'I too have made mistakes'

A lot of fun elements in my personality come from saying things that are edgy, shocking but it isn’t a conscious decision to maintain a facade,” says Ranvir Shorey, in all humility, who is often accused of being rude and upfront.  

For those who were able to catch the ‘Grand Opening’ of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 7 would have realised that the VJ-actor-anchor Ranvir is back to the television business.

Specially after his praiseworthy stint in Khatron Ke Khiladi.

“I accepted KKK because I had turned 40 and wanted to go for something adventurous,” says the actor who believes in “ taking things as they come”.

Yet, he could not accept the offer to be a contestant on the show.

“I politely told Colours people that I have two left feet and your TRPs will drop soon if you take me a contestant! They then offered me to host and I could not refuse since it
is one of the most-watched and prestigious shows on television.”

He, however, admits that he “stayed away from TV to focus on films”.

“Film is my first love,” confesses Ranvir who is back from Cannes Film Festival where he participated as cast of the acclaimed film Titli.

Ask him how he chooses unusual characters back to back and Ranvir retorts, “I too have made mistakes in making my choices. But I also have been lucky in getting to play characters which have been appreciated and remembered. So I have just been following my rules.”

“For me the script is most important which keeps changing during production, in mainstream and I don’t go along with that style of working,” he says blatantly informing about the industrial norms.

This in a way explains his association with critically acclaimed films largely.

But Ranvir has also been part of commercially successful films, and has no qualms accepting that he has “done films beyond mainstream commercial and have failed miserably. Ek Tha Tiger and Singh Is Kinng are few names.

I read their scripts but wish I hadn’t done mainstream films if it did not suit my sensibility.”
In order to satiate his creative pangs, he has come back to television after years.

“I last did TV seven or eight years back. At that time, comedy was budding but now comedy is exploding on television with different shows that have come up,” he analyses the present situation and has full confidence that he will not be compelled by the channel to stick to the script.

“I do give in a lot of creative inputs to the writers. But the only difference now is that when I was seen on TV years back, I was young. I am 41 now and hosting a show, which means I will have to wear glasses!”

His loud laughter reminds one that he is Ranvir Shorey – intellectually humorous.

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