After having a successful inning as Producer, Arbaaz Khan is making his digital debut with a chat show titled Pinch. Revolving around social media, the show would see Karan Johar, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sonam Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha among others as guests discussing the good and bad of social media.
Talking about the show and whether this can be called his second innings in front of the camera, Arbaaz says, “I am not acting here but I am doing something different. I am venturing into another part of the entertainment. Thus, I consider this as a big opportunity for me. Besides, this is something with which I am comfortable. I like talking to people. So, here I am.”
And, while its negative sides of social media are always talked about, the host and dost Arbaaz feels it also has many positive sides. “There are many positive sides to social media. In fact, social media is very much there in today’s day and age and we cannot live without it anymore,” says Arbaaz whose personal life is also noticed, shared and discussed on social media. What’s the latest sweet pinch? Laughing out aloud, Arbaaz says, “What’s that latest one? That’s obvious na? If I had to hide my affair, I would not have brought it in open. I unhesitatingly admit that Georgia is there in my life at this point in time. Somebody who I have at his time in my life is a friend who I am also dating. Where it is going to go? Only time will tell. Yes, undoubtedly, we are together.”
The producer-actor further reveals that she keeps a check on his health. “When you are living alone then you tend to take life casually. You can either change for the better or probably for the worst. You can get addicted to a bottle or you may think that there is nothing left in your life. Fortunately, I was not in that mindset and my partner encourages me to remain positive and go ahead in life.” Talking about the recent conflicts in his personal life, Arbaaz says that whatever happens in life, one has to move on and live and let live others. “There was a time when I needed to be worried and now it’s over. Whether you forget or forgive, whatever scenario you may choose, you have to move on. Look, if you forget then you have forgiven as well. But, if you forgive, you may have not forgotten it but at least you have forgiven. Choose whatever works for you,” he adds.
Although he has parted ways with his ex-wife Malaika Arora, Arbaaz is close to his son and says, “I spend a lot of time with my kid and cater to all the responsibilities. He is not staying with me right now because his mother has the custody but he is always in contact with me and comes over to stay with me. I am a very hands-on father and he is a wonderful boy. He is close to his paternal grandparents and is attached to his maternal relatives as well.” There were rumours doing the rounds of him and Malaika doing a show together. When asked about the same, he says, “Even I have been hearing about it but I don’t know where this news is coming from.” But, would he work with Malaika in future? “That’s an interesting question. Let’s just keep that a secret. I don’t wish to answer that right now,” he says as he dodges the question.
Coming back to the show, Arbaaz says, “Karan Johar, Kareena, Sonam and all others were amazingly candid. They were so candid that it was unbelievable. They answered all the questions without a pinch or frown on their faces. Undoubtedly, they enjoyed and found the show interesting enough for them to spend their precious time with their host and the dost – Arbaaz Khan (smiles).”
Would he also invite Malaika on the show? “I don’t want to make any random and stray comments. Different opinions prevail, let’s see how it works,” he says and adds, “In fact, I didn’t invite Salman Khan on my show. If at all there is a need, we will decide… maybe in the second season, if at all we get an extension. I do not wish to choose things randomly. Let’s see how it works.” Doesn’t it make you mean to not invite your brother Salman Khan? “I am not mean. You can say, I am sensible enough," he concludes.