The most successful, the biggest, and the hugely popular reality show in India, has entered into its 9th year. Yes folks, we are talking about MTV Roadies 9.0; the dream of every other teenager. After a break of six long years, MTV Roadies is back in Hyderabad. Contrary to the popular belief that the Hyderabadi crowd doesn’t turn up, auditions held at Satya Sai Nigamagamam witnessed a huge turnover.
StudentLive had the opportunity to catch up with the trio; Raghu Ram, Rajiv Lakshman and Rannvijay Singh. Here is what they had to say.
StudentLive:Firstly welcome back to Hyderabad. Or let’s say thank you to have come back. How does it feel coming back to Hyderabad?
Raghu: Well, it’s always good to be here. We stopped holding auditions at Hyderabad for a while. Considering the popularity of the show in this part, we decided to come back. Hyderabad has always been a special place. Not just because of the food or its history, the people here are quite chilled out. Though unlike Delhi and Chandigarh where we had about ten thousand and eight thousand hopefuls, the crowd wasn’t that big, yet the turnout is quite good.
StudentLive: So Rannvijay please talk us through your new film, Mod.
Rannvijay: It’s a love story and I am paired with Ayesha Takia. It is directed by your very own Hyderabadi Nagesh Kukunoor (chuckles!). Hence the Hyderabadi association continues.
StudentLive: Talk us through the journey of Roadies.
Raghu: Well, it’s been a splendid journey getting up here. Our family members often asked us why we yell so much, but lately they’ve all started watching it and they love the show.
StudentLive: After 8 years of stupendous success, what kind of Roadies are you looking forward to in MTV Roadies 9.0?
Raghu: See, we have never had any stereotype Roadie in mind. We always had a blend of different kinds of participants. That is what makes it so unique. We have had smart ones and also every now and then some idiots do come up.
StudentLive: Roadies is getting bigger, better and tougher with every passing year. When is it going to be at its peak?
Raghu: Well, everything has to come to an end; hopefully we’ll end it with a bang.
StudentLive: Talk to us about being twins. How often do you have people confused with your identity?
Raghu: It’s really lots of fun.
Rajiv: There have been times in childhood when we used to be bathed twice in this confusion (laughs).
Raghu: Ha-ha. We are just two people, thank you; and yes now we are triplets if you would want to call this dude (points towards Rannvijay) Rannvijay Bharat.
StudentLive: Despite the huge success elsewhere, you guys have chosen to stick with Roadies; why?
Raghu: Roadies gives us a lot of pleasure a lot of satisfaction. It’s a creative high that I can’t explain in words. It is also because we have a total creative control .Nobody messes with us, nobody interferes nobody says don’t do this, don’t do that etc. Whatever we feel like doing we do it. That is a very rare and precious thing in a creative field.
StudentLive: Where are you planning to head after roadies?
Raghu: uh! Words give in to power and power gives thought. I am going to tell you a secret ‘we going to make movies! We may act in movies. You’ll see us do a lot of new things.’
StudentLive: Who do you think is the Best Roadie so far? Don’t say Rannvijay its quiet an obvious choice.
Raghu: Well, let me tell you, the best is yet to come (with a trademark Raghu smile).
We at StudentLive want to thank Raghu, Rajiv and Rannvijay for taking a few minutes out of their busy schedule. Contrary to the popular picture of the ‘Always Angry’ Raghu, Rajiv and Rannvijay, they were very hospitable and friendly people. So will the next roadie be from Hyderabad, will he/she be the Best Ever? Let’s wait and Watch.