Comedian-anchor Balraj Syal challenges his fears with Khatron Ke Khiladi
BALRAJ SYAL, WHO has tickled your funny bone with his stand-up comedy on television, is rediscovering himself in Bulgaria. The Comedy Ka Maha Mukabala star—who has also acted in a film Kabaddi Once Again—is fighting his fears in the tenth season of Khatron Ke Khiladi. A fan of the original American show Fear Factor, Syal talks about discovering his fears, upholding a positive attitude while performing and more. Excerpts:
Why did you decide to be participate in Khatron Ke Khiladi?
I have been a huge fan of Fear Factor, the original series and I have grown up watching it on AXN. I was always fascinated by the daring acts that the participants did on the show and when we had the Indian version, I was always tempted to be a part of it. I would have been a part of the show last year itself, but I had other commitments. And I didn’t want to let the opportunity go this year. Not all your wishes come true and I am glad I am doing it.
What are your strengths?
My strength is more mental than physical. So, whatever task I am given I focus on completing it and not quitting at any cost.
What are your fears?
I have a lot of fears and to be honest, I discovered quite a few new ones at this reality show. For instance, I realised that I have a fear of heights and I have claustrophobia as well. Again, I dread going underwater now. You discover these fears in a show like this where you are asked to dive 15 feet underwater and unlock something or do sky walking and collect flags or jump from a chopper into the middle of a lake!
What has been your strategy so far in the show?
We don’t get time to strategise because the task is not announced in advance. In two-three minutes one cannot make a strategy. You make a strategy when you have mastered a particular skill. But, these tasks are new to all of us. However, my basic formula is to listen to the briefing properly and complete the given task.
Who are your fierce competitors on the show?
To name one person would be an injustice. If someone is good in strength, the other one is a master in mental prowess. If one is good underwater, another is a daredevil in the air. But, I do have competition and that is my fear.
Who are your favourite contestants from the previous seasons and why?
I will choose Aditya Narayan, the singer. Though he did not win the show, he was a runner-up, but he was consistent in his performance throughout. Despite being injured more than once, he did not give up.
What next after Khatron Ke Khiladi?
I have a couple of projects which I will be working on as soon as I get back to India, after the show.