'Anchoring gives me a chance to be myself'

'Anchoring gives me a chance to be myself'

Multifaceted star

'Anchoring gives me a chance to be myself'

A singer, actor, model, video jockey (VJ) and anchor, Shibani Dandekar wears many hats, but she feels that anchoring is what “allows her to be herself”.

Having hosted shows like ‘Namaste America’, ‘V Desi and AVS’ (Asian Variety Show), Dandekar is credited with introducing some of Bollywood’s biggest stars to the American audience.

 The 35-year-old is all set to take forward her passion for anchoring with the second season of ‘The Stage’,  India’s English singing reality show which premiered last year. Dandekar opens up to Metrolife about the show and her style statement.

What do you expect from this season of ‘The Stage’?

With a follow-up season to a show, there’s always an expectation of doing things on a larger scale and making sure that there is better talent showcased. For every reality show, there is a significant increase in standard every season, and I think we have delivered on that. It’s great to see the show, which was only a small idea till last year, is now growing. There are so many English singing reality shows all over the world that have become household names. And I hope that this show, which is India’s first ever and only English singing reality show, does the same here.

What will your contributions on the show be?

As the show host, I will speak to the talents and drive content in a way that makes the show as fun as possible.

What’s new this time?

There are a lot of episodes where bands will be performing. The kind of reach season one had, people just got to know that something like this exists. And now, many want to be a part of it. We did a nationwide hunt as we wanted to find talent from remote places. This time, the audition process allowed the judges to explore diverse kind of talent.

What do you most like about anchoring?

I think it is one job where you are not playing any character. It gives me a chance to be

What is your style mantra?

Style is about being you and this show gives me the opportunity to dress the way I normally do. I don’t think one can do this while hosting events. The show gives me a chance to explore the star in me and that is kind of my passion.

What are your future projects?

I am going to start working for Sunhil Sippy’s ‘Noor’, which also stars Sonakshi Sinha. The movie is going to be released on April 7.

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