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Mini Mathur says she once ‘blew up’ Rs 20 lakh on dinner, reveals her first salary at MTV

The 47-year-old made the revelations during a conversation with Cyrus Broacha on his podcast Cyrus Says

Agnivo Niyogi Calcutta Published 10.04.23, 12:23 PM
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Popular television host and actress Mini Mathur recently revealed in a podcast that she had spent Rs 20 lakh on dinner at the Marriott after winning the amount at a quiz show.

“There was a quiz show where I won Rs 20 lakh. It was called Heartbeat, where the time you got to answer a question was 100 heartbeats. So if your heart is beating fast, you get less time (to answer)... I won Rs 20 lakh and at that time it was a lot of money. But I blew it all up in one evening,” she said during a conversation with Cyrus Broacha on his podcast Cyrus Says.

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“I did have 22 people and I remember I took them all for dinner to Marriott,” Mini recalled.

Mini, a prominent television host and actress, is known for hosting the singing reality show Indian Idol for six seasons. She was also a VJ on MTV and starred in the web series Mind The Malhotras on Amazon Prime Video.

During the interview, she said that her first salary at MTV was Rs 50,000, which was like a stipend for her because she had other sources of income. “But I was making so much more money… It was like a stipend which I spent on booking tickets for home.”

Mini got her first advertisement assignment because Sushmita Sen did not turn up on time, the 47-year-old recalled. “I got a chance to fill in for a model who never turned up for a Ray-Ban campaign. Sushmita Sen was modelling then, and she was supposed to turn up for a woman pilot ad in which we had to pitch for a campaign. She didn’t come on time,” said Mini.

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