Bollywood Star, Vancouver Auditions Announcement

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Bollywood Boulevard drew back the curtain on the all-Canadian judging panel for the original docu-series, Bollywood Star. Comprising the high calibre panel are filmmaker Richie Mehta (Amal), actress and dancer Anita Majumdar (Midnight’s Children), and actor Rupinder Nagra (Bollywood/Hollywood). Mehta, Majumdar, and Nagra will choose from Canada’s gifted crop of performers as they compete for the ultimate prize: a role in a Bollywood film.

Hopefuls vying for the chance of a lifetime can showcase their triple-threat talent at open-call auditions in Vancouver September 21, 7.a.m PT at the Vancouver Convention Centre, East Building.

Bollywood Star is slated to premiere on OMNI Television in spring 2014 and follows aspiring hopefuls on their quest to win the prize of a lifetime – a part in a Bollywood movie, and a chance at becoming the next big Bollywood star.

The top six finalists will travel to Mumbai – the epicentre of Bollywood – where they will be immersed in Bollywood boot camp with industry insiders, and pushed to the limits like never before. It will all come down to a final audition before a famed Bollywood director who will crown Canada’s first Bollywood star.

“Bollywood is an enticing and entertaining industry that resonates with our viewers,” said Madeline Ziniak, National Vice-President, OMNI Television. “Canada should feel confident our gifted judging panel of accomplished artists will help select a performer the whole country can be proud of.”

Recognized internationally for his directorial contributions, Mississauga native Richie Mehta is quickly becoming a prominent Canadian filmmaker. Named one of the decade’s top Canadian films by Playback Magazine, his debut feature, Amal, has earned more than 30 international awards, and has caught the eye of some of the world’s biggest influencers, including Oprah Winfrey. Mehta recently completed two feature films as writer and director, including sci-fi drama I’ll Follow You Down, and Hindi-language film Siddharth. The world premiere screening of Siddharth will take place at the Venice International Film Festival in September, followed by a feature screening at the Toronto International Film Festival. Mehta is currently developing his next feature film, which is shooting in India this coming year.

Award-winning actress, dancer, and playwright Anita Majumdar grew up in Port Moody, B.C., and later attended the prestigious National Theatre School of Canada. With more than 15 years of classical Indian dance training under her belt, Majumdar is accomplished in many forms of dance. She made her television debut in Murder Unveiled, and was awarded a best actress win at the Asian Festival of First Films Awards. She starred in the lead role in Deepa Mehta’s film adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children, and has been profiled in the pages of Vogue and Fashion Magazine. Majumdar is also a playwright who was recently awarded the 2013 Governor General Protege Prize. She is currently preparing for her new Bollywood musical, Same Same But Different, set to premiere in early 2014.

Rupinder Nagra is an Indo-Canadian actor whose performance in fellow Bollywood Star judge Richie Mehta’s award-winning film, Amal, earned him a Genie Award nomination in 2009. Born in Punjab, India, as a young boy Nagra immigrated to Hamilton, Ontario. He followed his passion for acting, and enrolled in improv training at Toronto’s Second City under famed acting coach John Riven. He has also starred in several notable films and television series, including Deepa Mehta’s Bollywood/Hollywood, Aparna Malladi’s MitseinThe Associates, and Bollywood or Bust. Most recently, he filmed Karan Johar’s KURBAAN alongside some of India’s most celebrated actors.

Audition requirements and online registration forms are available at omnitv.com/bollywoodstar.

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