For the third year in a row, Malaika Arora Khan will judge the reality show, India's Got Talent, that scouts for talent. Known for her fashion sense as well as her love for judging such shows, she gives us an insight into her own talents, and why the pressure of living up to an image doesn’t bother her.
You are judging a reality show that hunts for talent. What would you say are your own talents?
I am a very good cook. People don’t associate me with cooking because they must be thinking, ‘How can she manage a kitchen with manicured nails?’ But I do. I am also very good at gardening. People know me for my dancing skills, but I wish I could wake up one day with a brilliant voice. I wish I could sing; that’s my dream. Another dream is to host a live cooking show.
You have got a new tattoo on your wrist. Is it the latest?
I am a tattoo junkie. The one on my wrist is my son’s birthdate, but that’s not the latest. I keep getting tattoos; the latest one being on my ribs. Getting inked depends on what phase or stage of life I am in. A tattoo is a defining and meaningful way of marking important moments of my life. The one on my ribs is of three birds, which represent being liberated. I learnt driving recently, and it literally gave me wings. I have also got tattoos of my name, and a pair of wings, which is the meaning of my name.
You are a fashionista. Do you feel any pressure to live up to that image?
I have an amazing team that works round the clock to make me look good. They push me to experiment, but I’m also aware of what looks good on me. So I don’t let anyone force me either. The scrutiny by the media creates pressure as they can be brutal when you repeat something or if you turn up underdressed somewhere.
What brings you back to judging a talent hunt reality show?
I love it. It’s fun-filled and challenging. It lets me be myself and not be stern as a judge.
Don’t you think glamour is your USP on the show?
I don’t think I’m on the show just for the glam factor. If that was the reason, I wouldn’t have been on it for three years in a row. Sure, we all bring in certain qualities as a judge, like Karan’s (Johar; filmmaker) humour or Kirronji’s (Kher; actor) saris and emotions. But talent is the overpowering element.
What kind of a judge are you?
I find it difficult to break someone’s heart or sugar-coat my comments. I speak what I feel, but the way I put it across is not hurtful.
What you see on TV is the real Malaika. Nothing is fake or scripted.
You had mentioned in an earlier interview that you would produce a TV show. Any development there?
I want to ensure that our production house is set to move in that direction.