Known for her negative roles on TV, Adaa Khan makes her reality show debut with the Rohit Shetty-hosted venture, Fear Factor Khatron Ke Khiladi. The actor talks to mid-day about surviving the stunt-based show through sheer will power, and shopping in Bulgaria.
Edited excerpts from the interview.
Tell us about your Khatron Ke Khiladi stint in Bulgaria.
I had recently wrapped up my previous show, Sitara. Despite being ill, I came on board Khatron Ke Khiladi as I have always wanted to be part of it. My family was not too keen, but I was adamant on doing the show. I wanted to test my will power.
Did the show help you overcome any phobia?
While I don't have a phobia per se, cockroaches always scared me. I would scream if I found one in my vanity van or room. On the show, I have dealt with cockroaches and rats. I never knew I had it in me to do it.
The series is designed to wear the contestants down, physically and mentally.
We used to shoot from morning till 2 am, only to wake up again at 7 am the next day. So, it was physically tiring. Eating right and resting were mandatory to survive tasks. Before every task on KKK, I had bouts of nervousness. Firstly, I was unwell before I began the show. Secondly, I was not physically as strong [as compared to other contestants]. So, I would be stressed because the competition was tough. I believe my strength to perform the tasks came from my will power.
How did host Rohit Shetty encourage you during the tasks?
Rohit Shetty and Adaa Khan
Rohit sir was the only reason I could do the stunts. I listened to him blindly. He motivated us to do better; he would insist that we complete the task at least. I wouldn't have survived this show had it not been for Rohit sir.
Were you injured during tasks?
Luckily, I did not meet with any accidents. However, during a task that had us dealing with creepy crawlies, a cockroach lodged inside my ear. For long, I couldn't figure out if [the irritation] was real or something I was imagining. I couldn't sleep all night as the insect kept fluttering in my ear, which gave me rashes. The next morning, the crew took me to a doctor who removed the cockroach. That was a scary experience. I also got some allergies from scorpion bites.
Who was your biggest competition?
Tejasswi and Dharmesh [Yelande] were excellent in most tasks.
Did you get back some memorabilia from Bulgaria?
I bought a lot of rose oil since Bulgaria is famous for it.
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