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India’s Next Top Model underway

Show based on America’s Next Top Model eyes Bollywood icons as hosts, who will take on supermodel Tyra Banks’s job.

tv Updated: Mar 12, 2011 14:19 IST
Rachana Dubey

America’s Next Top Model, the popular modelling-based reality show from the US, will soon be making its Indian debut with a popular Bollywood actor stepping into supermodel-producer Tyra Banks’ shoes as the host. BIG CBS Love, the channel with women-centric programming that goes on air on March 21, is already said to be in talks to bring the format to India.

Aparnaa Pande, general manager, BIG CBS Network, confirms and says, “We are in talks for bringing the format to India because the fashion and modelling industries here are huge. Also, we’ve had so many dance, music, comedy and action-oriented shows, but we’ve not had one big format like America’s Next Top Model in India so far. Various shows have attempted to spot modelling-talent, but this one should change the scene.”

A year-and-a-half ago, it was reported that actor Bipasha Basu was approached by Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chilies Idiot Box to anchor a modelling-based show, inspired by America’s Next Top Model, called Female Model Hunt. Basu had confirmed that she was in talks, but until July-August 2010, nothing had been sorted. “Shah Rukh’s company had approached me, but they haven’t come back with any details yet,” she had said.

Now, the buzz is that the soon-to-be-launched channel BIG CBS Love has short-listed Bollywood’s top six female icons, Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Lara Dutta, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Katrina Kaif, out of which one is expected to take on Tyra Banks’s job.

Pande, without revealing much says, “It’s too early to confirm details. It would be unfair and unprofessional to drop names. Whenever we start, it will be with one of the best.”

Format talk
Tyra Banks created the Top Model format for America’s Next Top Model. It has aired in 120 countries since then.
The winner receives a contract with a major modelling agency, and a cover and photo spread in a fashion magazine.
It has 9 to 13 episodes and 10 to 20 contestants. One contestant is eliminated in each episode.