Rejuvenated Randeep Hooda has impressed audiences with his intense, riveting lead roles in over 21 maverick movies such as ‘Rang Rasiya’, ‘Saheb Biwi aur Gangster’, ‘Main Aur Charles’ and more recently the realistic ‘Sarabjit’ where he lost weight, looking emaciated. Off-screen, a professional equestrian, the suave stud Hooda, was once upon a time a “close buddy” of former beauty-queen Sushmita Sen. Always out to explore bohemian roles, the adventurous Randeep will make his dramatic debut on television as the charismatic ‘host’ of the second season of this bold, brazen show ‘Big F- Forbidden No More’ on MTV in the 7pm slot and also on Voot. Afternoon D & C cornered the debonair Hooda who is known for his curt, crisp quotes
How did you decide to get onto TV while the going was good on the movies front?
It’s the daring concept of the unique ‘eye-opener’ show ‘Big F- Forbidden No More’ that I instantly fell in love with, when the MTV guys approached me for hosting it. The youthful show has engaging realistic story-situations.That revolve around girls and women--their freedom to desire, to express their ‘libido’. That too without having to wear the mask of fearful inhibitions.
Isn’t it yet another ‘empowerment of women’ TV media-ritual?
Yes, it is, but with an innovative, daring difference. We are delving into the psyches of girls and ladies to make them realize that their desires and fantasies are no longer taboo. Of course, this freedom also brings along with it a sense of social responsibility and self-discipline.
What is the social message-thrust for ‘men’ in this ‘Big F’ show?
Especially for the ‘aspirational’ segment of India which is yet to arrive on the scene. If a young girl is hanging out with boys, it doesn’t mean she is character-less. When she says ‘no’, it means ‘no’ and it does not imply ‘perhaps’ or ‘maybe’.
What is the trending social changes that this show will emphasize?
A woman is never to be treated as an object of lustful desire, because she is a human being first. She has a right to her consent. If a guy does it he is a ‘stud’, but a female who does it, is labeled a ‘slut’. The discriminating double standards of male-female gender-bias needs to be drastically changed.
Your macho bushy beard-twirl moustache; isn’t this actually a continuity ‘get-up’ of your underproduction ‘period’ movie ‘Battle of Saragarhi’ where you play a valiant soldier?
That’s right. It’s an uncanny coincidence that MTV viewers will also connect with me as the ‘host’ in this same smart intriguing look, for which I have been getting loads of compliments.
You have been facing the brunt of being ‘trolled’ on social media.
Everyone has a right to his own opinion and to disagree . But it’s wrong to misinterpret and insinuate wrongly and troll abusively. Especially females should never be trolled, labeled, abused or threatened—it’s a crime. The portal heads need to seriously redress and resolve this critical issue at the earliest.