There were times when I would breakdown, but I never felt like giving up or leaving the city. In 2009, I got a show to host on Zee TV, then red carpet shows happened followed by stage shows and finally big reality shows.
There was no looking back after that.From then to now, I have loved everything about the city except the traffic. Every monsoon, it’s the same story. I remember when I was working as a RJ a decade ago, we used to make jingles on potholes — even those jingles are the same. However, I can’t stay away from Mumbai for long. I love the vibe the city gives to a workaholic like me. People here are chilled out. They never interfere in your life, they keep to their work. At the same time, if you are sitting on the road worried, ek ya do log pooch hi lenge what is wrong and will be helpful. Most importantly, the city never sleeps, which is a big thing for someone like me because it’s only after 11 pm that I set out to roam!
I have seen most of the places in Mumbai from Hanging Gardens to Elephanta Caves. However, when my cousins come down to visit me, they are more interested in seeing where all the actors live! Earlier, I would drive them down around Bandra and Andheri and show them Shah Rukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan’s houses. Now, I just send a car and driver with them!
The one place I love to unwind in Mumbai is Marine Drive. My wife and I check into Trident at night and early in the morning we go and sit at one end of the boulevard. I find the corner extremely peaceful, there’s no noise and you can hear the sound of water. It’s wonderful.
I think I was destined to come to Mumbai. This is where I found my calling and now there’s no question of my ever leaving the city. In fact, I made sure that both my kids — daughter Saisha and son Yuvann — were born here only though my wife’s parents wanted her to go to Delhi.”