'I am a host in IPL who connects viewers to experts' - Shiv Pandit

Shiv Pandit, the handsome and dashing host in the ongoing IPL cricketing series has surely set the hearts of girls racing!! Here he is talking of his experience as a host...

Friday, May 16, 2008 | 11:44:13 AM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Shiv Pandit can easily be called the 'Mandira Bedi' of IPL. Pardon the analogy, but his effective and stylish anchoring in the ongoing IPL seems to have left a great mark with the viewers. And the girls seem to finally have a reason to drool over television sets during cricket matches, like the guys did when Mandi used to host matches!

So was he always interested in cricket, or did the glamour and money bring him closer to the game? "I have always been interested in cricket and have been following the game closely since my childhood. However, that doesn't mean I am a cricketing expert. I am a cricket fan!", says the handsome model.

But isn't a thorough knowledge of the game required to host such shows? "Not really. You will need to understand my role first. I am not a technical expert in the show. I am just a host who is connecting the viewers to the experts. And I feel, with my cricketing knowledge, I can execute this role very well," says Shiv who has been a radio jockey with a popular FM channel for more than two years. "That is where I really learned the ropes of hosting shows and keeping people engrossed. Plus, I could meet so many people there -- it was a great experience working as a radio jockey," says the former student of English literature in Delhi University.

Shiv dabbled into theatre for some time and worked with Vivek before moving to Mumbai. "I was part of a group called Scene Stealers and did many shows with them," quips Shiv. Once he became popular as a RJ, he didn't have to look back. "Offers for ad films started pouring in and luckily almost all the ads I did (Sprite, Colgate, LG, Tide, Airtel) were huge hits. Advertisements made me a known face," says Shiv.

Shiv has been recently signed up by Ravi Chandran for a big-budget Tamil movie. Actress Mansi Parekh has been cast opposite him.

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Posted on: 22 June 2012 at 7:49am
the article is so old. but wanna post to increase his rank.

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Posted on: 16 May 2008 at 12:45pm
He's always seemed very shrewd and cuning to me after that Sprite ad where he was buttering and two timing the girls. He's a welcome change from Charu Sharma though.
I also like the other host!

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Posted on: 16 May 2008 at 6:42am
He is nice. i like him a lot. i actually wait 4 him 2 come during the match.

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Posted on: 16 May 2008 at 2:15am
I really like him.Thanks.

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Posted on: 16 May 2008 at 2:05am
i always wanted to find out his name! :P i find him really good looking! :P
thanks TB!

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Posted on: 16 May 2008 at 1:33am
He also comes in the Sprite ad... Does well with hosting...

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Posted on: 16 May 2008 at 1:06am
he is the guy who is the inspector on sab tv FIR... he looks awesome... and his hosting skills are awesome too...

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Posted on: 16 May 2008 at 12:29am
thnxxxxx ...he is kwelll

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