The Jaffrey Brothers Find the Next Dancing Superstars in the Houston Auditions for Naach Meri Jaan Season 1

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HOUSTON: Pioneers of reality dance competition Boogie Woogie, Javed & Naved Jaffri present “NAACH MERI JAAN”, a global dance reality show akin to the hit shows that have recently enthralled audiences in India. Naved Jaffri & Pria Haider Productions, A & K Events & IBDF have brought this show to the US and judges Naved Jafri, Omi Vaidya and Vatsal Sheth came to the Houston auditions on Saturday, April 25, to judge contestants from Houston. Never before has there been a dance reality show with Bollywood judges strictly for US contestants only.

The Houston auditions were organized by Ruchika Dias, Founder & CEO of Bollywood Shake in association with Youth Association of Houston at the Cullen Performance Hall.  In addition to running a very successful Bollywood dance school and hosting her own radio show (Bollywood Shake Radio which airs on 106.1FM weekdays Monday-Friday 4-7pm), Ruchika has always given a platform to locals to showcase their talent from Miss Bollywood pageant with Preity Zinta to Mrs. Bollywood pageant with Raveena Tandon to Mandira Bedi fashion show! And this event was no different!

Last weekend’s Houston auditions brought some great dancing talent from all over Texas in 5 categories – Adult Solo, Adult Group, Couples, Kids Solo and Kids Group! 40 different performances and over 100 participants showcased their talent at Cullen Performance Hall and impressed the judges and audience. The show was organized very well lead by Saritha Yempati of YAH, with back to back performances followed by the judges’ comments on each performance. The judges gave constructive feedback and honest advice to all participants and the feedback was a treat to watch especially from Naved Jaffri who has judged so many dance reality shows!

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The show is holding auditions in 10 cities across US and CANADA including Houston, the only city in Texas. The content gathered from these cities will be compiled and a 10 episode season of “NAACH MERI JAAN” will be aired on Life OK channel.  The winners will get to tell their stories about their passion for dance and their journey which has lead them to this special moment of being selected as a semi finalist to compete in the Grand Finale. The winners of the show will get the once in a lifetime opportunity to dance in an upcoming Bollywood film. They will also get an amazing photo shoot done by one of Bollywood’s top photographers who will come down to the US and help to create a portfolio for the individuals. Both these prizes are things that are unattainable for most people from the US who may be looking to get into Bollywood. Overnight an individual will be going from the boy or girl next door to a household name across the world!

All the participants did a wonderful job and are winners, but here are the official results.
Kids Solo – Milinda Nutalapatti
Kids Group – Twisting Tornadoes
Couples – Devi Arunachalam & Pulkit Vats
Adult Solo – Preeyanka Hussain
Adult Group – UTD Sharara

Bollywood Shake and YAH was honored to host the Houston auditions for Naach Meri Jaan Season 1 and wish the winners all the best for the Grand Finale! Houston looks forward to Naach Meri Jaan Season 2 now!

Naach Meri Jaan Houston Audition Judges were –
Naved Jaffri – Naved Jaffri, along with his brother Javed Jaffri, was one of the creators, directors, hosts and producer of one of the most established Bollywood dance competition reality TV show, Boogie Woogie. In 7 seasons, Boogie Woogie created its own history
Omi Vaidya – Omi Vaidya is an American actor who is best known for his performance as Chatur Ramalingam or “The Silencer” in the 2009 Bollywood film, 3 Idiots. He has also appeared in a number of television shows and commercials. Audiences may remember Omi from his roles in Arrested Development, The Office, Rolling, Bones, CSI, 3 Idiots, Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji, Desi Boyz, Players, Jodi Breakers and Rules of Engagement.
Vatsal Sheth – Vatsal Sheth is an Indian film, television actor, model and a young entrepreneur. He started his acting career with Just Mohabbat ,a Hindi-drama serial loosely based on The Wonder Years, which aired on Sony TV channel. He made his debut in Taarzan: The Wonder Car opposite Ayesha Takia who also made her debut in the same film. He has also starred in movies like Paying Guests, Heroes, Hostel, a Disney Film The Cheetah Girls: One World and recent Jai Ho in which he did a cameo. Most recently he has been seen in the TV serial Ek Hasina Thi.