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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Aaja 'Actors' Vay.....

While marriages are made in heaven, STAR Plus eggs the much-in-love couples to win a marriage of their dreams, and this is the new show Reliance Mobile Aajaa Mahi Vay, that premiers tonight, August 1st 2008 Friday & Saturday, 8 pm only on STAR Plus.

With their dancing shoes on, the real life couples will bring their love stories to the fore front, thus unleashing their well guarded secrets!! But the 11 couples who come from diversified backgrounds and have been roped in to the contest as the ones selected from the ordinary people seem to have a background which is a little more than the ordinary!!!

Telly Buzz after an extensive search has unearthed that most of the contestants in Aajaa Mahi Vay have either a Modelling background or Acting background and they have one common aspiration/aim and that is to make it big as an actor!!

Here is a look at the contestants who have faced the camera before:

Neetu Wadhwa – Sunny Bindra: Neetu, aged 21 years was seen playing the role of Rajkumari Bhagya in Raja Ki Aayegi Baaraat. She was also seen in Mamta for 2 months as Prachi and has done an episodic in Ssshh Koi Hai! The girl has also been part of many a theater plays in Delhi.
Sunny, who is of the same age as Neetu has done many print Ads, was seen in Park Avenue ads.


Praveen Ingle - Kiran Sutwane: While Praveen(27 years) is a struggling actor, Kiran (20 years) was the finalist this year in Sony’s Boogie Woogie…







Rizwan Sikander – Seran Leila: Rizwan (24 years) is the brother of popular actress Shama Sikander. He was a contestant of Zee Cine Star Ki Khoj and was also the winner of Fear Factor India. Has been a ramp model for Levis and Spykar. On the other hand, 26 year old Seran from London is a trained Ballet dancer who wants to try her hand in acting!




Manit Joura – Manika Dhanda: Manit, the 22 year old lad has been part of Zindagi ke Rang on Pragya channel. He was also a contestant of Gladrags Mega Model and Manhunt. Manika(24 years) was also a contestant of Gladrags Mega Model and Manhunt. She has already bagged a role opposite Navjot Singh Sidhu in Harman Baweja’s ‘Victory’.




Kapil Verma – Shivani Thakur: Kapil(27 years) has been part of many episodics in CID, Aahat and was also seen in Prithviraj Chauhan. The 20 year old Shivani was seen playing the sister of Amit Tandon in Zee’s Saath Saath






Manav Sharma – Rashmi Bedi: Manav(24 years) was again a contestant of Zee Cinestar Ki Khoj and will be seen playing the lead role in the upcoming film ‘Comeback’. Rashmi, being one of the exceptions has never faced camera before.






Kabir Verma – Sejal Patel: Kabir(26 years) is a graphic designer by profession, has done theater and been part of a short film. He wants to pursue acting as his career. Sejal(23 years) is an eye doctor by profesiĆ³n, but has done modelling shows and many print ads.





Shrejil Khan – Sneha Namanandi: Sherjil(24 years) is pursuing career in acting and was seen in Harry Baweja’s video. Sneha, the 19 year old is studying, but wants to take up a career in acting. She has received many offers in South and will probably sign for a south movie too.



The other three contestant jodis, Aslum Qureshi - Mayuree Chaddha, Dhawal Doshi - Greesha Divecha and Jashanpreet Singh - Tahira Basil are the only ones who have not faced the shutterbugs!!

With this info, we buzzed Abhimanyu Singh, CEO, Contiloe Films to get an idea on the criteria of contestants’ selection. “The main criteria to select the contestants were unique stories, interesting backdrops and ability to dance”, quips he.

We told Abhimanyu about our findings that nearly eight jodis out of the 11 have faced camera before. So is this a platform for actors or for people in love? “Well, it’s not a platform for actors and I would like to clarify that there is no criteria which says that aspiring actors cannot be part of the show”, quotes Abhimanyu. Remind him that it was clearly mentioned in the press conference that this show was for the common man and he says, “Yes, it is absolutely for the common man wherein we are showing 11 unique stories”.

But is it a mere coincidence that all the girls participating are gorgeous looking and men are with perfect muscles and physique, we ask him. “Well, I told you that it was just the unique stories, interesting backdrops and the ability to dance that were identified”. He further adds, “A company named Big Events took care of the audition and a radio station also ran a promo asking people to participate in the show. It was done in Pune, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Chandigarh, Bangalore and many other cities. So I don’t think its anything we have not communicated and finally I feel that the show is open to all”.

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