The first set of auditions for Hrithik Roshan’s debut TV show,
, flagged off yesterday in Kolkata. Apart from the contestants who had pre-registered themselves through the channel’s website and other means, another 2,000 arrived to participate in the show. Over 1,500 queued up outside the venue at 6 am. The production house, Fazila Allana’s SOL Productions, was only prepared for a crowd of a little over a 1000 people, which led to chaos on the sets.
Monika Shergill, senior creative director, Star Plus, the show’s broadcaster, confirms, “We were not prepared for such a huge number of walk-ins. It’s really hot in the city. The on-ground crew created a kind of a shelter but that was not enough to accommodate the extra footfall. The food too was organised in such a way that it would suffice the number we’d thought will come. But we managed.”
Now, the registered, followed by the walk-ins, will be auditioned. The best of the lot will enter the judges’ audition, conducted by choreographers Farah Khan and Vaibhavi Merchant. Considering that grand-judge Hrithik Roshan had his first-ever public performance in the city of joy, wouldn’t he be present too? “His dates are still being worked out. Hrithik’s grandmother used to live in Kolkata. Her house is still intact,” says Shergill. “So, there can’t be a better place than home to start the show, right?”