Jay Bhanushali is a model-turned-actor, first noticed on Disney India’s show Dhoom Machaao Dhoom. He left the show when he was offered the role of Neev Shergill in Ekta Kapoor’s Kayamath. He has also featured in several commercials—the latest being the Lays ad with Saif Ali Khan—and featured in Indian Idol contestant Prajakta Shukre’s music video called Ithun Dhakka.
He is a big-time gamer and is crazy about cricket. A devotee of Lord Ganesh, he visits the Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai whenever he gets time. He likes Bollywood films with drama, suspense and emotion compared to Hollywood action thrillers.
Jay Bhanushali teaches Gautam Hegde a step or two!
Modesty be damned.. tell me why you think Zee signed you as an anchor for Dance India Dance?
(Smiles) I’m easygoing and fun to talk to.. they must have seen me yak during Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa.
Why did you initially deny that you were doing the show?
You’ve done your homework dude! Yes, this was back in November when I didn’t want to talk about the show because it was too early to go telling the world.
Were you also superstitious?
A lot of times it happens that you say something prematurely and then it doesn’t work out. I hadn’t even told my family till I signed the contract.
As an anchor, don’t you plan to refrain from the done-to-death “Chaliye chalte hain” and “Welcome back after the break?”
We are not following a script, per se. We are going easy on the language and have decided it will be more fun to pull each other’s legs.
Tarana as an RJ knows has perfected that art. Apprehensive?
Arrey, main bhi kuch kam nahi!
Your Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa judge, Urmila Matondkar, called you “chocolate liquor.” Has judge Mithun Chakraborthy also given you a nickname?
Ha ha, not yet. We have been cordial, so far, it will take some time to get familiar. But he keeps every one entertained with his one-liners.
Have you been told that you talk a lot?
All my friends say that. Jatin (Shah) and Ali (Merchant) keep saying that either I’m dancing or I’m talking!
Doesn’t your bak-bak ever get you into trouble?
I don’t know when to draw the line when I’m talking to my producers. I say something and then realise “O man, maybe I shouldn’t have said that. Rude toh nahi tha na!”
Both your friends, Jatin and Ali, are dating. Don’t you stick out like a misfit among the lovebirds?
Yes man! I have to interrupt them constantly and make them realise that I’m also around! Everytime we go partying — the first half hour is cool and then these twosomes get busy. I have to snatch the boys away from the girls!
Any dance move you like a lot?
Shammi Kapoor’s head shaking. I do it every time I’m listening to groovy music.
A get-up you wouldn’t want to get into?
That of a woman. I did it in Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa because Urmila challenged me. It was painful! Please continue. The media wanted to barge into my van to see how I dress. I had to wrap myself in a blanket on the sets. The men kept talking about my body. Ha ha ha!
You haven’t done any soaps after quitting Kayamath. Wasn’t there suppose to be a youth show with Balaji?
Yes, but that’s been shelved. And I haven’t gotten anything exciting since.
Wouldn’t you say you were an expensive actor?
Answering that would be a risk. I don’t want to shoo away any potential producers or channels.
Let’s talk about Kaun Jeetega Bollywood Ka Ticket. Was it a memorable experience?
I’m not comfortable talking about that one. It was the most difficult show I’ve done though. There is always something to learn. I learnt to tackle problems.
Valentine’s day is around the corner. Any plans?
I’ll be out with my single friends. The jodis wont give me any bhaav! Ha ha ha!