MUMBAI: Shah Rukh Khan’s television production company Red Chillies Idiot Box’s first reality show Knights and Angels will go on air from 28 February on NDTV Imagine at 10 pm.
Knights & Angels is a talent hunt for cheerleaders for Kolkata Knight Riders team for Indian Premier League (IPL).
Speaking on this new show, Khan said, "Cricket is a perfect blend of hard work and entertainment. We are very excited about the whole challenge of finding the best cheerleading squad for our Knights. These girls will become a key part in our quest for victory this season. The competition is tough and the boys will need all the support they can get on-field. All the girls have the right attitude, energy and enthusiasm."
Twenty four contestants have been mentored and trained by Shiamak Davar. The names of the 24 contestants are – Pranalika C Arya, Rupali Kantharia, Natasha Ramaseshan, Sanna Chirawawala, Sneha Parikh, Kaajal R Chandani, Sunanda Hiroo, Prathna Shah, Nisha Rizvi, Nikita Agarwal, Rekha Rana, Shruti Bhadekar, Leena S Puthran, Geena Jha, Suhani Sharma, Srishti Gupta, Ananya Bera, Samyukta S, Ruhi Kumari, Shilpa Vashist, Ritika Chibber, Mohak Nanda, Srishti Bhatia and Prigi.
Red Chillies Idiot Box creative head-non-fiction Pranjal Khandhdiya says,“Knight and Angels the reality show to hunt for cheerleaders is going on air from 28th February. The twenty four girls have been selected after auditions in cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Bangalore. The parameters for their selection were dancing skills, inclination towards sports and over all personality and attitude. The objective is to encourage sports enthusiasts to take active interest in cheerleading.”
For the first episode, alongside Sourav Ganguly, will be cricketer Murali Karthik and Anushka Sharma of Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi fame.
Speaking at the launch Sourav Ganguly said, "I have never been a judge before. It’s equally exciting and nerve-wracking for me and I’m really looking forward to a whole new experience. Shah Rukh and Juhi have promised to guide me and I assure my Knights that we will find those ‘Angels’ that will cheer us to victory."
Anushka Sharma, who was the first Bollywood actress to judge this show said, “The contestants were enthusiastic, energetic and young. The spirit going on was upbeat and everybody was there to win. I was enjoying their performances and found it really tough to make the final decision. And both my co judges also felt the same way and we would often discuss the final decision that lay ahead of us. Saying that, but this a competition and they know that some of them would be going home disappointed and I told the girls once the show got over, not to take either their success or failure too seriously and to always give it their best in every attempt.”
Purab Kohli is the anchor for Knight & Angels.