Some Lesser Known Facts About Rohit Sardana
- Does Rohit Sardana smoke?: Not Known
- Does Rohit Sardana drink alcohol?: Not Known
- He was inclined towards acting and did some theatre back around 1997. Rohit had always wanted to be on the Television screen.
- Upon completing his graduation, Rohit made his mind to be at the National School of Drama. While at NSD, he did not like the culture there and dropped out on the third day of the seven days workshop.
- He then made his mind to be in the field of journalism, as lesser people chose the career and it could also get him his dream of coming onto the TV screen.
- Since Rohit was looking for a career in the journalism, which demanded a clear tongue over Hindi and English, he had to brush up his lingual skills as he generally spoke in the Haryanvi.
- Rohit then started writing for some newspapers, letters and also got his articles published which gave a boost to his portfolio before he started pursuing Masters.
- When he finally moved out of his hometown to Hisar to get a post-graduate degree, the students in the class were asked to explain as to what they would do upon doing journalism. While everyone in the class said they wanted to bring change to the society, Rohit was the only one to say ‘I just want to be on TV.’
- Looking at his portfolio, one of his teachers told him to go and work as they would teach him what exactly he was already doing. Considering his teacher’s suggestion, he began working for Radio, keeping his studies with him as well. He used to attend classes until afternoon, and work later in evening and night.
- He then moved to Delhi to work as an intern with the ETV Network, where he was later offered to work when his final semester was remaining. So he asked his teacher who supported him.
- When he finally thought that time had come to bring out some revolution, his boss asked him to take the job lightly which made him think that while at college, everyone wanted to do this, but in the field, bosses don’t let them do what they wanted to. But he was reluctant which made his senior transfer him to the head office in Hyderabad stating that he would be trained as an anchor there, an opportunity Rohit could not deny.
- Once he stepped into Hyderabad, he had to go through an audition which was supposed to be in the Hindi language. But the panel had just one member and that too from Southern India, who knew quite less about Hindi. One additional advantage that Rohit had was his experience with the ‘Akashvani.’
- He was subsequently employed as a Video Toaster Editor, where a Japenese team trained him for the next five months.
- Then came his way the Gujarat Assembly Elections, the time when the network wanted to play the exact same news in the exact same slot on each of the 11 channels it had. So he learnt Gujarati for this and helped them bring their dream to a reality in just a couple of days.
- Looking at his performance, his seniors took him for a cup of tea where he told them that he could not continue owing to his final semester exams and had to go back to Hisar, to which his seniors asked him that could he not leave it. Rohit took it as an opportunity and answered cleverly that ‘I would have, if I were doing anchoring or something like that.’ One more reason was that he was getting just INR 3200 as a stipend, way more lesser than what he was earning, working for the radio. He had to demand INR 5500 every month from his father to survive there.
- He was then given to anchor the bulletin at 10 PM without any trial. He asked for a tie and a coat for that and went to the studio and covered that 5-minute bulletin slot with ease and grace. When he came out, his senior said, you will now be given the anchoring every day and get paid for it. INR 400 per bulletin was what he was paid.
- When giving up the channel a year later, Rohit made his final salary bill of INR 72,000/month.
- Between 2003 and 2004, Rohit worked with the Sahara Samay as an assistant producer.
- He then moved to Zee News in 2004 where he was asked to the cricketing news and was given a task to interview Kapil Dev, who lauded his skills and asked his boss to let him do the cricket based shows. Rohit, who had never played a game of cricket since childhood, learnt the field positions, names of shots, and bowling styles from one of his friends and moved on to cover some of the huge events based on cricket, including the ICC World Cup.
- Rohit has been conferred with a number of awards, namely Best News Anchor Award from Delhi Education Society, Madhav Jyoti Samman for Excellence in Journalism, and Sansui Best News Program Award.
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