Talent shows usually feature teary-eyed contestants, a frenzied audience and a stern judging panel. Sonali Bendre, who has been a judge on India’s Got Talent (IGT) in the past, is back on the tube with a new reality show that is looking to change exactly those attributes.
Life OK’s show Hindustan Ke Hunarbaaz (HKH), produced by Sidharth Basu’s Big Synergy, is a reality serial with a twist. “The show will feature kids from the age of five to 15. They will all showcase their talents, but there will be no competition. There are no marks and no judging system. Everyone is a winner and everyone will walk away with prizes,” says Sonali, who feels that too much is expected of kids these days in any case.
“They are told to excel in sports and in school; we push kids all the time. They don’t have the time to be themselves or do things they like. We feel only certain talents work. As a result, we end up quashing their natural interests in an attempt to fit them into a mould. Every child is special. Goldie (Behl, her husband) and I are also particular. We let our son be and we do not push him into anything he doesn’t want to be part of,” she says.
Ask her about the similarities between HKH and IGT, and she says, “I started my TV career with a talent show called Kya Masti Kya Dhoom. Every talent hunt is similar to some show or the other. I do one in a year, so I had to make a choice (between IGT and HKH).”
Choreographer Terence Lewis will co-judge the show, which will go on air starting October this year.