Rumours were rife that Akshay Kumar would host the fourth season of Khatron Ke Khiladi soon after the third came to an end. However, all he has to say now is, “I haven’t been approached by Colors as yet.”
Kumar hosted the show for the first two seasons, following which Priyanka Chopra replaced him. The third season ended with dismal ratings as compared to its opening episode, which managed 5.5 points, one of the highest seen for a celebrity reality show in five years.
“I’ll think about the show whenever I’m approached for it. It doesn’t make sense to ponder over baseless speculations. Who knows, I might find another space that helps me indulge in another passion of mine,” Kumar adds.
Elaborating on Chopra’s performance on the show, which Kumar was extremely happy with, he says, “I was happy to know that Priyanka was handling it well. I felt proud that it opened with such phenomenal ratings. As an anchor, I had taken it to a certain level and she took it even higher. But ratings are not in anyone’s hands, so it’s not Priyanka’s fault.”
Does that also mean that the 2.6-point rating of his latest show MasterChef India has not disappointed him? “On the contrary, I’m happy that so many people watched my show on day one. TV shows have become like movies; you now await TRPs every Wednesday,” states Kumar. “I was offered several shows after Khatron Ke Khiladi and before MasterChef India. I took this one up because, just like stunts, I’m heavily inclined towards food and partial to Indian khaana.”
Isn’t he apprehensive about the 9 pm weekend slot allotted to the show, since those are usually dedicated to shows that women prefer to watch?
“I trust the channel’s judgement,” says Kumar. “I’m sure women will watch the show with men for company. What one understands is that men watch cookery shows more than women. I enjoyed watching MasterChef Australia more than my wife did. The world’s most renowned chefs are men. Few know that Sylvester Stallone has a restaurant in the US where he cooks for his own guests. If he can, why can’t other men?”
But Kumar, despite having an invitation, couldn’t eat at Stallone’s restaurant while shooting for Kambakkht Ishq.
When asked whether he too would like to open a restaurant, Kumar says, “Never say never. I never thought that I’d turn a film producer or cook Green Thai Curry at a Bangkok joint. So it’s possible. I can promise I make the best Thai curry.”