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Talking point with mini mathur

Music,gossip,culture,talent hunt and reality—I’ve done it all. But quiz was new for me. I love being a part of a show where I’m not simply posing as a glam doll.

Written by Prabhjot Sohal | Published: June 28, 2010 3:58:45 am

The popular anchor turns quizmaster with Big Synergy’s Sports Ka Superstar: Khel Quiz on Doordarshan

What made you choose the quiz format for a show?
Music,gossip,culture,talent hunt and reality—I’ve done it all. But quiz was new for me. I love being a part of a show where I’m not simply posing as a glam doll. Being a quiz master is like being the fulcrum of a show. You hold the show together and also keep it moving. Besides,it is produced by the iconic quiz master,Siddharth Basu. There was no scope for refusal.

How different is a quiz show from any other reality show?
To be on a quiz set means there is no scope for error. Everything is impeccably planned. Being a live wire on the sets,I was totally drained out within minutes. But Siddharth Basu is an excellent mentor who taught me the nuances of being a quiz master.

What preparations did you undertake for this show since it is based on sports?
I am neither a sports freak nor a soccer mom. But when I am on the sets,I have to be better read than the contestants. So I had to burn midnight oil to know it all. I read every material that Big Synergy provided me with.

What is the most interesting sports fact that you came across while preparing for the show?
I was surprised to know that two of the most common sports – football and cricket are not part of the Commonwealth Games. And that there is actually a sport called lawn bowl.

From Bounrvita Quiz Contest to Kaun Banega Crorepati,children love the quiz format. What has been your kids’ reaction to your hosting this show?
My son Vivaan is a sports fanatic. He is thrilled to see me as the know-it-all mom when it comes to sports. I remember when women participated in Khatron Ke Khiladi,it gave them a super mom badge. Being on Sports Ka Superstar is my super mom badge.

Why stick to hosting shows? Will we see you acting in the near future?
I host shows for the sheer love of it. Since my days at MTV I have been offered many acting roles. But all the roles I was offered were that of a bubbly girl,which I don’t want to play. I have many interests,but I would certainly like to direct a movie in the future.

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