She is a household name in America and dearly loved in India as well. Merinews spoke to Mahesh..
FOR THE first time, India
would be host to Oprah Winfrey
as she is about to shoot her highly anticipated new series, Oprah's Next Chapter. For that series she would be travelling around the world
; interviewing celebrities, newsmakers and common people. India is also on her itinerary and she is scheduled to visit the country with spiritual guru Deepak Chopra next month and as per her tweet, she seemed really excited. When Merinews asked Mahesh Bhatt
whether India should also have a show like Oprah, he replied, “One cannot imitate a show if we do not have the essence of the host. Give me another Oprah (the person) and you would have an Oprah (the show) in India.”
Oprah makes $600 per minute and $10 per second and this trip means both fun and work for her. She is loved globally for her empathising ways and the unique cases that she brings to the fore. Even Mahesh Bhatt was positive that people will love her. He said, “In the urban global India, that we have created, she will certainly have takers.” The details about her visit are not known yet but her Twitter
has it, “Yes! I am coming to India next month for 1st time as part of Next Chapter."
She is the one of the few who can make anyone cry with joy, jump with glee and touch one’s heart; all at once. When Oprah Winfrey retired from ‘Oprah’ it had an international effect. All her fans cried as they would have missed not only an exceptionally well written, executed and scripted show but also the constant presence of Oprah. After all she was one of the rare connections to all those people who have faced the worst in life and yet they feel that they are to be blamed somehow for what happened. Oprah educated us about sexual harassments, identity crisis and transgender problems. Although she continued to do her own television series yet the void cannot be filled.
People in the urban India also feel that no one can replace her, in terms of the issues that she talked about and also the way she handled it. “She talks about skeleton in the closets and addresses issues in a direct manner. She is one lady who can call a spade a spade and yet not offend people as everyone loves Oprah,” says Ritika Singh, who used to follow her show ardently and is really happy to know that her idol would visit India.