Guinness World Records — Ab India Todega, one of the better rated non-fiction shows that airs on Colors, is halfway through its run, as it is due to come to an end in the second week of May. Host Preity Zinta recalls meeting a few of small-city denizens, who’ve made India proud on the international platform.
“A guy came there to attempt a record and make a name for his father because society has disowned the clan. This is just one of the many stories that I’ve stumbled upon. These are real Indians who don’t need make-up or fancy clothes to make their country proud,” says Preity, “Their emotions and hard work makes the show.” Here’s a look at three of the most-striking records set on the show by Indian contenders:
From: Colva, Goa
Record attempted: Longest duration of fire torch teething
Result: 1.32 minutes
Fire torch teething refers to a technique of using one’s teeth to eat fire. Wendell started learning magic tricks when he was in class seven. He specialises in close up magic and fire tricks. Since working with fire came easy, he switched from being a magician to a performer, at weddings, corporate functions and clubs around India. Wendell wasn’t interested in his father’s leather business in Goa, and so pursued a career in performing arts. He’s married to Wendy, and has three kids, Wendham, Wencliffe and Wenchesley.
Mihir Soni, 9
Record attempted: Most body revolutions with head and feet on ground in a minute
Result: 56 revolutions
Mihir’s businessman father saw him dancing at a private party among other tots and decided to get him trained at the age of four. The class three student has performed on various dance reality shows on TV. Using the dance tricks he learnt in the four years of training, he broke the record that people many years older than him have struggled to achieve. Typically, Mihir does his homework, attends school and plays with his friends before his dance practice everyday.
Rashmi Joshi, 14
Record attempted: Most rotations of the hula-hoop in arabesque position
Result: 104 rotations
A national-level gymnast appearing for her board exams, she set a completely new record that has now found a place of pride in the official world record book. Rashmi started by learning Malkhamb since her parents wanted her to pursue sports. She’s even
conducted classes in Germany for the traditional Indian sport. Eventually, she was attracted to gymnastics and decided to get into it. Rashmi, born to a tax official, and a housewife who is also a singer, watched the international versions of the show and decided to set a record never heard of before.