It’s a known fact that the actor cut himself from all acting assignments for the last eleven months. Suniel Shetty had made it very clear that he was focusing on something that he was very passionate about – the television show, ‘Biggest Loser Jeetega’ on Sahara One. But come July 16, he hits the studio to play his role in Kumar Mangat’s new production, ‘Laxmi Narayan 123′. About the odd title, he says, “There are three Laxmi Narayans in the film.” “I love the script, it’s an unreal comedy written by the guys who script the TV show, ‘Naya Office Office’. The shooting should be completed by August. I’m looking forward to working with my co-stars, Paresh Rawal and Tusshar Kapoor.
I love Paresh as an actor – it’s been a while since I acted with him. After ‘Shootout at Lokhandwala’, I also share a great rapport with Tusshar – and this, despite the fact that he beat me up in the film,” laughs Shetty.
Saying that it’s been a role reversal of sorts ever since he’s taken up anchoring ‘Biggest Loser Jeetega’, Shetty adds, “It’s a huge high to be associated with a group of people who are committed to do all it takes to reduce their weight and lead a healthy lifestyle. I’ve become the comfort factor for all the contestants.”
That said, the show has taken on the typical reality TV angle with each and every contestant playing dirty to evade eviction. About these underhanded games, he remarks, “It’s the survival of the fittest and one can’t be laidback any longer.
Natural human instincts of treating everyone with caution are coming to the forefront in the show. Groups are being formed and then broken when purposes are fulfilled. From team-based, it’s now becoming more individual-based. Each one is learning how their plans are backfiring and how fragile their relationships really are.”
Some reports have criticized Shetty for deliberately being low profile on the show. So how does he react to this? “Honestly, I’m not affected. I’ve received feedback that I’m doing a good job from people who matter to me, and that’s all that matters. Had I been as aggressive and loud as the others, these same critics would have said that I’m copying them,” he ends.