After a decade, actor-anchor Cyrus Sahukar teams up with Mini Mathur on the TV show Wife Bina Life that starts tomorrow on Star Plus. The desi adaptation of the Canadian reality show, The Week The Women Went, focuses on the lives of average middle-class men who are forced to turn homemakers in the absence of their wives who’re on a forced holiday.
"I was the only unmarried guy on the sets. So, apart from hosting, I would sit with the contestants and form my own viewpoint about marriage and the place a woman occupies in a man’s life after it," says Sahukar. "Mine became a third party perspective on a married life. And since there were no judges on the show, I played a revolutionary role in keeping the situation under check. "
The 10 male contestants of the show were subjected to various household chores. Sahukar sympathises with them because he has done it all. "I’ve been living alone for 18 years now. I’ve done everything from mopping to cooking. I could actually be a brilliant housewife," he laughs. "Housework, according to me, is like tax that everyone pays unwillingly. I’m not a chauvinist. Men should participate equally at home. If they don’t, women should keep pepper spray handy."
Sahukar, who claims to be a good cook, multitasks while working with pots and pans in his kitchen. "I can shave while cooking, something not many men are capable of. I only cook a few dishes, but I cook them well," he says.
After hosting the show, would he send his future-wife on a holiday? "It depends on the level of happiness. Her vacation could range from anywhere between two weeks to two months," says Sahukar, who is also excited to work with his MTV co-host Mathur. He first worked with her when he was 16: "I was ‘the lucky one’ to win a contest and work in an ad film with Sachin Tendulkar and Mini. But when I reached the shoot, I realised that they had already shot without me."