Mandira Bedi, who was missing in action as her pregnancy and motherhood kept her busy, will return to host Jo Jeeta Wohi Superstar (JJWS) season 2. The show, to be aired on Star Plus, brings winners and runners-up from multiple singing competitions together to compete for the title of Superstar.
“I wanted to come back with a smashing show,” says Mandira, adding, “Six winners will be picked from across all music-based shows. There will also be 12 challengers, who were runners-up at various competitions. The challengers will be a hungry lot, and will want to prove their mettle on this show.” Music director Shantanu Moitra will replace last season’s judges, director-choreographer Farah Khan and music composers Vishal-Shekhar.
The other big names being considered for judging the show, which will go on air on March 31, are music composers Shankar Mahadevan and Ram Sampat, and singer Shaan. The channel is also planning to rope in a Bollywood personality to join the panel.
Talking about juggling motherhood and work, she says, “My baby is nine months old and I have been working for five months now, hosting corporate events and shows.” Ask whether it’s tough to juggle both roles, and Mandira replies, “I am not on the job from 9 am to 6 pm, six days a week. As my work hours are flexible, I don’t have difficulty managing both.”
She will be required to shoot for JJWS one day a week. “I take my baby and the nanny with me wherever I go for work. My son is already well-travelled as I have been to Dubai, Goa, Bangalore and Delhi,” Mandira reveals.
She insists women don’t need to stop working after motherhood, saying, “My husband and I both agree that I am a better person when I’m working. I love being a mother, but I need to do other stuff too. My baby is the greatest blessing given to me, but my work makes me a happier person. And I can manage both well.”
What’s on Season 2?
Produced by Endemol, Jo Jeeta Wohi Superstar brings the winners and runners-up of numerous singing TV competitions together to compete for the title of Superstar.
The show starts March 31 at 10 pm. In its 13 week-run, it will feature champions and challengers from shows like X factor, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, Voice of India, Indian Idol among others. Rahul Vaidya of Indian Idol also won season 1 of JJWS in 2008.