If you weren’t in showbiz you would have been...
A folk musician or a farmer and I’m pretty sure I’d be just as happy.
Has making fun of others ever backfired for you?
Oh yes. I’ve had threats. I’ve had people trying to shut down a TV show I hosted. I’ve even had a guy chase me around a wedding with a bottle!
How do your friends in Bollywood take to being made fun of?
They love it, most people love being made fun of as long as they are in the joke. I think problems start when it gets personal and biting and that’s never been my style.
Whose sense of humour do you admire more: Karan Johar’s or Farah Khan’s?
Karan’s sense of humour is like a suspense film. It’s like the climax scene from
The Usual Suspects
. You realise, a week later, that the joke was on you. He is the king of wit and sarcasm. With Farah, she jokes about everyone, no one is sacred or above it.
The shows you enjoy watching?
Game Of Thrones, Breaking Bad, House Of Cards, Modern Family
Are Indians loosening up as far as humour is concerned?
Not all Indians, but I guess there is a large population that has really opened up and comedy owes them a lot. They actively follow comedians.
A funny incident or anecdote that you can’t forget.
It was during the Semi Girebaal show. I accidentally walked into a birthday party, wearing heels and in costume. When the party finished, everyone stared at me, this hideous six-foot-five-inch creature in drag.
An Indian reality show that you’d love to host.
Any of the ones that have music or performances in them. I love hosting those.
How do music channels of the ’90s compare to those of today?
The ’90s was a lucky time for music channels. We were a generation obsessed with new music and they were our window to the world beyond. Now it’s really tough. There is mad competition and it’s not just about the music anymore.
One song that describes your current state of mind.
The biggest risk you have ever taken
My show called
. I think it is risky as it could have backfired.
A piece of advice you wish someone had given you 10 years ago.
Before you want to join the media, do your research. Don’t buy some other guy’s plan.
The cheesiest pick-up line you have ever used or was used for you?
I don’t use pick-up lines as I’m not attracted to people who get picked up by a pick-up line. This could be a pick-up line!
Three grooming products you can’t do without.
Sensual midnight inner-thigh cream, yoga organic eyebrow curler and yograj tonic for men.
Your fitness fundas.
I hang only with the lazy and the frail.
Your favourite holiday destination.
What makes your day?
Eating a great meal with people I love and then falling asleep as they tell me about their hopes.
What spoils it?
A 600-page book with diagrams. I’ll send it across.
You de-stress by...
Solving other people’s problems. I feel I’m a great motivational guru for other people’s problems and a complete failure at mine.
From HT Brunch, February 22
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