VJ Andy with his Punjabi tappas and Aloo bade karaare jig was a huge hit in Bigg Boss 7. The aunties adored him, the kids loved him, the men discussed him and host Salman Khan was thoroughly entertained by him. As he replaces Mantra and takes centrestage as the co-anchor with Bharati on Colors’ India’s Got Talent, we get quick takes with Andy on his life post the reality show.
Back to Future: Dancing since the age of six to Madhuri Dixit songs, Andy had rough beginnings when he lost his father at age 13. “I did a lot of menial jobs to make money. I danced at night clubs in England, waited at restaurants, even cleaned hotel rooms. It was my mother’s passion for life that made us move forward. I get a lot of sensitivity, fire and humour from her,” says Andy, living by his mum’s mantra — a family that laughs together, lives together.
The Bigg Buddies: Let bygones be bygones, it was a show and he says he has left it all behind. “I’m happy for Guauhar and Kushal, and have made amends for what happened in the house. I’m still in touch with Sangram and Elli, and really good friends with Armaan Kohli and Tanisha.”
Talent Trivia: “Well, there were already talks of me doing the semi-final of India’s Got Talent, but having said that, I can never replace Mantra,” says Andy, who is set to bring his brand of comedy to stage along with the inimitable Bharati. His experience as a reality show contestant will be handy. “What I have to work on is establish a rapport with the judges, for the show has been on for six to seven weeks, and I am hitting the
Brand Andy: Life has certainly undergone a huge change post Bigg Boss. “First, I had to know and wait for folks, now they do,” laughs Andy, the host of popular shows such as Dare 2 Date, Beauty and the Geek, Get Gorgeous on Channel V and What’s with Indian Women for Fox Traveller. As a costume designer and choreographer, he has also been part of the award-winning British Asian bhangra musical broadway show, Britain’s Got Bhangra that ran in 15 theatres in London. “It’s the story of bhangra from fields of Punjab to the Jay Z, Jay Sean and Yo Yo Honey Singh of today,” he says. While acting is on the cards, he is working out ideas for designing and will soon launch his online wedding apparel portal, http://www.cholimaker.com.
The Beauty & the Geek: “Madhuri Dixit Nene is the undisputed eternally graceful stunning beauty,” he says. The geek chic trophy goes to Ranveer Singh, he says, adding, “Shahid Kapur too pulls it off neatly.”
Makeover Mission: About the three IGT judges — Malaika Arora Khan, Karan Johar and Kirron Kher, he says, “I love how Malaika dresses and Karan too, although we could dress him a bit younger. The one in need of a makeover is Kirron because one always sees her in her sarees and those statement neckpieces.”
Dare to Date: “I would dare to date Malaika if she wasn’t married already and know the secret behind her thick long eyelashes. But now that you ask me, I would really like to date Karan Johar and pick on his brains. It would be very educational and eye-opening experience with him for he is witty and knows a lot about life and the film industry.”