Tired of eating unhealthy food during shoots, comedian-scriptwriter-actor Rajkunwar Hussain Abbas Khan, the former villain Kunwar in television show Bhagyavidhataa, and currently a comic character in Lapataganj, will start his own catering service for TV show units next month. The actor’s mother, Rani Kusum Begum, one of the top chefs at ITC Parel, will look after the business with him. The company’s name will be finalised next week.
Khan confirms and says, “The food served during TV shoots is full of soda and various other harmful ingredients that are added to increase quantity. We actors work for over 12 hours a day, along with hundreds of technicians and helpers on the sets. The least one can ask for is healthy food. That’s what my company will do, without charging exorbitant rates ofcourse.” Khan’s mother will be appointing cooks from the hotel she works in. Special baawarchis (chefs) will be brought down from Lucknow for the non-vegetarian dishes. “Certain chefs specialise in certain kinds of cuisines only. So, we will have specialised cooks looking into desserts, biryanis and kebabs, paranthas and rotis and so on,” he informs.
The actor thought of this new business after hearing constant complaints regarding unit food from technicians, directors, spot boys and co-actors on the sets of his shows and movies over the last nine years. “Regardless of what we do on the sets, food invariably becomes a topic of discussion. I’ve rarely heard that a certain unit's food was great,” adds Khan. “When my mother and I start our business, I’m sure every set will have delicious meals. No one will ever complain,” he sums up.