When actor Ram Kapoor hosted Rakhi Ka Swayamvar and Rahul Dulhaniya Le Jayega, the two recent television swayamvar shows, he had his hands full. Why did he choose to do it? What does he have to say about them? Kapoor reveals all.
I needed to be different
“I had done Kasam Se for four years. I needed to get out of the rut that most daily serial actors get into – and fast. But though I had done the reality dance show, Jhalak Dikhla Ja, I realised I needed to do something that would present the ‘real me’ on TV. Rakhi Ka Swayamvar on Imagine TV was an innovative idea.”
The fuss wasn’t about me!
“The controversies weren’t about me so they didn’t really bother me, and besides, I was just doing a job, and I think I did it well. Though I did try to sort out the controversies. I asked Rakhi and Rahul tough questions, tried to get truthful answers, and made an effort to present things just as they were. And, after all, I wasn’t the one getting married. But even in my wildest dreams, I cannot imagine myself in Rakhi or Rahul’s shoes. So I am happy that my job stopped at getting two people together, and I didn’t have to get married on national TV.”
Rakhi vs Rahul
“Rakhi approached things in a very professional manner, but she was so unpredictable that we were never sure of what she’d do. Rahul, on the other hand, was completely childlike. There were times when he would actually hold my hand like a child and ask for guidance. I sincerely didn’t want him to make decisions under that pressure.
“I realised that, with Rahul, you get back what you give. He is like a child. You play with him, he plays. You ask a genuine, serious question, you get a genuine, serious answer. So I used that technique with him. Yes, he was genuine and serious.
“And Rakhi...when I interacted with her during our man ki baat sessions, I truly felt she spoke from her heart. She spoke about her deepest secrets. I believed her. Yet, I wasn’t really shocked when she eventually didn’t marry. She is so unpredictable that it’s impossible to know her next step.”
Men & women are opposites
“Put a bunch of men together in a room and a bunch of women together in room and see the difference. The men emerge as great friends and the women emerge as the worst enemies. I am not biased. I saw this happen and was shocked. It’s amazing how the boys on Rakhi’s swayamvar bonded. They became friends, rooted for each other. The women on Rahul’s show were the opposite. The bitchiness amazed me. All sophistication died when they were off camera. There were groups, backbiting and fighting. It was worse than political parties or enemy nations fighting. I want to ask Bigg Boss to do a season with only women in the house. Believe me, there’ll be murders.”
For most it was for publicity!
"I would be lying through my teeth if I said everything and everybody was genuine. Most came for the publicity. But that became obvious in the first few days itself. I think Rahul has made the right choice. Dimpy is a good girl. Though she was controversial, don’t we all have skeletons in our closets? Besides, look at the man she wanted to marry! He had more skeletons than she did. The idea was to bring all of it out in the open, which they did."
“I really liked Elesh Parujanwala (the man Rakhi chose but didn’t marry). He was sophisticated and decent. But Manmohan Tiwari (another of her suitors) impressed me the most. He was found to have had a fiancé back home, but that’s why he impressed me. Anybody else would have been caught. But his gift of the gab took him to the last stage.”
No swayamvars for now
I need to do different things. I did Karthik Calling Karthik in between the swayamvars. Now I am working on another film called Udan, which will release in June. And I am open to TV and reality shows as long as they give me the scope to be more than just an anchor. I need to be real.”