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Coffee and Nikhil

Veejay Nikhil Chinnappa pumps up the volume with fiancé DJ Pearl

On the fitness trail with Nikhil and Pearl — Photo: K. Ramesh Babu

NIKHIL CHINNAPPA is a direct result of radio and coffee. "Coffee, because it has fried my brains so I can go on a delirium of non-stop nonsense at will. And radio, for the reason that it has made me radioactive." Nikhil never ceases to stun you.

Spontaneity springs from the country's highest-paid Video Jockey. A product from BMS Engineering College, Bangalore, he studied to be an architect, did his thesis in hospital design and was all set to eke a living as a bartender on a cruise liner when MTV came a calling.

"I had an oversized nose, and was quite undersized for my age." So much that six out of seven days, he used to get beaten up by `stronger guys' in his college for being a "loudmouth". "And a smart Alec that I was, I started going to Dynamite - a galli ka gym at Rs. 75, largely for reasons of self-defence. So by the time I came on MTV, I became quite an explosive myself."The VJ's brush with telly was incidental. "I was always mad for the radio.I chose TV because I had to come back to radio." With more than a lakh per month , Nikhil has done whatever he wanted - rafted in the Ganges at Haridwar, skydived in the USA, and bungee-jumped in Australia. "Most of all, I have enjoyed my work and so, life." How does it feel to be so hugely successful at such a young age? "I am enjoying as much as Bill Gates or any farmer who's had a flourish. But I still go and buy my own bread." After taking a deep breath - as if attempting to assume seriousness, he says, "My only aim in life remains to start a radio station. But once I am done, will there be any more dreams to chase?"

Nikhil's seriousness is short-lived. "To ski and marry Pearl is another dream." Now what's that supposed to mean! "That's supposed to mean everything you are not supposed to imagine." Okay. And when did he meet her? "Three lifetimes ago," comes the reply. DJ Pearl who is academically qualified in Economics and House Music appears just a tad less composed, as she winks, "We met on a blind date about three years ago. And he was so infectious." Cupid struck instantly.

Has Nikhil's life changed after he met his fiancé? "I have started using a deodorant, and playing DJ like her." For Pearl, it is Nikhil's "creativity, which is as infectious as his high-voltage smile" that she's picked up.

Instances of that sprinkled the dance floor at 99Mhz, where the duo rocked the house the other day.

Together on a swirl

"MY FIRST memory of music dates back to those days when I used to murder Yeh Dosti sitting on my father's cycle handle-bar," giggles Nikhil Chinnappa unabashed.

DJ Pearl had an organised upbringing save for her school. "Can't say how many schools I changed. I studied in many. " But music was one love she shared very strongly with her dad and mentor Xavier Perec, right from her early Amsterdam days.

The only parallel between both is their extreme dislike for Michael Jackson and intense love to go clubbing. Match his or her vim anyone? "We have danced for more than 12-hours non-stop."

"Taking the whole floor along with you on the same hysterical trip is such fun one rarely lives through," says Pearl who has infected Nikhil with all that high-voltage verve of a DJ. "But for which, I would have been just a chota sa, nata sa, badsoorat sa VJ."

Takes two to tango, right!


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