British reality TV show, Stupid Man, Smart Phone, which won the Best Format Award at the prestigious Cannes International Film Festival this year, is coming to India after traversing through Polland, Norway, Morocco, US and the UK, among other countries.
While the original has writer-comedianactor Russell Kane playing the ‘Stupid Man’, who is air-dropped into treacherous terrains in every episode with a celebrity guest, Permanent Roommates breakout star Sumeet Vyas is set to step into his shoes for the desi version. Mirror has also learnt that supermodel-turned-marathoner Milind Soman, TV hosts Mandira Bedi, Maniesh Paul and Bani J, and actors Evelyn Sharma and Rajeev Khandelwal are among the celebrity guests. Three of the eight contenders will make it for the final episodes.
“The show will see Sumeet hiking, battling heat in a desert and only using his smart phone to find food and water to survive harsh, uninhabited terrains,” informed a source. The show kicked off in the forests along the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border on August 3 with Sumeet being given an extra battery pack for the first leg of the expedition.
“Sumeet with the celebrity contestant will be allowed to rely on help received via social media. It is being filmed in three chunks, with the second lap set in Rajasthan and the third in Arunachal Pradesh.”