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LIVING OFF REALITY Sanjaya Malakar
LIVING OFF REALITY Sanjaya Malakar

Former American Idol contender Sanjaya Malakar, who was in India to shoot for a commercial, says he’s in another reality show

Indian-American singer Sanjaya Malakar, the former “American Idol” contestant who was a hit with the series’ audiences will now feature in the popular reality show “I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here.”

Sanjaya was one of the most popular contestants on “American Idol” despite the judges raising apprehensions about his voice.

He says, “Reality TV made me what I am. I was interested in pursuing a career in a creative field. ‘American Idol’ came as godsend. I feel that reality TV has revolutionised and changed people’s perception of entertainment a great deal.”

He adds, “It has taken time, but will emerge as a key of the entertainment industry soon, as it allows everybody an opportunity to achieve fame and success.”

“I Am a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here” features celebrities who live in jungle conditions with few comforts and have to earn human essentials. About the series, Sanjaya says, “It is very different from what I have done earlier. It is a relatively new concept and has been a learning experience, both at a professional and personal level.” He says, “The show creates situations where the contestants are forced to adapt to adverse situations and survive.

It is great fun. The show is fairly new in its genre and cannot be compared to another show as such.” Sanjaya visited India recently to shoot for a commercial.

“It was my second trip to India and I liked it a lot. I stayed with my aunt and grandmother. I also listened to some Bollywood music and watched some movies.”

Taking a plunge

He is not averse to a career in the Hindi movie industry, “I will be keen on working in Bollywood and the Indian music industry. I would like to learn and understand the nuances of the industry, before taking a plunge.”

Sanjaya says that life has changed completely after “American Idol”.

“It was crazy. People would walk up to me and introduce themselves as fans. Even now, I manage to draw some attention occasionally.” He quips, “I am still getting used to this career.”

NIKHIL VARMA

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