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Shenaz TreasurywalaShenaz Treasurywala considers herself a bathroom comedian
04th July 2008  09.00 IST
By Agencies  

She's back with a bang and is doing what she is best at hosting a show. The chirpy and vivacious Shenaz Treasurywala , better remembered as a MTV VJ Shenaz, and also for her debut with Shahid Kapur in 'Ishq Vishq' is back on TV.

But this time, its not a music show but the fourth edition of 'The Great Indian Laughter Challenge', which is being judged by former cricketer Navjot Singh Siddhu and veteran actor Shatrughan Sinha .

Ask her what made her choose a comedy show and pat comes the reply, "I love to laugh. I'm not a bathroom singer but I'm a bathroom comedian."

"One of my favourite pastimes when I go abroad is to visit comedy clubs. I have watched some of the best comedians in the world on stage," she adds.

Lauding the efforts of the patrons of the comedy show 'The Great Indian...' she says, "It has brought stand-up comedy to India. And I was thrilled when I was asked to host it."

But how different is the experience of hosting a comic show as compared to a music show? "They both have the same pre-requisites which is to be myself, have fun and allow my personality to shine through."

And when we ask her comment on the judges on the show, she had a good one. "I was a bit apprehensive about Mr. Sinha before I met him. The media makes him out to be a tiger. I was worried he'd just ask me to be 'khamosh.' But he's a softie, very kind and encouraging with an excellent sense of humour."

"And Mr. Sidhu is a joker. He laughs as much as I do or maybe more. He's an intelligent, well-spoken man with an interesting take on life, quoting Shakespeare, Keats, Gibran and famous Urdu poets, all in one breath. I've never seen anyone laugh so much!"

Shenaz loves hosting shows, acting in them, writing a few and infact she even wishes to direct a movie someday; but she can’t choose one favourite.

"I can't. It's like asking a mother to choose her favourite baby," says she candidly.

When asked why after making an impressive debut in films, she went off the filmi radar? She says, "After 'Ishq Vishq' and 'VJing', I wanted to take some time off and follow my dreams of writing and travelling. I never had dreams of becoming a movie star. I love acting, but I also love travelling."

Shenaz would not mind making a comeback to Bollywood provided she gets a 'good role'. She goes on length saying, "If a good role comes up, why not? But I'm not concentrating on it single-mindedly. I don't want to join the rat race and run after a career in Bollywood like others. Different people want different things. Like I said being a Bollywood star, though it's exciting, has never been my big dream."

She has written a screenplay as well. "Its a cross-cultural film, an offbeat, character-driven romantic comedy," she informs.

"I have an 'itchy' feet. I can't stay in one city for too long. Life is short and I have an urge to explore, live and work in every country and experience life," she said.

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