Archana Vijaya

Archana Vijaya, from Kolkata, is a video jockey for Channel V in India and a model.

Biography

Archana Vijaya started her career after she won the 1st Supermodel/Reality TV show Get Gorgeous season 1‐in India by Channel [V]. After her modeling career kick started with prestigious modeling assignments such as walking the ramp at Rome Fashion Week‐and subsequently at Milan, Singapore, and France, apart from working with all the leading designers in our country, she also got signed up by Channel [V] to be a Veejay in 2005, and host Get Gorgeous season 2, the very same contest she had won in the first season.

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Since then she has simultaneously modeled in Fashion with all the leading designers – Tarun Tahiliani, Rohit Bal, Narendra Kumar, Sabyasachi, Manish Mahlotra to name a few. Commercially for various brands such as Toyota Corolla, Frooti, l’OREAL Paris, Samsung Mobile, Nike to list a few. She is one of the most sought after television hosts in the country, and has done shows of various genres such as Travel, (Freedom Express 1 and 2), Bollywood (BOLLY [V]), Music (Junglee Jukebox) Glamour/Gossip(EBUZZ for AXN ASIA), Reality (Get Gorgeous season 2 and Sunsilk Bindass Blue Carpet (UTV BINDASS).

Along with hosting entertainment shows, Archana has made her foray into sport entertainment, and has been the face of Neo Cricket for the last 3 years. One of the first to start the trend of Cricketainment with shows such as Tour Diary,Cricket Tadka Maarke etc, which have made her one of the most popular faces in Cricket Broadcasting.

In 2011, Archana will be presenting the Indian Premier League, the biggest sporting extravaganza on Indian television, for Set Max, the host Broadcasters of the IPL. She will be bringing live action to the viewers from the venues and will be seen in the studio.

She has successfully blended Glamour and Sport making her a true beauty with brains.

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Born November 17, 1982 (age 29)
Kolkata, India
Residence Mumbai
Nationality Indian
Ethnicity Rajasthan, India
Alma mater Bhawanipore College
Occupation VJ, model
Years active 2004–present
Known for Modeling, TV Host
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)
Television Get Gorgeous, DLF IPL.

IPL Host Archana Vijaya Sizzling Hot New Photoshoot, In 2005, she was dubbed the “Year’s most beautiful face” by Times of India.

About Archana Vijaya from official website

I am a free-spirit, and my roller coaster “glamour” ride began in 2004, when I won a “reality” supermodel hunt, the first if its kind on Indian television at the time. Get Gorgeous season 1 changed my life forever. I was a girl next door, shy, studying in college, and suddenly there I was blazing the ramp at Rome Fashion Week. Exquisite designer wear, glamour, fame, make-up, heels, fantastic photo-shoots- all too surreal to be true!! My modelling career kicked off, and since then there has been no looking back.

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The self confessed travel junkie in me had no idea what superb surprises were in store. Work makes me travel to places I had only seen on television, and that for me is the greatest perk of this job. Whether its reliving history on the magical streets of Rome or being a teeny bopper on the rides at Movie World, snorkeling with baby sharks, Para-gliding in Goa or eating the best Singaporean clay pot rice, I have enjoyed every minute of all these unforgettable moments!

Those were rather glamorous examples, let’s head from “lux” to “not-so-lux” adventures- While with Channel [V], I got the opportunity to host travel shows like Freedom Express 1 and 2, where I was traveling through India by train, and discovering it at the very grass root level, interacting with so many beautiful people, be it the “jawans” on the L.O.C. (Line Of Control) or the Siddhis (people of African Tribal origin who live in Gujrat). They have enriched my life, and made me the person I am. Discovering the length and breath of this country taught me how truly diverse, and gorgeous India is, and how there’s a way to negotiate or work around everything. The undying spirit of the people who have so little, but would still accommodate you to make sure you ‘re comfortable, is what makes this country so special!

Since traveling has been a constant companion on my “ride”, it was no surprise when Neo Cricket, asked me to host “Tour Diary”, a travel show where I’d be traveling with the Indian Cricket Team and the visiting team to their various playing destinations, taking the audiences through my own journey as a cricket fan! It is here that I had my first encounter with Live -television- it’s a different ball game all together- no room for re-takes- a new challenge, bring it on! Seven tours down the line, believe me when I say that I have almost seen every nook and corner of the streets in India, tried many kinds of local cuisine, shopped, seen beautiful historical monuments, donned many avatars, met and worked alongside sporting legends, made new friends as I go along, and had the time of my life while doing so! Looking forward to many more!!

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This is one of the things I love to do, it takes care of my thirst for travel, and pays the bills!!

That apart, I have been simultaneously catering to the other side of me-the glamorous side- which is why I’m still a model, have hosted many general entertainment shows like Bolly [v], Agent Love, Pop Dairies, while being a Veejay on Channel [V], Ebuzz on Axn Asia (an entertainment show giving the viewers a low down on what’s happening and what’s not in Hollywood and Bollywood) and currently am hosting a reality TV show. Since my career was born of it, I’m going back to my roots, so to speak, to host Sunsilk Blue Carpet on UTV Bindaas- along with me, two renowned guests will give 13 girls a dream makeover. Talk about déjà vu, I had my Cinderella story, and now its my turn to help make someone else’s dream come true!!

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In 2010, I was approached to get back to Get Gorgeous 6 as Mentor now, that was the perfect opportunity for me to go back to where it all began and share everything I had learnt with hopefuls who want to carve out a niche the same way I did many years ago.

The year of chance – 2011- when I decided to become a free-lancer for the very first time, and host IPL season 4, it was a whole new experience which opened up so many new doors. Made me realise everything happens for a reason, and mostly its for the better!
So don’t be afraid to live your dream and take that step, because you really never know what lies ahead, and that is the most exciting feeling in the world!

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As a television presenter, I’m grateful for the opportunity to host shows of varied genres. It keeps me on my toes, and everyday I learn a new thing- that in itself keeps me going, and yearning for lots more! …

Work experience

Since becoming a presenter on television she has hosted a number of events, product launches, corporate award shows, cricketing events etc through the years namely-Concerts- Big [v] Concert with Akon. And others. Big Day out with Shaggy and other artists, Voice of Goa. Other events- Samsung, Sun Microsystems, ICICI bank, EOPL, Cipla, LG circuit. Smirnoff experience across India, Sula Fest etc, Neo Cricket event for India vs Australia at Hard Rock Cafe, Mumbai. Neo Race to No 1 event in New Delhi.

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2012
Delhi Auto Expo for Toyota
Celebrity Cricket league kick off in Sharjah
and other matches at home in India.
Toy Watch Launch in India
Toyota Gala Dinner

2011
Audi Generation Football Cup
Sahara Force India launch in Delhi for F1
Qatar Airways Launch in Kolkata
Ulysse Nardin Launch
Celebrity Cricket league Curtain Raiser
Shoppiesta – Dubai
Venetain Macau launch in India
One From a Billion – T.V. Show for Espn/Star Sports
Vodafone Tour in India I am She – Miss universe Pageant on Star World
A.V.I Fashion LaunchCelebrity Cricket League
IIFA 2011 – Toronto
Indian Premier League for Host Broadcasters – Set Max
MRF Rally 2011 for Neo sports
All India Artic Vodka Launch
Host of the Diesel Island Launch in India
Vodafone Success Event
Collective Launch

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2010
Neo Cricket – India Bangladesh Series
Neo Cricket – South Africa Series

2009
Neo Cricket – Cricket Tadka Maarke
UTV Bindaas- Sunsilk Blue carpet Makeover
Woman of the month-GQ IPL Issue (April 2009)
Interviwed cast of Terminator Salvation including Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Director McG and others in Los Angeles for Sony Pix
TVC for Bajaj Motorbikes
Host of Olay presents Signs of Beauty in London

2008
Neo Cricket-Tour Diary- South Africa vs. India
AXN Asia – E BUZZ
Neo Cricket – Tour Diary – India vs. Australia
Neo Cricket – Tour Diary – India vs. England

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2007
Neo Cricket – Tour Diary – West Indies vs. India and Sri lanka vs. India
[V] Check in in Australia
Neo Cricket – Tour Diary-Bangladesh vs. India
Nike campaign 07/08
Neo Cricket – Tour Diary – India vs. Australia
Neo Cricket – Tour Dairy – India vs. Pakistan
Zee Cafe – PShow
Neo cricket – Cricket Tadka Maarke – a weekly “cricketainment” show

2006
Hosts various shows on Channel [V] such as pop Diaries, Bolly [V], Agent Love
Campaigns (Print/TV) – Nike 06/07, L’oreal Paris, , Toyota Corolla, Cuticura, Centerfresh
Magazines – Covers/ Editorials – Elle, L’offciel, Femina, Seventeen, New Woman, Verve, Record Magazine, Cospmopolitan.
Television – Channel [v] VJ- Shows- Get Gorgeous 2, Pop Diaries, Bolly [v]. Freedom Express-2

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2005
Channel [V] signs her up as a VJ.
Only winner to host get gorgeous season 2
Freedom Express-1
Designers (Ramp /Shoot) (India) – Tarun Tahiliani, Rohit Bal, Ritu Kumar, Nikhil and Shantanu, Narendra kumar, Kiran Uttam Ghosh, Sabyasachi, J J Vallaya, Satya Paul, Suneet Varma, Aparna Chandra, Manish Arora, Malini Ramani, Ranna Gill.
Designers( Ramp/ Shoots) ( International) – Marciano for Guess, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, French Connection, Esprit.Singapore Fashion week, Milan Fashion Week.
Campaigns (Print and TV)- Parker pen with Amitabh Bachhan
Samsung Mobile
Frooti
Magazines- Covers/ Editorials – Elle, L’offciel, Femina, Seventeen, New Woman, Cosmopolitan

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2004
1st winner of Get Gorgeous -Season 1
Modeling career began by top agencies
French Biennale design festival.
Modeling career began by top agencies
Like Elite and Matrix signing her up.
Rome Fashion Week.
Seagram’s Circuit.
Pantaloons Print Campaign.
French Biennale design festival.
Magazines – Covers/ Editorials – Elle, L’offciel, Femina, Seventeen, New Woman, Cosmopolitan.

Extraaa Innings T20 2012 Aisa Mauka Aur Kaha Milega

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