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‘I would love to host a TV chat show like Oprah Winfrey’: Saumya Tandon

Thursday, April 26, 2018
By Chaitanya Padukone

Considered one of the most stunning style-icons and oomph-oozing prolific TV hosts, the svelte model-actress-anchor-dancer Saumya Tandon (she was also seen in the hit movie ‘Jab We Met’) who plays ‘Anita’ in her top-ranking TRPs ongoing comedy TV show ‘Bhabi Ji Ghar Par Hain’ is back in her favourite ‘comfort zone’. That of telly-anchoring. This time, the tantalising Tandon (of ‘Dance India Dance’-‘DID’ three successive seasons fame) is hosting this just-started weekend reality comedy TV show ‘Entertainment Ki Raat’ Season 2’ on Colors in the Sat-Sun weekends 9 pm time slots. The Afternoon D&C connected with the ‘fair ‘n’ lively’ Saumya. Excerpts :

You seem so excited coming back to ‘TV hosting’ which is your ‘forte’.
 That’s right! I am so thrilled to be back on TV as a vibrant ‘show host’, after a gap of three years. Of course, I also enjoy playing ‘Anita’ in comedy show ‘Bhabhi-Ji’, produced by Edit-II, which has such a fabulous home-audience response. As a TV host, I am ‘my own personality-performer’ with no constraints of any screen-character. That also, in a dynamic comedy format, which is something I love doing. Out here, it’s mostly ‘ad-libbing’, improvising  with no script.

What’s special about ‘Entertainment Ki Raat’ Season 2’ on Colors ?
After a highly successful innings with the previous season, this show is back complying with ‘public demand’. There will be lots of tweaks in the acts, in the mazaak-masti, in the games and interactions with celebs.

Besides your avatar as a host, is there another side to you that the audience would get to experience?
As the glamorous ‘edgy’ style-icon TV host, I will be adding to the oomph and glitz quotient. It’s so exciting that I will be interviewing the celeb-guests in the show since it’s a comedy show with a ‘celebrity-chat-format’. There’s a variety sitcom manoranjan, which makes it unique. Not only do I enjoy making audiences laugh, but I too love to laugh-out-loud.    

Isn’t there ‘one-upmanship’ rivalry on the sets?       
(Shrugs) Yes, but on a friendly level. Each one tries to be one up on the other with more hard-hitting punch-lines and gags. Both Neha Pendse and I share a warm camaraderie. My rapport with RJ Abhilash, chhota-lekin-badaa- dhamaka Divyansh, and of course ‘scene-stealer’ Ballu-The Balraj is terrific.

Did you enjoy grilling the Bollywood celeb-guests?     
Of course, it was great fun. All of them were so co-operative during the ‘games’ and candid in their responses. People will love to watch these celebs in their ‘true colours’. We had the macho hunk Sanjay (‘Baba’) Dutt, Raveena Tandon with Farah Khan, Bipasha Basu with hubby Karan Grover etc.

An aspiring secret dream-wish in the realm of TV and movies.
Hmmm, I would love to host a dynamic TV chat-show like iconic Oprah Winfrey, which brings out the human factor, which should connect globally to all cultures and all ages. In movies made by good directors, I would probably love to play ‘well-written’ roles, maybe even grey-shades  or even intense emotional or romantic lead characters. Honestly, I have come to showbiz not just for fame, I am actually a ‘hungry performer’.

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