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'As a 'fielder', getting a batsman 'out' gives me a huge 'high': Anita Hassanandani

Monday, December 25, 2017

Currently making waves in TV show 'Ye Hai Mohabbatein', stunningly beautiful  model- actress Anita Hassanandani-Reddy has acted in various multilingual South-side films and several TV serials. The rejuvenated, slim Anita will soon be seen in the upcoming reality show ‘MTV Box Cricket League (BCL)’ as a cricket-player. The show will be aired on MTV from February 13, 2018, in the post 8.00 p.m. prime time slot. The TV show is in association with Balaji Telefilms, helmed by Ekta Kapoor and Nachiket Pantvaidya. ADC's Chaitanya Padukone connected with the affable Anita, who seemed in a  ‘Merry X’mas’  mood, at dynamic CEO Nihit Srivastava’s  innovative ‘Yeda Republic’ lounge bar at Juhu, as she talked about her ‘new innings’ on the telly-pitch. Excerpts:

Vis-a-vis the frenzied excitement in an open-air stadium, how does it compare with an indoor box-cricket tournament?
It’s a relatively new innovative phenomenon, but it’s caught on in India and various other foreign countries big-time. People are eagerly waiting for our next season to start. That’s because it offers a heady cricket cocktail of aggressive action, drama, glamour, frolic, competitive sportsmanship amongst the power-teams and lots of surprises.

What’s the top-notch advantage of the ‘BCL’ being telecast on MTV?
As our mentor-producer Ekta Kapoor-Ma’am put it, it’s a fun, energetic, brash youth-centric channel and it’s being aired on a prime time slot post 8.00 pm. It’s in the safe hands of the MTV top boss Ferzad Palia and we are confident it will be given its due treatment. Over 100 million young Indians are expected to be hooked on to our show on a daily basis.

How is this third ‘BCL’ season going to be different from the previous ones?
The dramatic excitement of the spectacular ‘unisex’ batting-bowling sport will be far more edgy than the previous two seasons. Home-viewers will also get to watch off-the-pitch ‘dressing room’ drama as well, is what we have been told. With over 200 celebrities including more ‘reality show’ TV stars and 10 teams vying for the coveted ‘BCL’ victory, it’s nothing less than a star-studded extravaganza. It’s a unique take on cricket blended with telly-razzmatazz (smiles).

What has been your ‘cricket-connect’ in the ‘BCL’?
This time I co-own and I am representing team ‘Chandigarh Cup’. Last season we reached the final but did not win. This time, hopefully, we are hell-bent on killing it and emerge winners. We get to prove that we can be ‘matchless’ as female-cricketers – as they say – ‘hum kisise kum nahin’!.

Aren’t you cricket-crazy?                                                                                                   
My family members have always been enjoying cricket matches on TV and as a growing girl I realised that the last two ‘bowling overs’ are crucial and anything can happen. Maybe, I am not all that addicted to sit thru an entire cricket match, but the last two overs always grab my attention. Now, ever since I've been involved with ‘BCL’, I realised it’s so much fun. All thanks to cricket icon Mithali Raj, who I consider a ‘rock-star’. Female-cricketers command so much respect these days.

Bowling, batting or fielding – what excites you most?
Unlike most other girls who freak out on batting, I simply love ‘fielding’! The sheer excitement of  clutching the racing cricket ball and getting a batsman either ‘out caught’ or ‘run out’ gives me a terrific high. In both acting as well as cricket, we need to give our ‘hit shots’ (laughs).

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