Ravi Dubey: I've become fearless..

By HT

Mumbai, Oct. 5 -- Ravi Dubey is a changed man. The actor, who was part of the adventure reality TV show Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi, says the experience transformed him. "It was an exhilarating and awesome experience that made me a better version of myself," he says.
 
Although he didn't win the show, Ravi feels that lasting till the finale and overcoming his fears was his victory. 
 
He says, "Being on the show was never about winning but getting rid of my fears. Nothing could have given me this [feeling]. I feel proud of myself. Basically, fear is a mental block, and after facing my fears, I have become fearless. I am glad I conducted myself with grace and didn't end up screaming or losing my calm on the show. I am proud that Shantanu (Maheshwari, actor-dancer) won, as he was a consistent performer and was very calm while performing the stunts."
 
Ravi, a follower of Buddhism, feels losing and winning are part of life and how a person handles it says a lot about them. The actor says the intense stunts put him through a rigorous test, helped him become a dignified competitor and taught him to be graceful during failures in life. 
 
"I realised what selfconfidence and self-esteem are. The self-realisation I had during the show was worth everything. Sargun (Mehta; actor and his wife) and I participated in Nach Baliye too. We didn't win it, but we learned how to handle a competitive space and how it affects us. If you are able to deal with tricky situations like that, then nothing can ever defeat you in life. I will overcome any kind of situation. That's an important lesson I learned."
 
Most actors participate in reality shows for the money or the fame, but Ravi says he came away with a life-altering experience. 
 
"When I did the stunt with the chickens, where I had to hold my head above the ground while lying down and the chickens were pecking on my body, I held on for 45 minutes. I didn't know I could do that and I realised that my endurance level is quite high. Where else would I have learned that? Being on reality shows has also taught me how to lose with grace. In life, you will win many times, but the definition of the victory might be different. Victory is not just about owning the trophy. If people learn to think this way, we will become a different world and live in a healthy, competitive space."