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‘I want to make friends with the kids’

Genelia D’Souza who will debut as a hostess on a new reality show is happy to try out something different for the small screen. Rachana Dubey tells more.

tv Updated: Sep 25, 2009 18:54 IST
Rachana Dubey

Genelia D’Souza who will debut as a hostess on a new reality show is happy to try out something different for the small screen. Rachana Dubey tells more.

What drew you to Big Switch on UTV Bindass?
I think the concept is extremely novel. It’s a one of a kind show where you’ll find a perfect blend of drama and reality. I thought it was the best show for me to debut on TV. I’m not a new face on TV if you technically think about it. I’ve already done some commercials.

Aren’t you apprehensive given that most of your colleagues are turning to TV?
I don’t have apprehensions. Isn’t it cool that finally, two mediums that were considered stepsisters are uniting? I think we should look at the trend positively. We get to try different things. I’m getting paid to be myself on the small screen. I think we should all be happy because everyone will have their own space. No encroachments there.

This isn’t the first show that was offered to you for anchoring.
This is in fact my first offer. I agreed to do it because it wasn’t interfering in my movie schedules. I was asked to give 13 days in a row for the shoot.

I was dilly-dallying because I knew another schedule was about to begin. But as luck would have it, the movie schedule got postponed and I could easily accommodate the show.

Is that the only reason?
No, there is of course a bigger reason to do it. Zarina (Screwwala) approached me with the show. I’m already doing two films with them. This show meant enhancing relations with the company and with her.

What will be your role as a host?
I don’t want to side the slum kids or the rich brats. I want to be their confidante because they will not have anyone else to communicate with. I want them to come to me when they feel hassled, when they want to share something good or bad. I want them to turn to me for advice and know that I’m their friend who’s always there for them.

Often, it’s considered that actresses switch to TV when they don’t have much to do in the movies.
I think it’s an unfair statement. My last film, Life Partner, which wasn’t promoted as heavily, actually did very well. The film made good money. But still if something worthwhile comes her way I think every actress would go for it.