Amidst the searing heat of the Rajputana, a hot damsel tried hard to look demure in preparing to get ready to be a wife, a daughter-in-law and, in the not-so-distant future, a mother.
Item girl Rakhi Sawant is all set to pick a husband from a list of 16 suitable boys in NDTV Imagine’s new show
Swayamvar. The action will take place in the hilltop Fategarh Palace in Rajasthan.
“Have you ever seen me this shy?” asked Rakhi coyly, while talking to HT City. “Badi gabrahat ho rahi hai.”
Shortlisted from more than 10,000 hopefuls, the aspirants will undergo a series of challenges to claim Rakhi’s hand. During an early round, one potential Mr Sawant was even asked, “Are you a virgin?”
But just who are these boys willing to take the Mohabbat hai Mirchi babe to their matajis as their bahu? One candidate works in Jammu & Kashmir’s crime branch. Another is a Vastu consultant from Saharanpur. Yet another is a mechanical engineer from Mumbai. There are three from Delhi.
One Dilliwallah, a school topper, wants Rakhi to move with him to this city if he wins her. While a 30-year-old Gujarati NRI from Toronto thinks that Rakhi cannot find a better groom than him. “Can you believe it, he came all the way from Canada,” gushed Rakhi. “I had never imagined that I would have such excellent men for my swayamvar.”Uhmm, does Rakhi have a favorite? “No, they all are equally good,” she whispered, her eyes modestly cast down.
But is she disappointed that India’s most eligible bachelor, Rahul Gandhi, is not among the sweet 16s? “He has to spend his life in the service of the nation,” she sighs, “but all these men are as good as Rahulji.”
Rakhi will be assisted by actor Ram Kapoor, the show’s host. “I will be Rakhi’s brother and will help her choose,” he said. Rakhi’s celeb friends will also appear in the show to pep up Rakhi, and yes, also the TRPs. Clinical psychologist Dr Trupti Jain will help Rakhi by finding out which boy is serious and who is insincere. “I’m sure the marriage will last a lifetime,” she says.
Starting telecast from Monday onwards, this could perhaps become India’s most talked about swayamvar since Draupadi’s in Mahabharat. “Don’t you think,” Rakhi asks, “I’m Hindustan’s one and only piece?” You are, Rakhi.