New Delhi, Nov 29 (IANS) She almost gets into the shoes of a Bollywood celebrity's life when she takes their biggest fans on a day's tour for 'Live My Life' and becomes a critic when she reviews the fashion quotient of actors on 'Style Addict'. TV anchor Shamoly Khera enjoys all that, but describes a celebrity's life as a 'vicious cycle'.
As the host of a show like UTV Star's 'Live My Life', she has learnt the nitty-gritty of a busy celeb's life.
Shamoly told IANS: 'I have been through all of them. I think the best part would obviously be the sort of importance celebrities get in their existence. It's quite enamouring watching them move around with an entourage of their personal assistants, make-up person, hair person, etc. and every need being answered pronto.
'The worst part would be the fact that their time is not theirs - they owe a lot of their lifestyle and comforts to the media and the audience and the constant reminder of this does oblige them to work more. It's like a vicious cycle!'
The 25-year-old graduated as a dermatologist and post-graduated as a cosmetologist before she stepped into the world of glamour. Shamoly is not star struck and sees celebrities like any other professional.
'Being born and brought up in Mumbai, I am fortunately not fanatical about the actors. They are just professional people doing their job well on a highly visible medium,' she said.
'If for a day, I wouldn't mind trying the life of a princess, like the late Maharani Gayatri Devi - I'd deck myself in jewels, wear exquisite saris, give memorable speeches, play polo and have servants catering to the smallest needs. Now that would be interesting!'
Even living a life as hectic as a Bollywood actor's is something she is game for.
'I am absolutely cool with the idea of working that hard. It's something that studying medicine has ingrained in my system. But, yes, being constantly scrutinised for every single move, laugh and giggle with a co-star...I think I would be highly sensitive to it.
'So I guess I'll live like the cat who shuts her eyes and thinks no one is watching her! So now with 'Live My Life' and 'Style Addict', I believe that it's a great start for myself,' said Shamoly.
She has Bollywood dreams but at present loves what she is doing.
'Anchoring is just an extension of being a performer. I always say that it's part-acting, because I am 'playing' an anchor. When UTV Stars came along I instantly agreed as I got an opportunity to not only be a face for the channel but also script and produce my own shows.
'So the medium will of course change and grow, be it television, a theatre stage or a cinema screen. None of it is ultimate, the roles or characters that I would play should be the ultimate ones,' she said.
(Radhika Bhirani can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)