The kiss fest at the audition

If you want to grab a role in one of Balaji Telefilms’s drama-filled shows and think that shooting off a few lines in front of the camera will suffice, this one is for you. Ekta Kapoor recently made 200 young boys and girls do far more than just look good and mouth a few lines. As her forthcoming untitled show demands intimacy, she asked those who went for the auditions to smooch random people from the opposite sex so that she could decide if they fit the bill or not. 83 couples who met Ekta’s requirements were shortlisted. The audition for this show, which has been kept under wraps, has been going on since one-and-a-half months.

Most of those who had gone to the Balaji office to audition for the new project were shocked at being asked to kiss those they don’t know, that too passionately. Some openly refused to do it. A source says, “Many of them were shocked and decided to pack their bags and go home.”

“This is Ekta’s pet project and she is keeping a close watch on all the auditions that have been taking place,” adds our source.

Adam Bedi, his wife Nisha and Splitsvilla contestant Sakshi Pradhan were some of the actors who auditioned without developing cold feet.

Vikas Gupta, project head, confirmed the news and said, “Yes, this did happen. We hadn’t informed those who came for the audition that they would have to kiss openly. I can’t tell you for which show or film we had these auditions. It’s too early to talk about it. The management is yet to decide if it will be a fiction show, reality show, a film or something else altogether.”

Ekta too refused to divulge any details about the project. “It will come on television but only at a later date. Right now, all I will say is that I am creating a new medium and this is not anything cheap but something very classy waiting to happen,” she said.

When asked about him and partner Nisha being shortlisted during the auditions, Adam Bedi told Mumbai Mirror, “I am still waiting to hear from Balaji.”

Report By: Vickey Lalwani

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