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Pawan Shankar returns with Vicky ki Taxi

Gautam Hegde chats up with actor Pawan Shankar who tells him about his new taxi Janeman in Vicky Ki Taxi and his wish to take Rani Mukherjee for a joyride.

tv Updated: Mar 04, 2009 21:07 IST
Gautam Hegde
Gautam Hegde
Hindustan Times

How does it feel to be back before the cameras?
The press conference to announce the launch of Vicky Ki Taxi felt like a relaunch. It reminded me of the euphoria when STAR One had flagged off and Sidhaant was being promoted. (Smiles) I’m glad to see that people want to click me again.

Tell us about your new show?
I’m Vicky and my cab is called Janeman.

After Siddhaant, parents were naming their sons Siddhaant and more students were taking up law.
I hope I can glamorise a cabbie’s profession too, like Amitabh Bachchan did a coolie’s. I don’t expect Vicky to become a popular choice though. Parents want idealistic names.

Is it tough driving a cab? I have driven a truck to yeh cab kya cheez hai?
My cab is the shaan of India. The ambassador is still used by top-ranking mantris.

Does Vicky carry chhutta paisa and agree to short-distance rides?
Every cabbie should carry change.

Short rides?
Na, Vicky is moody and lazy. But we will represent issues Mumbai taxi drivers face. On Real, we’ll present everything that happens in real life.

You lost your car last year. Have you found it?
No, but I got the insurance money though they gave me a tough time. (Laughs) I threatened to call a press conference if they didn’t. Guess that worked!

And destiny gave you a show with a car!
The universe gives you what you desire. When are your movies releasing? They are ready and should be out sometime this summer.

How did you land Kasamh Se?
Ekta (Kapoor) did me a favour. I told her that I’m quitting Aisa Des Hai Mera and she got me in Kasamh Se in two days flat. But eventually, I decided not to do anymore saas bahu shows.

One last question. Is there a lady you would like to take for a ride in your cab?
Rani Mukherji.. of course, with my wife’s permission.

First Published: Mar 04, 2009 17:57 IST