Sandhya Mridul began her career with television in the ’90s. And after recently participating in the dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, she’s returning to the tube as the host of Channel V’s new reality show, My Big Decision.
The international format is being produced by BBC Worldwide Productions India in association with the channel, in the country.
Over the stories that will be featured on the show, Mridul will help participants deal with conflicting issues by facilitating meetings with experts in their respective fields.
“Each episode is a three-day journey in the life of the participant, where he or she will understand the pros and cons. Then finally, there is an interaction with me and the audience,” says Mridul, who so far has shot for six episodes.
“It’s not just the contestants, but also the audience who get acquainted with concepts common with the youth, like liposuction, steroids and abortion. We also have dealt with transgenders; people actually think they are eunuchs, but they’re not.”
One of the episodes focuses on young aspiring actors from small towns, who make sacrifices to come to Mumbai, hoping to make it big.
“It’s that question of when do you stop, that lingers. I was able to help a bit in this case, since I am an actor. But chances are that all eight million of them won’t become actors,” she adds. To be launched on January 14, the one-hour show will air on Saturdays, at 7 pm.
Mridul watched the international BBC series to get a better understanding of the show, but she claims the hard part was to find Indian contestants who were willing to share their private lives on a public platform.
She explains, “They’d told me it could take time, because of the research involved and the hunt for participants. But through word of mouth, we were able to find them. I run a casting company, so I sent a few people for the actors’ episode as well.”