Lissa Christopher June 09, 2012
Bollywood Star is filled with egos and extravagance.
SBS One, 7.30pm
THE contestants in this talent quest are Australia-based and all desperate for the chance to appear in one of the Indian film industry's musical extravaganzas. Watching them perform and talk about themselves is like being jabbed in the kidney region with a broom handle. Most come across as egomaniacal wannabes with a breathtaking capacity for self-promotion. They also tend to be good looking and ambitious, rather than talented. ''I try to be modest, but the fact is I look like [Real Madrid footballer] Cristiano Ronaldo, I have really nice hair and a main actor is something I would be perfect for,'' one young male contestant says. He then proceeds to ham an emotive monologue for the judges, all the while mesmerised by the sight of himself on the monitor screen. Like I said, broomstick to the kidneys. The Bollywood flavour of the show - which includes an abundance of sequins and a preference for melodrama and flamboyance - makes it a refreshing addition to the talent-quest genre, but the level of ''talent'' on display sets a new low.