Television’s saas-bahu specialist Ekta Kapoor recently shocked 200 aspiring actors when she asked them to kiss for the auditions of a forthcoming Balaji project. While some participants left disgusted by the idea, others just had a good time.
A brainchild of Vikas Bhatia, the creative head of Balaji Films, the auditions were organised for a youth-oriented project which might “turn out to be a film or a show”. “I just have a script in mind and I wanted the right people to enliven the characters so I organised an audition and Ekta agreed,” said Bhatia.
The selected candidates have signed a contract with Balaji Films, though they haven’t been told what it is for. Bhatia added, “The kiss wasn’t scripted. Most of the candidates were theatre artists and were paired to perform a romantic scene where they themselves ended up kissing, while those who felt uncomfortable left.”
Said actor Adam Bedi, who participated in the auditions with his wife Nisha, “The auditions took place a few weeks ago and it was just a peck on the cheek. I haven’t heard from them after that.” The pictures above, however, give out a different story altogether.