Former Mr. India Pravesh Rana is always happy to come back to New Delhi, the city from where he completed his graduation. The son of a police officer, Rana was in the Capital recently to talk of his show “Emotional Atyachaar” aired on UTV Bindaas. He reveals in this chat at The Lalit that his life is full after “Bigg Boss” and that films, television and modelling assignments keep him busy. Meanwhile he is excited about seeing himself on the big screen soon. Excerpts:
You are anchoring “Emotional Atyachaar”. Don’t you think the show is a shade repulsive for family audiences?
Firstly I must tell you that this show is for the youth. Even a family can watch it — different families have different environment. Nowadays we are facing a lot of problems because we lack sex education. Nobody wants to speak about this. If there is a youngster in a serious relationship, unable to talk about the problem with his family, then we help them and we have helped them help themselves from cheating partners. Having said that, I agree that there are some intimate scenes which we usually blur that can really cause some embarrassment when watching with the family, but let me tell you once again our target audience is the youth.
How challenging is it to anchor a show in comparison to merely acting?
Acting and hosting a show are two different skills and both require a lot of intense study so they can not be compared. While acting you just have to do according to the script, and while anchoring a show, specially like “Emotional Atyachaar”, I am not given any script. While anchoring you can present things your own way. I do not have to perform a character, I have complete freedom to speak whatever I want and the way I want to. Both have their own charm.
“Big Boss” brought you to the public eye. How has it helped you in shaping up your career?
I am in the field for quite some time but yes, through “Big Boss” I got some exposure. People got to know more about me. I got more offers.
Your first film “Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns” is ready for release. Are you nervous?
Yes, I am a bit nervous and very excited. The film will release on March 8 this year. I am playing the role of a cop in the film — just waiting to see how the audience will react! Here I must add that I am lucky to work with such a wonderful director Tigmanshu Dhulia.
Like most others you took the modelling route to get into television and films. Was it deliberate or incidental?
I always wanted to be an actor, but I wanted to start my career with modelling, and the rest came as an extension once I became a permanent model with fashion weeks. I always had this urge of “what next” — which got me into television and then films.