An extract of an interview with Nauheed Cyrusi by Deepa Mishra
After coming a long way from television to films Nauheed Cyrusi conquers her fear on television reality show. On the launch of the show fearless Nauheed gets candid and shares her terrific journey throughout Khatron Ke Khiladi Level 2.

Why you chose to do this show?

I was a big fan of fear factor, so when Khatron Ke Khiladi came to India I always wanted to go for it. So for me, it was one of the things that I always wanted to do. People don’t expect me to be adventurous, but I am an adventurous person. I wanted to challenge myself, and see how far I can pull it off. While watching someone doing the task on TV, we easily assume that anyone can do it, but when you are actually thrown into it you get to know what you can and cannot do.

How different is the level two from previous season?

What you have seen in level one is not even half of what you will see in level two. Tasks are more adventurous than before. We were given the safety gauges, and so we could gather the courage to perform those dangerous tasks. I can’t imagine doing those stunts ever again in life.

Which was the toughest stunt for you?

The one in which I was suppose to walk on the wings of an airplane. I had to get out of the plane flying 5000 to 6000 ft above the ground. It was crazy! When I put my hand out, I had to literally use my other hand to bring it back. It looks very easy, but the way winds push you behind up there; it seems your skin is flying.

At any stage, did you felt like giving up the task?

I am not that kind of a person at all. I am very motivated, I have realized while doing the stunts on the show that, when you get in this kind of situation, unless your mind supports, you can’t do anything. Physical strength is effective only when both are in sync.

In fact, I am amazed that I could outdo myself every time.

What do you have to say about Khiladi Kumar?

He is truly a strong man; he did a lot of our stunts. He is immensely fit. He gave all of us names; he calls me nani for the reasons best known to him. He has also named the other contestants he calls Shonali- shastriji, kaushalya for Carol and many more. I wonder why he named us so.

Any other reality shows that you would like to be a part of?

Money is obviously important, but not as important as to put myself through 30 days of torture. Better, I will do ads or try for some films and earn that money. I am not sure whether I will be able to do Bigg Boss kind of shows, as I am a friendly person, but what if someone does not like me, and then it will be a problem.

(Posted on 10 August 2009, 1686163525 172O70O42O220)