It’s out now! Sajid Khan, anchor-turned-director, has taken over from director Shekhar Kapur as the new judge on India’s Got Talent on Colors. Ask him if Kapur and he have met since, and Khan says that they have, on a rather pleasant note. "He and I stay in the same building. He has never shown any angst towards the fact that I am on the show in his capacity. In fact, we haven’t ever brought up the topic," says Khan.
When asked if he had seen any episodes of the show’s last season, Khan admits he hasn’t because he didn’t want to know what had happened in the last season of India’s Got Talent.
“I have only seen fleeting glimpses of the show. I haven’t seen what it was like and it’s good in a way, because I don’t want to be impacted by what Shekhar has already done on the show. I will do my own thing and that will make us two different judges,” he asserts.
The show is expected to go on air, in the end of August and the auditions begin next week. Khan’s sister, director Farah Khan, has also reportedly been approached for the third season of Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega, and the show is expected to be aired in the first week of August.
So, would the brother and sister duo compete against each other on rival channels? Khan dismisses the idea and says, “I don’t know if Farah is doing that show. I have no idea about that show and when it’s expected to be on air. I didn’t see the show last year, when Farah was on it because I was away shooting for Housefull. So I cannot comment on whether the shows are similar and are competitors in the same genre.”
Excerpts from the interview with Sajid Khan
Money, instant popularity or creative high.... What is your reason to take on India’s Got Talent?
I agreed to be a judge only because it’s a popular international format. I will get to see different kinds of talent from the most unknown parts of the country. It will be fun to work with Ashwini Yardi (programming head, Colors) once again. We last worked together on my chat show, Sajid’s Superstars, which was also on Colors. I am just taking my association one step further. Money, fame and creative high cannot be disregarded as reasons, but they are not the only reasons for any decision in life.
Wow! That’s philosophical.
No, it just came from the heart. It’s an honest answer. TV shows these days are bulls**t! They have canned laughter of the audience. They use recorded footages of the judges laughing on comedy shows. That’s not something I could ever do.
It’s said that your fee was much lower than Shekhar Kapur’s and hence you became the reason for his exit.
I am not the reason for his exit from the show. He is my neighbour. I respect him as a filmmaker and as a human being. It’s not fair to pass speculative remarks about fees and that becoming the reason for him to leave. The channel has hired me this season. It could be someone else next time.
A few months ago, you had said that you would be doing two TV shows. Was India’s Got Talent one of them?
No, it wasn’t. I’m sure you had plenty of offers to do TV shows, given your popularity on Ikke Pe Ikka and Kehne Mein Kya Harz Hai? All those who say that they had 50 offers and they chose one, are lying. Everyone gets just about two-three offers and one has to choose from those only, unless your principles in life are a little different. I had two or three offers and I chose to be on this show.
Your nephew Czar and nieces Anya and Diva are close to turning three. Do you ever see them participating in dance or reality shows that have special space for children?
I would love to see them do whatever they like. As their uncle, I can promise them and their mother that I am always there for them. I spoil my bachchas (kids) completely and I enjoy spending time with them the most.
What if Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega returns with Farah Khan just before your show goes on air?
It doesn’t matter whether all the other channels also launch similar or dissimilar shows. No one will have what India’s Got Talent has — Sajid Khan.