Make me an Indian Soap Star!


Hundreds flock to Birmingham for Star search

BIRMINGHAM schoolgirl Shilpa Gupta may well have bagged herself a role in a top Indian soap – thanks to O2!

The 16-year-old – in the main picture above – was one of hundreds who descended on the Bullring last month to take part in a nationwide hunt to find a British face for top Indian drama Pavitra Rishta.

A total of 335 people auditioned in Birmingham – including Coventry’s Geea Kaur Surpal (small picture above) – a model, dancer and radio presenter and wants to try for TV

The competition coincides with the launch of O2’s International Favourites – a dedicated deal for people who regularly call abroad.

“International Favourites is a great deal for the UK’s Indian community who regularly call family and friends back in India,” said Ravi Lal, Head of Voice & Messaging Services at O2.

“Indian Soap Star is a unique and innovative way of engaging with this community and bringing them a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Following auditions, entrants will be narrowed down to a regional winner from each location, before the judging panel comprising representatives of O2 and Zee TV pick a final winner to be announced this month on the competition’s Facebook page.

The winner and two friends will get a week of the full Bollywood treatment: return flights to Mumbai, a week’s accommodation in a luxury hotel, spending money – all this on top of filming for the show!


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