India’s Sexiest Bachelor that airs on BIG CBS Prime, will have actor-producer Saif Ali Khan, a father of two (Ibrahim and Sara), competing with other single eligible bachelors like actors Shahid Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Abhay Deol, John Abraham, cricketers Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh, and business baron Dr Vijay Mallya’s son Sidhartha.
When asked, Nikhil Mirchandani, business head, television, RBNL (Reliance Broadcast Network Limited), argues that as long as a contender is not married while competing, he will be considered a bachelor. “Saif is currently single, unmarried. And we are not considering the past of any of our contestants. So Saif deserves to compete,” he adds.The show was expected to have a couple of Bollywood’s leading ladies as their panelists. Mirchandani admits that the idea was considered and then dropped in order to let the show have a mass appeal. "Our programming and creative teams concluded that the show would have a purely feminine slant. People would assume that only women can watch and vote, and its not the case," he explains.
The show has just gone on air and will have an eight-week run. The first episode featured Ranbir Kapoor and John Abraham with their personal staff, friends, family and entourage. The next will feature Sidhartha Mallya and Yuvraj Singh, followed by Saif and Shahid Kapoor, Neil Nitin Mukesh and Ranveer Singh, Abhay Deol and Virat Kohli. The last three episodes are recaps, announcing the top five and eventually the result. The finale airs in the first half of September.
Apparently, the channel didn’t have to pay the celebrities to be a part of the show, even though it is a contest. Mirchandani says, “Thanks to our format, we didn’t have to shell out money to get such hot, eligible men on our show. But we can’t thank them enough for making time.”