T. Lalith Singh
Hyderabad: Her initial steps were tentative. But sure of talent and confident of her ability to adapt to challenges, she persevered. And in about eight years, Shilpa Chakraborthy emerged as one of the most wanted anchors on the Telugu television.
A self-made success, the pretty anchor these days can be seen on almost all the channels. Her chirpy presentation peppered with boisterous humour has ensured Shilpa a place in the top league. With a string of popular shows to her credit, the anchor is already regarded by the industry as a sure winner and naturally is left with more offers than can be actually handled.
“Every show is different and I treat each one as a new challenge,” says the hostess of shows such as ‘Funday Awards’, ‘Aata’ and ‘Clap Kottu Bosu’. Shilpa’s other shows presently on air include ‘Lucky Lakshmi’, ‘Paripoorna Mahila’ among others. From Zee Telugu to ETV2, she is there handling participants for different game shows.
“Jhansi, Suma and Udaya Bhanu are definitely at the top,” she says. The spurt in channels has seen a lot of new blood entering the arena but Shilpa has been steadfast in holding her position. “The competition is getting tougher but I look at it as an opportunity to compete and improve,” says the anchor who did make some forays on the big screen too.
The Telugu television industry does receive lot of flak for copying successful formula from Hindi channels but she does not believe in looking down at this with disdain. “A certain nativity is added to them and as long as viewers enjoy, there is nothing wrong, ” she says.
She has lots of praise for the industry for talking her into the fold though she is a non-Telugu. “Gemini gave me a break and I remain thankful to them. Though the industry was initially apprehensive, it never treated me as an outsider and supported me fully,” says Shilpa.