Neha’s no fil­ter ques­tions for stars

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Juhi Chakraborty

Neha, whose au­dio chat show #NoFil­terNeha is im­mensely pop­u­lar, fea­tures Karan Jo­har as a guest on the sea­son fi­nale episode, and the chat will be avail­able on Saavn, an au­dio and mu­sic stream­ing ser­vice, to­day. In an in­ter­view, the ac­tor opens up about how it is a great time to be in show­biz and why she de­cided to do an au­dio chat show. Ex­cerpts...

You seem to be do­ing a lot of things pro­fes­sion­ally. Is it a way to stay rel­e­vant?

There are ac­tors and di­rec­tors who have films once in two or three years, yet they are so rel­e­vant. It is such a great time to be in the busi­ness, be­cause you can spread your­self as much as you want. Don’t be left be­hind, be­cause there s so much to ex­plore.

Be­sides host­ing the chat how, you con­cep­tu­alised it our­self. Why did you choose uch an un­con­ven­tional medium o de­but as a chat show host?

This was out-of-the-box. I wanted to try some­thing new and the time was right. The au­di­ence was ready for it. The tim­ing was right to go au­dio and dig­i­tal.

How do you tread the fine line be­tween be­ing friends with your guests and ask­ing them ques­tions as an in­ter­viewer?

It is tricky, be­cause I know them re­ally well. We make sure to let out the right amount of in­for­ma­tion so that the au­di­ence en­joys the chat. It is es­sen­tially a chat from our hearts to your ears.

The sec­ond sea­son was big­ger, bet­ter and bolder than the first one. What was the rea­son be­hind it?

The credit goes to the guests. We are noth­ing with­out them. Also, my team is won­der­ful.

What is the re­search be­hind the ques­tions?

I get a list of guests and try call­ing friends and fam­ily to find the clos­est link to the story. Then I sit down with my writer to fi­nalise the script. Some­times, I stick to the for­mat, but I also go away from it and pick up from the con­ver­sa­tions we have.

PHOTOS: HTCS

Neha Dhu­pia hosts the au­dio chat show #NoFil­terNeha

Karan Jo­har (right) will be Neha’s guest on the sea­son fi­nale episode, which will be avail­able on Saavn

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