Every 90’s kid has grown up listening to Nikhil Chinnapa’s take on music and Anusha Dandekar’s fashion advise has helped many youngsters to bring out the style diva in them. Even bollywood has seen an influx of VJs making the cut with their extraordinary acting prowess such as Ayushmann Khurrana and Malaika Arora. The past decade has seen India produce a great crop of video jockeys (VJs) who have made their mark on the silver screen.
Here is a list of some of the best VJ’s who have advanced from earlier in their careers to today, and have established their personality as one of a kind.
We all remember Malaika Arora as the face of ‘Style check’ and ‘MTV Love line.’ How can we ever forget; the girls for her striking fashion sense and the boys for her glamorous persona! This was short lived though, credits to her Bollywood debut. We cannot help but admit how our favorite blockbuster tunes would be incomplete without this leading lady. Today, coming back full circle, she is set to feature as a judge in the third season of MTV’s India’s Next Top Model.
The avatar of his career truly startled us. A throwback to when he hosted the show MTV Select as a VJ, then hosted MTV Roadies alongside Raghu and Ram, finally, a host on MTV Splitsvilla. Today, centrally focusing on DJing. Although this popular face can never be forgotten, it begs the question of whether we like him more as a VJ or DJ?
For the heartthrob of many ladies in the early 2000’s from Roadies 1 finalist, we are surprised to know how Rannvijay was originally meant to join the Indian Army! Thereafter, MTV offered him to host the same show and he has been associated with MTV and Roadies. Having bewildered us with his witty and sharp anchoring skills, MTV India also roped him in to host other shows like MTV Stuntmania, MTV Splitsvilla Season 1, MTV The Fast and The Gorgeous and MTV Teen Diva. Rannvijay also recently participated in the 14th season of MTV Roadies as a “gang leader”.
The recipient of two Filmfare awards, Ayushmann Khurrana started his career as a VJ on MTV. This might be unknown to some of us, he gloriously won the second season of MTV Roadies, which was followed with becoming a VJ on rampant shows such as Pepsi MTV Wassup, The Voice of Youngistaan and MTV Fully Faltoo Movies. Before a full swing Bollywood career, he also hosted the second season of MTV Rock On and India’s Got Talent on Colors.
Shouting out to all the fans with a massive girl crush on the ever trendy Anusha Dandekar who was the face behind the funky show ‘Style Check.’ Her attention-grabbing yet extremely handy tips on makeup, fashion and hairstyles made the show come alive. The show was power packed as a result of her engaging conversations.
Additionally, we see her as host of MTV’s House of Style, MTV Dance Crew, MTV Teen Diva, MTV News and MTV Love School for the network. As of 2014, Dandekar is a judge on India’s Next Top Model alongside model-actress Lisa Haydon.
Do any of us recall another multi-talented VJ and a fabulous singer? This is Ramona, who now has her own ban named Ramona Arena. We also remember her from her shows with MTV like Summer Slam MTV, MTV Panasonic Face of Beauty, MTV Lee Trendsetters, Nano Drive.
MTV has had a wisecrack complaint in the past for running out of space for Shenaz’s fan mail. We can imagine this from her show MTV Most Wanted being the highest rated show on MTV for years together. For those who loved her (and maybe still do!), adored her for her effervescent personality and fashion intellect. Soon after her debut in Bollywood movies, we can never forget her role in the film Ishq Vishq.
As the Bakra King of MTV, Cyrus and Bakra were synonymous. Being the first reality show to bag passerby’s from the middle of the road, the show gained rising popularity as a result of the spontaneity backed by humorous Cyrus.
Following the show’s success, he became the face of MTV and led India’s “Rock the Vote” campaign and represented MTV at the UNAIDS conference in Hanover, Germany. It was a breath of fresh air to see him on Fear Factor – Khatron Ke Khiladi Level 3 on Colors TV.
MTV Fully Faltoo was the only show we remember which spoofed the movies. A unique talent, Cyrus Sahukar started off this show.
Around the same time, he started performing a spoof on Navjot Singh Sidhu as ‘Piddhu The Great’ and even hosted ‘Semi Girebaal,’ which was a spoof on the talk show, ‘Rendezvous with Semi Garewal.’ Ironically, the spoof, Semi Girebaal, recorded higher ratings than the original show.
The buzzing show MTV Youngistaan is a robust reminder of the hilarious sensation VJ Jose also with MTV Fantastic Five. We also remember Jose with his shows as an RJ and comical take on Mumbai Potholes. We wonder what it would be like if Jose never commenced his career and actually pursued it in Physics post-graduation!