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'Akshay is awesome in Fear Factor'

Item girl Meghna Naidu, who has just done some gruelling stunts for the game show is all praise for the actor.
IANS | By Radhika Bhirani, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 08, 2008 03:04 PM IST

Item girl Meghna Naidu, who has just done some gruelling stunts for adventure game show Fear Factor-Khatron Ke Khiladi, says she's completely in awe of Bollywood action star Akshay Kumar, who hosts the series.

"Akshay was brilliant as a host. He was always there to push us. If any of us would get scared, he would talk to the person and motivate us," Meghna told IANS.

"If we didn't do any stunt well, he would also scream at us. He was very encouraging and made us all laugh. He was a perfect host," said Meghna, best remembered for her moves in the music video Kaliyon ka chaman.

The American original Fear Factor was a game show that took reality shows to exciting highs. The Indian version with Akshay is set to air on new entertainment channel Colors July 21. It is to be telecast on weekdays at 10 p.m.

The participants will be seen jumping from choppers, facing fires and hanging from tall buildings.

The series will have 13 female celebrities, including Sonali Kulkarni, Yana Gupta, Pooja Bedi, Aditi Gowitrikar and Vidya Malavde, fight it out with one another till only one remains in the show.

Meghna, who was in the capital for the launch of Colors, admitted that the stunts were indeed scary.

"All the stunts on the show were such that normally a person can't do. I would have not got such a chance in a lifetime.

"My mother was not even allowing me to take part in the show as I am very accident-prone and she was scared. But it was my dad who pushed me into it," she said.

Apart from Khatron Ke Khiladi, Meghna is busy with a film and a music video. Though she did not divulge details about the movie, she said the music video would be released in the next two months.

Meghna forayed into Hindi films in 2004 with the controversial film Hawas and has since been typecast in steamy roles. But the actress says she is not at all like her on-screen image in real life.

"My friends keep telling me that I'm boring and completely opposite to what I am on screen. I'm just caught up in that image. I don't even use make-up in my day-to-day life unless it's a special day," she said.

And Meghna, who once dated hotelier Raj Shetty, says she is very much single right now.

"I need time to come out of my last relationship before I step into another," she said.

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