Visitors at the holy shrine followed the Masterchef entourage, trying to capture photographs, wave at them or even just manage a glimpse of the finalists. Ladies, especially, were excited about watching the star TV cooks live, and even those who usually cover their faces with a veil, bent rules and lifted it to get a clear view of the 'stars'. The experience made the finalists feel like winners already. "It was a very satisfying and enjoyable experience," Doyen, a Bengali housewife, told after her beautiful darshan.
For young and raring-to-go Ripudaman, a Delhi-based gym trainer, it was lovely to be at one of the holiest places in the country and watch the crowd go ga-ga over the show, and its contestants. Navneet, who is from Varanasi, said he had heard a lot about the Ajmer Sharif, but never got a chance to visit the place. A religious person at heart, he was delighted at the opportunity to pray here.
The trio, dressed in their white Masterchef outfits, was guarded by 10 security men, making it difficult for the several men and women jostling to break through and meet the finalists. They offered flowers and a chadar each at the dargah, with a hope that their dreams come true. They also served some self-made zarda or sweet saffron rice.
The finale of Masterchef - Kitchen Ke Superstars, a cookery-based competition, will air on Star Plus June 14. The show is judged by popular chefs Sanjeev Kapoor, Kunal Kapur and Vikas Khanna.