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'I'm not a delicate darling'

tv Updated: Jun 06, 2008 23:19 IST
Gautam Hegde
Gautam Hegde
Hindustan Times
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What prompted you to take up Ek Se Badhkar Ek?
It's a music-dance-based reality show. I love dancing, I even dream of it.

How was Mr and Ms TV?
It was an experiment for me since it was my first reality show. I wasn't sure if I could handle it. I surprised myself - I didn't know I was so talented.

You aren't seen in Maayka these days.
I have left the show. I was bored of doing the same thing. It was a cameo that was stretched far too long.

There were reports that you didn't want to be slapped by Gunjan Walia in Ghar ki LakshmiBetiyaan?
There was a miscommunication. I got a script in which the slap was not mentioned. Gunjan got an old draft in which it was. We eventually went ahead without the thappad. As it turned out, I was slapped twice in a following episode.

So how many times have you been slapped on the show?
Once by Yatin, once by Romit Raaj and twice by Tanushree (Kaushal).

Any time it happened for real?
Yeah, once I was running a temperature and couldn't stand straight. Suddenly I was hit on the cheek, hard. That was during K Street Pali Hill.

Do you get along with Gunjan?
Sure! We have the Punjabi connection. She calls me often to comment on my scenes and make-up.

When did you last lose your cool?
Not recently, but I used to get into a lot of fights earlier. Once, while shooting with Vaishnavi (McDonald), a guy tried to act smart with her. I told him to back off. When he wouldn't listen, I slapped him so hard that he fell to the ground. I may come across as a delicate darling but I am not one.

Do you have a problem waking up early for shoots?
Yeah. Once Yatin (Karyekar), my co-star from Ghar ki Lakshmi... Betiyaan, even commented that I was a pro except for the fact that I was not punctual. From that day, I started coming on the dot.

Are you an insomniac?
Yeah, I stay up till 4 am watching TV. Sometimes, if I have to report for a 7.30 am shoot, I'm scared to sleep.

Do you like wearing heels?
I love them but most of my co-stars are my height. With Chetan Hansraj and Vivan Bhatena I can, but not with Romit.

You did a cameo in Koi... Mil Gaya. Will Hrithik Roshan recognise you today?
Why just Hrithik? Salman, Preity, Akshay, Dia - all of them recognise me because I was once a background dancer. Salman asked me if I am still as mischievous. (Laughs) I am.