Perfect Brides are actors

Perfect Brides are actors

Rahul Mahajan is gearing up for his swayamwar on TV. On all counts, he’s not the most eligible bachelor around!

But, after the response Rakhi Sawant’s swayamwar got, the channel quickly decided to go into Season 2 and chose the controversial Rahul for this.

But are these shows for real? That’s the one question audiences are asking. Will Rakhi and Elesh Parujanwala actually tie the knot or have the viewers simply being taken for a ride? Well, even if the duo part ways, who’s to question, in any case!

The show’s over, isn’t it?
Whatever the reality of our reality shows, the fact is that marriage has become big business on TV today. Television rating points (TRPs) zoom during shaadi episodes even in serials. No wonder long elaborate wedding sequences are the order of the day. Channels too don’t mind spending heavily because they see the returns in the form of TRPs!

Seeing the trend, reality shows (Vivah, Perfect Bride and now Rahul Ka Swayamwar) too have decided to cash in on the wedding mania.

The institution of marriage clearly is commercialised and almost becoming a joke, feel many. Recently on a television channel it was revealed that Perfect Bride contestants were struggling actresses. In fact one of them, Priyanka Sharma, is a model and has briefly been a telly anchor and also acted in a movie.

Telly audiences, especially reality show buffs, are naturally agitated. “Reality shows should not play with people’s sentiments. It’s supposed to be reality, right? There has to be some amount of truth in it,” says Nikita Kocchar, a housewife.

TV host and producer Kanchan Adhikari too is alarmed at some of the reality shows of today, especially the ‘shaadi’ related ones. “It’s ridiculous. No doubt channels are competing with each other for TRPs, but they must keep public sentiment in mind. Reality shows should promote talent rather than make a mockery of institutions like marriage. There’s also a show where unmarried couples are raising kids. What are we heading towards?”

However, some feel reality shows, just like everything else on TV, should be taken with a pinch of salt. Says producer Manish Goswami, “Viewers should not analyse things. After a show is over they should not wonder if the the two participants will actually tie the knot or not. When the viewer has expectations then there are disappointments! Hence they should just enjoy the show.”

And what do TRP experts have to say? “Marriage as the basis of a show is not a sure shot formula for success,” points out a spokesperson for TAM, an organisation that measures Indian TV viewing habits. “One has to create the grandeur and aura and also there’s got to be the marketing and promotional boost. Only then will it work and yes, it has worked for some of shows.” He further adds, “The intelligent Indian viewer knows what he wants. It doesn’t take him more than a second to make a choice.”

Perfect Brides are actors



Rahul Mahajan is gearing up for his swayamwar on TV. On all counts, he’s not the most eligible bachelor around!

But, after the response Rakhi Sawant’s swayamwar got, the channel quickly decided to go into Season 2 and chose the controversial Rahul for this.

But are these shows for real? That’s the one question audiences are asking. Will Rakhi and Elesh Parujanwala actually tie the knot or have the viewers simply being taken for a ride? Well, even if the duo part ways, who’s to question, in any case!

The show’s over, isn’t it?
Whatever the reality of our reality shows, the fact is that marriage has become big business on TV today. Television rating points (TRPs) zoom during shaadi episodes even in serials. No wonder long elaborate wedding sequences are the order of the day. Channels too don’t mind spending heavily because they see the returns in the form of TRPs!

Seeing the trend, reality shows (Vivah, Perfect Bride and now Rahul Ka Swayamwar) too have decided to cash in on the wedding mania.

The institution of marriage clearly is commercialised and almost becoming a joke, feel many. Recently on a television channel it was revealed that Perfect Bride contestants were struggling actresses. In fact one of them, Priyanka Sharma, is a model and has briefly been a telly anchor and also acted in a movie.

Telly audiences, especially reality show buffs, are naturally agitated. “Reality shows should not play with people’s sentiments. It’s supposed to be reality, right? There has to be some amount of truth in it,” says Nikita Kocchar, a housewife.

TV host and producer Kanchan Adhikari too is alarmed at some of the reality shows of today, especially the ‘shaadi’ related ones. “It’s ridiculous. No doubt channels are competing with each other for TRPs, but they must keep public sentiment in mind. Reality shows should promote talent rather than make a mockery of institutions like marriage. There’s also a show where unmarried couples are raising kids. What are we heading towards?”

However, some feel reality shows, just like everything else on TV, should be taken with a pinch of salt. Says producer Manish Goswami, “Viewers should not analyse things. After a show is over they should not wonder if the the two participants will actually tie the knot or not. When the viewer has expectations then there are disappointments! Hence they should just enjoy the show.”

And what do TRP experts have to say? “Marriage as the basis of a show is not a sure shot formula for success,” points out a spokesperson for TAM, an organisation that measures Indian TV viewing habits. “One has to create the grandeur and aura and also there’s got to be the marketing and promotional boost. Only then will it work and yes, it has worked for some of shows.” He further adds, “The intelligent Indian viewer knows what he wants. It doesn’t take him more than a second to make a choice.”

Personal agenda of Rahul Mahajan

Personal agenda of Rahul Mahajan

The controversial son of the late BJP leader Pramod Mahajan, Rahul Mahajan is a classic case of being famous for being famous. When his political career didn’t quite take off, Rahul shifted his focus to television. His antics, link-ups and romances in the Bigg Boss 2 house made him a household name with viewers. After that, he judged a children’s stand-up comedy show Chote Miyan. Moving on from a failed marriage, Rahul is all set to start his life afresh and is now part of a swayamvar to look for a partner on the show Rahul Dulhaniya Le Jayega.

What are you reading at the moment?
News! There is so much happening in the world today…It’s fascinating!

If you woke up and found you’d turned into a woman, you would…
Visit a beauty salon.

Rate in order of importance: Fame, money or power…
Power, fame & money.

What are you addicted to?
Spas.

Your song for all moods?
Aa chalke tujhe main leke chalun ek aise gagan ke tale.

Your worst date ever?
None.

The one fashion trend you do not understand?
Leather pants.

Your most recent purchase…
Expensive crockery for my house.

Which current reality show would you participate in and why?
Rahul Dulhaniya Le Jayega, because I am looking forward to getting married.

If someone were to write a biography of you, what would you want it to be called?
Rahul Mahajan…From A Boy to a Man in 12 Days.

You dislike people who…
Are dishonest.

Which villain would you identify with?
The Hulk… He isn’t really a villain… just misunderstood!

If you could ask for any one talent/skill what would it be?
To sing.

Tell us one thing nobody knows about you.
My life is an open book. There’s nothing that nobody knows!

You are shocked by…
Nothing.

Your all time favourite film director?
Steven Spielberg.

Your idea of a great weekend?
Any place is good if your loved ones are around.

What’s your biggest phobia?
Can’t sit on a rollercoaster.

The sport you like to play…
Water sports – jet skiing.

Your zodiac sign?
Leo.

Your fitness mantra…
Diet.

Five musts in your wardrobe.
Denims, casual jacket, Davidoff’s Cool Water, sunglasses, white and blue shirts.

Sex is?
Divine.

Personal agenda of Rahul Mahajan

The controversial son of the late BJP leader Pramod Mahajan, Rahul Mahajan is a classic case of being famous for being famous. When his political career didn’t quite take off, Rahul shifted his focus to television. His antics, link-ups and romances in the Bigg Boss 2 house made him a household name with viewers. After that, he judged a children’s stand-up comedy show Chote Miyan. Moving on from a failed marriage, Rahul is all set to start his life afresh and is now part of a swayamvar to look for a partner on the show Rahul Dulhaniya Le Jayega.

What are you reading at the moment?
News! There is so much happening in the world today...It’s fascinating!

If you woke up and found you’d turned into a woman, you would...
Visit a beauty salon.

Rate in order of importance: Fame, money or power...
Power, fame & money.

What are you addicted to?
Spas.

Your song for all moods?
Aa chalke tujhe main leke chalun ek aise gagan ke tale.

Your worst date ever?
None.

The one fashion trend you do not understand?
Leather pants.

Your most recent purchase...
Expensive crockery for my house.

Which current reality show would you participate in and why?
Rahul Dulhaniya Le Jayega, because I am looking forward to getting married.

If someone were to write a biography of you, what would you want it to be called?
Rahul Mahajan...From A Boy to a Man in 12 Days.

You dislike people who...
Are dishonest.

Which villain would you identify with?
The Hulk… He isn’t really a villain… just misunderstood!

If you could ask for any one talent/skill what would it be?
To sing.

Tell us one thing nobody knows about you.
My life is an open book. There’s nothing that nobody knows!

You are shocked by…
Nothing.

Your all time favourite film director?
Steven Spielberg.

Your idea of a great weekend?
Any place is good if your loved ones are around.

What’s your biggest phobia?
Can’t sit on a rollercoaster.

The sport you like to play…
Water sports – jet skiing.

Your zodiac sign?
Leo.

Your fitness mantra…
Diet.

Five musts in your wardrobe.
Denims, casual jacket, Davidoff’s Cool Water, sunglasses, white and blue shirts.

Sex is?
Divine.

I won’t marry a buffalo: Rahul Mahajan

I won’t marry a buffalo: Rahul Mahajan

Rahul Mahajan’s reference to cattle comes on this week’s Star Trek in the run-up to the launch of his reality bridal hunt on television, Rahul Dulhaniya Le Jayega. Speaking to Headlines Today’s Entertainment Editor Anna M.M. Vetticad, Rahul discusses RDLJ, his career plans, the allegations of physical abuse by his first wife and the perils of being in the spotlight.

Asked how he knows that the girls applying to participate in RDLJ are sincere in their wish to marry him, and are not using his show as a platform to enter the entertainment industry, he replies: “I’ve got to have the faith. There’s a selection procedure. Why have negative thoughts? Why not think that this may end up being a great swayamvar?”

Rahul insists that the culmination of RDLJ will be marriage, and that he’s not taking the audience for a ride the way many viewers believe Rakhi Sawant did with her television swayamvar. Remember Rakhi dumped her chosen man soon after the show?

On a more serious note, Rahul also responds to questions about the allegations of physical abuse made against him by his first wife. But what will he do when parents of prospective brides ask him personal questions – about his first marriage, about his drug problems etc – on RDLJ? “They can ask me anything,” he replies. “I will answer all questions except about matters that are sub judice.”

I won't marry a buffalo: Rahul Mahajan

Rahul Mahajan's reference to cattle comes on this week's Star Trek in the run-up to the launch of his reality bridal hunt on television, Rahul Dulhaniya Le Jayega. Speaking to Headlines Today's Entertainment Editor Anna M.M. Vetticad, Rahul discusses RDLJ, his career plans, the allegations of physical abuse by his first wife and the perils of being in the spotlight.

Asked how he knows that the girls applying to participate in RDLJ are sincere in their wish to marry him, and are not using his show as a platform to enter the entertainment industry, he replies: "I've got to have the faith. There's a selection procedure. Why have negative thoughts? Why not think that this may end up being a great swayamvar?"

Rahul insists that the culmination of RDLJ will be marriage, and that he's not taking the audience for a ride the way many viewers believe Rakhi Sawant did with her television swayamvar. Remember Rakhi dumped her chosen man soon after the show?

On a more serious note, Rahul also responds to questions about the allegations of physical abuse made against him by his first wife. But what will he do when parents of prospective brides ask him personal questions - about his first marriage, about his drug problems etc - on RDLJ? "They can ask me anything," he replies. "I will answer all questions except about matters that are sub judice."

Rahul seriously looking for Mrs Mahajan

Rahul seriously looking for Mrs Mahajan

Unlike Rakhi Sawant, who made a joke of her swayamvar on a reality show, Rahul Mahajan is extremely serious about getting married again.

He is taking utmost interest in all the girls who audition for the reality show, Rahul Dulhaniyaa Le Jayega, through which he is slated to marry the winner. He approves and rejects girls, and the channel accordingly alters the list of contenders.

Our source revealed, “Rahul told the channel that he would like to be present at the auditions. However, this was not easy as the auditions are held in different cities. To this, Rahul made it very clear that he will still like to see all the girls, and so, he frequently visits the channel’s office to view the audition tapes.”

Shailaja Kejriwal, the EVP content of the channel, said, “Yes, Rahul does see each and every girl who has come for auditions on the tapes. He judges them by their looks. But what’s he’s also concerned about is whether she comes across as a genuine person or not. If he doesn’t like a particular girl, her name is struck off the list. Rahul is very cautious that the girls who apply don’t do so just to use the show to gain publicity. The casting agency questions the girls about their intentions to participate in a show of such nature.”

But what if Rahul decides to pull a Rakhi and change his mind, thus turning the swayamvar into a joke? “Rakhi and Rahul are two different people. It would be unfair to put them in the same bracket,” Shailaja said.

A friend of Mahahjan added, “Audition dekh kar kafi kuch pata chal jata hai ki ladki kaisi hogi. Dulhan wohi banegi who deserves to be Mrs Mahajan.”

Rahul seriously looking for Mrs Mahajan



Unlike Rakhi Sawant, who made a joke of her swayamvar on a reality show, Rahul Mahajan is extremely serious about getting married again.

He is taking utmost interest in all the girls who audition for the reality show, Rahul Dulhaniyaa Le Jayega, through which he is slated to marry the winner. He approves and rejects girls, and the channel accordingly alters the list of contenders.

Our source revealed, “Rahul told the channel that he would like to be present at the auditions. However, this was not easy as the auditions are held in different cities. To this, Rahul made it very clear that he will still like to see all the girls, and so, he frequently visits the channel’s office to view the audition tapes.”

Shailaja Kejriwal, the EVP content of the channel, said, “Yes, Rahul does see each and every girl who has come for auditions on the tapes. He judges them by their looks. But what’s he’s also concerned about is whether she comes across as a genuine person or not. If he doesn’t like a particular girl, her name is struck off the list. Rahul is very cautious that the girls who apply don’t do so just to use the show to gain publicity. The casting agency questions the girls about their intentions to participate in a show of such nature.”

But what if Rahul decides to pull a Rakhi and change his mind, thus turning the swayamvar into a joke? “Rakhi and Rahul are two different people. It would be unfair to put them in the same bracket,” Shailaja said.

A friend of Mahahjan added, “Audition dekh kar kafi kuch pata chal jata hai ki ladki kaisi hogi. Dulhan wohi banegi who deserves to be Mrs Mahajan.”

‘Kissa Kundali Ka’ for Rahul Mahajan

‘Kissa Kundali Ka’ for Rahul Mahajan

Now that he’s opted for a swayamvar, Rahul Mahajan is leaving no stone unturned to find his perfect bride.

Well, news has it that Mahajan is not only taking keen interest in the auditioning brides, but the groom-to-be wants to get the stars right too. So, he’s been asking for kundalis (horoscope) of the girls.

A source closely associated with the show informs, “Rahul had endured a bad marriage which ended in a bitter divorce. Unlike Rakhi Sawant, Mahajan is taking his swayamvar very seriously. The 34-year-old knows that this is his last chance to get married. He’s been looking at the tapes of the girls and striking out the ones who don’t interest him. His family has asked for the kundalis of the girls. He wants to ensure that he finds the right partner.”

Rahul dulhaniya le jayenge is slated to launch during December end. There is little difference this time. “Unlike Rakhi ka swayamvar which had selected 16 grooms, Rahul dulhaniya le jayenge will feature 12 or 13 contestants. However, the show will run for two and half months this time as opposed to the 40 days of Rakhi ka swayamvar,” the source adds.

'Kissa Kundali Ka' for Rahul Mahajan

Now that he’s opted for a swayamvar, Rahul Mahajan is leaving no stone unturned to find his perfect bride.

Well, news has it that Mahajan is not only taking keen interest in the auditioning brides, but the groom-to-be wants to get the stars right too. So, he's been asking for kundalis (horoscope) of the girls.

A source closely associated with the show informs, "Rahul had endured a bad marriage which ended in a bitter divorce. Unlike Rakhi Sawant, Mahajan is taking his swayamvar very seriously. The 34-year-old knows that this is his last chance to get married. He's been looking at the tapes of the girls and striking out the ones who don't interest him. His family has asked for the kundalis of the girls. He wants to ensure that he finds the right partner."

Rahul dulhaniya le jayenge is slated to launch during December end. There is little difference this time. "Unlike Rakhi ka swayamvar which had selected 16 grooms, Rahul dulhaniya le jayenge will feature 12 or 13 contestants. However, the show will run for two and half months this time as opposed to the 40 days of Rakhi ka swayamvar," the source adds.