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Win bid, sit next to Big B on plane Win bid, sit next to Big B on plane

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Bengaluru: Want that coveted seat next to superstar Amitabh Bachchan in a chartered flight from Mumbai to Delhi on February 2? You can now bid for it or take part in a lucky draw. Fly with VIP, a novel initiative, allows a common man to sit next to a celebrity and chat with her/him during a flight. The proceeds will go to charity.

The brainchild of entrepreneurs Gautam Chhabria and Anil Shetty, the initiative will give people an opportunity to spend time with around 300 celebrities.

There are two ways of participating. One is via auction, which will see the highest bidder bag the seat. The second is the raffle model, where participants will get selected by a lucky draw after paying Rs 100 each. There's also an advance booking section where interested participants can give non-binding offers without knowing the celebrity's flight date or sector. And then, when a celebrity makes a last-minute travel plan, a one-hour auction will be open only to those who've booked in advance.

The auction money will go to the charity of the celebrity's choice. In case of Amitabh Bachchan, it will be donated to Akshaya Patra.

"The idea was born when Gautam saw Infosys co-founder N R Narayana Murthy sitting in the front row at an event. The person next to him wasn't interacting with Murthy. Gautam, who was sitting at the back, thought how much he could have talked had he been in that person's place," explained Anil.

Box: The top guns

The celebrities range from top entrepreneurs like N R Narayana Murthy, Anil Agarwal and Subhash Chandra Goyal; actors Abhishek Bachchan and Ranbir Kapoor; sports icons M S Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Saina Nehwal and Sania Mirza; film director Farah Khan; fashion designers Manish Malhotra and Sandeep Khosla; business honcho Rahul Bajaj and women entrepreneurs Anu Aga and Kiran Mazumdar Shaw.

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