Planning a vacation but can’t pick an exclusive getaway? Ask Sushma Reddy, who is all set to play host on a new show, Dream Hotel, on Discovery Travel and Living. The wheel has thus turned full circle for Sushma, who began her career as a VJ, moved to modelling and acting, and is now back to anchoring a show on television.
“I travel a lot, so a travel show is right up my street,” says the sensuous Sushma, who hosted Indian Rendesvouz last year on the same channel. However, her new show, which covers 55 hotels around the world, does not require the host to travel. “But I have no regrets about that, because it is very difficult to travel and shoot, especially in 55 locations,” laughs Sushma.
Apart from the show, Sushma also has her hands full with other projects. After her brush with acting in 'Chocolate', which she thinks was a “good break”, she did a few blink-and-you-miss-her roles in films like 'Don' and 'Chup Chup Ke'. “I did Don because of Farhan (Akhtar), who is a friend, and I couldn’t refuse Priyadarshan either,” confesses Sushma, who is disappointed by Bollywood’s failure to produce women-centric films.
Which is why acting does not top her list of priorities. “It is a lot of hard work; and one has to look pretty and keep fit. Hosting a show on TV, on the other hand, is a lot more fun, because I can interact with people, and speak directly to the camera,” she explains.
Which is not to say that she will keep off acting entirely. “I would concentrate on acting only if I got good roles,” she says, listing as her personal Bollywood favourites Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, and Akshay Kumar.
So why did she refuse to appear on 'Khatron Ke Khiladi', hosted by Akshay Kumar? “Eating worms and all that is fine with me but I’m terrified of heights, which is the only reason I couldn’t participate,” admits the otherwise “adventurous” Sushma.
So, feet firmly on the ground, Sushma has formed a production house called Sushma Reddy Productions, with two projects in the pipeline, an action thriller and a romantic comedy. “We are yet to decide on the directors and actors,” says the new producer, who is also scripting the films, collaborating with writers such as Honey Irani. What’s more, she is also writing a children’s book on the environment and how children can help care for it. Busy bee, did you say?