Miss Diva is a eight-part series which will be aired on Zee Cafe from October 8. It will follow eight days in the lives of 20 girls who have been scouted from all over the country. These girls will stay in a house together and each day they will have to perform a task and win the admiration and vote of the celebrity judge for the day. The celebrities will comprise experts from various fields connected to styling and grooming, and Bollywood. The winner of Miss Diva will get opportunity to represent India in the international Miss Universe pageant.
The beauty pageant Miss Diva is right up your ally. Is that the reason you chose to make your TV debut with this show?
Yes, I have been constantly getting offers to judge reality talent hunts including dance shows. But I didn’t jump at them because TV has never been a priority. This show came out of the blue and materialised fast. If you see, after Priyanka (Chopra), Dia (Mirza) and me there have been no international pageant winners. That’s 14 years now! It does not mean the talent is missing, only it needs a little guidance and direction.
Why do you think is international title eluding us?
I think the aspiration of being a Miss Universe of Miss World is missing. I see that girls participating in the contests are looking either at a career as models in the fashion world or as Bollywood actresses. The international title seems to have lost its sheen for our girls. This show aims to change that. It will showcase to the Indian audiences, the personal journey of a girl, the incredible process of grooming from the time she is chosen to the point when she wins the crown.