Mumbai: Palash Sen is seen in a completely different role in Fame X, a sequel to reality talent show, Fame Gurukul.
He is a friend, a mentor and Dean to the 16 contestants participating in the show. The talent of the participants is formidable and so are the influences.
“Right from R D Burman, A R Rahman, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Led Zepplin, Pearl Jam, Pink Floyd influence me,” says a contestant, Aditya.
But talent is not that the show demands. The new season of the show will judge contestants not just on their singing abilities, but also on their X-factor. So amidst the comfortable confines of the rather well done up Fame X Academy, there are a number of spy-cams to monitor their every move and even a timetable to be strictly followed.
But when asked hat exactly is this X-factor, we got mixed reactions.
"That's a question still reeling on my mind,” says Aditya.
Cyrus Broacha, who is one of the judge was in one of his humourous moods. “You mean the girl I was seeing before,” he says.
But the dean has things sorted. “It could be the way the person walks or talks. X factor comes from within,” says Palash Sen.
“X factor is when you perform fearlessly and confidently in front of any number of audience, “ says singer and judge, Daler Mehndi.
So X Factor is not something you can borrow or steal. That’s one reason actor Arshad Warsi gives for his presence in the industry.
“I don't know what X factor is. But if I didn’t have it, I wouldn’t have been here,” he says.