This blog might basically seem like an ego trip but please, read on. The last 10 days have been the most eventful of my whole life. I have to thank my dear senior Sidhu for that ( if you read.. please care to comment). Things initially started off on Jan 29th. He called & told me that Radio Mirchi was planning to setup in Hyderabad & they were auditioning for RJs. He thought I should try. I thought "Why not ?!". So I called up the place & after half an hour of dialling finally the phone rang & I was registered for Jan 31st. So I bunked MMS lab on that day & went for this audition having no expectations whatsoever.
I went there & found a huge crowd. But all decent people no mass guys, so everything went on smoothly. I was called in for my audition 3 hrs after my alloted time, this is Hyderabad man, hota rehta. Inside was the scariest room I had ever been inside. One microphone, a bottle of water, a stool & a speaker was all I could see. Everything else was black. For a moment it felt like I was in the movie PITCH BLACK, that Vin Diesel movie in which he has inbuilt night vision.
There I had to first read a script which I did satisfactorily I think & then I had to speak extempore on a topic "SHREYA-ASIN-TRISHA" in Telugu. If I tell you how I started off, it will surely make you roll on the floor. Ahem ahem ... " EE ROJU MANAM MATLADAPOTHUNAMU MANA TOLLYWOOD LO UNNA MUGGURU YUVARATNALA GURINCHI "... after this fantabulous sentence I decided "RETREAT MY DEAR FELLOW TO THE DOMAIN THAT YOU KNOW BEST" & well... the rest of the talk was in ENGLISH. After I was done, I knew I had bombed so I sped away from the scene as if I were wearing Quicksilver's sandals (I'm talking about the original Quicksilver...not me).
Then some guy who was working there, hunted me down & summoned me back. I thought maybe with my horrifying performance I might have damaged a mic or something. But to my surprise the Lady who was one of the judges actually said, "Work on your Telugu, we'll call you back". Aaaaaaaaaa ***thats me screaming inside my head***. Was delighted. Went home & crashed. My way of calling it a day.
Since it wasn't a big deal I did not tell anyone. Just a few people who I spoke to on that day.
Then two days later I was walking down a road in Punjagutta when The Lady called me again & told me that I should be there on Saturday afternoon. Call it Providence, call it first saturdays, it was a holiday that day so I could attend the final round of auditions without having to feel guilty about bunking an internal.
Saturday came sooner than I expected. The morning turned out to be pleasant. I met one of my favourite people on this planet. Then by 12 on the dot I was there. As usual, it was excruciatingly time taking again... It was 2.30 by the time I went in. This time I went into the same room, but on this occasion it did not seem that claustrophobic or intimidating.
I was told about my next task -
1. Had to speak against "Hyderabad is a hi-tech city"
2.Had to speak for " Sania Mirza should wear shorter skirts"
3.Had to host a show called DR.LOVE
Topic 1 - Judge says make it controversial
I started talking about Hyderabad having heritage blah blah... then to add controversy began talking about the Congress- TDP tussle.
Topic 2 - Judge says FIRE AWAY
I do not need any help to talk FOR such a topic, so went on & on & on until the Judges could take no more & they said next topic...
Topic 3 - Judge says give nonsensical advice but make it funny
Just when I thought I had given a pretty good performance, this one made me think again, because I absolutely fired on all cylinders here. A bisexual guy calls me on the show & asks who he should go for, Suneeta or her brother Ramesh... The advice I gave will surely go down in Radio Mirchi auditioning history. The judges were laughing like they had just seen a show of THE GREAT INDIAN LAUGHTER CHALLENGE. I cannot explain how I did it, you should have been there to experience it.
After this I was called out of the recording studio & quizzed about a few things. But one little thing stood out. SECOND YEAR ENGINEERING.
They said that this was a full time job & that it would be difficult for me to do both. I asked if they could work me into a night slot. They grinned and said "GREAT SHOW , COME FOR THE INTERVIEW ON TUESDAY".
They called me again to tell me that my interview had been postponed to Wednesday afternoon at TAJ RESIDENCY.
Wednesday came, attended college half-day, went home, shaved, had lunch, put on some good clothes & went to the Taj. Here I met Ravi & Chai, CSE seniors & good friends. He stated the obvious saying that it would me another 2 hrs atleast for my interview. So both,me & Ravi loitered around for a while. Then at around 5.30 his turn came. He went & was inside for 20 minutes. As soon as he came out I bombarded him with questions. He told me that it was a chilled interview... so take light bolke.
Then at 6 it was my turn.
I went inside, one guy was familiar, the other guy was from mumbai & his name was Tapas or something. It was a fun interview. Their questions went like
When did your father slap you last ?
Were you in love ?
Do you think you have the knack to make people do wild things ?
What was the wildest thing you have done ?
How many girlfriends ?
Stuff like that. Till this it was fun, then back to ENGINEERING. Anna started saying things like we need you for 8 hours. Willing to pay you around 25,ooo but we need you full time. What the hell would I say ?? Managed to blurt ," I'm good at multitasking sir, I can work something out & do justice to both roles." Don't know if I could convince him though. Anyways they said they would get back to me on 13th. My lucky number but dunno if anything would materialise.
But what I am proud of is that out of 1500 people, the 3 MGITians who tried out made it to the last 25 & I was one of them. There were thope people, like a girl who dubbed for Ayesha Takia in Super, a girl with 8 years experience at All India Radio, a mimicry artiste from Zee FM, a whole group from Wave 9 who made it.
But all said & done THE FAIRY TALE COMES TO AN END.