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The Rediff Interview / Simi Garewal

The Bachchans' complete family show!

Lata Khubchandani | September 20, 2003

Simi GarewalRendezvous with Simi Garewal, her show on Star World, has built up a bank of avid watchers and fans over the years.

But Simi Garewal has continued to remain bright-eyed and interested in her subjects. She continues to draw them out in a way very few television anchors can.

The actor-anchorperson has now pulled a coup: in October, she willbroadcast a show with the entire Bachchan family -- AmitabhBachchan, wife Jaya, son Abhishek and daughter Shweta.

This will be the first time that the family has come together on air.

Simi, of course, says Lata Khubchandani:

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This must be a special show for you.

All four together is special. I have interviewed Jaya and Amitabh earlier. I have interviewedAbhishek solo.

To get them all in front of one camera, on one show -- no one has done that, even Amitabh and Abhishek together. Shwetaflew in [from Delhi] specially for the show after I invited her. That makes the whole thing special.

There they are: wonderful, glamorous. It's the complete family show.

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Will we hear something we have not heard before?

You willget a glimpse into their private family world. You will get to know the equation inthe family. How Shweta and Amit are aligned; how Jaya and Abhishek are aligned.

You will hear their little family jokes; the serious moments of their lives, how they faced them; their ups and downs; how the family functions at a level of humour which is very much prevalent.

I don't know how much of this hasbeen heard before. Different people have different levels of information.

It is not going to be earth-shattering news about them, no breaking news. But it will certainly be an insight into their family.

The fact that they will let down their hair onyour show is a given. How do you manage it?

I don't know how to answer that. You will have to ask one of them. Ask them what happened and how it happened.

There's no strategy I use. I think I am just genuinely interested and involved with them while I am with them.

You have interviewed Jaya and Amitabh earlier. What change haveyou noticed now?

I can see the difference. I may not mention it to them. Butthe way they speak, their confidence levels, their body language -- there is a change.

The interview will be spread over two episodes. On October 5, it will be the kids, their jokes, their fun -- all the ghar ka [family] stuff. But, forme, the second part is the best. It will be telecast on October 12. We celebrated Amit's 61stbirthday on the sets [Bachchan's birthday is on October 11].

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