'Life has become boring after IPL' - Vishal Malhotra

Vishal Malhotra, the flamboyant host of IPL talks of his experience hosting the big event and on his upcoming Bollywood projects...

Tuesday, June 10, 2008 | 11:17:06 AM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Vishal Malhotra is a tired man these days. Before he can enjoy his post-IPL break, he has to rush between studios for film shoots as he has a pretty impressive list of films to his credit.

"There are too many things happening at the same time. Jannat, where I play Imran Hashmi's friend is doing well. Aziz Mirza's Kismat connection, where I have a significant role is scheduled for a release in July and Ravi Chopra's Banda Yeh Bindas Hai and Rajashri's Ek Vivah Aisi Bhi are scheduled for a release during the festive season (Diwali) later this year,” says the handsome actor.

But how did Vishal venture into the IPL? “I was actually being considered for the latest season of Indian Idol, but the dates were not matching. For Indian Idol, they needed continuous dates for few months, whereas I already had some prior commitments. As a second option, the IPL host's role was offered to me. I wasted no time in grabbing it immediately. Firstly because it was cricket, a game I have been passionate about since my childhood. And secondly because it required commitment from me for only 45 days,” explains the actor.

"Frankly speaking life has become very boring after IPL. For these 45 days, everything was moving at jet speed. Hotel rooms became my home and aircrafts my daily mode of transport! The daily excitement was suddenly it seems like I have no work!” says Vishal who’s free and frank hosting of the matches have won him many accolades. “I think what really helped me was my age (25). Most of the players were of my age bracket and thus I could talk to them as friends and not a television anchor. I feel that helped them open up more and speak more naturally,” concludes the host before rushing for a shoot.

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Posted on: 18 July 2008 at 3:51am
oohhh I miss him too!!! he's such a cutie...i absolutely loved him as the disney host and in Hip Hip Hurray (which i miss every much too!)....gosh...can't wait to see him in his movies!

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Posted on: 18 June 2008 at 5:50pm
i miss him and ayesha takia from disney hour LOL

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Posted on: 10 June 2008 at 10:24am
he reminds me of hip hip hurray...its my all time fav show

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Posted on: 10 June 2008 at 7:41am
Yep! I loved him in Hip Hip Hooray! I still remember that programme soo well in my mind!=P
I miss IPL too:(

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Posted on: 10 June 2008 at 7:21am
ohhh yes even i loved hip hip hurray and he was greattttttttt with it!

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Posted on: 10 June 2008 at 3:25am
awww the disney boy misses ipl days...
all the best to him for his all projects and films coming up:)

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