Filmmaker Rohit Shetty, who has delivered hits such as Chennai Express, Singham and the Golmaal series, is all pepped up about being the host of the fifth season of ­adventure-based reality show, Khatron Ke Khiladi.
"Hosting Kharton Ke Khiladi has been a great learning experience. The stunts are grander and the scale of the show, including the ­entertainment quotient, is much bigger this time. Moreover, the focus is on having bigger and better stunts, and less of drama," said Rohit during the ­interview in Cape Town, South Africa, where the show has been shot.
Ask him if he felt any pressure, as the previous seasons of the show have been hosted by actors Akshay Kumar and Priyanka Chopra, and pat comes his reply, "Both Akshay and Priyanka are too big to be ­compared to me. For me, it’s an ­honour to have got the chance to host this show. I know that I am giving my 100%. I don’t believe in being calculative. I just believe in doing my best."
We also asked him about his take on the line up of this year’s contestants, which includes names like actors Ranvir Shorey, Gauahar Khan, Nikitin Dheer, and Rajniesh Duggal, among ­others, to which he says, “It’s the best lot of contestants. They surprise me each day by either performing a task outstandingly or by not being able to do a task. It has been a roller coaster ride.”
Moving on to the subject of his ­forthcoming projects, Rohit, who is ­working on Singham 2 with actor Ajay Devgn, says he wishes to make Golmaal 4.
"I’d love to make Golmaal 4, but I need to have the right script for it. I can’t cheat my audiences if I am not ­convinced by the story,” he says. Prod him on his shy image and he says, “I want my work to speak for me."
The writer’s trip to Cape Town was sponsored by Colors, the channel that will air Khatron Ke Khiladi.
"This season expect some ­interesting stunts coming your way. For example, when we reached Killarney Race Track, we saw contestants ­performing a task called Save Your Partner, where the ­contestants were competing in pairs, " said Rohit.
"One partner was tied and kept in tank full of frogs, and the other partner has to try and release their partner while trying to grab keys from a tank full of crabs as well. The ­contestants showed a lot of strength and patience ­throughout the task. In another stunt called Chopper Pull, which was shot at the Phisante Kraal Airfield, ­participants were put flat on the ground and were dragged by a chopper through a straight," he added.