Hosting the new Vogue BFF, this former VJ gets her celebrity guests talking and how
he IS one of the first MTV video jockeys India had. After a seven-years sabbatical, Kamal Sidhu made her comeback to the small screen hosting the Rio Olympics highlights on Star Sports 2 earlier this year. Now she is busy with another show, Vogue BFFs—a much-talked-about talk show that brings out the dynamics between two best friends from the film industry in every episode. While the first two sessions had Deepika Padukone with stylist Anaita Shroff Adajania and Kareena Kapoor Khan with designer Manish Malhotra, on the next episode we will get to watch Anil Kapoor bond with his nephew, Arjun Kapoor. Although the stars try to play safe, the 45-year-old former Miss India-Canada, brings out some of their untold stories.
Why did you choose to be part of Vogue BFFs?
For me, Vogue is very grand. I knew if I collaborated with them, it would turn out to be something that will stand apart. I have done a lot of talk shows before, but with this I felt I was going to jump into a more commercial world.
What kind of research do you do?
Every time I find out who our guest is, I go through their filmography and films. Some of them are open and honest, but there have been times on the sets when I’ve caught a few lies, and I had to prompt them to be honest.
Would you share an anecdote from the sets?
Anil Kapoor was on set before anyone else. When I went to sit on my chair before the show, I saw him on the guest chair. No one had noticed him—he was sitting there observing everything. Then he quietly got up and left. When the show started, he came back and he was like a different persona, highly animated. He really impressed me.
People have been comparing Vogue BFFs with Koffee with Karan. Do you feel the two shows are similar?
Karan is an insider in Bollywood and his show is about Bollywood. This is a Vogue show and it just happens to include personalities from Bollywood. It’s not about Bollywood; it is about them as individuals. So the show has a different angle. We are not here to find out how one person cheated on the other.
What difference do you see in VJing and hosting back in the 90s and now?
I think India as a nation has evolved in everything. When it comes to TV, there is much more professionalism. I can’t really comment on VJs as I have not seen much of it. Maybe MTV does not cater to my age group now!
Any other projects you are working on?
I’ve got something in the pipeline, but I cannot discuss it now. I’m working on something behind the camera.
Catch Arjun and Anil Kapoor on Vogue BFFs at 9 pm, on Colors Infinity.
— Saloni Sinha