Actor Aparshakti Khurana, has come onboard as the presenter of the Ultimate Kho Kho league. Season 1 will see six teams: Chennai Quick Guns, Gujarat Giants, Mumbai Khiladis, Odisha Juggernauts, Rajasthan Warriors and Telugu Yoddhas, take on each other for the title of the first-ever Ultimate Kho Kho champion. Aparshakti got into conversation with mid-day, about his love for the game and more!
What has your association with Kho Kho been like?
I*ve played Kho Kho since childhood, in school and college. The moment you think about Kho Kho you go back to those game periods. It*s a great move to have Kho Kho at a pan India level. The entire team has done a fantastic job to put everything together. Sports has been an integral part of my upbringing. I*m not professionally a sportsperson but I lead the life of one, I behave like one! I plan my day and my discipline is like that of a sportsperson. Even at work, I believe in keep my team by my side and maintaining unity. It got imbibed in my system through cricket. When I was approached for the Kho Kho league I thought it will take me back to school days and will connect with the audiences, particularly in tier two and three cities. That*s where my audience already is! I*ve played cricket, volleyball, football, squash, table tennis and I play them regularly. When we were shooting for *Stree* in Chanderi, we had a night shift and played Kho Kho throughout. It was quite a fun night, that we still speak about.
Where do we see you next on the film front?
My next film *Dhokha around the corner* releases in theatres soon, where I play a Kashmiri terrorist. Apart from that I have *Berlin,* where I play a sign language interpreter. There*s a web show by Vikramaditya Motwane, *Jubilee.*