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Considering the virtual popularity of the Bollywood talent hunt show, acting portal Bombaycasting.com, which launched an online audition round on January 6, has extended the last date for entries from January 21 to February 14.
The online portal, which is the brainchild of producer Sunil Bohra, embarked on an endeavour to turn people's Bollywood dream into a reality with a online talent show, which garnered attention from foreign shores as well.
People from Britain, the US and UAE have sent in their entries. The portal also hired spots on a news channel to provide an impetus to its popularity.
The site visit is said to have crossed the 100,000 mark and is drawing traffic from across India, including from Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
According to an official statement from the platform's founder, the last date of the contest was January 21. But looking at the requests pouring in from all quarters the deadline has been extended.
The team decided that "life gives us many a chances and so should we also give chances to the contestants."
"Hence, the deadline has now been pushed to February 14.
The management is also contemplating hiring extra manpower to tide over the sea of applicants that will log in due to the deadline being pushed," the statement read.
Bollywood directors Aanand L. Rai, Hansal Mehta and Tigmanshu Dhulia have taken charge to spot three stars in the making.
The aspirants have to just log on to the site and record their audition online. As many as three aspirants will be discovered from the talent hunt, and the winner will get Rs.11 lakh and an acting contract with a leading filmmaker. The first and second runners-up will get cash prize of Rs.500,000 and Rs.200,000 respectively.
All the winners will get 100 days of work on various projects, such as movies, documentaries and advertisements.