Actor Benafsha Soonawala, who hosted Ekta Kapoor and Anand Mishra‘s MTV BCL, talks about her experience, her equations with the players and interesting incidents.
Q. How was the experience of anchoring MTV BCL?
Benafsha Soonawala: The experience of hosting the show was phenomenal. I think it was exactly my kinda show to host, full of fun and masti. I had such a great time interacting with all the TV celebs. There’s not one interview I’ve taken that’s not had a lot of laughter, comedy and fun along with cricket conversations. Apart from that, it was to work with Balaji. I absolutely adore the team. They’re all like buddies and we talk like old school friends. We shot from morning to the next morning but I loved the vibe so much that I was always full of energy and fun. Not to forget my sense of humour on the show. That’s not hard since I’m Parsi and it comes naturally to us Parsis.
Q. The youth has connected to the show, what is the feedback you are getting?
Benafsha Soonawala: I’ve got so many messages and comments every day saying we’re hooked on to the show because of you. People say that they love the way I am so funny while hosting and say that I have a cute, friendly nature. There’s a lot more but I don’t wanna sound like a narcissist now. Not only the audience but even family, friends and actors from the TV fraternity have been full of praises. I feel blessed.
Q. How is it anchoring MTV BCL with Aisha Adlakha?
Benafsha Soonawala: Ayesha is a lovely girl. We used to shoot for so long and Ayesha would get pissed and say 1-2 one-liners while she was tired that would totally crack me up. She’s a softie from the inside and full of love. We did a lot of fun links together.
Q. How is it working with commentator Shardul Pandit?
Benafsha Soonawala: Shardul is almost like me…Full cartoon. You could always see us jumping around together on the pitch. Either we’d go sit with cheerleaders and dance or we’d run behind Rakhi Sawant and Dhinchak Pooja to interact with them and have a good laugh, or we’d crack some jokes and do crazy stuff. We both are total comedians…On and off camera.
Q. Drama is a big part of MTV BCL and it does entertain audiences. Comment.
Benafsha Soonawala: Drama happens everywhere. Thankfully I had the job of hosting and having fun and not competing. Competition brings competitiveness and competing brings drama. Which is okay. All the teams worked really hard for the win and aggression would come in here and there but at the end of the day everyone would make up and congratulate each other.
Q. Rakhi Sawant, Kanwar Dhillon, Rajeev Thakur, Hiten Tejwani, Arshi Khan, Chestha Bhagat did a lot of drama on the pitch and audiences are loving it. Comment.
Benafsha Soonawala: Rakhi is my absolute favourite. She is so funny and fun to talk to. I’ve danced with her, twerked with her, and laughed my guts off with her. She is adorable and total entertainment. Hiten and Arshi’s nok jhok still remains a hit!
Q. Any interesting incident from the field? Please share.
Benafsha Soonawala: Every single thing that happened on the field was interesting. I think I loved all my fun interactions with the players. When I watch all of them right now, it’s so hilarious that even I laugh. I’m not gonna give any fun moments away, you’ll have to watch.