Of Dudes and Dreams


Young hopefuls audition for a reality show about flirting, hoping to win a passport to showbiz. Talk catches the action

BROWN plaid pants, ankle-high boots, red geeky glasses against black shoulder-length hair and a fake dragon tattoo peeping out from under a grey singlet the look is a confused one but Aniket Chouhan believes that he is dressed to kill. "I have one shot with the judges, so I might as well prove that I can carry off multiple looks," says the 23-year-old. A model and aspiring actor, Chouhan is auditioning for the Bindass show Superdude, the second season of the "talent" reality show Superstud where actor Ashmit Patel schooled 13 contestants in the fine art of seduction.

The venue PL Deshpande Hall in Prabhadevi, Mumbai, is abuzz on the Friday morning that the auditions are being held. Close to 400 boys have lined up for it. Watching them can be a lesson in current fashion coloured trousers, kaftans and waistcoats are easy to spot. Sunglasses rarely leave their faces, even as they await their turn to fill forms on the basis of which they will be called for the first screening by a team from the production house, Miditech. It is a test of their personality, to gauge if they are indeed fit to be on camera and woo a girl.

None of them, however, seems interested in wooing a girl it is fame that they are all chasing. Dressed like the '90s' rap artist MC Hammer, in dhoti pants and a jacket, Sunny Arora waits outside the screening room. A Haryana boy, he moved to Mumbai four years ago to realise his dream to become famous. He says he isn't unrealistic "like millions of others who want to make it big in films". He wants to be a TV star. The 24-year-old has appeared in cameos in CID and Adalat on Sony and was even a prospective bridegroom on Veena Ka Swayamvar, but the channel, Imagine, shut down before the show could take off.

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