Rohit Shetty: I don’t have any favourites in Khatron Ke Khiladi 5

Bollywood director Rohit Shetty’s turn as a host on the small screen in Khatron Ke Khiladi 5 has been given a thumbs up by the audience and the filmmaker has cited his friendly nature as the reason behind his success

The previous seasons of the stunt-based reality show have been hosted by Bollywood stars Akshay Kumar and Priyanka Chopra. However, the fifth season of the show has fared better than the last four seasons.

The 41-year-old Golmaal director says although he is a tough taskmaster, he has never tried to assert himself on the contestants. “Never once did I declare myself as the boss of the show and made the contestants feel that they have to abide by what I say. I have created a very friendly atmosphere on the sets and that has made the contestants very comfortable,” said Rohit.

“Everyone on the show was new to me except for Mugdha (Godse), Nikitin Dheer and stunt woman Geeta (Tandon) as I have worked with them before. So, it was important to break the ice. I took this friendly approach and that is the key factor responsible for the success of the show this season,” he said. Khatron Ke Khiladi 5 has been on air on Colors since March 22. The shooting for the show has been done in Cape Town, South Africa.

Rohit said that every contestant on the show brought a different aspect of their personality on board, hence making Khatron… very entertaining to watch. “I don’t have any favourites. Everyone was good in their own way. Like  Ranvir Shorey is a very good entertainer and his sense of humour was amazing. Then Gurmeet (Choudhry), Rajneesh (Duggal) and Salman (Yusuf Khan) were very strong and good performers,” added Rohit.

When asked if he is keen to cast anyone from the show in any of his upcoming films, the Chennai Express helmer said, “Daya (Dayanand Shetty of CID fame) is part of my next film Singham 2. He will play a cop in the film. And when it comes to others I think it depends on the kind of script. I can’t say that right now.”