‘MY MIDDLE CLASS Shah Rukh Khan on life after Kaun Banega Crorepati ¦ Princy Jain Print Edition of HT Hosting a television show Was great fun. I know it sound s clichéd but that’s the truth. Professionally it’s been very smooth. I didn’t even realise that the first season had come to an end. Of course, it’s been tiring, but that’s the difference between films and television. The show is based on a set format. So the biggest challenge is to innovate daily within that format. Role reversal Besides getting the money and answers right, the person on the hot seat has one other thing on his mind. He says to himself, “I don’t want to make a fool of myself.” When I came as a contestant, I was conscious of that too. Also, I was very curious about how it all works. Now, as a host I know it all. But I’m sure if I ever come as a guest again, I’ll still be bothered about not making a fool of myself. Us and them It’s strange, but I find myself much closer to reality now. From dawn to sunset, my day is spent in fulfilling creative dreams. No matter how much I’ve always maintained and spoken about my middle class upbringing, somewhere the touch with the reality was waning. Being at the studios for years, everything is larger than life for me. From films to my roles, to the hoardings on the road, everything is getting bigger by the day. As the host of Kaun Banega Crorepati, I met normal people and realised what it’s like to lead a life, where means are an end in themselves. And some values don’t change. For instance, no matter how big or small a person, everyone loves their children to death, everyone has a lucky day and everyone believes in God. Madame Tussauds Yes. Tussauds feels awesome as one would feel after winning two crores. It’s momentous since it reflects the significance and reach of the Indian entertainment industry. On a personal note, if this had happened six years ago, it would have been the ultimate achievement for me. But today, after having come closer to reality, it’s been humbling, which makes it special.