Mouni Roy, who is presently seen in NDTV Imagine's Pati, Patni aur Woh along with beau Gaurav Chopra, will now be seen as the host on Sony TV's Comedy Circus- Teen Ka Tadka.
Anchoring seemed appealing because of the nice clothes I'd get to wear (laughs)! No, but apart from that the show has done well in all of its seasons and it was only an honor that I'd get to be a part of this show. I have seen the performance of the participants and it reflects the fact that they belong to the cream of talent that this country has to offer.
Do you think you have it in you to be a participant?
(Sighs) Like I said, the show represents the top talents of our country. You need a lot of energy, passion, focus and dedication to compete with them. I'm not sure whether I want to pitch myself against them. But I would have loved to be a participant nevertheless.
Is it your conscious decision to stay away from fiction?
Well, it's not a conscious decision. But that, fiction shows aren't happening in my life is favorable to me. Daily shows completely exhaust you. They drain you physically and mentally. You lose your imagination and creativity by acting out the scripts churned out by other people day in and day out. The lack of variety makes your life dreary. You kind of lose sight of your motive. So reality show was a refreshing change and now again hosting is completely new. So I'm glad things have been automatically happening to me.
So will we be seeing you make wisecracks?
I don't know…depends on the script. If I'm allowed to I will.
Did you enjoy your Pati Patni aur Woh experience?
I kind of enjoyed it.
Didn't you find it tough?
To be frank enough, apart from the physical strain it was a cakewalk.
Yes, I had some of the best times of my life with Shaurya. He was definitely one of the cutest kids on the show. But the hardest part came after Gaurav left for work. Shaurya never liked the walker. So I was like…now within five hours I've got to cook, do the laundry but how do I do it with Shaurya acting so naughty?! It was very tiring to go running around the house!
What would you say was the most trying thing?
The fact that I was under constant surveillance by eight cameras around the house! Honestly, being under the microscope takes a toll on you. I knew that I won't jeopardize the safety of the child yet the cameras always made me more nervous about handling the kid. Further, I had to calculate my every move so as to be presentable in front of the camera. Probably in real life, you could just lose your cool with your baby around, but I couldn't do that.
Has being in the show changed your relationship with Gaurav?
Excuse me. I didn't get your question?
Has being in the show helped your relationship grow with Gaurav?
Yes, definitely. Here all the theoretical aspects that any couple considers a few years down the line in their relationship became practical for us through the show. We had to do tasks together, got to spend so much time together. So that has only helped my relationship grow with Gaurav.
So are you guys now ready to tie the knot?
Well, marriage is definitely on the cards but just not so soon.
Reporter and Author: Susan Jose