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Shahid Kapoor, KJo in battle of the sexiest

Rachana Dubey, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, July 27, 2012
First Published: 15:09 IST(27/7/2012) | Last Updated: 20:27 IST(28/7/2012)

Who would have thought of pitting eternal bachelors Karan Johar and Manish Malhotra against the likes of Shahid Kapoor for the title of ‘India’s sexiest bachelor’? But if sources are to be believed, the three of them will be fighting it out for the title in an episode of India’s Sexiest Bachelor.

Shahid has been in the list of the top 10 hopefuls on the Big CBS’ home-grown reality show for two years in a row. His competition this year might include actors Rana Daggubati and Arjun Kapoor; politician Rahul Gandhi; industrialist Ness Wadia and cricketers Irfan Pathan and Zaheer Khan. Actor Salman Khan is also being considered this season.

Karan Johar

According to the channel head honcho Tarun Katial, the list is likely to undergo changes in case one or more of the contestants doesn’t want to be featured. “We may have to repeat contestants from the previous season or look for men from lesser-known walks of life,” says Tarun.

The winner will be decided on the basis of audience votes. While pageants for women are commonplace, it’s rare to see a contest for men.

“There’s no dearth of female celebrities in India. But it’s not the same with the boys as there are fewer desirable bachelors on the scene,” Tarun reasons. Last season’s winner was actor John Abraham. “John, of course, cannot be on the list because he’s won the first season. But even the first runner-up stands a chance to win this season.”

Tarun also says that season two of India’s Glam Diva, the female version of India’s Sexiest Bachelor, is on the cards. He promises there won’t be repeats on that list.

Priyanka Chopra was the winner last year. This year, her cousin Parineeti Chopra could be on the list,” he says.
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