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Updated: February 19, 2013 14:46 IST

Laugh riot with the ‘bakra’ man

Amutha Kannan
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TV anchor Cyrus Broacha speaking at a face-to-face programme at Dr. G.R. Damodaran College of Science, in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, on Monday. Photo:M.Periasamy.
TV anchor Cyrus Broacha speaking at a face-to-face programme at Dr. G.R. Damodaran College of Science, in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, on Monday. Photo:M.Periasamy.

So what if he made ‘bakra’ out of many hapless people. What goes around comes back and is so true in the case of Cyrus Broacha as his past catches up with him every time someone makes a ‘bakra’ of him in real life. And, this is the way people remember and appreciate the man behind the act long after the show has gone off the air.

A man who wears many hats, and at present hosting ‘The Week that Wasn’t’ on CNN-IBN, Mr. Broacha remains unforgettable for his ‘bakra’ act on MTV. As he rewound and recounted his life as an author, theatre personality, political satirist, and anchor, to excited students of GRD School of Commerce and International Business here on Monday, he brought the house down many a time by making himself the butt of a joke.

As the students chuckled without interruption, he only proved that his sense of humour got better with age. There was no visible difference between the 20-something Cyrus who had fun anchoring shows and the 41-year old who was sharing the same fun with the 22-year olds on Monday.

Talking about his various professional faces, Mr. Broacha said that writing was the most fun as “no one bothers you when you do it”. His second love was the stage, while anchoring came a close third.

As the posers came fast and quick, so did his answers on love, marriage, politics, cricket, and of course humour. How was he, a fun person, able to do boring stuff on politicians on his present show ? “Every day there is something happening, a scam here, a scandal there. Our politicians are not shining stars, hence there is a lot of stuff to work on that makes the show interesting,” he said.

Though it was all fun, Mr. Broacha did not fail to leave some food for thought to the youngsters. The Nityananda case should not become too big to distract responsible citizens from the major issues and much worse criminals, he said.

Narrating how his life changed with anchoring while studying law with an aim to set up a non-Governmental organisation, he urged students to do their own thing, yet, move out of their comfort zones and take up something challenging that would test their character.

Asked about the possible threats those were typical of his work, on the ‘Bhakra’ show as well as ‘The Week that Wasn’t’, Mr. Broacha mentioned the times he was beaten up and injured by spoilsports on the former show. As regards the latter show, “politicians are yet to call up or complain”, he signs off.

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