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Tania on the roll



Super Model Tania Zaetta. Photo: R.V. Moorthy.

WHEN SHE came to India some years ago, she knew that she had to come again. Visiting Delhi this past week for the second time, this time as a celebrity host of the popular show "Who Dares Wins" on AXN channel, Australian action girl Tania Zaetta is as much in love with India as before.

"India is a mind-blowing experience. I loved every minute of these three-and-a-half weeks of travelling around Indian cities this time. Even before when I came to India with some friends, I knew I had to return to this amazing land sometime," says the ravishing former model. Known for that sporty and fun-loving air in her as the popular co-anchor of "Who Dares Wins" along with former Australian cricket star Mike Whitney, Tania will co-host a similar show on AXN from December 3, "Xtreme Dhamaka". And, the show being a purely Indian one - except Tania and Mike, every bit of it from the concept to production to participants is local born - she travelled around Delhi, Chandigarh, Pune, Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad to film the 13-episode programme.

"Before coming to India to shoot this programme, I received a lot of advisory as to what to wear and how to behave while being here. But I realised now that it is as good a place as any other place elsewhere," says this 29-year-old with a gorgeous smile. She says what gave her "the greatest thrill" was, while shooting for "Xtreme Dhamaka" road shows, people on the street recognised her.

"Here I am meeting these people for the first-time and they already know me. That speaks for the popularity of `Who Dares Wins'," Tania observes. India, she says, has been in her long before she even visited the country. "Long before I was born, my mother came to India as a tourist and went back with all the good ideals of Buddhism and Hinduism. I was brought up with those ideals," she adds. Learning "Bollywood-style" dance in London at present, she can also croon a line or two of the popular Hindi film numbers.

"These song and dance numbers in movies are real cool. Nowhere in the world do you get to see this format in films," notes this lover of Indian food, adding though, "I do not mind trying out a role or two in a Bollywood film". An admirer of Channel V's pop bands, Band of Boys and Aasma, the last film Tania saw was "Tere Naam" and wishes to meet Salman Khan and "that dazzling actress" Aishwarya Rai. Not together we hope!

SANGEETA BAROOAH PISHAROTY

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