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First Information Reporton SHYAM

PRIYADARSSHINI SHARMA meets the new SS channel VJ in town, Shyam.



SS Music Channel VJ Shyam Kashyap who hosts the show FIR

WHATEVER. WELL, that's the buffer word these days. The lingo of the young. A word that means a hundred things to hundred different people. And for Shyam too, SS music channel VJ, hosting the FIR show, it has been his word also. Whatever. Whatever have been the irregularities of his young life, he has braved it all to make his dream come true. " I am living my dream now. The dream of being in the entertainment industry. The dream of being a VJ. It is all too perfect," says this cool, head- on- his- shoulders guy.

" I was shooting for a film when the VJ factor, SS music's hunt for a VJ was on. I could not make it to the hunt but one thing led to another and here I am, as a VJ for them."

Growing up

For 20-year-old Shyam, who "quit studies at a very young age," it has been a difficult journey to this point of adulation. " I disappointed my parents when I quit school, but they stood by me. They let me do the things I wanted and now after bagging this contract with SS music, everybody is happy." And Shyam is wiser, cooler and taller, from that young kid who gave up school to pursue his dream. " I made a mistake, a big mistake long ago. I quit education. But today I am back to studies, along with Vee Jaying. I now realise how important education is and will advise all youngsters to complete their studies. A basic degree is very important. You need it to survive out there."


And for Shyam, who survived out there, it was the period in the wilderness that proved a big learning experience. "I worked doing odd jobs. I worked for my uncle. I worked in a call centre. I was giving handouts to passers by, delivering fliers to offices, working in a camera showroom. It all helped shape me."

And this young TV icon whose FIR deals with film reviews, talks with actors, directors, producers, Shyam's biggest challenge at the moment is "to live up to the expectations" of the channel.

Family ties

And who do you think has been an inspiration for the spiked hair, ear pierced, with natty shades, bracelets and chains donned VJ? " The person I really and truly idolise is my father. There is so much that I learnt from him and still keep learning. But, yes, I live in Chennai with my grandmother and she is cool. Lets say when they made her, they broke the mould. She is New Age granny. She talks about the restaurants in town, the latest in music and movies. We share the same wavelength," says Shyam, showing the crystal Ganesha locket dangling on a chain around his neck as a treasured present given by his grandmother.

Presently just settling into the Rhythm and Blues of his new job, Shyam who did a very small role as the hero's friend in `Vanam Vasappadun', is "learning everyday from my colleagues, from senior VJs, Carey and Craig."

Whatever

And it is this attitude to learn from mistakes, to rectify, to move on that did not let Shyam go off the tangent when, "They badge you for everything you do. You are judged all the time for everything you do," he says referring to a cruel society sizing him through his highs and lows. A precocity born out of barbs and disappointments, Shyam believes, " seriously, everything happens for a reason. If I hadn't quit studies at that time, I would not be here. Now I am back to education along with my dream come true. Everything is perfect at the moment. I don't want to jinx it. The least I can do for my parents is to give them peace of mind" and then in true `Hey- man, Yo- man' style of the VJ's says, " I am the only menace for them." Unlikely, but `Whatever'.

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