Rohit Shetty launched the eighth season of the reality show ‘Khatron Ke Khiladi’ with a bang and introduced the participants in style. Rohit Shetty, who hosted two seasons of Khatron Ke Khiladi (5 and 6), is back for the next season of the adventure show. Let us know more about it. In conversation with Rohit Shetty.
1) How excited are you to be back on Khatron Ke Khiladi ?
Yes I am very excited that we are going to Spain. I am also very amazed with all the stunts that we have decided to do. The stunts involve animals too. Not to forget, the contestants are also very good.
2) Who all are the contestants?
In this season, Geeta Phogat, Rithvik Dhanjani , Ravi dubey, Nia Sharma are some of the contenders. They all are very nice and jolly. Moreover, since they are from the television industry, people like to see them a lot.
3) Do you think if it will be fair for the other contenders to compete against Geeta in this season ?
I don’t think that it will be unfair because the technique used in sports is very different from the technique used in action. Obviously she is strong and she surely will be a tough competition for others but I don’t think that it will bother other contenders as the format is framed in a way that everyone has to perform different stunts. Some stunts have to be performed in groups too.
4)How you feel when one contestant is not able to give their best even if they are capable of giving their best?
It is just their bad luck. It is sad. Like I still remember in the first season, Gurmeet and Debina were there and Gurmeet was a tough contender in the competition. He did reach in the finale but unfortunately could not win. The problem in this is that, I can not give them a retake to perform a certain stunt. It may be because of the timing or just because they give up as a result of low will power.
5) You are hosting Khatron Ke Khiladi after 2 years. Were you not approached to host it in the previous seasons ?
I was approached but I only gave them a go ahead. Last year they wanted to shoot it in November. I could not shoot in November because I was shooting for Diwale which was going to release in December. We had many discussions to push the show but it was not technically possible to do so. Hence, I had to let it go.
6) Did you miss being a part of it ?
Yes, obviously I missed being a part of it. I have an emotional connection with this show. I am glad that all the seasons did well.
7) It is very scary to know that tigers are going to be used to be a part of some stunts. What do you think about this ?
Last year too, we had used tigers in few stunts. We are going to be back with it this time too. The tigers are trained. There are always some pros and cons to it. Last time I had to shoot with a cheetah. I was the first one to shoot with them. The only thing I was told that if they walk away then I should not try to bring them back or fidget with them or else they would get irritated. It is the same with the tigers but they are trained so there is nothing to worry about.
8) Do you personally do all the stunts ?
Yes, I do them. It is the first thing that I do in the morning. It is more difficult than shooting a film because of the time restrictions. It also requires a lot of technical setup and correct placement of the cameras. Sometimes when we decide for big skill stunts, the contestants don’t agree to do them and it all goes for a toss. It is not their mistake as they are not trained stunts person.
9)Do you remember changing any stunt ?
Yes, in the second season I had to change a stunt as I could only not do it. We had prepared for that stunt for two whole days but we had to cancel it since I was only not able to do it. That stunt involved a lot of technical issues.
10) Do you remember being scared of any particular stunt?
No, not really because I knew the safety measures and the procedure to do it.
Interviewed By: Arti Saxena