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Mini turns max

Time to find "Indian Idol" with Mini Mathur, now making a comeback to the small screen.



Mini Mathur in New Delhi. Photo: R.V. Moorthy.

WE THOUGHT Mini has gone major but she claims she has become max. The chatterbox of Indian television is back after a long sabbatical and she claims she is better than ever before. "I was in the family way. Now with son Vivan one-year-old, I decided to return and Indian Idol provided a perfect opportunity. I wanted to move beyond the MTV image and the reality show allowed me to experiment with my style."

Well, we also wanted to see her move ahead but on a celluloid road. "Yes, I gave it a try with a smallish role in Dil Vil Pyar Vyar. And soon got some offers to do item songs which I refused. I think it was foolish on my part as those songs went on to become hits. Now I am looking forward to some meaningful roles."

Meanwhile, she got married to filmmaker Kabir Khan and is game to help him out in his international project to be launched soon. Clearing the rumours that Salman has been signed for the project Mini says, "It is going to be an Indo-U.S. production to be shot mostly in Afghanistan with the theme focussing on the contemporary problems in the region. Arshad Warsi and Naseeruddin Shah have been signed and talks are on with a leading Hollywood actress."

Talking about Indian Idol Mini boasts it was not difficult to be a co-anchor with Aman Verma as she has come through the world of Cyrus Broacha and Cyrus Sahukar. "The only difference was in MTV we were allowed to be ourselves. Here we were dealing with talented young singers so we had to me more discreet."

Rude judges

She admits the judges are going to be bit a rude with the contestants but adds, "It is being done keeping in mind Indian sensibilities. I know what happened to Kamzor Kadi Kaun in India."

Mini who herself came through a talent hunt by MTV feels times have changed. "Now there is too much crowd with talent hunts going to smaller towns as well. And there is increasing aspiration to see oneself on television."

However, she refuses to accept there is something wrong in making money out of real emotions particularly when it comes to young losers.

"Over the selection process we become their friends. They share their joys and sorrows with us and the same we capture on camera. Nothing is forced. Here we are looking for a charmer who can hold the audience with his voice. He may not have a classical training in music but he should have the magic, what we call X-factor, to make the listeners move with him, sing with him."

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