The moment you stepped into the conference room of Hotel JW Marriott Chandigarh this Thursday afternoon you could sense the cheerful atmosphere. Soon you heard the giggles and friendly banter. It's not every day that an 11-year-old and twin seven-year-olds are the subjects of your story. So it made for interesting conversation as we met up with the contestants of Sony TV’s ongoing acting reality show – Sabse Bada Kalakar – along with their mentors.
The show, which has a guru-shishya format, is on the lookout for the best junior kalakar (actor) and the jury comprises of actors Raveena Tandon, Boman Irani and Arshad Warsi. After auditions and on-air episodes, the jury has announced the list of ‘Top 10’ contestants.
Doing the city proud are Udbhav and the twins – Tanya and Tanisha - who have made it to the list. “It’s a really nice feeling as this is my first show ever,” said Udbhav, a student of class VII at Ryan International School in Sector 49. “I have never even participated in a school show till date,” quipped the young actor. His mentor on the show, Onisha Sharma, who was present at the conference in Chandigarh, was all praise. “Udbhav is truly gifted and has a natural style. He is so good that he even improvises on stage without much effort,” said Sharma.
While initially he found it difficult to distinguish between his students, mentor Mohit Agarwal admits he’s impressed with their professional attitude. “I am the only mentor who has two children to mentor for each week. Both Tanisha and Tanya are young but they are very smart in picking up lessons and have been a delight to train,” said Agarwal.
Both the mentors feel that when it comes to these junior kalakars, they have a lot to commend. “Their schooling and parenting is to credit as they really know when to be serious, when to be witty and they know when have to give it their best,” added Agarwal.
Interestingly, Tanya and Tanisha, who study in class three at Sant Isher Singh Public School in Mohali, have got special permission to be able to feature in the show in Mumbai. “Our Principal was very supportive. We love being on the show and will only come back when we win,” said the two who are also trained in kathak and are in awe of their dance teacher.
While the children admit to being really good friends off stage and during rehearsal time, they admit that it is a competition and all of them are looking to win the title. Here’s wishing them the very best.