CHATLINE ‘Pepsi’ Uma, popular television anchor, talks to MALATHI RANGARAJAN about her latest TV show Album, her family and why she refused to do films

Mentioning just her name may not ring a bell. Neither would the surname, Sukesh, help much. But precede it with the soft drink brand and your eyes are bound to sparkle with recognition. ‘Pepsi’, that first irreplaceably stuck to Uma some two decades ago, catapulted her to dizzying heights of popularity when she began to anchor Ungal Choice , a phone-in show on Sun TV. Ungal Choice powered by Pepsi may have faded into oblivion after an unparalleled 18-year run, but ‘Pepsi’ Uma is here to stay.

The lady is back on Jaya TV’s one-hour weekly show, Album . Even more gratifying is the fact that the geniality and warmth she exuded on screen are intact. Veterans from various walks of life, not just cinema, share their photographs and experiences with viewers on Album . Uma is its cheerful facilitator. As actor Prabhu poignantly noted, the show helps veterans traverse the corridors of their past along with the viewers.

Age sits lightly on Uma. “I drink plenty of water. It could be a reason for the age factor not affecting my skin much. Otherwise frequenting beauty parlours isn’t my cup of tea,” she says.

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