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Shweta Tiwari is hot: Karan Huku

Model-turned-actor Karan Huku speaks to Gautam Hegde on male beauty pageants, TV shows and more.
Hindustan Times | By Gautam Hegde, Mumbai
UPDATED ON APR 21, 2008 12:18 PM IST

Karan Huku on male beauty pageants and more

Now, your daily Kahe Na Kahe is reported to be copying a track from Ek Ladki Anjaani Si.
That's bullshit! It is a love story and a certain element could have been similar but at the end of the day there are only so many stories. Some track or the other is bound to be similar.

Are you happy with the show?
Yes, it has been number one in the weekdays on 9X and is the most expensive show on the channel.

You are labelled as a wooden actor.How do you take it?
I don't know who said it and who believes it. I agree I might not be very good but let's face it - Ekta Kapoor is not dumb. She is a shrewd and smart businesswoman. She would not have cast me in two of her shows if I was that bad.

Did you get insecure when Naman Shaw came in as parallel lead in Kahe Na Kahe?
No, on the contrary I was the one who told Balaji to get in a parallel track. I was stuck shooting for both KasamhSe and Kahe Na Kahe.. sometimes even 20 hours a day.

Okay, so all's good with Naman?
Of course! I wish he'd stayed on in Kahe Na Kahe. It made my life a lot easier. You won't believe, there was a time when I shot for 26 hours at a stretch because I wanted to be out on the New Year's Eve.

Don't you feel you were better off doing ramp shows at such times?
Dude, I've been a part of five fashion weeks. Ramp shows don't fetch me six to seven lakhs a month. They make you slog and pay you peanuts. With television, I see growth and that to me is very important.

What's it like shooting with Preity Zinta and Priyanka Chopra for commercials?
They have all been sweet but I must tell you these agencies reduce models' fees to accommodate the star's remuneration. Today I have smartened and I won't reduce my price for any one.

You have been a part of Grasim Mr India when you were 19.Is the chaddi round really necessary?
It depends on how aesthetically it's done. Grasim does it with a lot of class.

Which TV actress do you find hot?
Shweta Tiwari. Prachi Desai… No wait, Prachi is cute, not hot!

If you were to be stuck in a lift with any one from the TV industry, who would you rather be with?
Pankaj Kapur. I have always adored him and wanted to talk to him.

Which Kinjal do you prefer?
Krystal D'souza or Wasna Ahmed? I live in the present - so Wasna it is.

Do you qualify to be a metrosexual male?
To a certain extent yes. I do get manicures done but that's as a part of personal hygiene.

Ah! Twice in my life and I swore not to do it again!

Which part of your body would you insure?
My face.

Whom do you stay with in Mumbai?
In Juhu. I have my own house but I also hang out at my girlfriend's house. She lives in Bandra.

When was the last time your cried?
I cry at the drop of a hat!

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