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Filmstars have left us jobless: Mini

Having hosted almost every big reality show on TV, host Mini Mathur, says the anchor’s job is now being taken over by Bollywood celebs, leaving the hosts jobless. Here's more from the lady.

entertainment Updated: Jul 04, 2011 13:25 IST
Robin Bansal

Having hosted almost every big reality show on TV, host Mini Mathur, says the anchor’s job is now being taken over by Bollywood celebs, leaving the hosts jobless.



"Unfortunately, now channels want all the big ticket shows as drivers and hence rope in filmstars," she says.



Mathur, 35, who’s been hosting shows since close to 15 years, adds, "So you’ve got a Abhishek Bachchan, Salman Khan, Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay (Kumar) — all these actors have taken over our jobs."



Mini MathurCurrently on break from the small screen, she is in no mood to take a U-turn until something "crackerjack" comes along.



"I’m waiting for something new now. I don’t want to do stuff with déjà vu. I’m pining to do a show that is worth my time," she says.



"I’m holding on to my time. Either I’m going to do the programming that I want to watch and I’m going to make the kind of TV shows I want to host or I’m not going to do it at all," she adds.



"After having done a whole lot of reality shows, is like continue doing the same thing. It’s a natural progression for me to do something new now. I have 20,000 ideas teeming in my mind but I don’t want channels to tell me now that audiences won’t watch it. I’ve managed to stay afloat because I do a show and then I go back. It’s worked out great," she says.



Ironical as it may sound, Mathur herself is now graduating towards the big screen too.



"I’m extending my horizon. I’m doing a film called Ishaan starring John Abraham, Chitrangda Singh and Prachi Desai," says the host-turned-actor.



Ask her about her experience of playing one of the female leads of the macho star, she says, "I’m not playing John’s romantic interest in the film at all. It’s Chitrangda and Prachi. I’m playing one of the important women in his life in the film."



Throwing further light on her character, she says, "It’s an interesting, fiery and progressive character. It’s not a typical character that people offered me of bubbly, VJ roles."



Mathur is now taking cooking classes to hone her culinary skills.



"I’m doing some very elaborate cooking classes. I want to translate it on TV and do a cookery show that takes the audience into my world of cooking," she says. Mathur also plans to don the director’s hat in future.



"I’m doing a lot of writing. I’d like to direct something soulful soon. I’d like to be on the other side of the camera someday," she says.



Mother of two, Mathur looks ravishing as ever.



Ask her the secret and she says, "I don’t think I’m stunning. I’ve always been into fitness and with both my babies now, I take care of gymming and stuff."