Film-maker Rohit Shetty and the Khatron Ke Khiladi gang of the fifth season are back in the city after shooting the series in Cape Town. It seems the shy Shetty was a tough task-master, as most of them have suffered injuries during the entire shoot in Cape Town.
For instance, a stunt involved contestants being left in a coop with honey and chicken food on their bodies. The fowls began pecking the food off the contestants’ bodies, leaving behind some scars on them. In fact, model-turned -actress Mugdha Godse was reduced to tears as she injured her face during the stunt. Television star Gurmeet Chaudhary, on the other hand, injured his head and nose during an underwater task.
Despite the injuries, most contestants are happy with the experience as it helped them to conquer their fears. Who would have thought that the super strong Daya (Dayanand Shetty) has hydrophobia. Even model-turned-actor Gauahar Khan suffers from a similar phobia, while Godse, and Debina Bonnerjee are pertified of cockroaches. Talking about his fear of snakes, model-turned-actor Rajneish Duggal says, “I knew it was going to be a crazy experience, but didn’t know it would be this crazy and physically demanding. The toughest stunt, for me, was the one with snakes as that’s my biggest fear. The stunt involved 60 snakes. But I’ve conquered my fear.” He adds that in the process of the doing the show, he discovered another fear – crocodiles. He reveals that the sight of a crocodile, when he looks at you and the sound he makes when his mouth is open, is scary.
Among the challenges that contestants faces was the wind, while doing stunts from a height; the wind speed would vary from 20km per hour to 60km per hour. “With that kind of wind speed, one could easily fall down, either on the ground or in water. It was so difficult,” admits Duggal.
Just as the stunts got tougher, Shetty would put them at ease with his sense of humour. Guess, we’ll have to wait for the drama to unfold, when the new season of Khatron Ke Khiladi goes on air on March 23.