MTv’s popular series Roadies is now in the 8th season and for the first time finds itself in a strange controversy. Apparently, one of the contestants, Suraj, tricked the supremos Raghu-Rajiv and Ranvijay during interview with a sob story to get a go ahead for Roadies!
Suraj appeared for the interview process for MTv Roadies 8 and really got the judges serious and interested in him with his bad-luck-sob story. The story had all the elements of a Hindi Bollywood thriller. He started with how much he loved his mother, how his father used to get drunk and beat his mother and how his mother passed away because of disease and negligence, and how he ran away from home, slept on streets, cleaned roads, worked as a rickshaw driver…but still had the passion to appear for a roadies show!!! Definitely, not just the judges, but the followers of the series as well were taken aback by his sob story. Surely, we all felt, the boy deserved a chance.
Now, news reports suggest, the simple boy from a small village wasn’t so simple at all. Suraj, it seems is actually Nagesh P. Mithun, a student of Indian Institute of Bartending. he is said to have successfully performed at a Bartending Seminar & Workshop held on Tuesday 27th July, 2010 for students of Merit Swiss Asian School of Hotel Management. He is also known to have worked in a call center in Mumbai. That explains why he had his eyebrow pierced!
The question is how did Raghu-Rajeev miss such things. They are masters in understanding human psyche. Their toughness and mental strength is what gets the show going on. How did they get carried away from this sob story? Why did MTv not do a background check to ensure that what the contestant says is true. With his act, Nagesh aka Suraj has not just hurt the credibility of Raghu-Rajiv but also of the entire Roadies series. A Delhi Times report of 23rd March suggested that Suraj was helped in his fake mission by none other than Ashutosh Kaushik, winner of Roadies 5. However, we feel that Ashutosh can’t be blamed for guiding Suraj, if at all he did. The fault lies only with Suraj for faking the drama, Raghu-Rajiv for failing prey to it and MTv for not verifying the contestants background.
Meanwhile, one thing is certain. Suraj has made his future bright. He’d soon be hogged by all television and news channels for his side of the story. His entry into this year’s Big Boss may not surprise anyone. And who knows, maybe some producer will buy his story and make a Bollywood movie out of it!
This is what fake contestant Suraj said to Delhi Times when asked about the whole thing “I lied to take revenge on behalf of the those who are insulted by the judges in the show”. How lame Suraj, how lame…