TALKING POINT with sharman joshi

The game is a quiz show but it really doesn’t matter whether you know all the answers or not. The basic idea is to keep bluffing and keep a straight face and convince your opponents that you do know the answers.

Written by Pooja Pillai | Published: February 16, 2009 2:06:50 am

The actor talks about his TV debut and why belonging to an acting family is not such a bad thing

Your new show on soon-to-be-launched channel,Real,is called Poker Face and is supposed to be a combination of a poker game and a quiz show. Could you elaborate on that?
The game is a quiz show but it really doesn’t matter whether you know all the answers or not. The basic idea is to keep bluffing and keep a straight face and convince your opponents that you do know the answers. You have to psych them out in order to then to get rid of them. That’s where the poker element comes in.
There will be five rounds,each played by six people,one of whom stands to win Rs 10 lakh. On the sixth day,the five winners will pull their respective prizes and will play each other.The winner of that round will win the entire kitty.

What is your role on the show?
I’m the host of the show and my job is to welcome the participants,explain the rules and generally make them comfortable.

Why did you choose to make your debut with this show?
I’d always thought of flirting with the TV medium. And when the concept of Poker Face was explained to me,I found it very exciting. Also,the show is shot on a short-schedule format — which means,if it starts this Monday,it’ll wind up by the following Sunday. That helped me make up my mind.

Do you think you’ll ever enter the TV industry full-time?
That depends on the kind of offers I get. If it’s exciting,definitely. But right now,I haven’t been offered anything that interests me,besides Poker Face,and I certainly don’t see myself in a daily. I guess if we had the Hollywood tradition,where big stars make one or two episode cameos in TV shows,I’d take that up.

With regard to your movie roles,do you ever feel that you get typecast as a comic actor?
Not at all. I agree that many of my roles have been comic,but I’ve done a few serious role too. For instance,in Rang de Basanti,Life in a Metro and Sorry Bhai!. I admit,the last one didn’t do too well but that had a lot to do with the timing since it released the week of the Mumbai attacks.

You come from a family of performers. Is that partly why you turned to acting as well?
I’m acting because I just love it. It’s my passion and quite frankly,I don’t want to do anything else. I think this is the only job in the world where you are actually paid to have a blast.

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