Jay Bhanushali: Me and Mithun Da are like Tom and Jerry

New Delhi: TV host Jay Bhanushali says he and "Dance India Dance" grandmaster Mithun Chakraborty pull each other's leg like classic animated characters Tom and Jerry.

The 30-year-old "Ek Paheli Leela" actor, who has been hosting "Dance India Dance" (DID) since its inception in 2009,
said he enjoys his time on the sets with Mithun and credits him for his comfort and flawless hosting.

Jay Bhanushali

"I share a great relationship with Mithun da. He and me are like Tom and Jerry of DID. He is the reason behind my
spontaneity on the show. He is cool with being a part of the joke and since season one has made me comfortable. I can say anything to him.

"But, we share a great camaraderie off screen as well. He considers my wife (Mahi) as his daughter and loves her a lot, " Jay told PTI.

Jay, who is set to host the fifth season of DID, feels the show provides platform to aspiring dancers to make it big in the industry.

"DID has changed so many lives. All the ex-participants are doing something or the other in the industry. See Punit
Pathak, he was there in the second season and now within three years he is judging the show.

"That's how DID has changed life of so many people. And thanks to mentors like Remo Sir who came up with this excellent idea of making a dance based movie with all DID dancers. They are now the stars," he said.

The actor, who made a switch to big screen with "Hate Story 2", wants to concentrate on his film career and will not
take up any daily soap offer.

However, Jay is fine with anchoring job as he can "afford" to work on films side by side. "Right now I am totally focusing on my film career and have no plans to say yes to any daily soap offer," he said. "But I am fine talking up the host job. It requires less time. I just need to shoot once or twice a week and can afford to work on my movie projects," he added.

In his two-year long Bollywood career, Jay has done three films- "Hate Story 2", "Desi Kattey" and "Ek Paheli Leela" - and the actor is currently going through some scripts as he wants to do "good roles".

"I am currently reading few scripts. Nothing is final yet, but I am looking for some good roles which give me scope to perform. In the past as well, I have done roles which satisfy me as an actor," he said.

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