Hrithik Roshan, who makes his small screen debut in June with
, couldn’t make it to the Delhi auditions of his reality show last weekend despite clocking in extra hours on the sets of
in Mumbai. To make it up to the show’s participants, the actor, who wanted to be present at the first set of auditions conducted at Kolkata a week ago, will now attend the city auditions of the reality show, to spend time with enthusiastic contestants, although its not a part of his Rs 112 crore deal with the channel.
Monika Shergill, senior creative director, Star Plus (the show’s broadcaster), confirms and says, “We were really hoping he’d make it but Hrithik just couldn’t. It’s understandable because
’s schedules are on. And expecting the film’s hero to spare time for anything is asking a lot. If we’re lucky, he’ll be there at the Mumbai auditions.”
And what if the film’s schedule doesn’t permit him this time again? “We’re keeping our fingers crossed for the London and New York auditions. If not Mumbai, then we hope he makes it to any of the other two cities, because those are our last destinations,” says Shergill.
Just last week, news had spread in New Delhi that Hrithik will arrive for the auditions of
on Sunday, April 3, after the World Cup final that was held in Mumbai on April 2. Contestants began queuing up from early Saturday evening, even before Team Indian started chasing the score set by the Lankans. By the time the gates opened on Sunday morning, the footfall had run into 3,000.
“People come from small cities in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, apart from the big cities in and around Delhi. Auditioning is not easy on any judge because every level takes its own time. Going by our Kolkata audition experience, and the increasing numbers at the venue, we were expecting chaos,” recalls Shergill. “So, once again the cops had to be called to the venue to ensure that the auditions went off smoothly, which they did.”