KARACHI: Meeting Maya Khan in person makes one realise that she has two prominent traits — she is very emotional and quite talkative. She admits the former quality was passed down to her from her mother, while she owes the latter to her genes as well as her participation in the debating squad back in her school days.
Maya comes from a family of journalists and lawyers, so the art of chatter pretty much runs in the family. In her years as a talk show host and a VJ, she has never been not scared to take risks. She is now ready to host a morning show, The Maya Khan Show, on Express News and says it will be an “Aam aadmi ka aam show [a regular show for the common man]”.
“I won’t claim to offer something new, something that hasn’t been done before, but it will be a people-focused show,” says Maya. “It will be about whoever is watching it,” She says she is back with this endeavour to prove herself to the world. “Life is about 3 Ds — deliver, deserve and then demand,” she says, adding that she would also love to do bhangra to make it a “full of life” show.
The Maya Khan Show will run on Express News in the morning hour April 1 onwards. Those who miss it can later tune into Express’ entertainment channel at chai time.
Her career began when she was only four years old, as she took up her first television project. Her two years in the industry started with voice-overs for commercials and moved on to hosting a quiz show called Bujhiye in 1994 for PTV when she was only 10 years old.
From RJ to being a VJ, she gradually paved space for herself in the world of entertainment; she also hosted shows for other private channels. “Call it my weakness or my strength, but I just care too much for people — I don’t care how I look, all I care about is how they relate to me and I, to them,” she says, claiming that she is the first morning show host to have ever touched people’s lives by discussing social issues.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 1st, 2013.
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