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Imagine’s new show Meethi Choorii No.1 is all set to present a new catty side to the long-suffering and sacrificing heroines

<img style="float:left; margin: 0px 10px 0px 0px;" src="http://static.indianexpress.com/m-images/Fri%20Jul%2030%202010,%2015:13%20hrs/M_Id_165060_meethi.jpg" />Television’s popular stars Rakshanda Khan, Neha Marda, Urvashi Dholakia, Ragini Khanna, Karishma Tanna, Mona Singh and Vibha Anand among others have played obedient daughters, sacrificing bahus, sweet mothers and loving wives in daily soaps. Some of them have also played the conniving bua, the other woman or an outright vamp. But what are they like in real life? Are they the same as they look and talk in serials or are they completely different from the characters they have played in serials? Viewers of daily soaps will soon get to know the real side of their favourite TV stars in Meethi Chhoori No 1, wherein the actresses will talk frankly about themselves and their colleagues.

Which television actress has the best figure or who looks the sexiest? Which TV actress needs loads of make-up to enhance her looks? Who will look worse in a bikini? From mundane to embarrassing, each week they will be asked personal questions. They will be asked to rate themselves on a scale of one to eight and if their ranking matches with viewers’ then the winner will get cash prize of Rs. 5 lakh.

The bulk of the show, however, consists of ranting and revealing secrets. “It’s a first-of-its-kind talk-show on a general entertainment channel wherein each week, eight girls will have fun talking and discussing various personal and touchy topics. The conversation will be unconventional. The show is frivolous and edgy but it will not go out of the fun zone,” says Fazila Allana, producer, SOL India. Based on an international format called Women Who Rant, which is quite popular in Japan, Fazila says that Meethi Chhoori No 1 is going to be refreshing and different. She admits that some of the actors required some convincing to be a part of the show. “They had some concerns, but agreed on realising that it’s a fun show,” she adds.

The show will have five permanent participants and each week three new girls will join them for a chat. Each episode will have a topic. Says Urvashi Dholakia, better known as Komolika of Kasauti, who is a permanent gossip queen on the show, “I’m just being myself and having fun because I’m an open person and speak my mind. The idea is to be witty and frank without saying anything inappropriate.” For Ragini Khanna, Suhana of Sasural Genda Phool, Meethi Chhoori... is a nice break from her daily soap. “I love dressing up and here I get to experiment in fashion. So I look pretty and talk,” she adds.

However, Mona Singh of Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin fame, says that she had no idea about how bitchy the show would be till she started shooting for it. “But I’m enjoying it because it’s not as bitchy as I had expected. At times it does get bit gossipy and edgy. But I love it because it’s not a competition. I’m getting paid to talk,” she laughs. If the girls are having fun, so are the boys. No, there are no male participants in Meethi Chhoori..., but Jay Bhanushali and Shabbir Ahluwalia, who break the ice and let the conversation flow, are the show’s co-anchors.

“This is a hilarious show because it is all done without a script. I am having great time cracking jokes and pulling legs. At times I even get to flirt with the girls,” laughs Jay Anchoring Meethi Chhoori... is a different ball-game for Shabbir, who has hosted shows like Nach Baliye and Dancing Queen before. “What’s quite interesting about the show is that it presents television’s sari-clad bahus in a different avatar…in minis and minimum. It doesn’t test the participants’ talent. Speaking your heart out and hitting the right spot is what the show is all about. So it’s quite an interesting experience to let girls take on each other,” he adds.

But unconventional, funny, bitchy or edgy, will the one-hour format hold audience’s attention? Since the show will bring out the unknown side of the actors’ personality, Fazila is confident that it will keep viewers glued to their TV sets. Jay also doesn’t doubt the show’s potential to grab eyeballs. “Women will enjoy it thoroughly,” he feels. According to Urvashi, the format is a sure-shot hit. “Not only women but men will also love it. Who doesn’t like to see beautiful faces and good bodies having fun?” she asks. Well, for eyeballs you don’t need only beautiful faces and shapely bodies, but compelling content as well.

Source: Indian Express

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