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Bigg Boss gets too personal and that scares me: Shekhar Suman

Shekhar Suman says. " It’s (Bigg Boss) a good concept to show people a different side to celebrities. But there is also the notion that people do the show to get publicity or clear their image. It gets too much into your private life and that scares me."

tv Updated: Aug 29, 2013 14:56 IST
Kavita Awaasthi

The name Shekhar Suman is synonymous with comedy shows on TV. Yet, he’s been away from the spotlight for a year. He will now return to host a show, Mera Naam Joker, which focuses on the unsung actors of Hindi cinema — the comedians. In a candid conversation, Shekhar talks about his return, upcoming ventures and more.

What made you stay away from TV for a year?
I have been on TV for the last 20 years. I desperately needed a break. Soon I realised that though I had the craft to do comedy shows, I was dissatisfied as an actor. I hope now with Mr Bachchan (Amitabh Bachchan) doing a soap and Anil Kapoor doing 24, things will change. I did TV when everyone had reservations about doing it. They said how can film actors work on TV? Look how things have changed today.

Yet, your next show is about comedians.
I had reservations about doing the show; I’m sick of being associated with comedy to such an extent that people thought I could only do that. I’m a serious actor, and have done films like Utsav (1984). Today, actors are doing everything; there’s no straightjacketing. This break was good as you can come back with a renewed image and vigour.

There was a rumour about you being on Bigg Boss this year.
Every year, I hear these rumours (laughs). I have no objection to being in the house, but for the fact that it’s for 90 days. It’s a good concept to show people a different side to celebrities. But there is also the notion that people do the show to get publicity or clear their image. I fall in neither category. It gets too much into your private life and that scares me. But, who knows, one day these rumours might come true.

There was news about a sequel to your hit show, Dekh Bhai Dekh.
Yes, I hope it happens. I shot for a video recently with the cast for YouTube, which was celebrating it. And it felt like we’d never been apart. Meeting everyone was great. The show was an important part of my career. I was new then and it taught me a lot as an actor.

How’s your directorial debut coming along?
It’s complete, and we are looking at an October release. I wanted to direct a film for a long time, but I was scared to do it as I don’t have the technical training. But it turned out to be my calling.