It was a sunny spring day in Toronto when I first met Veronica Chail — all dressed up from the OMNI studio to meet me for coffee at a Starbucks on the funky Queen Street strip — but idyllic atmosphere aside, we had something very serious to discuss: IIFA 2011. Little did I know that a masala style chat about one of the world’s biggest award shows would offer me a window into the life of a young woman carving her own path in the media landscape and proving that stereotypes are meant to be broken and glass ceilings shattered.
What began as a collaboration for IIFA became a real friendship and I was lucky to learn about Chail’s passion, courage of conviction and dedication to giving back. She’s had success as a producer, news writer and reporter, and most recently, as the very talented host of Bollywood Boulevard — yet has always found time to volunteer with charities and organizations with genuine interest and commitment. Outraged by the shameful blind eye to human trafficking she’s witnessed, particularly at home in Canada, Chail has recently set up an anti-human trafficking organization to create awareness, spread knowledge and ultimately find solutions to end this horrible practice. No small feat with only 24 hours in a day.
In a very short time spent with this media maven it was clear to me that there’s absolutely no stopping her — the sky’s the limit — and after reading the interview below I’m sure you’ll feel the same.
Tags: , 2011 IIFA Awards Weekend, Bollywood Boulevard 2011 IIFA Awards, Bollywood Boulevard IIFA 2011 fashion, Bollywood Boulevard Veronica Chail, IIFA 2011, IIFA 2011 Anil Kapoor, IIFA 2011 Canada, IIFA 2011 Marissa Bronfman, IIFA 2011 North America, IIFA 2011 Preity Zinta, IIFA 2011 Salman Khan, IIFA 2011 Shah Rukh Khan, IIFA 2011 Toronto, The Huffington Post IIFA 2011, Veronica Chail, Veronica Chail anti-human trafficking, Veronica Chail Canadian Media, Veronica Chail Huffington Post, Veronica Chail IIFA 2011, Veronica Chail IIFA green carpet, Veronica Chail Interview, Veronica Chail Marissa Bronfman, Veronica Chail Marissa Bronfman Bollywood Boulevard, Veronica Chail profile, Veronica Chail Shah Rukh Khan, Veronica Chail style, Veronica Chail TV