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Business Baazigar offers ray of hope

The Zee TV reality show decides to give some of the eliminated contestants another chance to try their lot.

india Updated: Jun 17, 2006 23:20 IST
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Haar kar jeetne waale ko baazigar kehtehain said who? Said Shah Rukh Khan in the film Baazigar and now with the unique business reality show Business Baazigar deciding to give some of the eliminated contestants another chance to make their business dream come true, we’re sure even they would endorse Khan’s famous line.

Fifty-four-year old Anju Purohit from Mumbai was one among the over 2 lakh contestants from across the country, who sent their dream business ideas to Business Baazigar when the show was launched.

Fifty best contestants were selected and called to Mumbai for the final rounds of the show. As the show progressed, as many as 42 were eliminated from the final race, which will fetch the winner Rs one crore as funding to set up his /her own business.

Purohit is one of these 42 as is retired judge Damodar Misra (66) from Jaipur and 18-year-old Ashvini from Kolkata.

Now Zee has decided to launch Mini Baazigar, an initiative taken by Business Baazigar, to give hope to all those contestants who had financially viable ideas but still lost out the first time around.

It is an initiative, which will allow a large number of contestants to set up their dream businesses on a small scale.

In an effort to kick-start this process, the jury of the show led by Zee head honcho Subhash Chandra has chosen 20 out of the 42 eliminated contestants of Business Baazigar for this second shot at the title.

All of these 20 will now be given sufficient money to start their own businesses on a small scale.

But before they get this funding they will have to execute their business idea on a very small scale in 15 days and convince the jury about the workability of their business.

The process, which started in yesterday’s episode, had Vinnie Chaddha (22) of Mumbai trying to set up a laundry for shoes in Mumbai’s Lokhandwala market. Indu Parashar (45) of Indore is betting on her herbal face pack, Dr Anjali Rama Shah (50) of Pune has snacks made from soyabean.

Then there’s Rajesh Ghadge (40) of Goa with his unique paper bags, Delhi’s Naveen Mahi with his hi-tech junk-handling service and Pune’s Prakash Mundhra with his branded Puja Samagri: all get on to the task of proving their ideas to the Jury is this second chance they have got.

All contestants who do a good job in this pilot will be given a substantial kitty in funding for the business ideas in the final episode of Business Baazigar.

First Published: Jun 17, 2006 23:20 IST