Shabbir Ahluwalia on anchoring
Dancing Queen.. interviewed by
You were quite ill recently. How are you now?
(Smiles) I haven’t recovered completely. I was struck with both jaundice and typhoid.. I’m just making sure there is no relapse. The strike was a blessing in disguise, I could rest completely.
Dancing Queen is all about item girls. Where do you fit in as anchor?
Being the anchor, I’m the link between the girls and the audience. It’s good to be on a show that’s not only about dance but about mentoring your fellow contestants.
Did you agree to do the show because of the 20 pretty women?
(Smiles) That’s always an incentive.. but honestly, I loved the concept and after having shot for it, I’m glad I took it up.
You only host dance shows but never dance in them.
(Laughs) I try and not to dance. I mean, I can dance to save my life but I can’t win competitions. I danced for the first episode and it went pretty okay.
What did Hema Malini and Jeetendra say about your dancing skills?
They didn’t see me dance. Thank God for that!
Why aren’t you being seen more often on television?
I don’t like working a lot. It burns you out. I believe in working smartly. But I do have a lot of things planned for next year.
Is Kayamath coming to an end?
I’m not sure about anything. It has been a good show, it’s been loved by a lot of people. I don’t think it will come to an end so easily. But will it affect the state of affairs in my life? No.
Why aren’t you in Kahaani Hamaarey Mahabharat ki, though you are close to Ekta Kapoor?
I think when the shooting started, I was busy with Mission Istanbul. Ekta didn’t offer it to me. If she thinks I can manage a role and I can fit in it, that’s when she offers it to me.
Ekta Kapoor hosted a birthday party for you. Will this happen every year from now on?
(Laughs) She had a pending party for her birthday.. it was just a coincidence that it was my birthday as well. It won’t be a yearly event.
Are you doing a positive role in the movie Generation X?
It’s an action comedy and yes, I’m playing a positive role.
How has the reaction been to your positive role in Kayamath?
I’ve been loved in both the positive and negative shades. This has helped me to stay connected with a larger base of audiences. I think I have more fans now.
Do girls write more love letters to you now?
(Laughs) Sort of, though no one’s writing in blood.. thankfully. I get really sweet letters from them.
If Kayamath ends, will you do movies full time?
I may still do TV. It’s not about the length of time you’re on TV.. it’s about what you are doing on it.
What’s happening with your love life?
Nothing. I’m single.
What about your Kayamath co-star Panchi Bora?
(Smiles) No, I’m not dating her. I can’t see myself getting into a relationship with anyone right now.