This dad of two will now be seen as an item-queen’s confidante and advisor on a daily show. Reason: he’s the host. The item queen in question is Rakhi Sawant, the show is Rakhi ka Swayamvar and the dad is Ram Kapoor.
He admits that he isn’t apprehensive, despite the show being his first as a host. “I’m not the usual anchor who’ll announce who appears next on stage. There’s a lot more to do. Apart from being the bride’s advisor, brother, friend and confidante, I’m the to-be-groom’s advisor too. If they get nervous or need advice, I’m there. Everyone can bounce of ideas off me.
"Meanwhile, I will have to be on the lookout for the most suitable groom for Rakhi,” says Kapoor, who’s already started reporting on the sets every day.
The qualities, he is looking for in the groom, are earnestness and honesty. “Just wanting to marry Rakhi isn’t reason enough for anyone to marry her. The boy should be grounded enough to handle her. She’s not an easy person,” Kapoor states adding that he was apprehensive about the contestants because they could have come on the show seeking publicity for free.
He says that his apprehension was eased after he met the short-listed grooms-to-be. Kapoor finds them all very honest and from decent homes. “Thank god, it’s a question of a long-term relationship. Rakhi is marrying someone she doesn’t already know. We can’t make a mistake in choosing the groom,” he says.
Kapoor had found the show quite funny at the outset. He had laughed at the idea of an arranged marriage on national television. “My manager and I considered the show’s pros and cons. I consulted my friend Farah (Khan) on whether or not I should do this show. She assured me it would be a great experience and provide good exposure. So, I gave it a nod,” says the actor.
He’s just back from a holiday, which he admits was an emergency. Reason: he says that he wouldn’t have the time to breathe from this month onwards till the end of the year. There are three film projects featuring him this year, apart from the show— one each with Farhan Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap and Vikram Bhatt. “I had to take my kids and wife out before getting occupied once again,” he smiles.
He was recently seen on the Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 3 finale, doing a jig. Ask him if he feels that Baichung Bhutia deserved to win and pat comes a nod, “Of course. The show wasn’t about dancers. It was about non-dancer celebrities who become dancers eventually. Baichung’s case was just that. And he’s from Sikkim. That state is crazy over voting.. and that goes for any show. I wasn’t surprised that Baichung won.”
On the contrary, he says that Gauhar Khan didn’t deserve to win. He adds, “Let anyone call the show rigged or whatever else. The point is that Gauhar is an established dancer. And it would have been unfair if she won.”