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Shekhar not to judge India’s Got Talent

Director Shekhar Kapur will not be judging India’s Got Talent Khoj 2 this year. No confirmation on Sonali Bendre and Kirron Kher either. The channel has finally approached...

tv Updated: May 18, 2010 14:03 IST
Rachana Dubey
Rachana Dubey
Hindustan Times

Shekhar Kapur

The promos of the show, which feature Ayushman Khurana and Nikhil Chinappa, inviting participants to send in their videos showcasing their unique talents have been on air since last month. They’re probably the only constant faces on the show. They were around in season one and will be seen in season two as well.

The buzz is that Shekhar Kapur, one of the three judges of

India’s Got Talent Season One

, will no longer be a part of the show. The director, who’s currently attending the Cannes Film Festival, tweeted on his Twitter blog that he can’t be part of the show this year. “I am sorry, but I am not going to able to do

India’s Got Talent

this year,” he writes, without stating the reason for his absence.

However, there are various reasons about his quiet exit circulating in the industry. While one chunk of the entertainment fraternity believes that he was demanding a higher fee this season, as compared to the Rs 1.5 crore that he charged for the entire season last time. Another section is abuzz with news that he will soon start work on his pet project;


, and thus will not be able to dedicate any time to a reality show.

“The channel approached director Anurag Basu earlier this year to replace Shekhar (Kapur), because it was clear that he wasn’t keen on being a part of the show this season. He hasn’t given a nod yet, though he is one of the top choices of the channel.


also approached director Sajid Khan to be part of

India’s Got Talent Khoj 2

and he has agreed to fill Shekhar’s shoes, but he hasn’t started shooting for the show yet because it’s only in its audition stage right now and won’t start till the first week of June,” says our source from the industry.

Sajid Khan refused to comment on his presence on the show, saying that he is busy turning his recent release


into a 4K Hi-Definition format for its home-video version.

Judge No. 2

Rumours are that Sonali Bendre Behl, the second judge of

India’s Got Talent

last year, is also not expected to be part of the show this year. A source close to the production house says that they’re looking for a more charismatic judge this year.

“Despite that, we’re still in talks with Sonali Bendre, though we’re not sure she’d agree to be part of the show at some level. It’s ideal to have the same set of judges but sadly, Shekhar is no longer on the show. So, there are bright chances that we’ll have a new panel of judges this year. We have approached Kangana Ranaut but she hasn’t reverted yet,” adds the source.

It was reported that Malaika Arora Khan and Sonam Kapoor too have been approached, though our source from the channel indicates that they weren’t. “They are definitely not among the ones approached for the show. They’re not on our list,” adds the source. Sonali Bendre didn’t comment, despite repeated phone calls and messages.

Judge No. 3

Once again, there is ambiguity over whether Kirron Kher will be a part of the show this year or not. The channel and the production house sources indicate that talks with her are on, and she has bought some time to consider the offer. “It’s difficult to predict whether she’ll be on or not. It depends on her shooting schedule,” says our source from the production team.

Siddharth Basu of Big Synergy, the production house that helmed the show in its last season, says that he would like the channel to make the due announcements and end the ambiguity over the new judges. “I think it would be best for the channel to answer any media queries about who the judges for

India’s Got Talent Khoj 2

are,” he says.

First Published: May 18, 2010 12:13 IST