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Urmila to judge TV show Super Stars

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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Mumbai (UNI): Bollywood actress Urmila Matondkar and singer choreographer Shiamak Davar will make their television debuts as judges of Sahara One's reality show ''Super Stars'' which goes on air next month. Sahara One Television in association with Endemol India will bring alive the concept which has already been a huge success in its international format in 20 countries. Addressing a press conference here yesterday, Sahara One COO Purnendu Bose said the show will last for 60 episodes and three winners will be picked up. The first will get prize money of Rs one crore and a one film contract with Sahara. The second winner will get Rs 50 lakh and third Rs 25 lakh as prize money.

Urmila and Shiamak said the contestants will be judged by the qualities of a superstar they possess and not if they mimic an actor. Urmila said she was not a judgemental person and sees her role as a jury member as somebody who encourages new talent. She said she was drawn to the show because it develops a contestant as a all round performer and not just a singer or dancer. Shiamak said discovering new talent is what he has been doing for the last 25 years and the show was all about hunting for a perfect performer.

Mr. Bose said ''We have always felt at some point that we looked like our favourite superstars. This was an opportunity to live our dreams. If somebody looked liked Shah Rukh or someone danced like Amitabh Bachchan, Super stars was the platform for them to showcase their talent. But, the show will not encourage mimickry, but polish the contestants talent and skills as a performer just like Amitabh or Shah Rukh''.

He said the contestants will be judged on parameters of look and style, acting and dance. The auditions will take place in five cities beginning from tommorrow with Ludhiana, New Delhi, Kolkata, Bhopal and Mumbai. 120 winners from regional auditions will come to Mumbai and groomed by experts. He said the international avtar of the show is called ''Star in their eyes'' and is produced in over 20 countries.

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