‘More value addition with small-term commitments’

Debarati Palit Singh
Thursday, 31 May 2018

Ravi Dubey gets chatting about his latest show Sabse Smart Kaun?, why he doesn’t want to take up long-time commitments and his co-stars in Bollywood film 3 Dev

Ravi Dubey is going through quite an exciting phase in his career. His Bollywood debut 3 Dev is set to release in June and the actor will be seen as the host of Star Plus’ latest show Sabse Smart Kaun? soon. The actor-host says, “This show will celebrate the people who have the ability to earn money with their smartness. Common sense gets you places and that’s what Sabse Smart Kaun? is about. The game is something we haven’t attempted before and people will get to play it on Hotstar app too.”

Sabse Smart Kaun? is being compared to Salman Khan-hosted show Dus Ka Dum but Ravi says that their show is completely different. “Firstly, when we ask questions, the answers are hidden within the questions, so the dynamics of the game is entirely different,” he says.

The promos and specially Ravi’s different look is getting a lot of attention. Ask him how exciting it is for him when he gets to be part of such out-of-the-box shows and he says, “I like to push the envelope a little bit; mundane things bore me too soon. If you see the choices I have made in my career — they are not conventional.”

Ravi has worked in both fictional (Doli Saja Ke, Saas Bina Sasural, Jamai Raja) and non-fictional (Nach Baliye 5, India’s Dancing Superstar, Rising Star season 2) shows. Which genre does he enjoy more? “I enjoy performing and being in front of the camera. Right now, I am deeply connected to this organic performance and shows which are unscripted,” he replies, adding, “Having said that, each genre has its own charm. If you see the promo, it starts in a fictional space and then enters the reality space. I played around 22 characters in Jamai Raja and I used to love getting into a new character.”

In a recent interview, the actor had mentioned that he would be taking up small-term commitments. Any specific reasons for staying away from long-term commitments, we ask. “I have taken all kinds of commitments in the last 12 years of my career. My learning post Jamai Raja, which was a game changer for me, was that I want to associate myself with spaces which last for three-four months. You enter into it excited and come out of it excited. At no point of time, should you think ‘how long’ and find reasons to keep yourself excited. I have realised that there is 10 times more value addition when it’s a small-term commitment,” he explains. Does it mean that we will not see him in daily soaps? “You will not see me in long-term fiction spaces. Unfortunately, right now, we do not have shows that run for two-three months only.”

Talking about 3 Dev, which also stars Karan Singh Grover, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Kay Kay Menon and others, Ravi says that he worked on the project while he was doing Jamai Raja and India’s Best Dramebaaz. “So my plate was completely full but it was wonderful working with each one of them. I fell in love with the process of interacting with these wonderful people. Karan, Kunaal and Ankush are great friends,” he adds.

Ravi says that he will try balancing TV and movies. “I will forever be connected to TV while being connected to films,” he explains.

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