Sensational dreams come true
The television programme `Sensations,' for aspiring models, completes its 140th episode
PERFECT MODEL Actor Machan Varghese with anchor Chanchal on Sensations, Surya TV
Sensations, a programme that provides aspiring models a platform to take their first tentative steps into the world of fashion before turning into catwalk pros now being aired on Surya TV, has completed its 140th episode.
"It's been quite a turnaround for us in terms of participant response itself over the years. At first we had to scour for faces to grace our show but now we are bombarded with mails and calls from around the country that leave us exasperated," says John Kurian, producer-director of this Sunday show. Trying to accommodate each aspirant into its 30-minute episodes they have segregated it into sections showcasing kiddie talents as well as grownups doing the stroll and cavorting sequence.
Interspersed are fashion tips, trends and celebrity talk by its host, the grey-eyed beauty Chanchal, who was a model on her own right before making a mark in films. Pursuing her twin passions, dance and Vjing, Chanchal is also basking in her new avatar of a fashion goddess.
The rising visibility of her pleasing face and demure mannerisms on tube has certainly helped. "Yeah, I do get a whole lot of fan mail saying they liked me in so and so dress, with that kind of makeup and matching jewellery. So it is flattering to think that you could be a fashion diva and people do notice you for your sense of style," says Chanchal.
Not one to go overboard on the hip plank, she does believe in going with the trend. "Not the MTV way of dressing. I keep to the levels of what's going strong in Kerala, balancing the traditional and modern."
Chanchal feels that her contribution to the programme has been the rather informal air of interaction that she has been able to infuse into her chat sessions with noted celebrities rather than the poker face syndrome that usually turns similar sessions to rather boring affairs. "These are casual interviews dwelling on the personal aspects of the person," she says.
Anchoring this programme from the twenty-fifth episode onwards she feels that the orthodox hesitancy about the field of modelling has finally vanished from our society. "The contestants are more forthright in their attitude though they still need to develop confidence in terms of gait and body language."
Other than presentation, Mr. Kurian feels that naivety in matters of portfolio handling is still ignored. "Though the participants are good in looks, height and dedication, they still lag behind when it comes to shoring up a good portfolio to project themselves positively."
But this programme has been able to make many young dreams come true. Some of the new faces that hit big time had their intro on this show. Like Jayakrishnan of `Manjupoloru Penkutty', Meerakrishna who got a State award for `Maargam', Vinodh who essayed the negative role in `Satyam'.
The others like Adithi, Preethy and Swapna found themselves in ad films for Seemati, Samsung and SI Builders.
Adds Mr. Kurian, "Now when film makers want new talents they know where to look out for them."
And as part of the Onam celebrations, which will coincide with their 150th episode, they will hold an on screen contest "Malayali Manka and Malayali Maaran 2005," to zoom upon the perfect face and frame that epitomes the quintessential Malayali attributes of beauty.
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