Models take to TV anchoring
Nina Manuel started a major trend when she turned host for the lifestyle show, After Hours. Since then, many models have turned to TV anchoring, with Manuel’s contemporary, Carol Gracias, being the latest to join the bandwagon.fashion and trends Updated: Jul 11, 2010 12:58 IST
Nina Manuel started a major trend when she turned host for the lifestyle show, After Hours. Since then, many models have turned to TV anchoring, with Manuel’s contemporary, Carol Gracias, being the latest to join the bandwagon.
Hosting a show called Buzz on Sahara Samay, Gracias says, “I’ve always wanted to tour the world, but since travel shows are really hard to come by, this was as good as it gets.” Gracias travels around the city reviewing new nightlife spots. Since her Hindi is “not as good as I thought it was,” the channel adapted the show’s format to ‘hinglish’. “I had never hosted a show before. But as a model, I had been interviewed on TV, so I was comfortable in front of the camera,” she says. Since she only hosts four days a month, she can also keep modelling. “It’s a steady income and also allows me to do what I love. Though I’m not sure many people even know that I’m an anchor now,” she laughs.
Another model who dove into anchoring, is Aditya Bal. He stepped off the ramp and into the kitchen a couple of years ago, by hosting a cooking show on NDTV Good Times. “Acting wasn’t working out. That’s when I started cooking. I realised I was getting good, so I auditioned for a show and landed the part,” he recalls.
Ask him whether he is more famous as a host or model and he replies, “I was famous within the industry as a model. But the show gives me a different kind of popularity. I interact with an audience and share experiences.” He admits that modelling gave him an advantage, saying, “It teaches you about camera angles and lighting, and makes you comfortable in your own skin.”
Angad Bedi, who was last seen on Extra Innings, the IPL cricket show and who recently hosted the IFFA awards, is dividing his time between the ramp and anchoring. Currently working on his debut movie with Vashu Bhagnani, Bedi insists that he’ll never say no to a cricket chow. “Cricket is in my blood. My commitments may change once the movie is out, but I’ll always want to host or be an expert commentator,” he says. He agrees that being a model worked to his advantage, saying,
“It helps because you are already a known face. Besides, modelling is not a profession for men, so many are looking at other avenues. And anchoring is definitely becoming very popular.”