Exclusive: Team MissMalini Takes Timeout With Imam Siddique

Ranjit Rodricks , 09 Jul 2013
Imam Siddique
Imam Siddique

Like him, love him, detest him….or simply ignore him. But whatever it is that you feel for him, Imam Siddique is here to conquer your TV screen yet again with a fun new show on MTV called Timeout With Imam.

His larger than life character is not for the faint-hearted and Imam (who dresses to kill – literally) tells us what to look forward to in the show which premieres on July 14th 2013.

Listen in:

Imam Siddique
Imam Siddique

Team MM: What is Timeout With Imam about?

Imam: The show is about Me, Myself and I. It’s about my eccentricities, my idiosyncracies, my unreal aspirations and ambitions. It’s about me basically. I play myself with various degrees of expression.

Team MM: Have you changed after your stint in Bigg Boss?

Imam: Yes, I certainly hope so, for the better. I realized two things after my Bigg Boss experience. I did not know that I had that much of patience in dealing with incompetent idiots and I did not realize that I had the perseverance to last as long as I did. So this has taught me to be a better human being (I hope) and to be more patient with people – especially when I’m interacting with the media (like now)!

Imam Siddique
Imam Siddique

Team MM: Have you made up with Salman Khan post Bigg Boss?

Imam: Salman Khan and I go back thirty years. We are not best of friends but we are social acquaintances. What happened with Salman was a misunderstanding for which I also apologized. Knowing the kind of person Salman is, I don’t think there is any ill-feeling or grudge. It’s over man. We’re both professionals, we’re both mature…we’ve moved on.

And I’d like to say – Salmanbhai, if any of your entourage is watching this, good luck and Ramzan Mubarak.

Team MM: Do you have any Bollywood plans?

Imam: I have a very interesting relationship with Bollywood since I’ve been in advertising for the past thirty-one years.  Bollywood has always approached me but sadly for Bollywood, they’ve always wanted to cast me as a stereotype. I don’t subscribe to that notion at all. So I’ve decided that I will get in to Bollywood but this time, on my terms. I’m not going to go there and play anything that they want me to play.

I will make sure that I get three things at the time of the project: First, I want a synopsis of the story-line along with a hardbound script which is recognized by IMPAA. The second – I want a psychological break-up of the character. And thirdly, I want a production break-up because I don’t have the time to take on random dates.

Imam Siddique
Imam Siddique

Finally, any message for our viewers?

Imam: Please do yourselves a favour – save lives, save water. And most importantly, don’t Whatsapp, don’t text, don’t take that call when you’re driving or riding because it could cause you the loss of your life. I beg you, don’t do it.

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Pix: Khyati Gandhi for MissMalini

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