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Name: Jose Mario Covaco

Birthday: 28th Jan, 1982

Born in: Mumbai

Height: 5′ 8″

Shoe size: 9.

Studied: St. Stanislaus School and National College – majored in Physics.

First Job: As an RJ with Red FM 93.5

One Secret: He’s addicted to videogames.

Tete-a-tete with your VJ

What did you want to be as a child?

As a child I wanted to be ASTROSNOT. Then I realized it was actually ‘Astronaut’ and it required leaving home, so I gave up on that idea. Since then I wanted to be nothing and therefore I am here at MTV.

How did VJing for MTV happen?

I was working with Red FM and I would like to believe my good work at Red made MTV notice me. The top bosses harassed me for a while and I finally gave in to their sexual overtures…no I’m just kidding.

So, how do you like it so far?

I hate it! It sucks! It’s the worst job in the world.

Okay…if you weren’t VJing, what would you be doing?

I’d be getting paid to play videogames and sleeping.

If someone was deleting all the videogames in the world, which ones would you try to save?

Counterstrike, Ninja Gaidan Sigma and Spiderman 3.

What is the strangest thing anyone has ever said to you about the way you look?

‘Hey man, you look pretty good on TV’ – It’s obviously a lie!

Do you have any tattoos?

I thought they were tattoos for a long time, but then I realized they were just my nipples.

Was there a particular moment in your life which you look back on and think – that was fate playing its hand?

Yea, actually I happened to catch an article in the newspaper by Osho called Brain and Mind Theory. It changed my life. It was so brilliant and just brought a lot of clarity into my life.

Do you believe in god?

I believe in a higher power…I’m not very religious, but I’m kind of spiritual. I believe in life and love. That’s what makes God.

Who matters to you the most in your life?

My parents and my wife-to-be, when she materializes…when I find her.

Describe the perfect women for you…

Someone with a sense of humour and who lets me sleep!

What would you say is your biggest asset?

My mind. Because eventually that’s all you need to survive.

Would you ever do a Bollywood film?

You never know….

What do you do to keep in shape?

Does it look like I work out?

Where do you go to holiday?

My bed and the alternate world of video games!

What is the most ultimate experience you’ve had while traveling?

Not being able to find a loo, everywhere I go!

What kind of food do you like to eat?

I’ll eat anything. Anything, really.

Do you cook at all?

Yes, I can make boiled eggs……and I can fry eggs and…… I can boil water….

Do you support any social causes?

I’m an avid supporter of the Gift-Jose-A-Videogame cause.


Siblings: 1 older sister (“She’s an evil person”)

First Crush: Winnie Cooper from The Wonder Years

Movie star: Irfan Khan, Aishwarya Rai, : Morgan Freeman, Carrie Ann Moss. (“Subject to change”)

Cartoon character: The Swat Cats and He-man

Favorite band/artist: Third Eye Bling

Movies: Shawshank Redemption, Matrix and Iqbal

The greatest aphrodisiac: Sleep.

Ultimate Aphrodisiac:”My fashion statement is not having a fashion statement.”

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Name: Gurbani Judge a.k.a Bani

Birthday: 29th November, 1987

Born in: Chandigarh, “in a hospital delivery room…”

Vital Stats: (my) “Heart is beating.”

Shoe size: 8

Studied: Vivek Highschool (till the 7th grade), Woodstock Boarding School (8th grade onwards). College: “The University of Life!”.

First Job: Did a lot of household chores for her family, typed letters for her mom for cash, washed cars, walked dogs etc.

One Secret: She’s a good baker. In Chandigarh, she used to love to bake muffins, cakes etc and give them to people.

Tete-a-tete with your VJ

People know you from Roadies Season 4. How did you end up Veejaying for MTV?

It just happened. After Roadies was over, I used to do a lot of events for MTV. And they saw me getting better at it. At the time, I was applying to college in New Zealand. I was going to go away to study Graphic Design for 5 years. I wanted to be an artist. But then Mtv happened.

And what did you want to be as a child?<BR>
Mostly, I wanted to be an adult. We were very aware of the financial situation we were in, and I just wanted to earn enough money and support myself. Now that I’m an adult, I want to be a child!

A lot of the boys want to know if you’re seeing anyone?

No man, I wish. I just don’t have the time.

So what is your idea of the perfect man?

A dog! No, I’m kidding. He has to love paneer, because I loveeee paneer. And he has to go to the gym. And also, not make a big deal of the fact that I like to eat healthy.

Do you work out a lot?

Everyday! For about an hour to and hour and a half.

So what would do you say is one of your biggest strengths…or rather, one of your biggest assets…

I have immense willpower, it’s very strong. I don’t drink, don’t smoke, don’t do drugs. I think there are cooler ways to die.

Your hair always looks really great. How often do you colour it?

I can’t even remember. I just love color in everything….and I think the uncombed look is a great fashion statement.

How many tattoos do you have?

9…but my favorite are my truth and karma tattoos.

When did you have the most fun while traveling…the most ultimate experience…

I think it’s almost missing the trains and flights when I am with my mum and sister.

Who matters the most to you in your life?

My grandfather, but he passed away.

Do you believe in God?

I used to. Then I grew up. So, now I don’t anymore.

Do you support any social causes?

I would support PETA, but I eat fish. But, I have been donating blood 6 times a year since I turned 18.


Food: Tuna flakes, chikoos, cold coffee and blueberry muffins.

Drink: Milk

Cartoon character: “Me!”

Book (s): ‘How we are Hungry’ by Dave Eggers and ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’ by Mark Haddon.

Author(s): Philip Larkin, Gabrielle Garcia Marquez

Music: Alkaline Trio, Incubus

Artist: M.F. Husain

Ultimate Aphrodisiac: A good workout in the gym.

Her Shows: ‘On the Job’ and ‘Wassup’

Holiday destination: “Once I’m on holiday, I’ll let you know!”

Believes: “Change is constant. It is the only thing in life that is constant”

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Name: Ayushmann Khurrana

His name used to be: Nishant for the first 2 years of his life. His cousins still call him Nishu.

Birthday: 14th Sept

Born and grew up in: Chandigarh

Height: 5’9″

Shoe size: 9.

Studied: At St. John’s High School and DAV College, Chandigarh. He majored in English Literature.

First Job: A Radio Jockey at BIG FM, Delhi.

One Secret: Bitter dark chocolate is his ultimate aphrodisiac

Tete-a-tete with your VJ

What did you want to be as a child?

I always wanted be a performer. I was the clown of the class and used to amuse everybody with my antics. Performance was where my heart and soul was, but life charted out a different course for me to bring me to my realization. I took medical in 11th and 12th standard, almost got through a dental college but decided to opt for an English major in graduation and did my Masters in Mass Communication. Then came radio where I got an opportunity to exhibit my dreams and now it’s MTV where I get to vent out all my pent up emotions of performance and of course the chosen sufferers are you all :

And what made you audition for Roadies 2?

Traveling is a passion. I knew I could travel through Roadies. I want to go to North-East next.

So then how did VJing for MTV happen?

Actor + RJ = VJ (and Roadies get jobs with MTV)

You’re an introvert. How do you manage to be so outgoing on camera?

Don’t forget. I’m an actor

Yes, and you used to do a lot of theatre as well right?

I have done theatre for 5 years. I was the founder member of DAV College’s AAGHAAZ and MANCHTANTRA – active theatre groups in Chandigarh. I have conceptualized and enacted in street plays and won prizes in national fests like- Mood Indigo (IIT Mumbai), BITS Pilani and St. Bedes Simla. I also won a Best Actor award for playing Ashwathaama in Dharamveer Bharti’s Andha Yug.

How many films have you done?

2 films for MTV’s Fully Faltoo Film Festival – Cheque De India and Jadoo Ek baar

So MTV glory or Bollywood fame?

As of now MTV glory, Bollywood fame can wait.

Have you ever had an experience that you look back on and think – fate played a hand there?

After completing my Mass Comm I had nothing to do. I was planning to take sabbatical for 2 months before going to Mumbai but my astrologer father literally dragged me out of the house and told me that I would get a job within a weeks time…guess what …Big FM selected me on the fourth day in Mumbai!

Chandigarh or Mumbai?

If people in Chandigarh will start thinking like Mumbaikars, it will become a beautiful place.

Where do you go to holiday?

Exploring my own country gives me the biggest high. Not only do I get to observe different cultures, climatic zones, regions…there is so much of difference but it’s overwhelming that we’re a part of one nation. I have traveled almost every part of the country, I’m yet to explore North-East.

Tell us about the most fun you’ve had while traveling?

During Roadies 2 I experienced the longest, most gruesome, adventurous expedition I have ever had – covering a distance of 2000 kms from Calcutta to Wagah border.

Do you consider yourself a sexy dude? What do you think is your biggest asset?

My biggest asset is my charming innocence and when you start acknowledging the fact that you’re sexy then you’re not sexy anymore…so that still leaves us with the same question!

Are you religious?

Yes. He’s always there to acknowledge us. It’s just that we who need to acknowledge Him.

Do you work out?


How often…what is your exercise routine like?

I do weight training at least 4 times a day and climb 15 floors everyday becauseI stay on the 15th floor. And I eat 5 small meals a day.

And what kinds of food do you like eating?

I love Mughlai and Punjabi food. In Roadies 2 when we were staying in Lucknow. I relished toonday kebabs. I miss mouth watering Mohammedan preparations of Nizamuddin and Chandni Chowk in Delhi. And who doesn’t miss home cooked makki ki roti and sarson ka saag.

Do you cook at all?

I have not discovered this talent!

What would we find on your most recently played list on your iPod?


Are there any social causes that are close to your heart?

I have enacted and conceptualized street plays on social issues targeting communalism and raising women emancipation issues.


Siblings: 1 younger brother – Aparshakti Khurana, who’s studying law.

Food: Mughali and Punjabi!

First Crush: In the 4th grade, her name was Saoli Mitra, she was a class topper and a classical dancer. You know I appreciate art and intelligence : I think she stays in Calcutta now.

Movie stars: Amitabh Bachchan and SRK

Comic character: Chacha Choudhry kyunki unka dimaag computer se bhi tez chalta hai

Book/author: ‘King of The World’ by David Remnick. It’s Mohd. Ali’s biography and William Dalrymple’s ‘The Last Mughal’ and ‘City Of Djinns’.

Favorite band/artist: Coldplay, Ghulam Ali, Fuzon

A pick-up line used on him: Oh ! That’s a ‘deep’ dimple!!

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If you are MTV freak you may be keen to know about your favorite VJ.Here are some fun facts of some of the most liked VJ’s .Starting with our very own RANNVIJAY


Name: Rannvijay Singh Singha

Born on: 16th March, 1983

Height: 6′

Education: Went to 9 different schools. Graduated from Hansraj College, Delhi University with a Bachelor’s of Commerce.

First Job: As a construction worker, in New Jersey, US.

Shoe size: Bata 9/ UK 9/ Swiss 10

One Secret: Rannvijay is a superhero freak. He collects action figures, comic books, jeans, chappals and even superhero underwear. His favorite comicbook superhero is Wolverine – “his attitude is unbelievable. Very sardar-like”. A close second is Batman.

Tete-a-tete with your VJ

You won the first season of MTV Roadies. And since then, you’ve become a VJ and the host of Roadies. What made you audition for Roadies? And how did you become a VJ?

After graduation, I was all set to join the army in 2 months. My family has been in the Indian Army for 6 generations. My dad is a brigadier, my brother is in the navy. Then the Roadies auditions came along, and I thought about it – on one hand, I would have had a 40 year career set out before me, with no problems – housing, medical, everything would be set with the Army. And on the other hand, was MTV and the uncertainty that came along with auditioning. But my dad supported me. He didn’t want me to regret it 20 years down the line.

Funnily enough, when I auditioned, and throughout Roadies, I just knew I would make it. Plus, it was the bike that motivated me to audition in the first place. I just really wanted to win the bike! Then after the show ended, I was pretty popular…people liked me. The MTV producers asked me to try Veejaying and not join the army. The liked the way I interacted with people. I was very camera shy, but I thought it would be fun. I think that was the hand of fate. I ended up in a totally different profession.

And as a child, what did you want to do?

I wanted to be a sports star – a basketball player. I wanted to get paid playing my favorite sport.

You’ve done a few films too? Do you plan to continue making movies?

Yes, I recently did Mumbai Cutting. And I have a couple of films lined up for this year. Once I became a VJ, I knew I’d be doing movies. I’m a very filmy person, as in, I watch a lot of movies; I’m a movie buff and a film critic.

So if you had to choose between MTV glory and Bollywood fame?

Done the former, waiting for the latter!

You mentioned you’re a bike lover? When did the love start, and how many bikes do you own?

I’m crazy about bikes really. Everyone knows me as a biker. On my 1st birthday, I was given a tricycle. I rode it well! And by the time I was 8, I was teaching kids older than me how to ride cycles. By 14, I used to maro bikes from people…as in, ask them to let me ride. Then my dad bought me a bike – a Hero Honda Splendor. It’s a Sports bike. I have a few other bikes – a Suzuki GSX 600, a Kawasaki Ninja, a 225 CC modified Hero Honda Karisma which I won on Roadies, a 50 CC Pocket bike and a Royal Enfield Bullet.

Do you play any sports apart from basketball? What do you do to maintain your body?

Yes, I’m a complete sportsman. I play all kinds of sports and I love outdoor activities. I don’t smoke, I don’t do drugs. My adrenaline rush is being in the outdoors and doing something adventurous. That’s the high that comes with Roadies – I try all the tasks myself. I play a lot of basketball. I like playing soccer in the rain, Table Tennis in the office. And I go to the gym to run once in a while, or when I’m doing Roadies.

Do you believe in God?

100%. I’m not religious but I believe I have a one to one connection with God. I imagine talking to someone. I love Gurunanak. I love any religious place. I find them very peaceful.

Who matters to you the most in your life?

My younger brother. My mum and my dad. And my friends too.

The perfect girl to you is someone who….

Well, beautiful or not, that girl needs to be confident and carry herself confidently. However beautiful she is, if she’s dumb, she’s dumb. If she’s not stylish, it’s okay. But don’t wear things you end up looking silly in. That’s what wannabes do. She should have a firm head over her shoulders. And needs to be spontaneous, because I am, I’m very adventurous.

Aids awareness is one of causes you support right?

Yes. But I also am involved with Fight Back, which is a network 18 initiative to fight against female oppression in every form. Raghu is also involved now.


Siblings: One younger brother, Harmanjeet Singh Singha

Food: All kinds. His mum’s Punjabi khana, Mexican, Italian, Thai, Chinese and most recently Japanese. He love eating, loves junk food too, especially Mc Donalds.

Movies: Men of Honor, 300, all superhero movies, Sholay, Rang De Basanti, Andaaz Apna Apna.

Music: Femme Fatal. Usher, Justin, Timbaland, Punjabi MC, Vishal -Shekhar, A.R. Rahman.

Bollywood Movie Star: Aamir Khan, Salman Khan. Hrithik Roshan, Amitabh Bachchan. Kajol, Rani Mukherjee, Vidya Balan

Hollywood Movie Star: Johnny Depp, Leonardo deCaprio, Heath Ledger, Dustin Hoffman, Al Pacino, Kevin Spacey, Hugh Jackman.

Cartoons: Bart Simpson.

Books: All comics: the Gotham comics, X Men , The Hulk etc. And otherwise, he enjoys reading autobiographies.

Author: John Grisham, Paulo Coelho.

Holiday destination: Australia and Brazil for the outdoor activities. But India is the best country because “your get everything… plains, backwaters, beaches, mountains, so many monuments and temples, architecture, traditions.”

TV shows: Entourage, 24, Sex and City – I liked it. Desperate housewives (“though it’s very melodramatic”)… Heroes, Survivor, Roadies, Fear Factor, The Apprentcie.

Cooks: Egg Bhurji, Rajma, Omlet…”I can make enough for myself to survive on”

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