We reach Udaipur at around 6 pm. The night falls early in the city of lakes. An hour later, our driver drops us at the Udaipur Sheraton, which at first glance looks deserted. We enter the lobby and there’s still no sign of human activity, except for the hotel staff. Two levels below, as we move into our room, we hear noises, which only grow louder with each step.
There are dozens of people running around the place, all focused on making sure the shoot equipment reaches the hotel’s terrace on time. Seems like the entire property has been taken over by the crew of the NDTV Good Times show, Hunt for The Kingfisher Calendar Girl.
It had rained a few hours ago and the shoot had to be stalled midway. Funnyman Cyrus Broacha has flown down to feature as a guest on the episode. He says, “The show’s organisers wanted someone at the last moment. They had a few people in mind, and since half of whom they wanted were in Delhi, running the country, they had no option but to get me.”
Sneha, Shruti, Ellen, Priyanka, Mariette, Nathy and Ciara are the contestants for the episode. Having already mastered being a combination of sexy and sultry, this time, the girls had the additional task of keeping a straight face during the shoot. Cyrus pouts, preens and jokes with the girls.
The next day’s task has former winner Angela Jonsson as a guest judge. Contestants are required to pose atop the dome of the hotel’s entrance, in a bid to match Jonnson. As most of the contestants pose, the rain Gods show up in all their glory. Some are left stranded, drenched and looking for cover. The expensive equipment is quickly taken indoors, followed by the girls. Hours later, the shoot starts in an all-new indoor setting, following the age-old rule of thumb when it comes to television — repeat until desired results are achieved.