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Anchoring goes glam

A national-level basketball player is now ‘eating, sleeping and breathing’ hockey. Star Sports’ 25-year-old anchor for Hockey India League (HIL), Simran Kaur Mundi, was in Jalandhar recently to cover the match of home team Punjabi Warriors and Mumbai Magicians.

brunch Updated: Jan 31, 2013 11:11 IST
Mehakdeep Grewal

A national-level basketball player is now ‘eating, sleeping and breathing’ hockey. Star Sports’ 25-year-old anchor for Hockey India League (HIL), Simran Kaur Mundi, was in Jalandhar recently to cover the match of home team Punjabi Warriors and Mumbai Magicians.


“My father always wanted me to be a hockey player; I, however, chose basketball back then. Since I have been associated with this league (also the highest paid league of hockey world over), for the past two weeks, I have fallen in love with it! Every team is improving with each match, helping the tempo of the game rise. I enjoy interviewing players, as I get to know of the game in depth,” said the model-turned-anchor.

With her roots in Hoshiarpur, the anchor said she’s all for home team, Punjab Warriors. “My favourite player is the captain of Punjab warriors, Jamie Dwyer,” she added.

So, any plans of hopping from HIL to IPL? “Presently, I have given everything I have to hockey and am keen to be associated with it, for future leagues as well. Cricket is not on the cards as of now.”

When asked if anchoring is the doorway to Bollywood, the pretty lady had this to say, “There was a time when everybody used to say small screen actors have no place in Bollywood, but many TV actors made big entries into the industry. When I won the beauty pageant [Miss India 2008], I was sure that all I wanted to do was just modeling for three years. But, I made my entry into Pollywood with Best of Luck (2012). I also have a Bollywood project with Balaji banner in the pipeline. So, I did not have to depend on anchoring to bag movies.”

Her dream project, however, remains a Bhansali film. “The reason I want to work with Sanjay Leela Bhansali is because he portrays his leading ladies beautifully. He brings out the real beauty of the actor on the screen,” said she.