Surrey contestant makes it to final four of OMNI TV’s Bollywood Star

Published: April 21, 2014

The Bollywood Star final four: L to R Simran Sidhu, Antara Das, Gaurav Bhatti, Ruchi Kumar. Submitted photo.

VANCOUVER DESI

Surrey’s Simran Sidhu has made it all the way to the final four of OMNI TV’s  premier series Bollywood Star.

Sidhu, 25,  will be one of four contestants battling it out on Sunday’s finale for the reality show’s grand prize:  a role in a Bollywood film. The other finalists include Antara Das from Scarborough, ON, Gaurav Bhatti from Brampton,ON and Ruchi Kumar from Richmond Hill, ON.

The four-part series, which premiered earlier this month, started out with thousands of hopeful Canadian actors auditioning in Vancouver and Toronto. The show then followed a final group of six contestants compete in various challenges in Mumbai.

The only other British Columbian – besides Sidhu – to make the final six was 41-year-old Melanie Chevrier from Vancouver, who was eliminated from the running last weekend.

The series’ finale will air Sunday at 8 p.m. on OMNI TV.

Get to know Bollywood Star’s final four:

Simran Sidhu. Submitted photo.

SIMRAN SIDHU

Age: 25
Hometown: Surrey, B.C.

Q: What does Bollywood represent to you?

A: Dance, music, romance, love and emotion.

Q: A Bollywood Star is:

A: Someone who is passionate about Bollywood culture.

Q: Why do you want to be a Bollywood Star?

A: I am a fan of films first. The idea to become a performer grew on me over time, but I never had the opportunity to pursue it. However, dance filled that void and I feel I now have the chance to shine through this show.

Q: What was the first Bollywood film you ever saw?

A: The first Bollywood movie I watched was Sholay. This movie is a classic – from its story and epic dialogue delivery to the song and dance sequences. This movie made me love Bollywood – the same love that continues today.

Q: Which Bollywood Star do you aspire to be like?

A: I aspire to be like Madhuri Dixit. She is truly the epitome of beauty, grace and talent. Her talent allows her to stand next to any leading man and hold her own. She is also known as ‘The Expression Queen’ and Bollywood has yet to replace her.

Q: What is your favourite thing about Bollywood?

A: Bollywood is a morality play in which good triumphs over evil. I think what is most endearing about Bollywood is that it keeps in mind the aspirations of a billion people and encompasses those aspirations in action, drama, and, my favourite, dance.

Antara Das. Submitted photo.

ANTARA DAS

Age: 23
Hometown: Scarborough, ON

Q: What does Bollywood represent to you?

A: Culture

Q: A Bollywood Star is:

A: Versatile

Q: Why do you want to be a Bollywood Star?

A: Bollywood plays a huge part in my life because I have grown up around it. When you have a passion for acting, you believe in versatility and you’re strongly connected to your roots. Who wouldn’t want to be a Bollywood Star?

Q: What was the first Bollywood film you ever saw?

A: The first Bollywood film I saw was Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, directed by Sanjay Leela Bansali. That was the first time I saw Aishwarya Rai dance to the song Nimbooda Nimbooda. I was nine-years-old at the time and I would tell my cousins that I am going to be an actress when I grow up.

Q: Which Bollywood Star do you aspire to be like?

A: I absolutely love Aishwarya Rai, Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone. I love them because they are bold women who are not afraid to be who they are, especially in an entertainment industry that can change you for the worse at times. They are also articulate and humble.

Q: What is your favourite thing about Bollywood?

A: My favourite thing about Bollywood is its versatility. The films bring the audience a bit of India through the different cultures, religions, and stories. Bollywood defines entertainment beautifully!

Gaurav Bhatti. Submitted photo.

GAURAV BHATTI

Age: 24
Hometown: Brampton, ON

Q: What does Bollywood represent to you?

A: It’s full of expressive people, through acting and dance.

Q: A Bollywood Star is:

A: A way to explore your inner talent

Q: Why do you want to be a Bollywood Star?

A: I want to be a Bollywood Star because I want to prove I am talented and have something special in me. I want to make my parents proud and discover more about myself.

Q: What was the first Bollywood film you ever saw?

A: I have been watching Bollywood movies for as long as I can remember. I remember watching a film called Dacait, directed by Rahul Rawail. I became addicted to this movie. It was so exciting.

Q: Which Bollywood Star do you aspire to be like?

A: I don’t think I can be like anyone; but I do love Madhuri Dixit. She is the queen of Bollywood! She was my inspiration to get into dancing. She is perfect in every sense, every angle, and every emotion.

Q: What is your favourite thing about Bollywood?

A: My favourite thing about Bollywood is the musical component. The dancing plays a huge role in Bollywood and adds emotion to the movies. The technique and grace in the dance numbers are just amazing.

Ruchi Kumar. Submitted photo.

RUCHI KUMAR

Age: 24
Hometown: Richmond Hill, ON

Q: What does Bollywood represent to you?

A: Happiness

Q: A Bollywood Star is:

A: An individual with a lot of influence on society.

Q: Why do you want to be a Bollywood Star?

A: : I want to be a Bollywood star because I think movies are powerful. A film can take an audience through a variety of real life emotions. I want to use the Bollywood platform to showcase real life emotions I have experienced and inspire others to climb high after a fall.

Q: What was the first Bollywood film you ever saw?

A: The first Bollywood film I remember watching is Dil To Pagal Hai. That was the day I committed to a long-term relationship with Bollywood. I absolutely adored the larger than life aspect that Karan Johar includes in his movies.

Q: Which Bollywood Star do you aspire to be like?

A: I aspire to be like Kareena Kapoor because she is a fabulous actress and the epitome of versatility. Not only is she extremely glamorous, but she possesses a realism that audiences find relatable.

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