Casting call promises shot at stardom 0
B.C. actress Anita Majumdar. (REUTERS)
The Indian film industry is one of the largest in the world. As the epicenter of the Hindi film empire, informally known as Bollywood, Mumbai draws dewy-eyed celebrity hopefuls the same way art house films attracts denim-clad hipsters.
Anyone who’s dreamed of joining the ranks of Bollywood’s milk-chocolate gods and goddesses may soon have their chance. In September, TV’s latest reality offering will be coming to Vancouver in the form of Bollywood Star.
As the name suggests, aspiring actors and actresses will have a chance to wow a panel of celebrity judges for a shot at the dream — a chance to appear in an honest to goodness hip swiveling, head shaking Bollywood film.
Open call auditions will be held Sept. 21. As part of the series, six finalists will be whisked away to Mumbai where a team of industry insiders will lead them through an intense crash course of training exercises that will simultaneously hone their skills and test their determination.
The series will climax in an exciting final round of auditions that will determine who walks off with the coveted title of Canada’s first Bollywood star.
A troika of Canadian celebrities has already been selected as judges. This includes Ontario filmmaker Richie Mehta, B.C. actress Anita Majumdar and Ontario actor Rupinder Nagra.
Locals will definitely recognize the name of Port Moody actress Majumdar who rose to prominence in Murder Unveiled where she starred as Jaswinder Kaur Sidhu, a Maple Ridge resident who was murdered in a so-called honour killing. She also received accolades for her role as Emerald in the film adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s post-colonial masterpiece Midnight’s Children.
According to Majumdar, Bollywood Star will show aspiring thespians what it really takes to make it show business.
“I recognize that this is something that needs more exposure and just information around,” she told The Canadian Press. “There are so many starry-eyed kids who just kind of run at it and don’t know any better.”
The show is tentatively scheduled to air this spring.
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