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'KBC is not a bolt out of the blue'

They love him. Or they hate him. But they cannot resist making a comment about him (Take a look at the rediff message board, if you don't believe what we say).

What is superstar, and now television host, Shah Rukh Khan really like?

Is he nice? Arrogant? Smart? Witty? Kind? Caring? Why is he really doing Kaun Banega Crorepati?

And yes, does he have an on-going feud with Amitabh Bachchan?

We decided to put SRK on the hot seat and ask him.

SRK didn't have 4 choices, or any lifelines. The 2-crore question: How did he fare?

Read on for the results of this show, hosted by Savera R Someshwar and Saisuresh Sivaswamy.

What was the primary motivation for you to do KBC? Were you looking for a return to television or did KBC happen at the right time for you?

I don't want to sound pompous, but I don't look out for work. I sort of have a half-yearly plan -- okay, I am doing a couple of films and the holidays with the babies and, you know, maybe a few endorsements that have been signed up.

There have been reports about my doing television for some time now, so doing KBC is not a bolt out of the blue. I've seen the programme and I like it a lot. I've always felt that one can take it to a different level depending on the presentation.

The main thing about work, after 20 years of working now, is -- am I enjoying the work I am doing? I thought that if I do KBC, I will enjoy it a lot.

And KBC has a great team -- Siddharth (Basu, who is producing the show), Sameer (Nair, CEO, Star TV)... they're old friends. Everyone got together and said, can we do it in Jan, Feb, March? And I said of course. My set (for Khan's production, Om Shanti Om, directed by Farah Khan) is opposite the KBC set, so it's not difficult for me. And the economics of television have become such that they can afford a film actor.

The way they shoot the production now, they don't need the kind of time they needed earlier. They have multi-camera set-ups and stuff. Everything just fell into place.

Deciding to do KBC was like deciding if I want to do a film or not. Like any film that is offered to me out of the blue -- someone comes over and says this is the script and we are planning to do it.

What excites me is that, okay, this is new, my kids like it, people find it fun. I like quizzing, so I'll do this and have a great time for a couple of months.

I have done a lot of work in the last 10 years because my heart said yes. I just felt, ah, this is fun, let me just do it. There is no real way for an actor to otherwise enjoy his work. I've passed the phase where I do a film just because it is an action film and things like that. I have been working for too long to do that any more.

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