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'I'd like to play Draupadi'

Sumeet Raghavan, the winner of NDTV Imagine reality show Say Shava Shava, on Ekta Kapoor's Mahabharat and more.

tv Updated: Feb 02, 2008 12:13 IST
Gautam Hegde

Sumeet Raghavan of Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai fame has won NDTV Imagine's reality show Say Shava Shava. Catch the actor in a tête-à-tête with Gautam Hegde.

Yup, your reaction?
I haven't won a single award so far so I'm elated.

Since you were the only trained singer, weren't you brought in to make the other contestants insecure?

Factbox



Sumeet Raghavan is a Tamilian who has worked in Hindi, Marathi and Gujarati theatre.

His first major break was in 1985 on Doordarshan, where he played the title role of a detective in a serial, Faster Fane.

He has featured in over 100 commercials.



The first advertisement he shot for was Rasna - directed by Kundan Shah.

He has also featured in McDonalds and Bajaj campaigns, among others.



I wouldn't know if I was brought in to add to the drama. All I know is that we had a blast.

Your co-contestants believe that you had an edge due to your classical music background.
I'd studied classical music for five years way back in 1984. I was singing after 17 years.

Weren't you a runner-up in Zee Marathi's Sa Re Ga Ma Pa?
Yeah, but back then I had to sing with live musicians. On Say Shaava Shaava, we had to sing on a track. I'd never done that before, so I don't think I had an edge over the others.

Did you make any friends on the show?
Mannish Goyal who I initially thought was khadoos, has become a real pal.

Is Sarabhai VS Sarabhai coming up with a sequel?
Nope.

Is that because the actors have upped their price?
I don't think that's true. Rajesh (Kumar), Rupali (Ganguly) and I were very interested in a sequel. I still get fan mail for it.

Was Rupali Ganguly the cry baby she was in Bigg Boss?
She'd make us cry! Jokes apart, she was the only one who had a soap background and we would keep pulling her leg about this. Aatish (Kapadia) would say he'd cast Rupali because he thought she was hilarious in Sanjeevni. He'd say that these daily soaps have so much comedy.

Your cousin Gautami Kapoor is part of one such daily comedy too.
I haven't seen Kyunkii Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi but she's a terrific actress. I've seen Ram's work too but sorry, I can't watch these soaps.

Ekta Kapoor is planning Mahabharat. What part would you like to play?
(Laughs) Is she calling it 'Kahabharat'? I'd like to play Draupadi.