Wasim Akram, the cricketer par excellence has been the show-stealer when it comes to COLORS’ cricket-format show ‘Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena’.
Here is the cricketer cum judge in a conversation…
What made you to take this reality show?
The first reason to be part of this show is Sushmita Sen. She is my all time favorite and it's a different experience all together. Plus I was getting a chance to meet my cricketer friends and to take a look at their new role as dancers and even judge them (smiles).
How is the experience doing a reality show?
It is excellent, real fun and a unique experience altogether! Working with cricketers, gorgeous ladies of the industry as well as with Sush is nothing but exceptional. Above all, Sushmita is such a down-to-earth person and I enjoy her company. To see the cricketers practice for more than 10 hours and that too on a dance floor is something amazing.
Do you watch any reality shows?
I used to watch earlier, but strictly the dancing shows. Also, Big Boss Season 2 is nice and one of a kind.
How is the response of the Pakistani audience seeing you in this new role as judge?
People there are watching the promos now and they are just waiting for the serial to launch there. Let’s see how it goes.
What about Indian audience?
I think the response I am getting here is great. I just landed yesterday, and I got down to people in full praise for my work at the airport. I have been hearing the same from many over here. So I am excited.
You danced for the first time on the show with your entry song. How was the experience?
Yes it was very nice, and to tell you frankly, I was quite nervous when I performed on the title track of Don. I had rehearsed for nearly 3 hours, but as soon as I started, I felt that I forgot my steps. But all’s well that ends well…
What next after this show on television…
If something interesting comes my way, I will definitely take it up.
What about acting in Bollywood?
It’s not my cup of tea. I love watching all the films, the actors, the directing but its hard work for me to act. I can only watch. (grins)
What do you think about cricketers getting into this glamor world?
I don't think it is wrong. As far as they are practicing their cricket and they are giving proper time to their goal ahead, it is not wrong to be a part of the glamor world.
Reporter and Author: Ranjini Nair