Actor Shah Rukh Khan, the host of Zor Ka Jhatka on Imagine, admits he didn’t take on TV shows for more than two years after Kya Aap Paanchvi Paas Se Tez Hain, despite getting several offers, because he felt "obligated" towards Star Plus. "The contract with the channel got over long ago. We were still left with 12 episodes of Paanchvi Paas when my focus shifted to IPL. I owe them money, which they’re not willing to accept," says Khan.
His latest show is a desi adaptation of Wipeout, currently airing on AXN. Khan says that Star Plus had never stopped him from moving on to another show. "When Sameer (Nair of Imagine) offered me Zor Ka Jhatka, I called Uday (Shankar) from Star. He gave me a go-ahead instantly," he adds.
Khan’s show that goes on floors in the first week of January in Argentina belongs to the action genre. Bring up the inevitable comparison with action stars Akshay Kumar, Priyanka Chopra, and other star hosts on various celebrity-driven reality shows, and Khan says that he dislikes comparison with colleagues. "I’m compared even when a newcomer enters the industry. I didn’t think of comparisons when I landed in Mumbai 20 years ago, nor do they bother me today, when I have everything that a man desires. I sincerely work hard," he says.
A similar show on Pogo called Takeshi’s Castle is voiced by Javed Jaafery, to which Khan argues, "Javed is a friend and excellent in his line of work. But the show only has his voice-over. Here, I will be present, body and soul. So there’s no competition."
Doordarshan recently gave Khan a clearance for remaking the sitcom, Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi. But he has no clue which channel it is being made for. “I don’t know the ropes of TV production. The guys at Idiot Box (SRK’s TV production house) do it. I’ve seen bits of our productions, Ishaan, and another show that they’ve made. Ghar Ki Baat Hai, I’m told, will also return to Imagine, which was a take on Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi,” he says.
Khan however admits that he wasn’t too pleased with the Fauji sequel made by his company for Colors. “We shot one and a half episodes. May be because times have changed, the show didn’t feel quite right,” Khan says, adding, “Colors understood, they let me keep memories of my Fauji days close to my heart.”