Simi Garewal set to grill Jackie Chan on 'Rendezvous' ...


By Subhash K. Jha, Indo-Asian News Service

Mumbai, July 22 (IANS) Simi Garewal is off to Hong Kong to interview Jackie Chan for her popular talk show "Rendezvous With Simi Garewal". It would be the Hong Kong star's first such television appearance with an Indian host.

"But I have repeatedly gone and got international guests on their home turf," said Simi who has conducted interviews abroad with Rupert Murdoch, Imran Khan and most recently steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal on her show.

Simi is looking forward to interviewing Jackie.

"He is extremely popular in India. Our endeavour on 'Rendezvous...' is to always bring on guests who are a popular enigma in this part of the world.

"What's the point of talking to people who have come on every channel and have said everything about themselves?

"For this season of 'Rendezvous' I have lined up Esha and her sister Aahana Deol, Aishwarya Rai, Lara Dutta and of course Jackie. Salman Khan will be my last guest this season."

With a film directed by Revathy on the anvil Simi is poised for a large-screen comeback. Her good friend Anil Kapoor, who has been on "Rendezvous..." with his wife for a rare together tete-a-tete, has asked Simi to do a guest appearance in his home-production "Welcome" directed by Anees Bazmi.

"I'm thinking seriously about it. He is not just a dear friend and also a very funny man. Anil has me in splits. I can't say no to friends like Anil who aren't just interviewees for me.

"Anil-Sunita, Suniel-Mana, Hrithik-Suzanne, Shah Rukh-Gauri these are couples I have known closely for years. They came on 'Rendezvous...' because they trusted me."

Any couple that has been hard to get?

"Boney Kapoor and Sridevi," said Simi promptly.

"Boney has been promising to bring his wife on my show for years. Maybe one of these days he'll actually keep his word."