Celebrity chat shows are always a hit with the audiences, though the idea is derived from the west but the Indian television industry has roped in the concept very nicely. One of the most successful chat shows ever in the history of Indian television Industry is Rendezvous with Simi Garewal. Simi Garewal is the most gracious chat show host ever. She has an irresistible persona and unmatched charm with a very subtle blend of beauty and intellect.
Born and raised in the capital city, Delhi, Simi had a very secure family background. She was born in the year 1947 on 17th October. Her father Mr. J.S.Garewal was a military officer where in her mother Mrs. Darshi Garewal was a homemaker. Simi has an elder sister Amrita; she found her best friend and guide in her sister and has shared the most cherished moments of her life with her. Although Simi Garewal’s father played an immensely important role in the actress’s life, not much is known about this man. He was rumored to be a strict disciplinarian and this was where Simi picked up her extremely professional attitude.
Simi had a very happy and beautiful childhood as they moved their residence to London after the retirement of her father. She has always been a very attractive and sweet girl. She was very good at acting and drama and bagged many roles at school plays as well. That was the time when she realized that she should pursue her career as an actor.
Her dreams of becoming an actress got fuel when Simi was 11 years old and was in India on an annual family vacation where she met director Mahboob Khan. Once Simi completed her studies in London she insisted her family let her move to her hometown in India so she could work on her dream profession. Initially she had to face objections from her parents but eventually her parents bowed down to her wish and she came to Bollywood. Simi was a very unconventional actress of her times. The only barrier in her early career was her language she could not speak Hindi very fluently and this was because of her upbringing. Simi was always more comfortable with English.
Simi has many successful films in her achievement’s list among which Mera Naam Joker was a movie where she played the role of a teacher. This movie led to the actress playing various roles in other movies like Do Badan, Padatik, Siddhart, Kabhi Kabhi, Aranyer Din Ratri and Chalte Chalte. Her achievements helped her climb the ladder of success until finally she was rewarded with her very own talk show, Rendezvous With Simi Garewal.
The Rendezvous with Simi Garewal show was the most important turning point in her life. Rather than being recognized as an actress, she is now remembered as the famous talk show host. The chat show was supposedly the idea of the actor herself and later on she went on to produce the show. The Rendezvous with Simi Garewal is the most successful chat show on Indian Television. The interior of the set was very different from the other chat shows. It was done with the theme of purity and serenity in mind. The sofas, curtains, flowers, carpet and all the minute details of the set were done in white. Even the host Simi Garewal was made to adhere to an all white dress code. Simi mostly wore suits and blazers in whites and off whites which later on became her trademark fashion and she was often called the lady in white because of her attire.
The idea of the chat show was to provide the audience an insight into the personal lives of famous personalities, like actors, politicians, business tycoons and sports persons. Simi’s guests were invariably always stars and super stars. The best part of Simi’s show was that the stars she invited were also her friends, acquaintance or people whoe knew her personally because of her time spent in Bollywood. The guest list included the who’s who of the industry, e.g. stars like Amitabh Bachan, Shahrukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Sushmita Sen, Dilip Kumar, Dharmendra, Govinda, Shipla Shetty, Karishma Kapoor and the likes. Among politicians she interviewed Rahul Gandhi, Narsimha Rao, Sheila dixit, Lalu Prasad Yadav and others. Anil Ambani, Rattan Tata, Yash Birla, Lamxi Mittal were the business tycoons who came down to her studio to have a candid chat with her. Sachin Tendulkar, Imran khan, Wasim Akam and Kapil Dev were few sportsmen to be on her guest list. The Rendezvous with Simi Garewal show was the greatest hit in the television history and will always remain our favorite.