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'Ahana Deol is made of star stuff'

The talk show host discovers some striking qualities in Hema Malini's younger daughter on her show Rendezvous with Simi Garewal.

india Updated: Sep 18, 2006 20:28 IST
Subhash K. Jha (Indo-Asian News Service)
Subhash K. Jha (Indo-Asian News Service)

Simi Garewal, in her television talk show, introduced to audiences Ahana Deol, Dharmendra and Hema Malini's younger daughter who has grown up into a graceful and striking woman.

"She's absolute fully certifiable star material. Soft spoken, graceful and beautiful," that's how Simi described Ahana, who was seen for the first time as a grown-up woman Sunday night on STAR World's Rendezvous with Simi Garewal.

"She is stunning on camera. It's just a matter of time before she takes the plunge into an acting career," Simi told IANS.

Simi Garewal poses with Esha  (L) and Ahana Deol  (R).

But Ahana's mother, Hema Malini, thinks her baby girl is too shy to face the camera.

"Not at all!" protests Simi. "Ahana isn't shy. In fact, she spoke so well on my show. It's just that having Esha as a sister sort of inhibits Ahana. Esha is so strong and tough."

Esha talked about how important it is for girls to learn kickboxing to protect themselves from predatory men.

"I told her on the show that only three heroines - Priyanka Chopra, Rani Mukerji and Esha - have no boyfriends. Esha looked at me as if she'll kill me," laughed Simi.

"They came together with their mom on my show when they were much younger. But now both Ahana and Esha have grown up. You've to see the change in them. People will enjoy the transformation and you've to see how protective Esha is of Ahana, and vice versa.

"Ahana says she doesn't want her sister to marry anyone in the industry. When I asked them who is emotional, Esha says Ahana is so emotional that even when she sees a puppy straying on the road she gets tears in her eyes."

Esha also talked about her father Dharmendra and said he never saw Dhoom though he liked Ankahee.

Now Rendezvous... is almost over but Simi is quite pleased with the guests she has interacted with so far.

"Now that this Rendezvous season is almost over, I feel my worry that I won't be able to get enough top-notch guests was unfounded," said Simi.

"The only one on my wish-list who couldn't come was Sania Mirza. She said she'd come only when she started winning. Too bad this season is over."

First Published: Sep 18, 2006 20:22 IST