Laurels for Lola

NO MEAN ACHIEVEMENT Lola Kutty enjoys interviewing celebrities

NO MEAN ACHIEVEMENT Lola Kutty enjoys interviewing celebrities  

Anchor Lola Kutty bags a couple of coveted awards

Lola Kutty, the character immortalised on the small screen by Anu Menon, walked up the stage recently to pick up the Best Anchor for a Talk Show award, as the likes of Rajdeep Sardesai and Barkha Dutt looked on. Anu is thrilled. After all, it is no mean achievement that an offbeat interview from a music channel (Channel V) beats the line-up of talk shows across hardcore news channels. Yes, Lola Kutty won the Best Anchor and the Best Show awards at the sixth Hero Honda Indian TV Academy awards. "It's our version of the Emmy," laughs Anu. Anu says, "I'm not cut out to be cool. So it's always fun interviewing celebrities as a character — Lola." Don't her guests feel weird talking to a caricature? Anu says she spends a couple of minutes before an interview, getting to know the celebrity, as Anu Menon, just to introduce him/her to Lola. That helps break the ice. It's not the celebrities who are the problem. It's their secretaries and those tagging along who are more worried about the questions than the stars. Like any other journalist who goes about the job, Anu too does her home-work. "I do a lot of research, I have a lot of questions. But in an interview, you never know. You can't control it. If they are funny, it makes my job easier. But, it is a change for celebrities to answer to a character." Her favourite interviews include the ones she did with Boman Irani and Homi Adjania. "It was like having a four-year-old on the set with Boman. He chased me around the set. And Homi was at ease, he wasn't concerned about his looks as most good-looking people are, when the camera goes on. That was a good interview." Anu describes her interviews as a "celebration of trivia and detail." After two seasons, Lola Kutty will be back for the third season this year. "Akshay Khanna, Govinda, Madhur Bandarkar, Kay Kay Menon. And hopefully, Saif Ali Khan, this season," she says. SUDHISH KAMATH

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