Model turned actor and now a talk show host, Pooja Bedi says she wants to be next award winning US talk show host, Oprah Whinfrey. "I want to host the biggest talk show in India on the largest TV network and become India's Oprah Winfrey," said Bedi who was in the city as a brand ambassador of a medical product.
Bedi would soon be seen on TV anchoring a new talk show which she promises would be 'issue based'. Bedi who has the knack for standing out with her work, be it being the first female model for Kamasutra condoms or being open about the botox injections that she takes to stay 'beautiful', said, "When I modelled for the condoms, everyone was surprised. Nobody had expected such a move. Even when I was open about Botox usage, people were again stunned. I am open about things that I think people should use because it is safe and healthy."
Bedi, who is now the brand ambassador of Botox in India said almost everyone in the profession of beauty does undergo lot of medical help to stay young and beautiful.
"This is the business of glamour and everyone here has to remain young and beautiful. A lot of celebrities have to whoop all kind of stuff on to the face to come before the camera. I want to look good and hence I go for Botox," she said.
Bedi added, "I was hosting a chat show and I had very deep lines on my forehead. Every time the bright light use to hit my forehead, the lines became too visible. The guests use to feel that something was wrong since the lines generally come when people are tense. I then decided to go for Botox and now I have been using it regularly for over three years with wonderful results."
Celebrities be it Bollywood, international or housewives with deep pockets are increasingly going under knives or taking substances like Botox to look younger and Bedi says it is a rising trend. "People above 30 start taking such measures because everyone wants to look good. Nobody wants to wake up and stare though the mirror at their wrinkles. They want to look 18-year-old forever,"Bedi said.
It is also interesting that celebrities like Rakhi Sawant are now open about going public, be it with their transplants to Botox injections.
"It is nice and a good trend. There was a time when celebrities use to go abroad to do these things discreetly. But now things are changing and it is good," Bedi added.
Seeing the tremendous market potential for Botox in India, the medical firm Allergan which manufactures Botox has set up its first Botox institute in India through which it plans to train dermatologist and therapist about the benefits and procedures for Botox injections.