She is without doubt one of the most vivacious and elegant ladies on television today. She is smart enough to get the deep secrets out of the young, smart and charming faces of Bollywood. All the spectators are bet to be jealous of her as she grills the most desirable youngsters in Bollywood industry.Star World
's popular show today Simi Selects India's Most Desirable has captured the hearts of a million with the uniqueness and the fineness that it carries with it. Simi Selects India's most desirable is doing well and is being appreciated now by masses and classes and Simi Garewal
is an anchor par excellence. The forthcoming episode will have Abhay Deol as the next most desirable...
In a conversation, Simi talks about the show and also shares the differences that the show has from her previous show Rendezvous...
Excerpts...What is your line of research before you interview the person?
in 'Rendezvous' I would research everything about the person; almost
from the time they were born! I could write a thesis on them! I'd read
up, talk to people, I'd do whatever it took to know about them; because
that show was very in-depth and comprehensive. In Simi Selects India's
Most Desirable – my focus is simpler – it's getting to know the
different facets of the person – but within the focus of 'desirability'.The show is about India's 'most desirables'. What are the traits you think one must possess to be 'desirable'?
would need to have the whole package! That means they would have to be
single and eligible. They would have to have glamour, beauty, sex
appeal, life-style, and talent – everything that makes people look at
them as 'objects of desire'.How difficult is it to ask very personal questions on camera to your guests since you know them personally?
design my show according to the guests. There are some who are happy to
talk about their personal lives, some not. So I see how it goes. I
don't really look at my questions as 'very personal', I look at them as
my way of getting to know and understand the person.Unlike your
last show, Rendezvous, which had people of all ages being interviewed,
this show is about youngsters. How difficult is it to interact with the
youngsters and read their mind?
I don't really see any difference.
Even in Rendezvous I interviewed a lot of young people and felt very
comfortable. The difference here is that my guests are all young and
they are the new generation. They don't have 'image' hang-ups. They
speak freely and are very intelligent and smart. Reading minds of any
age is not difficult – they are all human beings. They all have
Who is the one celebrity you have enjoyed interviewing most and why?
cannot pick one from140 Rendezvous, from my documentaries, or from
SSIMD. Every one brings their own personality to the show. And truly, it
may sound cliched, but I really enjoy getting to know each person for
their own special individuality and uniqueness.You are known to have a fascination with white. Why? Is there any other colour you like?
I really do love white. Ever since I was a little girl, my favourite
party dresses were always white. I feel 'happy' when I wear white. If I
happen to get attracted to designs in another colour, I buy them, but
they remain in my wardrobe, unworn. I also like cream and ivory as
colours, but they are extensions of white really.You are wearing
Anamika Khanna's designs. How do you find her as a designer and have
you worn her clothes before? Is there any sensibility which is common
between you two?
I had never worn Anamika before my show, but I had
admired her clothes a lot. In fact I have filed up lots of her designs from
fashion shows in my computer. I had made up my mind that when I do my
show I would ask her to design for me. I love the look she has given me.
It's feminine and trendy and has her unique Anamika stamp! But let me
add, getting to know Anamika has been one of the nicest experiences for
me. She lives in Kolkata, I in Mumbai and yet she has always
accommodated me, designing specifically for me and getting me clothes in
time. She is a kind, gentle, fabulous person and I love her. You are known a style diva. What is style for you?
really never looked at myself as a style diva or fashionista; I wear
the style that I feel suits me the best. You have to 'feel good' in what
you're wearing! I like classical lines. I don't go for bling or the
latest hot trend because that gets outdated quickly. I prefer the
elegant, understated look that endures.What do you do to keep yourself so young? What's the secret?
is no secret! I don't do anything unusual. Most women today look good
and take care of themselves and so do I. I work out regularly, I don't
drink alcohol and I watch what I eat. But then I've done that all my
life. You wear so many hats – actor, producer, TV host, and writer. Which role is closest to your heart?
would be surprised to know the hat I enjoy the most is actually one you
haven't mentioned. I enjoy editing. But truly the whole creative
process is fascinating to me, from writing to directing. It gives me a
high like no other! Do you think your sophistication stopped many filmmakers from casting you in regular roles?
think you may have hit the nail on the head! Maybe it was my
westernized sophistication. But then that didn't stop a Satyajit Ray
from casting me in the role of an Adivasi – did it? Unfortunately, many
directors tend to follow the easy route; they cast according to 'image'.
Sad, but true…