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Bhatt wishes to connect with youth via reality shows

Mahesh Bhatt feels that judging reality shows help him connect with the youth besides allowing him to keep in sync with the 'real' world.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUL 04, 2008 02:24 PM IST

Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt feels that judging reality shows on television help him connect with the youth besides allowing him to keep in sync with the contemporary 'real' world.

"India is a young country and I need to be in touch with the young people," Bhatt said.

"In celebrity reality shows, professionals come out of their comfort zone and venture into a different domain. When professionals have the courage to court failure, success comes easily," Bhatt who will be judging Ekta Kapoor's reality show on television


Kabhii Pyaar Kabhi Kabhii Yaar

on Sony television, told reporters yesterday.

The filmmaker, who judged a singing show

Jhoom India

on Sahara One television a couple of months ago, will now test some dancing talents.

"Jhoom was a singing competition and this one is a dance show. For dancing, skill is the body. Body is a tool of expression," he said.

Speaking about criticism of reality shows, Bhatt wondered why the term 'reality' was used.

"What is edited, ceases to be reality. Television programming is accepted by the masses and one has to respect what has been commercially viable," he added.

Replying to queries on television, Bhatt said he saw the potential of television as a effective means of mass communication way back in the 80s.

"I made a telefilm


in 1984. Even


-- Pooja's debut film was a tele film.


, one of the earliest daily soaps, directed by me, was a huge success."

"I have no intentions of going back to television. The medium has become bigger and braver. Television today is now a different scene altogether. My core competence is now cinema. Television is now an alien domain," he said when asked if he plans to return to television.

Bhatt will have actress Sameera Reddy and choreographer Ganesh Hedge for company as judges on the show.

Kabhi Kabhii Pyaar Kabhi Kabhii Yaar

will go on air from July 9 on Wednesday and Thursday at 8pm.

The participants are seven celebrities with their real life and reel life partners. The14-episode show has been jointly produced by Sunil Shetty's Popcorn Entertainment and Ekta Kapoor.

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