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DHVANIT THAKER, 30, RJ/ singer

India Today - - SIMPLY GUJARATI - Con­tact: www.dhvanit.in

When his fa­ther passed away, Dhvanit Thaker took over his job at LIC. This biotech­nol­ogy ma­jor from Ahmed­abad was barely mak­ing ends meet at home, when he took part in the first ever RJ hunt by Ra­dio Mirchi in 2003. “Grow­ing up lis­ten­ing to Vividh Bharti, this new age ra­dio was a very dif­fer­ent genre and I loved it,” he says. His spon­tane­ity won him the spot against 1,500 par­tic­i­pants.

RIGHT CON­NEC­TION Ra­dio Mirchi is in­com­plete with­out him to­day. He has won the Best RJ (Gu­jarati) and the Best Show ( Gu­ruwar Gur­jari and Hello Am­davad) in the In­dia Ra­dio Fo­rum Awards for the past two years.

He also pro­duces jin­gles for the ra­dio chan­nel. Thaker recorded his own mu­sic al­bum Ma­jja ni Life in 2009, which was one of the big­gest hits that year. He has also sung for sev­eral Gu­jarati films like Bet­ter Half and Mo­han

Na Mon­keys.

JACK OF ALL Thaker spends his time jug­gling be­tween ra­dio jock­ey­ing, writ­ing col­umns for news­pa­pers in Gu­jarat, be­ing a brand am­bas­sador for Cox and Kings and mak­ing doc­u­men­taries for the Gu­jarat govern­ment. For him, Gu­jarat is home. “It makes more sense to be a big fish in a small pond,” says the RJ who has got plenty of of­fers to move to Mum­bai.

“It’s a tough job keep­ing your au­di­ence hooked day af­ter day. Af­ter all, I am only as

good as my last word.”

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