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tv Updated: Mar 02, 2009 14:48 IST
Gautam Hegde
Gautam Hegde
Hindustan Times
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Where have you been?
I was backpacking in Australia. What a place man! I like travelling and I did some crazy things. I sky-dived from 14,000 feet. Now I'm back and terribly jet-lagged.

What time do you wake up?
I'm up by 7 am. I never used to be an early riser before but then I stripped off all the curtains in my room. Now, I wake up as soon as the sun hits my face. It's a great feeling!

How did you land up as an anchor on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Season 3?
The team called and said I suited their profile. They wanted someone who was not too exposed. A mock test.. and I was on.

Did you shoot the mock test with co-host Shweta Tiwari?
No, I was busy wrapping up my film and getting ready to leave for Australia.

Your film.. Leelai.. right?
Leelai is the Tamil film by the producers of Dasavtharam. I did a short film called Private Life Of Albert Pinto which is presently doing the film festival rounds.

The one I was finishing is a Hindi comedy. Both my films are catering to different markets. The move could blow in my face or it could be a win- win situation. You once said you won't come back to TV unless it's a really good offer. I took up Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa because I was being myself. I'm glad to have been part of two big properties on TV - IPL and now Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Season 3.

Don't you itch to dance too?
Far from it. In fact, I need to brush up on my dancing skills. There is a slight lack of confidence there.

What's the real Shiv Pandit like?
I'm very easy going.. fun with a fun person and a bore with a disinterested one.

How are you with girls?
(Laughs) You should ask the girls that, dude. But I would like to believe I make a good impression on them.

Okay, what irks you on a daily basis?
Telemarketers! I am tired of being told every two hours that I need an insurance plan or a better credit card or a loan scheme!

When was the last time you lost your temper?
I hate the traffic in Mumbai. People strolling on the roads expecting you to stop the car.. so that they can take their own sweet time to cross! It's normal here but when you are back from a nice driving experience in Australia, it sucks!

Rrroite, mayte! Do you get anonymous calls?
No and I hope they don't start after this interview hits print! Ha, ha, ha!