From showbiz to slums - Winfrey enjoys meeting 'tolerant' talents
After meeting socialites and Bollywood celebrities shortly after her arrival, international talk show queen Oprah Winfrey visited a slum on her second day here. What she is praising is the country's close-knit family system, a rarity in the US
After meeting socialites and Bollywood celebrities shortly after her arrival, international talk show queen Oprah Winfrey visited a slum on her second day here. What she is praising is the country's close-knit family system, a rarity in the US.
"For my new show called the 'Oprah's Next Chapter', I am doing a story all about India, and I wanted to see all aspects of India to see a broad view of what it is like to be an Indian.
It is very revealing and I would say amazing to me ... so I met the people from Bollywood and other aspects," Winfrey told reporters when she visited a slum area near Regal theatre in Colaba Tuesday.
"What I love the most about this country is their tolerance ... How the families learn to love and live together! When I was in America and talking to famous people, I would ask how you live with your parents ... now I see how you do it," she added.
The 57-year-old landed in Mumbai Monday. Among the first things she did was meet Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan's two-month old daughter, nicknamed Beti B. After spending more than an hour at the Bachchan resident, Winfrey attended a party organised by socialite Parmeshwar Godrej Monday night.
She wore an orange and golden sari for the party, and teamed it with golden bangles. Winfrey confirmed the sari was by designer Tarun Tahiliani, and that she would soon wear designs by the popular designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee too.
Winfrey is primarily here to shoot for her new show "Next Chapter", which will see her travelling around the world and interviewing celebrities. In India, she will interview spiritual guru Deepak Chopra.
"(In India) I'll be interviewing Deepak Chopra. I've never seen India before. I actually came to meet Chopra, who's a friend," said Winfrey. She is planning to devote five hours of her show to stories on India, as she said: "I'm not just doing one story, I'm doing five hours on India."
Since "it's just been a day", Winfrey has little to say of India, and hopes to travel around to get the most of the country. Jaipur and Agra are definitely on her itinerary, and she is reportedly scheduled to shoot at the Taj Mahal.