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Roots calling



CANADIAN IMPORT Channel V veejay Tina

She has got all the requisites for a veejay. Good looks, a heavy accent, love for music and the will to interact with the viewers. And you can see her rocking on screen too.

Yet, Channel V veejay Tina says, she didn't leave the shelter of her parents' house way off in Canada just to become a veejay. "When I told my parents that I want to go to India to work, they were naturally very happy. Though my parents are from India, I am born and raised in Canada. So they told me, this would be an opportunity for you get to know your own culture. But I came here to try my luck in acting in films, not in Veejaying. When someone told me to try it for the mean time, I thought it is a cool idea and indeed I am having fun here," says the channel's new Freedom Express host.

In New Delhi the other day to host a Channel V show, Tina has spent a few months in Mumbai, though she still finds it hard to handle the stares on the streets. "I thought since my roots are in India, I would soon be one among them here but it is surprising that people don't count me as one. I am often treated as a foreigner," the 22-year-old complains in her heavily anglicised accent, her long, golden hair and creamy fair skin adding support. Having done acting in Toronto and in New York before touching base with Mumbai, Tina says, she is game for "something eye-catching" in Bollywood films. "For instance, a good item number."

And having done her homework already before landing in India, Tina has learnt dancing too. "Dancing to popular Hindi film music, you know what I mean," she says. The idols in Bollywood are actresses like Aishwarya Rai and Sushmita Sen. "They expose and yet are so dignified. I want to become like them and not the usual ones. I want to be counted for my acting first," she clarifies. And not leaving any stone unturned, Tina sums up saying, "I am learning Hindi three days a week too."

All the best, girl!

SANGEETA BAROOAH PISHAROTY

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