Bidisha Singha and Janaki Viswanathan chat with Meiyang Chang and Deepali Kishore...
They are still popular as former contestants of Indian Idol 3.. more so because they were romantically linked at the time. And continue to be.
Meiyang Chang and Deepali Kishore will anchor Indian Idol 4, with Hussain Kuwajerwala. <b1>
They’ve just returned from auditions around the country. Over coffee, they answer for each other and stay true to the ‘just good friends’ tag.
Deepali: The best auditions were in Kolkata.. great fun! But Bangalore is the hub of real talent. Six out of the 11 hopefuls were selected. Chang, remember Delhi? There was this freaky guy who wanted to meet you..
Chang: No, he wanted to meet ‘Mikong Chang.’
Deepali (Laughs):When this guy was in the hot seat, just before the judges called him in, he dashed to the washroom! He took ages.. the contestants who came after him went in before he did.
Chang: He said he wanted to ‘release’ some of the tension. He was NOT selected.
Deepali (Pouting):Most of the hopefuls only remembered Chang. Hardly anyone knew me. I was so jealous. That’s probably why a girl has never won Indian Idol. (Pumping a fist in the air) I’ll promote women this time. Don’t simply run after men, vote for talent!
Chang: Hey, that’s not fair. Remember that girl in Lucknow? She was a huge fan of yours.. you guys chatted for so long.
Deepali: That was before the cameraman explained the shot to her. Once we rolled, she was like, “Deepali, who?” Later we heard she was talli.
Deepali: It’s great to have Kailash Kher on board. He was a guest judge during the Kanpur auditions last year. That was where I got selected. And Sonali Bendre.. every time Chang sees her on the sets, he goes, “Haii.”
Chang (Mooning): She is sooo beautiful!
Deepali: Moving on to Javed sir (Akthar).. he’s still the same. So is Anu Malekji. If he changed, Indian Idol wouldn’t be as popular as it is.
Chang: Now that we have a month off, I can start putting together my band, F4’s, next album. We’re also doing playback for a film, The Seventeens, in which I’m acting too. I’m playing a teenager. I’m 26.
Deepali: I’m busy with a BMM course at Mithibai College. I sang a number for Don Muthuswami. I even sat through the whole movie. I don’t think I can ever act.
Chang: She can.. she’s very expressive. She’d be great in a saas-bahu show.
Deepali: Never mind. Actually, the BMM course is just a foundation for a dream. Someday I’d love to be an RJ for Radio Mirchi.
Chang: They’re our radio partners for Indian Idol 4. Talk about brand loyalty!
Deepali: It’s not like that. It was the first pucca radio station to make it to Patna, my hometown.
Couple? No way!
Deepali: The rumours got stronger after Chang presented me with a rose during one of his performances. All the talk about ‘us’ used to amuse, irritate and anger. If there was any truth to it, hum sharmaate na?
Chang: Right. There’s never been anything on between us. Even if we were the last two people on earth, I’m sure I’d find a dog. I like dogs.
Deepali: And I’d find a Chinese restaurant. Chang and his dog would eventually make it there. He loves Chinese food. Give him a plate of it and he can forget the world. During the shoots, I’ve stayed up till 1 am, so we can call for food together. Even though he ends up eating by himself. But all said and done, he is a good friend.. a great listener.
Chang: And she’s a great talker. But seriously, there’s nothing between us.
Chang: Softer, Deepali. She’s supersonic, isn’t she? She’ll make a great actress.