Shabbir Ahluwalia on his co-host Preity

Then: He aced one daredevil stunt after another to remain the last man standing on Khatron Ke Khiladi 3.

Now: He will egg on participants as they attempt to break one record after another on Guinness World Records — Ab India Todega. Small-screen heartthrob Shabbir Ahluwalia will join Bolly star Preity Zinta to host the Colors show that will air every Friday and Saturday from March 18.

How did the Guinness job fall into your lap?
I have always been a huge Guinness fan. I remember as a kid, it used to air on Doordarshan on Sundays and was one of my favourite shows. I was spellbound by the way people used to make and break records in an instant. I have forgotten the name of the host (David Frost) but I remember he used to make the show very lively and interesting. So when I was told that Colors was bringing Guinness to India, I knew I had to be on it. I walked in for the auditions and the next thing I knew was that I would be hosting the show! It feels great to be part of a format that is so popular the world over, but it also means a lot of responsibility.

You are the outdoor host while Preity will anchor the show from the studio…
Yes, she will handle all the records that will take place indoors while I have to sweat it out for all the hanging-from-a-building, rolling-in-the-mud kind of tasks that will happen outdoor (laughs).

But I know that all the fun will actually take place outside. I am more than happy to host the show on the ground because I know that the records created and broken outside will always be far more challenging and difficult. I am really looking forward to it.

Any tips for first-time host Preity Zinta?
Oh, this may be her TV debut, but Preity for sure doesn’t need any tips from me! We started out doing some publicity shoots together and within the first five minutes, I knew that she was the best person to host the show. Her bindaas, I-am-what-I-am-take-it-or-leave-it attitude is a perfect fit for Guinness, a format that is all about being daring and listening to one’s heart. I am really looking forward to hosting the show with Preity because I think she will make a fantastic co-host. Her image on the show will be a lot like Salman’s (Khan) on Bigg Boss and that’s something I am sure the audience will love.

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