Bhojpuri star Ravi Kissen speaks to Riya Anandwala on hosting Ek Se Badhkar Ek.
So, you’re getting into television big time?
You bet. I needed a break from films. And TV is a good relief.
You’ve said you will host Ek Se Badhkar Ek your way.. will that work?
Sure it will.We are not following a script. I’ll pep up the show with my own one-liners. Some of them are hard to get. Yeah, I’ll be careful. My one-liners will be the TRP-grabbers.
Bathroom Singer didn’t work.
I agree. But I enjoyed myself.. that’s what matters, right?
Ek Se.. is yet another song-dance show. Don’t we have too many of those already?
We do but it is a good blend of both. And now that they have hired me, it had better be different.
What’s it like sharing screen space with Smriti Iraani in Yeh Hai Jalwa?
We have great chemistry. There are no ego clashes. Smriti, Saakshi (Tanwar) and I hold a certain position in the industry. So no problems.
And how was it meeting Rakhi Sawant again?
She has changed.. but she’s still talented.
Will you ever do a saas-bahu soap?
Naahi babu. I work three shifts for my shows and films. That takes up 22 hours. If I take on a daily, I’ll die!
Will you be dubbing any English films in Bhojpuri like Makkad Manav (Spiderman)?
I’d love to dub the new Indiana Jones film.
What about merchandising? You created Makkad Manav toys during the film’s promotion..
Yes and it worked very well. I’m planning a film which is a mix of Spiderman and Krrish. May be I should create toys for that one too.
Which other films are you working on?
I’m doing one with Popkorn Entertainment, I’ve completed Shyam Benegal’s Mahadev. Then there’s Money Hai Toh Honey Hai with Sanjay Dutt.
Will you ever produce a film?
I thought of a story while at Bigg Boss. I want to call it Cocaine. I’ll make it some day even if I lose money.
What’s happening with the show on Mahua channel?
It’s called Maati ke Laal, it’s about the people inUP who have made a mark. We have shot a few episodes.
Ever thought of joining politics?
I have been told I should. But I’m not interested. Actors should keep away from rajneeti.
Are you in touch with Amit Sadh, your chota bhai from Bigg Boss?
(Laughs) No, there is no bonding happening now.
What about Carol Gracias?
I haven’t met her in ages.
How about doing Bigg Boss again?
Hey, I don’t know whether I’m allowed to speak about it.