With no doubt, Vijay television is one of the leading television channels in regional Tamil Nadu, which is best known for its creative programmes and reality shows. The channel has come up with an intriguing show called “Villa to Village” a lifestyle based reality show that features 12 ultra modern girls from urban lifestyle.
Villa to Village had its premiere on March 10, 2018. The girls will be taken to a village where they will be spending the next 40 days without any reserves of cash with them. The contestants are required to lead a village life and accomplish the given tasks during their stint in the show. Apart from acclimatizing to the new lifestyle, the contestants have to compete with each other and also should win the hearts to the villagers to claim the title ‘Azhagi’.
The village panchayat would judge the contestants based on their performances and expel one contestant at the end of every week. The one who manages to survive till the end of the show will be declared as the winner of the show and will be awarded with cash prize. Ready steady Po fame Andrews will be hosting this fun-filled and entertaining reality show. The show will be aired on weekends (Saturday and Sunday) between 9.30 pm and 10.30 pm.
The winner of Season 1 of Villa to Village is Riah Kapoor.
- Winner – Riah Kapoor
- Beautiful Face & All Rounder – Akshara Reddy
- People’s Favourite – Shilfa
- Best Entertainer – Soundarya
- Real Fighter – Upasana
Here’s the list of contestants participating in the show:
1. Upasana Rai
To start with, this actress and model from Bengal is a former beauty pageant winner and dancer. Upasana Rai is popularly known as Upasana RC won the Miss Indian Asian beauty competition in her twenties. She made her acting debut with the Kannada movie “Colours In Bangalore”, released in 2013. She is presently starring in the Tamil film, 88 and has modeled for several brands inclduing Chennai Silks.
She was awarded with the Best fair award and Best fighter award.
2. Abissheka Lloydson
Abissheka is a model from Canada and one among the contestants participating in the show. This Indian beauty has won several beauty pageants including Miss Teen Canada 2013 and Miss Teen Turismo Intercontinental 2014. She graduated from the University of Toronto Scarborough, Toronto, Canada.
She was eliminated on May 27, 2018.
3. Riah Kapoor
Hailing from Jammu City, Jammu & Kashmir, Riah Kapoor is a model, dancer and actress. She is best known for her work in television circuit including her appearances in Zee TV ‘s Athirsta Lakshmi and Vijay TV’s Ready Steady Po. She has also appeared in Kalaingar TV’s Mannada Mayilada season 10. Apart from her stint in television, Riah has acted in a few short films like Kanne Kalai Maane who is presently looking for a break in films.
She’s the winner of Season 1 of Villa to Village.
4. Sharmika Sampath
Sharmika Sampath is a model and television personality from Texas, United States. Her sister Krishmitha Sampath is a professional photographer.
She was eliminated on 8 April 2018.
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5. Akshara Reddy
Former beauty pageant Akshara Reddy hails from Chennai, Tamil Nadu. She is a runway model who has appeared in over 150 fashion shows, and walked the ramp for leading designer and brands.
She was declared runner-up of Season 1 of Villa to Village.
6. Sharon Rosary Mervin
Indian model and fashionista who has participated in the Femina Miss India 2018 beauty competition. Basically from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, Sharon Rosary Mervin attended SBOA Matriculation Higher Secondary Schoo and then St.Judes Public School & Junior College, Nilgiris. She is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree at Mount Carmel College (MCC), Bangalore.
She was eliminated on 22 April 2018.
7. Sanam Shetty
Former Miss South India runner-up and actress who is best known for her roles in films Ambuli, Vellaiya Irukiravan Poi Solla Maatan, Sawaari and Sadhuram 2. Born and brought up in Bangalore, Karnataka, Sanam currently lives in Chennai. She is one of the participants in the reality show Villa to Village by Vijay Television.
She was eliminated on 6 May 2018.
8. Shilfa Nigar
She is a model by passion and dentist by profession. She won the People’s favourite award in Season 1 of Villa to Village.
She is a classical dancer hailing from Chennai. She was eliminated on 27 May 2018.
She is a passionate biker who is currently pursuing Viscom (Visual Communication) at a reputed college in Chennai. She was eliminated on 15 April 2018.
11. Gayathri Srinivasan
The eleventh contestant is Gayathri Srinivasan who is a student from Chennai. She was eliminated on 13 May 2018.
The other contestants of the show are Soundarya and Divya. The former received the Best entertainer award while the latter was eliminated on 10 June 2018.