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WOULD YOU DARE?

These daredevils are set to give all those strong-hearted Lucknow gals out there, a huge complex! The ?real? stunts by six small (& big) screen stars in the all-women celebrity special episode of Fear Factor is sure to leave even the guys gaping.

india Updated: Apr 21, 2006 00:23 IST

These daredevils are set to give all those strong-hearted Lucknow gals out there, a huge complex! The ‘real’ stunts by six small (& big) screen stars in the all-women celebrity special episode of Fear Factor is sure to leave even the guys gaping.

The challengers—Mandira Bedi, Shraddha Nigam, Aashka Goradia, Rupali Ganguli, Gurdeep Kohli and Tasneem Sheikh—shared their ‘experience of a lifetime’ after shooting  for the special episode in Malaysia. The stunts include being handcuffed underwater and finding the keys while the clock ticks or, in Round 2, being enclosed in a glass case while an assortment of centipede, mice and spiders are poured in over you. Or, say, a stunt hanging from a helicopter… would you dare?

Tasneem Sheikh (Mohini of Kyunki….) damaged her eardrum while performing in the first round. “I love doing things which people just don’t think of doing. I don’t know swimming but I went ahead underwater to perform the stunt and damaged by eardrum,” she said. Incidentally, she just married this Wednesday, her love Sameer Nerurkar. Taseema is quick to add, “But one good thing happened after it — I learnt swimming!”

Mandira Bedi expected it to be a very bad experience but says, “I used to get very scared when I used to watch Fear Factor on television but once I started playing myself, the first round was over in just 22 seconds. In the second round, I was put in a coffin-like box — with 200 centipedes below the waist, spiders on the face and 200 black and white mice on the remaining parts of my body. I had to separate them. It was really yuck! I separated them but the moment the task was over I yelled to be let out. The third round involved a great physical effort as it involved hanging from a helicopter.”

The only other person who managed to make it to the final round with Bedi was Shraddha Nigam (of Krishna Arjun fame). She said, “It was a scary lifetime experience. I felt creepy in the insect round but I did it sportingly. I still have nightmares about it.” She is busy shooting for a Pakistani show in Dubai these days. Shraddha is anxious to watch the episode which will be aired on Sony TV this Friday.

“In my a soap you are character but here I was the real Rupali not Dr Simran (of Sanjeevni) or my character in Sarabhai vs Sarabhai. It was the most wonderful experience unlike my TV shows. There we have a shield of make-up but here it was just real me. But I goofed up in the first round by a fraction of a second,” said Rupali Ganguli.

Aashka Goradia (Kumud of Kkusum fame) was also out in the first round.
She says, “One should not panic. People are frightened to watch this show but I went for it. It’s another matter that I lost in the first round and had to go home!”