The Bachelorette India - Mere Khayalon Ki Mallika
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When Mallika Sherawat announced that she will launch a search for her soulmate on television, it came as a shock. It is difficult to believe that a Bollywood actress who has also had a tryst with Hollywood hasn’t been able to find a companion! May be it’s the lure of big bucks that prompted Mallika to scout for a partner through a reality show. So after Rakhi Sawant, Ratan Rajput and Rahul Mahajan, Mallika got onto TV with the official desi version of the international show The Bachelorette. Having sat through the episodes one can only say the entire exercise looks far from genuine!
What is it about: Mallika is looking for love and will choose her suitor among a dozen-odd shortlisted guys. Initially, there were 30 guys but they have whittled down to 11 now. The suitors range from a bodybuilder, a radio jockey, a pilot to an engineer. Celebrities like Mahesh Bhatt and Rahul Mahajan drop in to test the contenders’ intentions.
What works in it: The show is different from the existing reality shows and soap operas. Also, Mallika known for her penchant for making sensational statements is undoubtedly the centre of attraction in the show.
What does not work: If you’ve seen Rakhi Ka Swayamvar, the show is sure to give you a deja vu feeling. Also, what was Mallika thinking when she shortlisted the contenders. She actually had a 63-year old man vying for her love and retained him for two episodes! Then there was this other guy, who took undue liberties with her in the first meeting itself by hugging her, which didn’t go down well with her, but is going strong as a contender. Another guy declared that he loves to date only married women! After the initial outburst and shock, she is allowing him to woo her!
Frankly, apart from one or two guys most of them lack class. Besides, the reasons she gives for allowing them to continue on the show are lame and unconvincing. It’s obvious that these guys provide the much-needed drama, and therefore are being retained. Also, the way Mallika simpers, pouts, acts coy and sheds tears — looks like she is using the platform to display her histrionics. The contenders expressing their thoughts to the camera, every two minutes is annoying.
What to do: If Mallika appeals to you go for it.