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Sridevi will always be my role-model: Tanaaz Irani

Thursday, March 22, 2018
By Raju Vemekar

Theatre, TV and film actress Tanaaz Irani, who has a sizeable number of TV soaps and films in her kitty, is hosting 'FrogsLehren's' comedy web chat show, ''Tango With Tanaaz - Let's get high on life' every Monday at 11 am on Youtube/FrogsLehren. She is enjoying the show and says that it has a very interesting story behind the title. She spoke exclusively to The Afternoon D & C Excerpts:

After a long break you are hosting this show. How does it feel ?
"I am a senior actress and I have worked with many actors, directors, and producers. I am now at a stage where people are comfortable talking to me. I always wanted to have my own chat show and interview a lot of celebrities, making it fun and frolic. I also want to do something like what Oprah Winfrey does, she changes people and changes their lives. I also want to make a difference in society and that's what I see myself doing in the future,".
 
What exactly is the concept?
In this show some of the accomplished artists from the industry -- ranging from actors and directors to musicians and comedians, amuse and gossip. By now Manoj Bajpayee, Chunky Pandey, Karan Wahi and others have participated. Many more, including Ali Asgar, Siddharth Kannan, Aalim Hakim and choreographers Bosco-Ceaser are part of this show.
 
What is the USP of this show?
It’s not a sober chat show where people are scared to speak their mind. Anyone can participate in this show and narrate their experiences, be it their film struggle, challenges faced in career or just anything interesting. The participants need not be “hero material”. I ensure that the show is full of fun and laughter.
 
So there will be different type of guests in the show. Isn’t it ?
Of course. We have different type of guests. Normally, you get only actors on a chat show. But besides actors, we also have casting directors, choreographers, who you might have not seen on any other show. So you will see people, who are not popular on-screen, but are doing great work. They also have a very funny sense of humour and are making a difference in society in their own little way. This is the first season with 13 episodes, with all male guests and the next season will be with all female guests.
 
Are participants are required to face a rapid fire?

One of the segments involves I asking a volley of questions to the guest, in which they have to answer as quickly as possible. The questions, usually involve making choices between two options or just giving a straight answer.
 
What about your participation in SAB TV’s new venture ?
I am doing a cameo in 'Partners-Trouble Ho Gayi Double'. I essay the role of a writer, who is robbed of her belongings and then there is suspense. It is the cop-based comedy with Johnny Lever playing a police commissioner. The show is exciting.
 
When you look back, do you recall your earlier phase of  TV soaps.
Of course, I have fond memories of my first Hindi TV soap 'Zabaan Sambhaalke'.  I learned a lot from that serial.
 
What about films?
After my stint in mega-hit Hindi film 'Kaho Na Pyaar Hai', I acted in plenty of films.
 
What about your involvement in theatre ?
Hey, I am very much interested in theatre. Recently I  acted and directed Hindi/English play 'Selfie', which is based on women empowerment.
 
Any dream role you would like to essay?
I would like to play a role of a powerful lady who transforms the lives of fellow women.
 
Who is your role-model ?
Iconic actress-dancer Sridevi will always be my role model. She also had limitations about her communicative Hindi. But she was quite, charming, talented and good human being. She has been my inspiration and her untimely sudden passing away has disturbed me immensely.

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