Shakti Arora dreads Bigg Boss even though he wanted to be part of it once…Psst!
Shakti Arora, best known for playing Ranveer in Meri Aashiqui Tumse Hi, Jigar in Baa Bahoo Aur Baby and Dr. Onir Dutt in Pavitra Rishta, is all set to sizzle on the 9th season of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. Ask him about the competition, he says bring it on! His eyes are on Bollywood but he is very much anchored in his present.
Read few excerpts from his interview here –
On taking up Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa
Jhalak is something I have always wanted to do. It was my dream to come on Jhalak. After Meri Aashiqui, I was super confident about getting Jhalak. So I was not even taking up any other work. I got many offers for television shows. Just because I knew it (Jhalak) was gonna come. Thankfully it came! I grabbed this opportunity. I didn’t want to do television for a while. I wanted to break monotony. I was bored of doing TV soaps. I have made a mark in acting, now it was time to show my mettle in dancing.
On his dance skills
I don’t know many dance forms. I have always run away from dance. I am trying to do it this time! When it comes to dance, I have only weaknesses, no strengths. People have two left feet, I have 200 left feet. I only know happy dance, the Govinda dance, the ones we do in weddings or in discotheques. I basically didn’t know dancing. Whenever I used to practise, it used to consume so much of my energy. Also, my grasping power is slow. I take lot of time to learn one step.
On Salman Yusuff Khan’s entry to Jhalak
When I first heard the news, I was like why have they taken him. But later I realized it was not about Salman or dancers, it (Jhalak) is about non-dancers. They are also judging us on our individual growths. If Salman is a good dancer, he will have to prove that he is exceptional. The journey is actually more difficult for him. Everyone’s individual journey will be assessed. If Salman has got the highest scores, even I have got the highest scores. Because the judges know my capabilities. They know I am giving my 100%.
On being considered for Naagin 2
I don’t know about Naagin 2. Actually when I was doing Meri Aashiqui, I got to hear that I am doing it. There were internal talks inside Balaji. But, there is a lot of time left for that. So that is why I didn’t take that thing forward…It is on hold right now. I don’t know what’s going to happen. It might. It might not.
On his girlfriend Neha’s response to him doing Jhalak
I show her videos of all my dance rehearsals and ask her feedback. She tells me which step suits me and which doesn’t. She motivates me a lot and prays for me before every performance. She never comes on the set. Actually I have banned all my family and friends or anybody, I know from coming on the sets because I get very conscious.
On doing Bigg Boss
Never! Never. Because all those politics doesn’t come to my mind naturally…Only shaatir dimaag (cunning minded) people have won the show. I don’t have it what will I do there. It’s a career destroyer for an established artist. I am an established artist. It’s the best platform for those who are not established…I think if you’re established you don’t need Bigg Boss. Probably I will need it after few years if I stop getting roles. When I was not doing Meri Aashiqui and was doing all tucche (insignificant) roles, I felt I needed Bigg Boss and I tried my level best to get into it. But, I didn’t get it.
On the advent of supernatural shows on television
I don’t understand it. I can’t even see it, I find it very funny. I can do if I get loads of money. There are two important things – either I should get creative satisfaction or I should get money. I care a damn about what film you’re making if I’m getting to buy my BMW. Otherwise give me creative satisfaction; I will work for 1 rupee. I am getting both on Jhalak.
On his future
The next logical step should be Bollywood. Like I was over confident about getting Jhalak, I am confident about working in films. I don’t know how far will I go or I will get it or not. And even if I get it whether I will be able to succeed or not. I don’t know. But gradually, I will like to take that step… I will wait for it for sometime and if I don’t get it, I’ll have to do serials to earn my bread and butter.
We got a Jhalak of his favourite step –