Imitation is the best form of flattery. Or so, Sunil Grover the actor who plays Ruk Rukh Khan on the spoof show Kaun Banega Champu, would like us to believe.
"I am a big fan of Shah Rukh Khan. This is my way of paying tribute to him," he says.
Though he hasn't met Shah Rukh, he’s become a SRK clone quite easily. "I have see Kaun Banega Crorepati several times to do a perfect take on his mannerisms and body language. Also, a lot of hard work has gone on my look to make me resemble Shah Rukh, " he says.
Grover was roped in for the spoof after his multiple acts in Lallan on Filmy "After attaining my Masters degree in theatre, I dabbled in drama for a while and acted in a few films like Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha, Family and Insaan.
“I was also doing voiceovers when I was noticed by Sahara Filmy and offered Lallan. The show was very popular and the next thing I know is that I am on the ‘pot seat' of the spoof show on Kaun Banega Crorepati," he laughs.
His quirky sense of humour (the tag line goes Kuch sawaal aapki zindagi barbad kar sakti hai) is matched by the inimitable Suresh Menon. "He is simply brilliant and extremely funny. It’s exciting to match our comic timing.
“Though Suresh was simply fantastic in all his acts, be it Amitabh Bachchan, Sachin Tendulkar and Michelle from the movie Black, my personal favourite remains the mallu character which we recently shot but has yet to be telecast. You have to see it to believe how good he is, " he says.
For Grover it’s just this show for now. "The response is overwhelming. People are demanding that we extend this half hour show to an hour. I am doing my best to do what I’m best at— entertain people," he ends.