to compete for a chance to audition for judges Raj Suri, Dipti Patil and Anupam Sharma. Applicants had to display their knowledge of acting, dance and Bollywood.
Twelve contestants travel to Mumbai where a final four will go through to a final round where they try to learn more about Bollywood audiences by living with two Indian families – one from the slums of Dharavi, the second a maid’s family in Chembur.
The victor wins a role in the next movie by Bollywood producer and director Mahesh Bhatt. The judges are: Raj Suri: The Sydney-based photographer, producer and talent spotter has worked on projects as diverse as international talent grooming, image building workshops, Bollywood talent mentoring, Bollywood film publicity and fashion productions. In 2001, Suri founded the Miss India Australia competition followed by MissIndiaMagazine.com. He has worked with acclaimed independent Bollywood actor Sanjay Suri and director Onir to bring the award-winning feature My Brother Nikhil to Australian theatres.
judges Raj Suri, Dipti Patil and Anupam Sharma. Dipti Patil: This dancer, teacher and choreographer has trained Bollywood stars for national and international events including the India act at the Closing Ceremony of the 2006 Commonwealth Games (Melbourne) and performed in Bollywood films Bunty Aur Babli, I See You and Dhoom. She represented India and travelled to Washington DC and Los Angeles under the Indo US cultural exchange program to teach in the US. She is setting up a Sydney-based dance studio. Anupam Sharma: Filmmaker, author and Australia’s expert on the Indian entertainment sector, Sharma has been listed by Encore as one of the 50 most influential professionals in the Australian film industry. The managing director of the award-winning Temple, one of the largest Australian production companies in India, has worked on more than 200 feature films, TV and music videos projects. Sharma is now working on his own film project, To Sydney with Love.
7.30pm, SBS ONE.