Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaaand now
Dancing Queen.. you’re hooked on dance shows?
Aisi baat nahin
. I’m doing
because the concept is different.
Yeah, it brings together 10 item girls.
No, it brings together 10 common people.. there’s a stunt duplicate, a bar girl, a girl who was burnt and developed leukoderma patches from wrong medication. The show gives them a mentor and a goal.
In most shows, the reality element is diluted after a few weeks.. the need to grab eyeballs grows. But there will be no TRP ke liye tamasha in this one.
What’s your take on item girls?
In our time, there was Bindu, Aroona Irani and Helen to perform cabarets. Now item songs are not confined to cabarets and vamps. Malaika Arora’s Chhaiya chhaiya was the highlight of Dil Se. Also Shilpa Shetty’s
Shut up and bounce.
As long as you conduct yourself with dignity and stay within the social parameters, no one can point a finger at you.
You have several chart-busters to your kitty. Which one still sets your feet tapping?
It’s difficult to single out one particular song when I’ve danced to at least a thousand. At times the composition was good.. at times the picturisation. I love dancing, any good beat gets me going.
Which song would you request before you sweep your wife Shobha to the dance floor?
(Laughs) When there’s music between a couple you don’t need a song. The violins playing in your heart are enough.
Will we see you shake a leg in
Hey, just because I’m a judge I can’t be stuck up. The idea is to enjoy yourself.
What do you keep in mind as a judge?
(Smiles) Well, the technicalities I left to Shaimak (Davar) in Jhalak.. and now to Hema (Malini). I react to the total effect. For me a dance has to speak the language of the heart.
Did you expect Prachi Desai to win
Initially, Prachi was very shy. But once she shed her inhibitions, she blossomed.
Who are you rooting for this time?
It’s too premature to predict the winners. These girls are still strangers to us. Everything will depend on their mentor.. and how quickly they shed their inhibitions.
Will we see you in an Ekta Kapoor soap next?
Anything for Ekta, she rules my mind and heart.
Buzz is that Balaji is all set to start its own studio.. even launch a channel?
It’s too premature to talk about this now.
Balaji’s forays into films haven’t worked. Why?
That’s because we were concentrating on TV and depended on others for our movies. But now when we do a film, we will be completely involved.
When will we see you and Tusshar on screen together.. the last time was in
Kuch To Hai?
Oh, that was an insignificant role. Hopefully soon. It’ll have to be a father’s role since I can’t play his younger brother.
Tusshar says his forthcoming film
is like one of your south productions, the
Really? I’ll look forward to it then. He was brilliant in Golmaal Returns. It’s not easy pulling off such a role. All those funny sounds can get irritating after a while. But not once did he go over the top.
What advice would you give him?
(Laughs) Arrey, whenever I’ve
given him advice it’s been the south Indian kind and hasn’t worked.