By: Upula KBR, Mid-Day
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Sahara One's Biggest Loser Jeetega might be winding up its first season soon but that won't stop its host Sunil Shetty from keeping in touch with the contestants. Says a visibly emotional Sunil speaking from Pondicherry, "All the contestants have touched me a lot. The efforts and the belief they have in themselves moved me hugely. They will make a difference to everyone's lives after the first season gets over. Everytime I see their pain and what they gained in the show I am moved to tears."
Sunil says he had no favourite contestant though Gracious and Rizwan are close to his heart. "All 16 mean a lot to me. They taught me so much. It's not easy losing 40 kilos - it's almost like losing one individual but they have succeeded with their never say no attitude.
They love me so much and I love them too. I will miss them a lot but I will be in touch with them. They are keen on films, music, and entertainment -I will do whatever I can to help them whenever they want.
They will always remain fit and I am sure they will become brand ambassadors for health products. Some are planning health centres in India. Whatever they need from me I will give."
Sunil himself has been planning health centers across Mumbai. "It's all in the planning stages. After I come back from Pondicherry I will be working out the logistics and viability. Buying property in Mumbai is a nightmare."
Currently Sunil is exhausted running from Pondicherry where he's shooting for 1,2,3 to Amby Valley for Biggest Loser. "It is hectic but I don't mind. I am merely going from one beautiful place to the other. 1,2,3 is a mind-blowing comedy where three characters - Tusshar, Paresh Rawal and me are called by the same name - Laxmi Narayan. I am acting in a film after 11 months."
This is Sunil's first visit to Pondicherry. "It's serene and beautiful. There are nice arts and artifacts and the people are so friendly. Wherever I am shooting I keep walking into people's homes to study the architecture. I am eating French and local food." He's spending most of his time exploring the place. "Recently I spent some time kayaking on the backwaters for a mile. I love kayaking. I am a water baby."
Though Sunil is missing his family they accompany him on his trips to Amby valley. "After August 3, I will take my kids and family for my outdoor to Goa. I like Goa for it's cool chilled out working style."