After The Big Switch (UTV Bindass) in which she played host, Genelia D’ Souza returns to the small screen as a mentor on The Chosen One on UTV Stars, a show that grooms Bollywood aspirants. A t2 chat.
What got you interested in The Chosen One on UTV Stars?
The innovative concept and the fact that I could relate to it got me interested in the show. It’s important for newcomers to have the right guidance and mentoring and I’m so glad that I can be someone who can do that.
What are the biggest grooming mistakes you see people make?
Trying to be someone that you aren’t. I didn’t believe in trying to be something that I’m not when I started out and I stuck to my guns and ended getting complimented for who I was. It just goes to show that no matter what happens, you should be yourself.
What exactly is your role as a mentor on the show?
As a mentor, I play the role of guiding the contestants who are put through various tasks to test their mettle and most of these tasks are set up by filmstars. I like being there to boost their confidence and guide them in the right direction. I’m not there to judge them but to ensure that I’m a moral support to them.
Are you involved in any other aspect of the show?
Mentoring the contestants in my view is definitely the most crucial part. However, I do chip in on the task-setting aspect. I also look into grooming the contestants.
What does it take to win a show of this kind?
The right attitude, talent, hard work and commitment can take you places.
What is your advice for someone who wants to become a part of this industry?
Believe in yourself and follow your heart!
You have done television before, what about the medium do you enjoy?
I like the fact that TV is such a relatable medium. People feel closer to those on TV and especially with a show like ours, they get a chance to see people and celebrities in their real skin. I enjoy doing TV and films equally.
You have been on a three-month break ever since you got married to Riteish Deshmukh in February...
I have worked non-stop without any break for so many years. I always had commitments — brands and films — that I needed to stick by and hence couldn’t get time off. After the wedding, I decided to take some time off and settle in. Now that I’m back, I look forward to getting back to some great work.
How is marriage treating you?
It’s great. I highly recommend marriage to everyone!
Are you itching to get back on a film set?
I will start shooting for Rock the Shaadi (opposite Abhay Deol) soon, which I’m looking forward to.