Q: You are 67 and still going strong... would you say
that's a good signature tune for you?
A: I do not know if I am still going strong,
but, yes, I'm alive and I exist. I've never wished for any signature
or tune or any fancy recognition or accolade. I'm grateful for
the jobs that I get and am thankful I'm given opportunity for
Q: How do you assess the year that has
A: I really have no recollection of what went
by. I know what I'm doing now. Age does have this adverse effect
on one and I'm no different from any other. It may seem power-packed
for you, but for me it is just another day, another job. I endeavour
to do what is assigned to me to the best of my ability.
Q: What, according to you, was the most
significant thing in your life this year?
A: That I'm still alive!
Q: You took two months off to be with
your friend, Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh, in Singapore.
How rejuvenating and introspective did that time-off prove to
A: Yes, I was with Amar Singhji during the time
he was in Singapore under treatment. I was aware that he would
be going for treatment and so I had planned all my work in a manner
where I could be free to be by his side. I finished all my pending
work by June and did not take up any assignments after. When his
condition had improved, I accepted the Colors offer for BB3 ("Bigg
I was in Singapore not to rejuvenate or to introspect,
I was there for a friend, a member of my family, while he recouped.
Q: What are your plans regarding more
offers? Is it true you've decided to do only one film a year?
A: Yes, I do wish to do films and, yes, there
are interesting offers, which I shall consider. And, no, it shall
not be one film a year. I am not that big or important to make
such decisions. It is a wonder that I am getting any offers at
Q: You are back on television after creating
history with "Kaun Banega Crorepati" (KBC). How will
you describe this new experience with "Bigg Boss 3"?
A: The experience of "Bigg Boss 3"
has just begun, but it is different from KBC and it gets more
intricate as we move along. The medium and those that are attached
to it work diligently round the clock and it is a marvel to see
the amount of thinking and labour that goes on behind the scenes
to create something like "Bigg Boss". I'm most impressed
with that. The coordination and the management need all the praise
there is for their unfailing effort and commitment. I'm merely
a tool that follows instructions, but what goes on beyond me is
what needs to be recognised and appreciated.
Q: How comfortable are you interacting
with the "Bigg Boss" housemates?
A: It is good. You would need to ask the channel
or the housemates what they felt. I just feel very saddened when
I have to announce the person who has been voted out by public
and in-house processes and then later to spend time with them
after their eviction. It's much like what I used to feel when
on KBC I had to inform the participant that his answer was wrong.
Q: You've another release "Paa"
- the film offered you a unique chance to play a child. Did you
relive your childhood through this part?
A: Not so much my childhood, but the childhood
of my children and my grandchildren. A lot of my interpretation
has been picked up from what I remember of Abhishek when he was
that age and from my grandchildren now as I see them grow.