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BLOOM TIME: Shakti Anand in New Delhi. Photo: S. Arneja.

HERE HE anchors a reality show on an entertainment channel, there he imparts veracity to fiction. Shakti Anand is an actor who patrols the lanes of crime truth and the skies of reverie with flair. "I don't think it makes a difference for viewers that Crime Patrol is telecast on Sony and there is dramatisation of events. In fact, the police have managed to solve many cases because of the series. Recently the killer husband of Leona Suidiski was nabbed in Gujarat because of the information given by a viewer," asserts Shakti, who was roped in by the channel in place of model Diwakar Punder after the TRPs dipped.

Diwakar was rapped for his wooden face, and for 42 episodes the show lacked the bite and pace required for the genre, particularly when even the news channels are looking for sound and frame support. . "The whole show was revamped. The stress is on emotions; to know how the family suffers after one member turns criminal."

Emotions invariably prove a clincher in the domestic scenario and the show indeed picked up with a celebrity segment adding a touch of glamour. "Here everything has to be spoon fed through a celebrity. The anti-polio vaccine drive picked up once Amitabh took over. Similarly we also try to convey messages like check the credentials of the servant before recruiting him and get his verification done at the local thana through a known personality."

Shakti terms his shift from fiction, where he excelled in Kyunki Saas... , Sambhav Asambhav and Sara Akash, as the craving to do something real, a desire to play himself. "I selected different roles from the beginning. In Sambhav... when the director told me I have to play husband to a girl who is the reincarnation of my mother, I signed straightaway. In Sara Akash, the moment I was told I have to play a flight lieutenant I accepted the challenge.

Here again playing myself and keeping the audience interested is a challenge."

Shakti has no reservations in accepting the fact that medium is for female characters with male characters invariably meant to fill in as support cast.

A Delhiite by birth, Shakti is in the Capital to trail the unsolved mystery of the murder of Sub Inspector Satish Dalal and the murder of a woman by her maid in Lajpat Nagar. However, his trail to the bigger screen, where he signed a film with Isha Koppikar, still remains shrouded in mystery.

"The film was 70 per cent complete but it was suddenly shelved. Perhaps those who do not carry Chopra for a surname suffer here."

Anand is not bad either.

ANUJ KUMAR

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