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Saturday , November 10 , 2012
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Film fest’s jodi


On having Parambrata as co-host…

I am very comfortable with Param because we’ve hosted so many shows together for television. Jisshu, I and Param hosted the Calcutta Police show, which was a huge success. When I was asked who I am comfortable with, I said Param. Our chemistry and timing is good, which is so important because if you make mistakes the other can make up for it.

What she will wear…

I will wear this black-white-gold sari from Dev r Nil, so I got some gold jewellery from Anjali. I picked up Kaanbala, Konkon and a Mograhaar... all traditional Bangali jewellery. The sari is gorgeous! It’s a tissue Benarasi with antique gold work.

On fighting jitters...

Yes, I am very excited and also nervous because I will be sharing the stage with Big B (Amitabh Bachchan). I am a huge fan of Amitabh Bachchan and this is the first time Calcutta will actually see him, Mithunda (Chakraborty) and Shah Rukh Khan together. Plus, there’s Ranjit Mallick (chairman of the film festival committee), Sandip Ray (chairman, Nandan) and Goutam Ghose. I’m honoured that the festival committee has considered me as a host for the second time.



If June has given him any tips...

Not really. June and I have anchored different kinds of shows on different occasions and what I like about June is the fact that if she messes up, she has this lovely smile and a blank face and she turns towards you and you don’t know what to do then! You have to make something up somehow and it’s really funny.

What he will wear...

A raw silk embroidered Prince coat in black from Dev r Nil.

On fighting jitters...

I am not nervous at all. Yes, this is my first time at the festival inaugural ceremony but for some reason, nervousness is one thing that doesn’t come naturally to me. I am glad that I will be sharing the stage with Mr Bachchan, Mr Shah Rukh Khan and also Katrina, hopefully (smiles), and other dignitaries, but that does not make me nervous.

On watching films at the festival...

That’s my main intention. I have been watching films at this festival for the last 14 years, continuously, so it’s my festival!