What do you
like better- acting or anchoring?
I have received the best actor award for both best acting and anchoring. Anchoring comes naturally, I find it easier than acting. However I love both.
Would you ever act in a tear jerker soap?
I'd love to work in a tear jerker soap. From inside I am a very emotional and sentimental person. I can cry in minutes. When I listen to a melancholic song while driving, my eyes turn moist.
Which historical character would you like to play?
What is your take on journalism?
Journalists are poets too. I agree journalists write articles but whichever writing moves people is poetry. Poetry is all about using words artistically. It is not just about writing rhyming lines.
How are you managing both Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah and Waah Waah Kyaa Baat Hai!?
I can juggle all my commitments with ease. Besides these shows, I travel all over the world to do my shows. I returned from Indore two days ago and three days later I will leave for another city to do a show. I love to do this as the stage is my life.
You are an avid reader. What are you reading now?
I am a compulsive reader with a well-stocked library in my house. I grew up in a village of Rajasthan where I was surrounded by books. I just completed reading the Biography of Benazir Bhutto.
Do you read comedy books?
I don't read comedy books. I am a comedian who creates his own comedy. However in my childhood I was moulded by comics.
How do you create on the spot comedy?
If you try to create comedy it will never be comedy. My humour on Waah Waah Kya Baat Hai! is spontaneous.
Who are your favourite poets?
Balkavi Bairagi and Om Prakash Aditya
Your wife is a talented writer...
My wife Swati Lodha is far more intelligent than me. She has written four books on management. I may be a popular TV star but she is a genius.
Reporter and Author: Pallavi Bhattacharya