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Gaurav Kapur to explore India’s crazy side

tv Updated: Feb 09, 2012 14:26 IST
Kavita Awaasthi
Kavita Awaasthi
Hindustan Times
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What do you expect from a travel show —new places, a fun host, and lots and lots of entertainment? FOX Traveller's new series Freaky Traveller is all set to showcase the uniqueness of India and explore lesser-known places, that too with a wacky and funny twist.

Incidentally, the show’s host too was chosen in an offbeat manner. VJ-anchor Gaurav Kapur’s extensive hunt on Facebook helped him zero in on Brij Bhakta, a stand-up comedian and an America-returned Indian. Aided with his natural talent for comical antics, all Brij had to do was to go on a crazy journey in India and unleash his inner freak.Born in Gujarat and raised in the US, 29-year-old Brij Bhakta admits that it was the prospect of extensive travelling that excited him enough to be a part of the show as he had never seen much of India.

Gaurav Kapur"I got the opportunity to see distinct places. What better way to learn about your home country than just wander around?" Brij found freakiness in colours, people and customs of India and enjoyed them all. "Reading about a place and visiting the place are completely different experiences," he says.

In the 13 episodes of the show, Brij will be seen racing against a camel, getting a rope made from his body hair in Rajasthan, paragliding in Mcleodganj in Himachal Pradesh, picking lillies and running in his underwear for a cause in Gujarat, taking part in a war and becoming a prince for a day in Arunachal Pradesh, and even gate-crashing at a wedding in Punjab.

Gaurav taught Brij the art of anchoring and he feels Brij’s laidback attitude is his X-factor. Talking about his role in this project he says, “My role has been that of a judge, to choose the right anchor for the show and mentor him. Brij is uninhibited, which is a must in an anchor.”

Good looks and dress sense don’t matter, but the quality that matters is how an anchor holds the audience’s attention. Gaurav gave Brij cool tips too. “I had asked him what should I look out and what’s most important while doing a travel show and he said, take power naps,” says Brij.