GET READY TO get an insight into the lives of Bollywodo besties like Deepika Padukone & Anisha Padukone, Katrina Kaif & Alia Bhatt, Shahid Kapoor & Mira Kapoor, Karan Johar & Shweta Bachchan and many more. Neha Dhupia will indulge in candid conversations with Bollywoods best friends forever on Colors TV…We had an email chat with Neha about her show BFFs with Vogue, why Bollywood loves going to Austria’s detox center and the joys of turning 30.
From modeling to movies to podcast to hosting a chat show. That’s an interesting journey. Are you a restless soul?
No, I’m not a restless soul at all. I have been in this industry for over 15 years now and tried to stay relevant. I work across all mediums – be it TV, Audio, Film, Events or Digital. When it comes to now having a chat show I think TV is a great medium and a great candid conversation with your favorite kind of stars on TV makes for great content. Viewers love that kind of stuff.
We love your podcast #NofilterNeha. You are giving a tough competition to Karan Johar’s show Koffee with Karan. Do you guys often joke about this?
I mean we don’t talk about the kind of work that we do usually in our off-time. I’m very very close to him and I love him and I marvel at him for the work he does and I’m always going to be a fangirl. In fact, he was the one who encouraged me into taking up a talk show. He thought it will be a good move for me. I always call him up even if it’s the smallest or the largest decisions. I always ask him for his opinion and then I do whatever I feel is good for me but his opinion really matters and we don’t joke about it. He definitely made me nervous when he came on my show.
Also, you are best buddies with Karan, right? How did this friendship develop?
When you’re in the business you meet people you like, you adore and you look upto and you hit it off with them. We have great chemistry at a personal level and that’s how we hit it off.
Who lines up the guests for the show – BFFs with Vogue? Do you make personal calls?
No. I don’t make any personal calls. It’s Vogue that lines it up and every time I hear the name of the celebs that are coming in, I get very excited because each pairing that has come, all 10 of them have been absolutely wonderful!
Is there a hamper towards the end?
Yes, there’s a lovely Nykaa pamper hamper that we give out towards the end.
Talking about this season, which guest did you have most fun talking to?
I have biases to Karan and I’m very close to Ayushman Khurrana. So Ayushman Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar were tons of fun. Actually everybody was fun. Deepika was delightful! Katrina and Alia had a great chemistry. Shahid- Mira were wonderful so yeah, I mean it’s kind of hard to pick your favourite.
Which guest was the toughest to crack?
I think with respect, I also don’t know Juhi and Jackie that well, so for me it was a little more of a distance. Apart from them, I had never interacted with Rani and Sabya so the two of them, those pairings probably.
You are always joking about Bollywood’s fascination with Austria’s ‘detox’ resort. Do you want to tell our readers what really happens there?
I have no idea. I don’t have enough money to go and splurge there but I know a lot of people who go. When they are taking their outbound flight to Austria, they are like a different size of clothing and when they come back 10 days later, it’s a different size. So it’s just an intense detox. But how long can you maintain that, right?
You have absolutely no qualms about making fun of yourself on #NofilterNeha which is cool. You make fun of your movie roles, your single status, temper, of not being able to afford Austria detox resort etc. Were you always this content with your life or did it take you a while to reach this stage?
I think there is a certain joy to life when you turn 30. You have nothing to hide and no f**ks to give. I’m post that. In my 20s, I was like this very impressionable person and I was always doing things that were expected out of me and I think the older that I have gotten, I’m completely opposite and honestly, as long as I’m not hurting anyone, I just do whatever I want to do.
BFFs with Vogue is on air on Rishtey Asia and on COLORS TV.