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Dancing with a smile

The newly married couple, Juhi Parmar and Sachin Shroff, are excited about taking part in Star One's upcoming show Hans Baliye where they'd be spending time together and getting paid for it too. Rachana Dubey speaks to them.

tv Updated: May 21, 2009 17:49 IST
Rachana Dubey
Rachana Dubey
Hindustan Times

It’s their first show together after their marriage. The still very much-in-love couple, Juhi Parmar and Sachin Shroff, is excited about spending time together and getting paid for it too.

The news was that the duo was approached to host Hans Baliye on Star One, a show on which real-life couples pull off comic acts together. Parmar denies this.

She says, “We have been asked to participate in the show for a while now. Just because a teaser went on air two days ago, everyone assumed that we were hosting it.”

The show will feature eight real-life couples. So far, we’ve only heard of Jaspal and Savita Bhatti, Sara Khan and Ali Merchant, Ashita Dhawan and her boyfriend, and Rajev and Delnaz Paul. Parmar keeps mum and leaves things to speculation. The show is being hosted by Gaurav Gera and Sunil Grover.

Since this is their first show together, Shroff must surely be under a bit of pressure, considering the fact that his wife is the winner of Sony’s Comedy Circus!

But he’s cool. He says, “I will have to put in extra effort to get the comic timing right. Comedy is serious business. Bad timing can kill a joke.”

Parmar says that her husband is going that extra mile because he’s a reserved guy and comedy doesn’t come easy to him.
Shroff adds, “I’m okay with people I know but when I’m on national television, I’ll have to work hard to shed that seriousness off me. I don’t emote easily but it doesn’t mean I don’t grasp what’s told to me.”

Parmar, on the other hand, claims that she has a funny bone and comedy comes naturally to her. “I’m sure we’ll sail through. Maybe we’ll have two rehearsals more to get our act right. But we’ll make it happen!”

Hectic schedules
Won’t it pace up their lives because they already have a show each on air? Parmar feels this will still leave her with 15 days free every month. Her shows, Chhote Miyaan Bade Miyaan on Colors, and another upcoming courtroom drama on Sab TV, and Hans Baliye, are all weeklies. These take two-three days per show in a month for shooting.

Shroff also sounds relieved. His cameo on Zee TV’s Banoo Main Teri Dulhann has been extended but he can breathe easy. He continues, “They are accommodating and have no issues if I take on another show. Besides, my track isn’t very time-consuming.”

So does this mean that they are open to doing more shows together? Parmar laughs at the suggestion and says, “Spending 24 hours a day together throughout the month might just squeeze the romance out of their marriage.”

An overdose
She says, “We have to give each other a little space. I don’t mind doing shows, acting and hosting, with my husband. But we shouldn’t spend time together all the time. That feeling of longing to see each other shouldn’t fizzle out.”

Shroff has had several offers for shows together after their marriage but they want to take on something, which appeals to them. Till then, they’re happy doing one show together. Laughter shows have suddenly become the new flavour on every channel. Does it worry them that an overdose could kill their show?

Parmar argues that trends change, and everyone follows a concept when it works.

Shroff merely smiles and says, “Chadhte sooraj ko sab salaam karte hain. So, we’re not worried. The best will survive.”

First Published: May 21, 2009 16:00 IST