Rising Star 3 prank joins long list of celebrity pranks gone wrong

By Bryan Durham - March 26, 2019

Rising Star 3 prank joins long list of celebrity pranks gone wrong
Shankar Mahadevan, Neeti Mohan and Diljit Dosanjh | Twitter

If Rising Star Season 3 judges Shankar Mahadevan, Neeti Mohan and Diljit Dosanjh thought “pulling a prank” for the sake of a little drama during the auditions of the singing reality show was a good idea, they’re probably doing a rethink.

The episode where this incident went down, aired on Saturday when two contestants Shikhar Rastogi and Kunal Bojewar took the stage. It began with Neeti Mohan complimenting the two for their friendship and commenting that they looked straight out of the movie Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety. While Kunal said he didn’t have a Sweety in his life, Shikhar’s “Sweety’ was on the sets. Neeti asked him to point her out, to which Kunal said that Shikhar told him backstage that Neeti was looking “kadak” and “raapchik” in her red saree and that “he would make her his Sweety”.

Neeti reacted as any woman would, reminding them that they were on national television and that the show didn’t allow for the use of such words. She is reportedly believed to have said, “I am representing all the girls here and I don’t allow this. No one can talk to me, or any girl like this in this country or any country. We three judges don’t approve this, the show doesn’t approve this, the channel doesn’t approve this way of talking.”

She proceeded to walk out, with her co-judges Diljit Dosanjh and Shankar Mahadevan threatening to disqualify the two contestants. Soon after, the three judges burst out laughing and said the whole incident was a prank.


YES, this happened with the contestants then going on to touch Neeti’s feet for forgiveness and it being revealed that the prank was the contestant’s idea.

Needless to say, fans of the judging trio found it in bad taste and lashed out on Twitter against the three for making light of eve-teasing and the #MeToo movement. None of the judges have addressed the controversy yet.

But hey, this won’t be the first time that celebrities pulling pranks walked away unscathed.

Remember the time…


In October 2009, Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross made several inappropriate prank calls to the voicemail of Andrew Sachs (who played Manuel in TV show Fawlty Towers) after he failed to appear on their show and claimed that Brands had an intimate relationship with Sachs’ granddaughter Georgina Baillie. The BBC, which aired the show, received 37,500 complaints and both hosts received a 150,000-pound fine. Brand quit the show and Ross was suspended for 12 weeks without pay. Baillie, for no fault of hers was shut out by her grandparents and was forced to apologise to them.


So, this one time he stepped onto a road in Malibu to play a prank on a group of 16 cyclists. According to one of them, he ran out on the road and started waving his hands. They nearly knocked him down and had to swerve out of the way to avoid him. Dangerous, no doubt, but on seeing who they almost knocked down, they were starstruck and this video above happened.

This other time, he orders ice-cream from Wendy’s via a drive-thru and grabs them from the top and gets ice-cream all over his hands and on the car. With ice-cream in both hands, he nearly crashes into the wall.


Rapper The Game tweeted a phone number stating that they could call that number to try out for an internship to work directly with him. The number in question belonged to the LA Sheriff’s Department’s Compton station. In no time at all the phone hotline was jammed for two hours. This meant that people who genuinely had problems couldn’t get through. This angered the station’s captain enough to send out a tweet telling the rapper to “Knock that sh*t off”. He went on to publicly apologise for his actions on CNN.


On April Fool’s Day 2015, singer Sam Smith played a prank on his fans by tweeting,  “Guys I have some news… I’m straight”. The openly gay star followed up with a tweet saying, “April fools” around 30 minutes later. Needless to say, LGBTQ community members found the prank offensive and said that being gay was no laughing matter.


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