Now Reading
Interview with Dynamic Supreet Bedi (TV Host and Anchor)

Interview with Dynamic Supreet Bedi (TV Host and Anchor)

A'Janae Johnson

Hi everyone,

I am Sarim Hamid, a student and Editor with The Teen Pop Magazine! I have a passion for Technology and its reaches, a talent at Table Tennis and interest in re-reading the old yet mystical pages of Harry Potter.

Today I am in conversation with TV Anchor, Host and Actress, Supreet Bedi.

  • Supreet Bedi
  • Supreet Bedi
  • Supreet Bedi
  • Supreet Bedi
  • Supreet Bedi
  • Supreet Bedi

Supreet Bedi studied at Paris Fashion Institute in France and Oxford Brookes University, where he completed degrees in Computing, Business Management, and English. In 2010, she started working at her family business, BSL Training Company, as Managing Director and Personality Trainer. Bedi has served as a master of ceremonies in over a thousand events. She has also worked as a TV anchor for 10 years. Aside from that, Bedi has credits as an actress and voice-over artist. She is fluent in English, Hindi, and Punjabi.

Interview with Supreet Bedi

You first came to Bombay for a pageant, how did that experience go?

Ah! Such memories to revisit considering I train pageant aspirants now and I’m on the judging panel for Miss India! My own experience brought along with it a huge learning curve that tested my abilities physically, mentally & emotionally. Discipline, self worth, gratitude and dedication had to be mastered quickly to shine.

However, I must admit that it wasn’t the right pageant for me considering it was all about being ‘body beautiful’ whereas I cared more about the overall personality. (I still do!) Having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed my training days and even won the talent round. I remember entertaining the audience with my own attempt at poetry titled ‘Love is an orange’ — all dressed in fake oranges sewed carefully to my flowy dress! Happy days in competitive ways!

How did you know that anchoring was your right calling?

Honestly speaking, I didn’t know I was anchor material until the director who was shooting ‘behind the scenes’ for that pageant pointed out that I was quite natural at giving bytes to the camera. Just for fun, I’d go up to my fellow contestants before every sub-contest and ask the clichéd question “How are you feeling?” I didn’t realize I was already ‘anchoring’. That’s when the team told me that a popular Bollywood entertainment channel Zoom TV was looking for a fresh face to host an international travel show.

I auditioned, did numerous look tests and 15 days after I was nervously stood in Malaysia giving my first anchor link. It was surreal! Once all 13 episodes were done and I’d glamorously travelled the world presenting different cultures & cuisines; I knew this was my true calling!

What are some challenges you face especially being an outsider in the Bollywood industry?

I’ve always believed that things are as difficult as you make them out to be. As I saw it, it wasn’t an outsider Vs insider battle. I was there to do my job to the best of my ability and that got me noticed. Having the right contacts can help one shorten the overall wait time I suppose but true talent will eventually shine. Coming to think of it, I was slightly disappointed by the behaviour of certain A-listers who burst my bubble with uncouth audacity at times. I secretly wished that I was already famous then!

How essential is homework and planning in the process of being an anchor?

Homework is essential for all aspects of life and anchoring is no different. One can’t stress enough the power of planning. Anchoring is all about spontaneity but the information has to flow effortlessly. That means all possible scenarios should be quickly visited, the guest profile should be known well and the craft that one is highlighting should be respected. I often say that the work of an emcee is to portray that everything is sorted backstage; even when it isn’t.

What was your first huge anchoring event and how did it go?

My first huge live event was a fashion/entertainment night in Kanpur with 1500 audience. I had just returned after 8 years of stay in England so some British accent seeped in. Rather than shying away from it, I made it my strength and did ‘Shayari’ in Hindi with that underlying accent. People found it cutely hilarious and it eventually was a successful event!

The one after that was a disaster! I had over 40 numbered cue cards that slipped from my hands while I was casually gesturing and about to introduce the MD of a reputed company on stage. You can imagine the sight! I was desperately gathering them all kneeled down in a gown as I hopelessly tried to remember the MD’s name! Learning on the job, indeed! Now I only carry a few cards per appearance.

What makes your anchoring and style stand out? What is your special touch and style?

I’m told time and again that it’s my unique voice coupled with my accent that people find refreshing. I don’t like to simply read off a script and instead say the lines in my own words & tone in an attempt to bind the audience. Interaction is my style combined with a dry humour that is often well-received.

What preparation do you undertake before the event?

Preparation is indeed the key to any successful event. You need to be thorough with your knowledge about the company or the cause you are representing. It should never look like you’ve been hired just days before. One must discuss the objective of the event with the client and ensure that is achieved to the best of your ability. If it’s an award night then the nominations must be known, if hosting a wedding then you must make effort to know the bride, groom & their close relatives.

In the case of a corporate event; understanding the managerial hierarchy is imperative. Scripting is crucial, so is delivering it naturally. Then comes styling, arranging the hair and make-up to ensure you put your best foot forward, glamorously of course!

You have also acted in movies such as Rock On, Partner, Student of The Year, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. How was the experience like?

It was through anchoring itself that I got my first stint in movies like Rock On, Partner & Luck by Chance where I played myself — TV anchor/emcee. That was quite natural as I was never really acting. Partner had a funny incident where I had to come down the longwinded stairs giving a piece of news about the main leads as the fire blowers did their act alongside.

With each takes Mr. David Dhawan said “All was perfect but this time looks into the camera!” This went on 4 times (fire blowers weren’t happy having to gulp fuel each time!) Embarrassed, I finally asked, “But sir, where is the camera?” Everyone on the set laughed away at my ignorance! But in my defence, it was a huge dramatic set, and the camera was swerving on a jimmy jib at a distance whereas I was used to the TV camera on the trolley.

The first character role came with Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara where Zoya Akhtar wanted absolutely no makeup on me (Unlike my TV avatar!) followed by Punjabi Film Fateh that got me the nomination for Best Debut. I suppose once you get comfortable in front of the camera then the ACTION could lead to anything — anchoring or acting…the zest is the same!

You have also anchored sports events, how different is it from usual anchoring? How extensively did you need to pursue extra knowledge?

When I did my first LIVE show on TV which was entirely MMA (mixed martial arts) centric; I had no option but to know the sport well — its many rules and the fighters. The night before each life, I would go through every fighter’s profile, their hobbies & strengths so I could speak about them confidently during commentary. It was a similar drill with Formula 3 where the first one must brush up their knowledge & sport related terminology before interviewing the drivers or giving an anchor link from the pole position while engines were roaring just before the race commenced— there is absolutely no time for retakes! It’s tough but hard work always pays off!

Looking back at what you know now with all your experience, what would you do differently?

See Also

I’d start early! I entered the industry post-MSc in Computing and although I gained international exposure, I lost out on some crucial years of the limelight. Also, I had no knowledge of hosting and took each day as it came. This meant that glory was sweet but the fury wasn’t. If I upset a celeb during an interview (which happens more often than you think given sensitive egos) I didn’t have the tact to calm them down and always believed that right is might. Understanding people & behaviour is quite important too when you are in a people-centric job.

How is motherhood panning out for you and how are you balancing your career and personal life?

Motherhood is such a blissful experience that makes you realize your own strengths! It makes a Superwoman out of every woman! I strongly believe that it’s an extension of one’s persona, not a replacement. Therefore, balancing seemed to be the only choice so as to not lose my identity that was carefully built over several years. Yes, there are days where I’m pulling my hair out trying to be on a work call while having a wailing baby on me & simultaneously dishing up dinner; but as I see it I signed up for it!

Now it’s time to live up to it therefore, multitasking is my best bet! Family support is a must of course, and thankfully, they understand how important my career and mentoring are to me. My week consists of training, anchoring, judging, shooting and editing videos for my new YouTube channel SUPAbility by Supreet Bedi that highlights tips & tricks on personality enhancement & communication skills. In this beautiful phase of my journey, I truly wish to add value to my own existence, my kids and all lives that come in touch with me. The attitude of gratitude indeed!

What advice would you give future anchors/emcees?

Don’t go in without understanding the craft. I learnt on the job but in the virtual world we live in now; it’s best to have knowledge of the various hosting styles, platforms, technicalities. Work in events if you can to learn the ropes…life backstage isn’t as glamorous as its the front counterpart. It is best to have ample knowledge & practice which can be obtained through expert workshops these days. I personally run a course called ‘Mic Check’ for anchors in the making which preps you up for life on stage & TV. Find out what works best for you and give it everything you’ve got, sensibly of course.

Ways to Reach Supreet Bedi

Ways to Reach Sarim Hamid

You can check other Interviews:

Supreet Bedi studied at Paris Fashion Institute in France and Oxford Brookes University, where he completed degrees in Computing, Business Management, and English. In 2010, she started working at her family business, BSL Training Company, as Managing Director and Personality Trainer. Bedi has served as a master of ceremonies in over a thousand events. She has also worked as a TV anchor for 10 years. Aside from that, Bedi has credits as an actress and voice-over artist. She is fluent in English, Hindi, and Punjabi. Supreet Supreet

Supreet Bedi studied at Paris Fashion Institute in France and Oxford Brookes University, where he completed degrees in Computing, Business Management, and English. In 2010, she started working at her family business, BSL Training Company, as Managing Director and Personality Trainer. Bedi has served as a master of ceremonies in over a thousand events. She has also worked as a TV anchor for 10 years. Aside from that, Bedi has credits as an actress and voice-over artist. She is fluent in English, Hindi, and Punjabi. Supreet Supreet

Supreet Bedi studied at Paris Fashion Institute in France and Oxford Brookes University, where he completed degrees in Computing, Business Management, and English. In 2010, she started working at her family business, BSL Training Company, as Managing Director and Personality Trainer. Bedi has served as a master of ceremonies in over a thousand events. She has also worked as a TV anchor for 10 years. Aside from that, Bedi has credits as an actress and voice-over artist. She is fluent in English, Hindi, and Punjabi. Supreet Supreet

Supreet Bedi studied at Paris Fashion Institute in France and Oxford Brookes University, where he completed degrees in Computing, Business Management, and English. In 2010, she started working at her family business, BSL Training Company, as Managing Director and Personality Trainer. Bedi has served as a master of ceremonies in over a thousand events. She has also worked as a TV anchor for 10 years. Aside from that, Bedi has credits as an actress and voice-over artist. She is fluent in English, Hindi, and Punjabi. Supreet Supreet

Supreet Bedi studied at Paris Fashion Institute in France and Oxford Brookes University, where he completed degrees in Computing, Business Management, and English. In 2010, she started working at her family business, BSL Training Company, as Managing Director and Personality Trainer. Bedi has served as a master of ceremonies in over a thousand events. She has also worked as a TV anchor for 10 years. Aside from that, Bedi has credits as an actress and voice-over artist. She is fluent in English, Hindi, and Punjabi. Supreet Supreet

Supreet Bedi studied at Paris Fashion Institute in France and Oxford Brookes University, where he completed degrees in Computing, Business Management, and English. In 2010, she started working at her family business, BSL Training Company, as Managing Director and Personality Trainer. Bedi has served as a master of ceremonies in over a thousand events. She has also worked as a TV anchor for 10 years. Aside from that, Bedi has credits as an actress and voice-over artist. She is fluent in English, Hindi, and Punjabi. Supreet Supreet

Supreet Bedi studied at Paris Fashion Institute in France and Oxford Brookes University, where he completed degrees in Computing, Business Management, and English. In 2010, she started working at her family business, BSL Training Company, as Managing Director and Personality Trainer. Bedi has served as a master of ceremonies in over a thousand events. She has also worked as a TV anchor for 10 years. Aside from that, Bedi has credits as an actress and voice-over artist. She is fluent in English, Hindi, and Punjabi. Supreet Supreet

Supreet Bedi studied at Paris Fashion Institute in France and Oxford Brookes University, where he completed degrees in Computing, Business Management, and English. In 2010, she started working at her family business, BSL Training Company, as Managing Director and Personality Trainer. Bedi has served as a master of ceremonies in over a thousand events. She has also worked as a TV anchor for 10 years. Aside from that, Bedi has credits as an actress and voice-over artist. She is fluent in English, Hindi, and Punjabi. Supreet Supreet

What's Your Reaction?
Excited
0
Happy
0
In Love
0
Not Sure
0
Silly
0
View Comments (0)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

© 2021 The Teen Pop Magazine. All rights reserved.

Scroll To Top