Rakhi Ka Swayamwar
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|Rakhi Ka Swayamwar|
A promotional logo image of Rakhi Ka Swayamwar.
|Created by||Sol Production Pvt. Ltd.|
|Presented by||Ram Kapoor|
|Country of origin||India|
|Running time||approx. 54 minutes|
|Original channel||NDTV Imagine|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV),|
|Original release||29 June 2009 – 2 August 2009|
|Followed by||Rahul Dulhaniya le Jayenge|
Rakhi Ka Swayamwar (Hindi: राखी का स्वयम्वर) is a reality show broadcast on NDTV Imagine. The show started on 29 June 2009 and was hosted by Bollywood actor Ram Kapoor. The show was filmed at Fateh Garh Palace and at various locations of Udaipur.
In the final episode ("Faisle Ki Raat") held on 2 August 2009, Rakhi Sawant selected Elesh Parujanwala, a Canadian businessman from Toronto, as her future bridegroom from among the three finalists. They exchanged garlands and bridal rings, thus being "engaged". Although the show's original premise was that the couple would marry immediately, they have decided in favour of postponing their marriage for an indefinite period of time.
On 28 July 2009 a Jaipur judge lodged an FIR against Sawant and several NDTV executives in response to a claim by writer Gaurav Tiwari that the channel stole the idea for a swayamvar-based reality show from his website. Season 2 of the reality programme, titled Rahul Dulhaniya Le Jayega, featuring Rahul Mahajan as the groom looking for a bride concluded on 6 March 2010 where he wed Dimpy Ganguly on live national television. The third season of the reality show was called Ratan Ka Rishta and it featured Indian television actress Ratan Rajput who was looking for a groom. The third season concluded on 3 July 2011, when Ratan was engaged to Abhinav Sharma, one of the three finalists, on national television.
|Elesh Parujanwala||30||Toronto, Canada||NRI Businessman||Winner|
|Manas Katyal||22||New Delhi||Media Professional||Finalist|
|Chitiz Jain||26||New Delhi||Fashion Designer & Businessman||Finalist|
|Manmohan Tiwari||25||Rishikesh||Lawyer & Theatre Actor||21 July|
|Luv Khanna||26||New Delhi||Model||17 July|
|Ashwin Chaudhuri||28||Nagpur||Marriage Bureau Owner||15 July|
|Raman Handa||26||Saharanpur||Astrologer & Vastu Consultant||13 July|
|Kapil Mathur||28||Jaipur||Retail Manager||10 July|
|Atirek Sharma||24||Kanpur||Actor||9 July|
|Pranav Damle||26||Mumbai||Mechanical Engineer||3 July|
|Raj Kripal Singh||27||Mumbai||Stuntman||3 July|
|Ather Parwez||33||Srinagar||Policeman||3 July|
|Ali Bana||30||Mumbai||Choreographer||1 July|
|Deepak Raghav||25||Bulandshahr||Fitness Trainer||30 June|
|Rishi Dwivedi||22||Lucknow||Professional Dancer||30 June|
|Aman Talwar||21||Faridabad||Student||30 June|
After "Faisle Ki Raat"
Originally, the winner of the show was going to marry in the final episode. But, when Rakhi did not feel ready to get married, she and Elesh got engaged during the final episode entitled "Faisle Ki Raat". After the show, It was reported that the couple were happy and had agreed to do a show called Pati Patni Aur Woh. It was during this show, that their relationship went downhill. They split up after the show because Elesh wanted Rakhi to quit her job as a Bollywood dancer and settle in Canada with him. After the split, many news and magazines reported that this was predecided and that Rakhi had done the show for money and that Elesh did the show for publicity.
- "Marriage made in heaven, or on TV? Rakhi decides on Sunday". Indo-Asian News Service. Sify.com. 31 July 2009. Retrieved 25 August 2009.
- "Elesh Parujanwala wins Rakhi Sawant's hand in 'Swayamwar'". Times of India. 2 August 2009. Retrieved 25 August 2009.
- "Jaipur court orders FIR against Rakhi Sawant, five others". Times of India. 29 July 2009. Retrieved 25 August 2009.
- "Rahul Mahajan weds Dimpy Ganguly on reality TV". Yahoo News. 2010-03-06. Retrieved 2010-03-08.[dead link]