of hopefuls. A clutch of finalists. And
a handful promises. A year and a half after
Zee's Cinestars Ki Khoj lured Bollywood
hopefuls to Mumbai, the gritty few who made
it to the final rounds are still waiting
to become cine stars.
talent hunt, brainchild of Gajendra Singh
who later made icons out of Debojit and
Vinit in Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge,
did prove a good platform for aspiring actors.
But the hype that surrounded television
icons in the last one year, seems to have
evaded the cinestars that the channel's
khoj threw up in early 2005. We decided
to track down the finalists to see which
way their careers are headed.
"It has literally done nothing for
us. I agree that they did give us a platform
and all of that, but nothing after that.
Today if I have signed a movie, it's not
because of this show, but my own struggle,"
says one of the top four finalists, Bhaumik
If this is what he has to say, there are
others like Mohit Chadda who is very thankful
to the channel and their efforts. "As
I was new to Mumbai, Zee had been of great
help. I will always be thankful to them."
So is it that they expected everything
on the platter? Or Zee could have done something
more for them?
Ashwini Yardi, programming head, Zee TV,
says, "Only the winners were promised
a movie, which is happening. Otherwise,
nothing else was promised to the other contestants."
Each and every contestant aimed for movies,
but little did they know about this cut
throat industry. They definitely were made
big promises which were not fulfilled. "They
had said that all top 80 contestants will
be in the limelight, and I was among the
top five," says Bhaumik.
Sudeepa Singh, who will soon be seen in
a new Sony show goes the practical way,
and says, "Well, Zee could push us
more, but it didn't. To a certain extent,
Zee gave us a lot too, in terms of professional
training, incredible recognition all over,
so it has been 50-50. They have been pushing
the contestants according to their ability.
I too was given a chance to host a show
on Zee news, like Yuvika was given for Astitva."
She adds, "Struggling was definitely
on the cards."
Gajendra Singh, the producer of the show
on being asked about his side of the story
says, after a pause, " I am not in
a position to comment on this."
Some of the contestants who were very popular
during the show and have managed to find
their place in this agressive industry!
has done a few TV serials before entering
in the contest. He has now signed
on three movies, Viveck Vaswani's
Zara Muskuraiye, Percept's tentatively
titled 50 Lakh and Ravi Shankar's
was seen in Zee's Astitva playing
the character of Aastha. She can be
spotted in a number of television commercials,
print ads and hoardings.
appeared in an episodic made by Sarurabh
Shukhla, was a part of Mukta Arts and
is now assisting two directors for films
produced by Vivek Vaswani.
Anangsha's career kicked off with Ram
Gopal Verma's Mr. Ya Ms. She
was even seen in Sahara One's Kituu
Sab Janati Hai, in a cameo.
:Bhaumik has nothing
at all to brag about. He was showered
with TV serial offers, but turned them
down, as he wanted to be seen on the
silver screen. He recently signed a
movie with Manoj Agarwal.
was famous for her intimate dance numbers,
and thats how she got loads of music
video offers. She was even to do an
item number, but had to drop it because
of certain issues with the director.
She is now into ramp modelling
Bharat has done a handful of print ads,
and is among the troup dancers of Ganesh
Gaargi too was seen in Zee's Piya
Ka Ghar, and right now is considering
Vishal appeared in Zee's Piya Ka
Ghar and right now is concentrating
on hindi films.
can be tracked on one of the DD shows
and will soon be seen in Balaji's Krimson
Abhishek was considered the best dancer
amongst all the participants, and is
currently doing many shows with Rakhi
hosted a show on Zee news, has also
appeared in a Punjabi film with Jimmy
Sherigal. She has loads of commercials
behind her back, and will soon be seen
in Sony's Kabhi Toh Nazar Milao.
RIYA V ANANDWALA
on 6 May 2006 4:30 pm