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Zee announces film 'Race' with 'Cinestar Ki Khoj' winners

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MUMBAI: Zee's first ever Bollywood talent hunt had organised a grand finale in Mumbai, on 29 November 2004. And amidst a glitterati event held at Goregaon Sports Club, Sarwar Ahuja from Hyderabad and Aditi Sharma from Lucknow were crowned as India's Best. But their actual journey towards stardom begins now with the baton in director Sudhir Mishra and producer Nitin Keni's hand.

The chosen two who were being groomed till now will be introduced to the daily grind of silver screen. Zee will be producing two movies, on a budget of Rs 100 million. At the occasion, Zee Telefilms formally announced the launch of its new movie Race with winners of India Best, Sarwar and Aditi.

The event also saw canning of a mahurat shot, with film star Hrithik Roshan giving the clap shot, producer Smitha Thackery breaking the auspicious coconut and producer director Ashutosh Gowarikar directing the first shot of the movie.

As for now, India's Best Cinestar Ki Khoj's grand final will be telecast on 3 December 2004 at 9 PM on Zee TV.

Zee TV's India's Best-Cinestar Ki Khoj finale saw some eminent personalities from the film and television industry, like Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Jagjit Singh, Boman Irani, Amrita Rao, Sachin, Kulraj Kaur (Kareena Kareena fame), Niki Aneja Walia amongst the others. Mrs. Smitha Thackery, Brijmohan Munjal (Managing Director - Hero Honda), Punit Goenka (Director - Zee Telefilms) and Amit Goenka (Director - Zee Telefilms) attending.

Commenting on the success of the India's Best, Zee TV business head, Abhijit Saxena, as quoted in the release said, "With India's Best, Zee TV has achieved yet another milestone. History has been created on the path untrodden. Today this grand ceremony brings an end to the hunt for India's Best and the birth of the two new superstars in the Hindi film industry."

"It has been our endeavor to connect with viewers, be it through our programmes or ground activities. But for the first time ever the activity of this magnitude with a perfect combination of both on and off air has been conducted. We look forward to provide more entertainment for our viewers and also ensuring that we contribute to the society in some way or the other," he added.

While the evening was hosted by Roshan Abbas and Rakshanda Khan, the show flow saw the winners performing. Ganesh Acharya - 'the acharya of dancing' gave a live performance. With all the 32 finalists present to perform live the audiences were in for a treat. They cheered constantly for all there favorite contestants.

The jury comprising Sudhir Mishra, Mahesh Manjrekar, Ken Ghosh, Satish Kaushik, Vivek Vaswani, Vikram Phadnis, Ahmed Khan, Ganesh Acharya and Shiamak Davar helped to zero down the 32 finalist to the final two.

The other celebrities who attended the show were directors like N. Chandra, Sachin, Ajai Sinha, Ayub and Niharika Khan, Ketan Mehta.

Here is the complete list of the winners

India's Best Male

Sarwar Ahuja (Hyderabad)

India's Best Female

Aditi Sharma (Lucknow)

India's Best Face

Male - Bhoumik Sampat

Female - Yuvika Choudhary

India's Best Screen Personalities

Male - Vipul Roy

Female - Sudeepa Singh

India's Best Dancer

Male - Abhishek Awasthi

Female - Ankita Lokhande and Amruta Khanwilkar

India's Best performance in comic

Male - Vishal and Naveen Sen

Female - Priti Ameen

India's Best Screen Pair

Bhoumik Sampat and Yuvika Choudhary

India's Best Most Popular Contestant

Male- Mohit Dagga

Female - Aditi Sharma

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