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I don’t get attached: Irrfan Khan

Irrfan Khan, on doing his job, by maintaining a distance from Roadies contestants.

tv Updated: Mar 14, 2010 14:12 IST
Nikhil Taneja

How did you find the two tasks in Cairo?
Since the contestants have now committed six sins, the tasks they do have become even more difficult. The task with lions was the most dangerous one I’ve ever seen on Roadies. But it was great seeing the contestants doing the task fearlessly. I also liked the concept behind the belly dancing tasks. It was funny to see the way the contestants reacted, even though they were boasting before it that they would keep their emotions under control.

Have you been involved with the conceptualisation of the tasks?
I try to get as involved as possible, so I can understand the situation and the challenges the contestants are facing. I speak to the crew and go through some footage to see how to make my appearance more exciting. I am always aware of what the contestants are up to.

Do you have a favourite contestant?
No, because I wouldn’t be able to do my job if I get emotionally attached to any of the contestants. Even if you do get attached, you are not supposed to express it. Every contestant has his/her plus point. And since this game is unpredictable, you never know who will do what next.

How has your idea of Roadies changed after you became involved with it?
I used to watch the show but would see a lot of bitching and plotting in it. When I came on, I made it clear that we should have a clean show. And I really think this time, you see the contestants upholding moral values and not getting into dirty politics. (Grins) But when they do start scheming, I come in. I make them suffer, and when deserving candidates are voted out, I bring them back and give them some advantage.

How have the contestants responded to your appearance on the show? Are they intimidated by you?
(Laughs) No, and I didn’t even want them to be intimidated. They just think of me as a problem, and when I come in, they think, ‘Yaar, yeh phir aa gaya, ab kya hoga?’ (He has come again, now what’ll happen?). They are always stunned to see me. (Smiles) Even though I don’t talk too much to the contestants, they get excited when I come in. They even come up to me sometimes to tell me they love me on screen. But I do my job and maintain my distance.

What do you think is the most interesting trait in the contestants?
They are really clever and try to anticipate my appearance. But I’m unpredictable. I find it interesting that they behave as if nothing happened after committing a sin. I always have to explain to them what sin they committed. Either they honestly don’t realise, or they put up a good act. (Smiles) But when they committed the sin of ‘lust’ during the belly dancing task, they knew it.