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Lisa Haydon on the AXN awards, her B-town stint and scary clowns

KNOWN for their action-based shows, AXN is back with yet another on air property a�� the AXN Thrillionaire Awards. According to Sunil Punjabi, business head, AXN India, the channel will hunt for the biggest AXN a�?total thrill junkiea�� and give the winner an opportunity to be on the sets of The Voice in Los Angeles. a�?We realised that people in India love serials, English content and different genres,a�? he says. The event will be hosted by supermodel Lisa Haydon, and Punjabi further shares, a�?We found out she follows our channel closely. She has an excellent command over the English language and also has a presence in Bollywood.a�? While AXN is popularly associated with the adventure genre, Punjabi insists, a�?Our shows are for all age groups and we do have shows likeA�Sherlock HolmesA�andA�So You Think You Can Dance. That said, our shows always have the thrill element.a�?

All about the movies
Haydon started her movie career with Ayesha and went on to do movies like Rascals. Now busy promoting her latest venture, Queen,A� along with Kangana Ranaut, directed by Vikas Bahl, she says, a�?It has been crazy.A� IA� play Vijaylakshmi, an independent woman who is sporty and lives in the moment. Quite opposite to the character Rani, played by Kangana,a�? says Haydon, who wishes to do an action hero movie soon and is working on a movie produced by Viacom. Will Queen be her comeback in Bollywood? a�?I think every movie takes you forward a little bit,a�? she says.

Thrill factor
Haydon admits that she enjoys intense TV shows. a�?I am not a couch potato. I like shows with a lot of drama and activity-based shows like SoA�You Think You Can Dance. I grew up watching Who Dares Wins with my family,a�? she says, adding that thrill is a state of mind. a�?Anything you do, be it driving to Goa, a roller coaster ride, travelling to a new city, river rafting etc, can be an adventure,a�? she believes. But it appears this tough and independent girl has her weaknesses too. a�?a�?I am very scared of clowns. They are happy faces that are fake!
You never know what is behind that mask,a�? she confides.

AXN Thrillionaire Awards is on March 28.

– Mrinalini Sundar


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