&TV is all to set to launch a unique new reality show titled ‘India’s Asli Champion…Hai Dum!’. Hosted by actor Suniel Shetty, the show will see 12 contestants (6 boys and 6 girls) from different walks of life fight it out in a test of physical and mental endurance to win the title of India’s Asli Champion. The show premieres on May 6 and will air every Saturday–Sunday at 9 p.m. only on &TV.
After an intensive search across the nation, the contestants have been chosen based purely on their competence levels, notwithstanding their age or social background. Set in Goa, these contestants will be living under one roof in the Champions Village, training their mind and body with the help of celebrity fitness trainers Shivoham and Vrinda Mehta to prepare themselves for the various gruelling tasks. Each week, one contestant who has performed the best will be elected as the Captain, a position coveted by everyone. However, the biggest gratification for the contestants is to win the medals, an honour for the best performer of the week. Their ultimate test will be based on a Triathlon—a combined trail of swimming, cycling, and running. In the end, one boy and one girl who will outshine everyone with their performance and determination will emerge as the Asli Champions.
Speaking about the show, Rajesh Iyer, Business Head, &TV, said, “India’s Asli Champion…Hai Dum is set against the backdrop of sports and fitness coupled with real emotions that highlight stories of grit and determination on a huge canvas. Through this show, we intend to pave the way for a fresh perspective around fitness and motivate everyone to take it up as a way of life. This is our step towards making India fit and we are glad to have Suniel Shetty at its forefront.”
Show host Suniel Shetty shares, “India's Asli Champion…Hai Dum is an apt show for me as it marries my passion with profession and when that happens it creates magic. The show is all about real people and bringing out the champion in them. Right from the contestant’s struggles to their victories and transformation, everything is real. It aims at making people believe that they can achieve the impossible by pushing boundaries and overcoming challenges. I’m certain that the show will surely be an inspiring journey for the viewers.”
Popular comedian Paritosh Tripathi will be seen adding his streak of humour as he plays ‘Anna Ka Chaukanna’. His presence will provide much-required comic relief. Conceptualized by Zee Format Factory and produced by Colosceum Media, India’s Asli Champion…Hai Dum is about asli heroes who push the limits and never give up.
Sunil Menon, the Namesake!
43-year-old Sunil Menon (Anna’s namesake) is the 2nd Iron Man coach in India to have completed the Iron Man race in South Africa in 2014. For Sunil, age is just a number as his goal is to be a Triathlon champion.
‘Dilli Ka Jugaadu’ turned fitness trainer Arjun Khurana
Hailing from Delhi, 24-year-old Arjun Khurana is a student and fitness trainer. A carefree boy, this ‘Dilli Ka Jugaadu’ has found his calling in fitness and aspires to make a mark for himself in this industry.
State Level Cricketer Sumit Kurhade
An online trainer and fitness model, 25-year-old Sumit Kurhade is the first person to complete an Iron distance in India. A state-level cricket player, Sumit has been awarded with Outstanding Batsman and Man of the Match medals in the Maharashtra Premier League.
Stand Up Comedian turned sports enthusiast Chinmay Mhatre
Chinmay Mhatre is a stand-up comedian from Pune. This 24-year-old boy is a state-level swimmer and has participated in several marathons. His only aim is to be a Triathlete.
Footballer Niraj Rao
22-year-old Niraj Rao has played football professionally for the Deccan Rovers Football Club. He was also ranked 4th fittest athlete in Pune in “Shivfit: Battle of the Fittest” in 2017.
Agra’s fitness trainer Sanjay Negi
A fitness trainer by profession, 30-year-old Sanjay Negi from Agra won the 4th place in Devil Circuit in the 2017 Spartan Race. Having failed numerous attempts to enter the Indian Army, he currently trains people but continues to pursue the dream of joining the army.
Business Woman and Gym Trainer Urmimala Boruah
Hailing from Guwahati, 32-year-old Urmimala Boruah is a businesswoman and gym trainer by profession. She is the only earning member in her family as her husband is bound to the wheelchair. She also is a mother of a 14-year-old daughter who is a national-level tennis champion.
Athlete from the City of Joy Supa Parveen
Supa Parveen is a 22-year-old girl from the Kolkata. An athlete by profession, Supa is a proud daughter of a farmer, and aspires to represent India at an international level. She has won silver and bronze in National 100m relay and long jump.
Wushu Fighter Gurleen Kaur
Professional Wushu fighter, 23-year-old Gurleen Kaur from Delhi has won many medals in Wushu championships. She is all set to fulfil her father's dream of representing India at an international level in Taekwondo.
Mumbai Student Aishwarya Salagare
A student from Mumbai, 22-year-old Aishwarya Salagare has struggled with weight issues. Bullied for the same, she took up the challenge and reduced weight in a year.
Model and Swimmer Swati Chauhan
22-year-old Swati Chauhan is the perfect blend of beauty and fitness. A resident of Mumbai, Swati is an actor, model, and an international level swimmer
Kavita Kolapkar, a Software engineer
A software engineer by profession, Kavita Kolapkar from Mumbai is also a professional swimmer. This 24-year-old has won the 7th rank in 010 CWG and 4th rank in the 2008 Asian games.