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Updated: August 20, 2013 22:36 IST

A lucky escape from hard reality

T. Lalith Singh
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Lucky at the channel's news studio in Hyderabad. - Photo: Mohammed Yousuf
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Lucky at the channel's news studio in Hyderabad. - Photo: Mohammed Yousuf

The transgender is making an impact with the show ‘Aranyam’ on Channel V6

Television anchoring is often seen as the exclusive preserve of handsome men and lovely women. But Lucky stormed it, and the transgender is creating waves with the show, ‘Aranyam’, on Channel V6.

For Lucky (30), life changed after a call from the channel, offering an opportunity to anchor the 30-minute crime news bulletin.

“I was surprised at the chance to appear on television and was very apprehensive initially,” says the transgender who resides near Dhoolpet.

Before the small screen offer came, Lucky was busy participating in dance shows for weddings.

“Along with a few friends, I used to do dance shows to film tracks at parties to eke out a living. This television appearance has changed my life, besides giving me celebrity status,” Lucky says.

For a programme on transgender community in the city, the channel had earlier telecast a brief interview with Lucky. That is how the channel stumbled upon the potential anchor material. When the channel was toying with the idea of a different presentation of their crime news bulletin, Lucky’s name popped up.

“Though hesitant initially, she took it up as a challenge, and we could put her on air within a month as anchor for the show,” says Ankam Ravi, CEO, Channel V6. Aranyam is on air from Monday to Friday at 8.30 p.m., with repeat telecast at 10 a.m. and 4.15 p.m. the next day.

“This is an opportunity to prove that we are also equally talented,” says Lucky who has also participated in fashion shows at the national level.

“There is no need for society to look down upon transgenders,” Lucky says, adding, “I hope my appearance on television will inspire my community to look at life and opportunities differently.”

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