Let me tell you about the time when Siddhartha Basu came to me with his team, to explain the format of 10 Ka Dum… in great detail. You see, Mr. Basu has a penchant for every minute detail and is quite repetitive in his discourses. I often get bored with too many details. I believe in things left untold. My entire life is like an unwritten poem and Basu would love to pronounce even the colons and semi-colons!
Much later I realized that in a show like this, detail is of extreme importance and attention to it, even more so. The time space is limited and the schedule is extremely tight. In the television space, every second is costly and one is accountable for it. The ticking of the clock is the very heartbeat of television. People involved in the television industry are constantly whipped by the moving hands of the clock…living only to meet deadlines. For them “Time is a Bomb”. And I am exactly the opposite of it. I am governed by the clock in my body. I get up when the sun rises in my heart and go to sleep when the moon and stars are too tired to shine! My lunchtime is when I am very hungry and it may happen at sunset! The universe within governs me.
See you tomorrow…
Ahh wait … I feel like telling you more…It was actually when Siddhartha Basu left, that I began to think about the show and my role as an anchor. My initial feeling was that I’ve taken a ‘Panga’, which might cost me a lot. Caught in a blue funk …even the thought of withdrawing crossed my mind!My screen image is that of a very courageous man and at times I feel like believing it. Every man has an enormous capacity to delude himself. No..?