Sidhartha Mallya has declined to be on the show. Atulya Mafatlal is considering the offer made by Star Plus for being one of the 20 castaways on the desi Survivor that goes on air in the third quarter of the year. Apart from Rahul Vaidya, former cricketers Kapil Dev and Sanjay Manjrekar have been approached to participate. Channel sources say that the three have demanded enormous fees.
Monika Shergill, senior creative director, Star Plus, says, “Money is as important for choosing participants as their mental and physical strengths. Lots of people have been calling up to participate. But Survivor is not like Fear Factor or Big Brother. It takes people into primitive human lifestyle and to survive that is not easy. Besides, we have to get a mix of big and small names in such a way that we have an eccentric group of 20 castaways.”
The channel has decided that it will have only 10 celebrities among the 20 contestants. The rest will be chosen from among the common public. Interested candidates can register on the channel's website before appearing for auditions, which will be conducted in three cities over the next couple of weeks.
“It’s an edgy format and we’d love to mix the regular public with the celebrities. Online registrations are on. We’re hoping the response will be satisfactory,” says Shergill, not confirming whether John Abraham had signed on as host. “Hosting Survivor is not cakewalk. It’s as challenging as being a participant,” she says, adding, “Whoever we sign on will have to manipulate the show to bring the conflicts out.”
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