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Patently patient!



Tickling the funny bone... Channel V anchors Gaurav and Shruti in New Delhi. Photo: Anu Pushkarna.

`WATCH VEEJAY turned Gaurav', inscribed on the pirated cassette of `Sssshhh', out of the blue gave a reality check to me, that a veejay is just a veejay', acquaints Gaurav, the funny face of Channel V in the Capital this past week to host the Bryan Adams show with colleague Shruti Seth.

"We have shot whatever goes behind the stage, sound check, lighting, tension involved with a concert of such magnitude and of course the humorous parts."

Gaurav says that everything is not funny about him. "I have done some serious stories on the working of bomb disposal squads and firemen, showcasing the mix of courage and danger involved in their vocation. And the fact, that I was recently asked to comment on `India Shining' by a media house proves that people take me seriously.

" However, he agrees that right from the days of `Colossal Countdown', a countdown of B and C-grade movies, he is associated with everything that is bizarre on the channel. "Whenever, there is something outlandish I am made to anchor it. Now, I am doing a show on item girls where we will profile them, talk about their wardrobes, their dance movements, and the like," informs Gaurav.

Confirming his jocular instincts, Shruti quips, "He is a mad guy. He uses me as a prop. He will bend me, throw me and do all the talking. I just have to be in the frame."

Coming back to his Bollywood sojourn, Gaurav maintains he is unable to figure out what went wrong with his villainous performance in `Sssshhh'. "We all are upbeat about the film. I really enjoyed doing my part. But somehow the film didn't click. However, I am an optimist and now I am doing Manu Rewal's `Imandar'. The film delves into the morals of the young generation. Konkana Sen Sharma is also there in the film."

Talking about his celebrity ailment, Gaurav says, "First, I was shocked when I discovered that I am a diabetic, then there was a phase of complete denial but soon I acknowledged that this disease can't be cured and it will be good for me if I learn to live with it."

Gaurav takes 10 units of human insulin twice a day and feels that diabetes has made him healthier. "Today, I jog and exercise regularly. I have quit smoking and take a balanced diet. I try to carry my food with me and avoid red meat. I don't feel I am missing anything except sometimes I do miss chocolates."

You miss some you gain more.

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