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VJ uninterrupted

Cyrus Broacha speaks on the making of Bakra and plans ahead for MTV



DR FUNNYBONE : The motormouth in his element Photo: K. Gajendran

The original baap of desi candid camera, aka MTV Bakra, can pass acerbic comments with a generous dollop of saccharine slapstick, which he specialises in. Digs on his Hyderabadi mother-in-law and wife Ayesha and his woes on fatherhood included. But there is an extremely sane side to the motormouth who has the capability of bringing the house down. From participating on the live forum Be Heard — A Global Discussion with Colin Powell to attending the International AIDS Conference in Barcelona including the interview with Bill Clinton go on to prove the fact. But he gladly accepts credit for introducing Candid Camera to the Indian audience.

On the concept of Bakra, "I had a brawl with a taxi driver on the way to the studio and I retorted with a prank and succeeded. We then decided to shoot the taxi drivers in front of the office who would irritate us to kill time. When we got back the tapes and played them, we found the office boys chuckling, a response we never obtained before. Thus we decided on MTV Bakra."

Apart from paving way for similar shows on cable, the concept got film producers approaching for roles. "Some of the roles are very bad. Wohi karna hai jo aap Bakra me karte ho. You are hero's khaas dost. Budapest mein shooting hai," he scoffs.

Incidentally Cyrus began with the big screen with Jalwa when Naseeruddin Shah spotted the then 14-year-old Cyrus in a production. "Archana Puran Singh falling out of the swim suit was a dream," he recollects from his shoot in Goa. "Today I get pagaar for not shooting and sitting in the office," is his excuse for not entering Bollywood.

Back at the MTV office, there is a lot waiting at the desk — a new call in show by the yearend and return of the Bakra. What about the soaps and more Hindi music on the music channel? "Agreed. And remixes are rip-offs of rip-offs. We are playing 60:40 Hindi and international hits mix. That's what the market demands. Along with MTV Tamil and Punjabi regional channels, we are also coming up with one on international music soon," he promises.

SYEDA FARIDA

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