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Living a Dream From Big Break


Saurabh Bhardwaj and Babiya Vardhan, Winners Of Big Break make their debut on television in a brand new promo of Sony PIX.

A couple of days ago, Saurabh Bhardwaj from Mumbai and Babiya Vardhan from Delhi were among the many who dream of a career in showbiz. While one was a marketing professional, the other was an electric engineer. However, their humdrum lives changed when they came across the Big Break contest meant movie buffs. "My friends told me about this campaign, which Sony PIX started. It was a platform provided by the channel for all aspiring actors,” says Saurabh, who further adds, "The deal was to upload a clip on PIX’s website, in which we enacted a scene from a Hollywood film for about one minute and the lucky winners would get a chance to feature on the Sony PIX’s brand new promo and reach out to the world.

Saurabh, who pursued a course in marketing, joined a film promotion firm as a marketing executive so that he could stay connected with films, he got a chance to work on movies like Wanted, LondonDreams and several others.

While he worked nine to six doing a desk job, he also managed to enroll acting lessons at Barry John Acting Studio and Kishore Namit Kapoor’s Acting Institute.

Likewise, Babiya, who worked as an electronic engineer in Infosys. "I always wanted to be independent and struggle on my own to get into showbiz. Therefore, I wanted to be financially sound and not to be dependent on my parents.”

Unlike Saurabh who hopped from one production house to another like Dharma, Rajshri and several others, in search of a role, and even faced casting couch scenarios, Babiya was rather relaxed and waited for an opportunity to come her way. She explains, "Knocking the producer’s door was never on y agenda. I always went with the flow. I have been patiently waiting for good opportunities and when I came to know about my Sony PIX’s Big Break, I simply took it up. Right from my childhood, I had prepared myself to get into films and for the same, I trained in dancing, both classical and Bollywood dance. I also attended acting workshops in my school and college. This year, I also participated in Miss Indiacontest and reached upto the semi final round.

Opportunity knocked in the form of Big Break contest, and according to the contest rules, the duo uploaded their audition clip on the PIX’s website. While Babiya enacted a scene from The Social Network, Sourabh performed a scene from The Hangover2, where he did part of Stuart Price.

"I shot 10 different clips and asked my parents and friends to shortlist the best to send it to Sony PIX. I would not be here without their support, they helped me choose the best clip,” expresses Babiya.

With the clips being uploaded by both of them, the two waited calmly for a couple of weeks to get the response.

"Few days later, I got a call and was asked to come for the grand finale. There were 10 finalists who I had to compete with. A couple of them were professionals, who had worked in ads and short films. It was tough to beat them but I guess it was my day and I nailed the auditions,” says an excited Saurabh.

For starters, the channel is set to promote them as fresh faces by casting them in guest appearances on various shows of Sony TV, SAB and MAX. So much for a happy beginning, but will they sustain and become the next big thing in the filmy scene? Let’s wait and watch.


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