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Sanjaya: Human Art Project

5/22/2007 3:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Click to return to TMZ.comIs Sanjaya Malakar really who he says he is ... or is he really an art school student pretending to be an "Idol" wannabe?

TMZ received a hilarious video of Sanjaya explaining that his "real" name is Bill Vendall, and that he is an art student at the Rhode Island School of Design. He "created" Sanjaya as part of his thesis, explaining, "The character was part of a larger art installation." That still doesn't justify the hair!

Sanjaya (or is it Bill?) also declares that you haven't seen the last of him, saying, "I might pop up on your favorite situation comedy. I might run for President. I might show up as you." Oooooooh, scary.

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QueenMama    

Ohfer gods' sake! Anyone can see it's not the same guy! Sanjaya has an extremely square chin: this guy's is round with a faint dimple. Not to mention the accent. Anyway, that guys is NOT Sanjaya but it's a pretty funny vid!

2674 days ago
32.

fob    

Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh (i'm sure i'm missing some i's in there...) I don't think you should stereotype all indians as liars....just because Sanjaya could potentially be a poser...doesn't make lying a typical indian thing...

2674 days ago
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ml44444444444    

this is all lies...i'm a student at risd in industrial design and this half wit most definitly is not a student and moreover would never get in

2674 days ago
34.

Rhonda    

What sort of people do you guys attract on here, TMZ???? These people belong in 1930s Germany.... Not 2007 America. How shameful!
Sanjaya is above the level of your readership--obviously!
Man! I run an entertainment blog myself--can you say 'delete and block'????

2674 days ago
35.

Mike Sheena    

UM his name is really Sanjaya Malakar.........its a popular indian name, and then also his sisters name is Shymali Malakar! And yeah its his real name and also whoever posted that most indians are liars EF U indians are wonderful people

2673 days ago
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Serious    

This whole "Bill/Sanjaya" thing is justa way of him stretching out his 15 minutes of fam because he KNOWS if he didnt come up with some sort of "controversy" noone would want him to be around, hes a HORRIBLE singer and HORRIBLE actor who trying just a liiiiitle too hard to stay famous!

2673 days ago
37.

Fanjaya4-EVER    

HUH? this doesn't make sense! Why would Bill/Sanjaya be in a confession video long after his spotlight died, and why wear sungglasses if everyone knows him already! LIKE HELLO IS ANYONE HOME! Anybody with half a brain can tell that this isn't Sanjaya, the REAL Sanjaya would probably ditch the sungglasses and admit that he's really Bill Whatshisface. PS: If it is Bill that means that the "Sanjaya" in the video isn't Indian. LIKE DUH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2672 days ago
38.

Tiphoni    

Ok, I go to Rhode Island School of Design and I don't believe him at all. Why if he was an industrial design major would he do this? It has nothing to do with industrial design. Second that video was completely stereotype art student and not at all what a real RISD student would make. And third he doesn't show up in any of the School Mug books (the directory of any student attending RISD) for the past 4 years. No I don't believe this at all.

2671 days ago
39.

bluewixen    

Sanjaya is possibly the most creative talented entertainer to come upon the scene in years! Only those dull members of the TV audience who have absolutely no imagination or sense of humor or sophistication will fail to appreciate him.

2669 days ago
40.

stuf64    

Nasty! Who that D-Bag queer behind the couch holding his cigarette like a stuck up lesbian?

2669 days ago
41.

PEREZ HIVton    

Bet on it.

2676 days ago
42.

whocares    

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ..........................MOVE ON TMZ. SANJAYA'S 15 MINUTES OF FAME WAS UP A LONG TIME AGO. WHY CAN'T YOU GET PAST THAT?

2676 days ago
43.

PEREZ HIVton    

Typical lying indian-DEPORT HIM NOW!

2676 days ago
44.

Inspector Gadget    

hmmmmm thats creepy .............

2676 days ago
45.

the wise old owl    

WHOSE THAT woMAN in the background ???? Ellen Degeneras ? LOL

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