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Suchitra Krishnamurthi makes a comeback with Hum Aur Tum, the just-launched talk show on Zee TV


IN COMES this girl, swinging in her soft, feathery features in Kundan Shah's Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naan. That was in the early 90s. A little more role-playing on camera, then the big news breaks - Suchitra Krishnamurthi marries one of the most eligible bachelors of Bollywood, the actor-director Shekhar Kapur. Overnight, she becomes the envy of many.

Then breezes in her solo music album, Dole Dole. The video becomes as popular as her light and fluffy crooning. And the entertainment world spots a fresh side of Suchi. To make things fabulous, an impressed celebrity musician Andrew Lloyd Webber even composes a song for her.

But all this was some time ago. Now, Suchitra, will be seen in a new avatar — as the host of an afternoon talk show, Hum Aur Tum on Zee TV. This time Suchi will chat up with celebrity couples. If at times she giggles with them, at others she is caught telling the guests to reveal their bedroom secrets.

Not that she was initially comfortable with her new role. "I never wanted to do something serious. I am not that type. So, till a day before the promos for the show were shot, I was not sure whether I wanted to do it. I actually refused them that day. But after putting down the phone, I thought about its format and said to myself, why not," says Suchitra. Produced by Applause Entertainment for Zee to be aired at 1 p.m. on Sundays, the 13-episode show is being sponsored by bharatmatrimony.com.

"To begin with, we are now interviewing two celebrity couples. I should say it is a very chatty and casual affair and yet relevant to everyone's lives," she continues. But what takes the cake is her re-entry into films after a break of almost a decade. "I will be coming in a Ramgopal Varma film opposite Anil Kapoor, most likely in early September," she reveals. Talk show, music album and acting. All that is left to be seen is a joint project with Mr. Kapur. But the suggestion at once brings this reaction: "No way shall we be doing something together. I honestly believe if a couple, who are both professionals, end up doing anything together, they end up creating a mess."

SANGEETA BAROOAH PISHAROTY

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