You may like it or loathe it, but it is hard to ignore. That explains the strong reactions and sentiments expressed against the first-of-its-kind reality show on Kerala television, Malayali House. While most of its participants have drawn their share of flak for a variety of reasons, the most discussed duo seems to be Rahul Easwar and Rosin Jolly; their closeness and the dynamics of their relationship is the talk of the town. The ongoing debate, within and outside the House, over their bond always brings up the question - Doesn't Rahul care about what his wife will think? While the rest of the world wonders about how she feels, Deepa Rahul Easwar, a TV personality herself, looks at it differently. For the first time, she reveals her mind to DC in an exclusive interview.
“We had not paid much attention to similar shows in the past. However, as this offer came up, we discussed its pros and cons and were informed about the format and contract. Being a person who loves challenges, my husband wanted to give it a shot," recalls Deepa, who got married to Rahul three years ago. The duo did expect repercussions but decided to accept them in the spirit of the show. Seeing a Rahul contrary to his popular intellectual image, Malayalis have been wondering whether he is play acting or just being himself. Ask Deepa and she laughs, saying, “It is an entertainment show, which people should watch, enjoy and forget. Malayalis are an intelligent lot and not new to reality shows. I would leave it at that."
Has Rahul's closeness with Rosin crossed limits? “As his wife, I have not felt whatever is between them is to be discussed or even taken seriously. Ours is a love marriage, preceded by good friendship. A few months-old TV show and Rahul's image in it do not figure as a factor in our mutual trust," explains Deepa, who adds the same goes for their families too, though the public's response has not been quite positive. “I admit his previous image has changed. But Rahul is an immensely talented person with wide reading and wisdom and also 100 per cent genuine and straight forward. Participation in a show cannot hamper any of those qualities," she adds. Rahul and Rosin are simply doing what the show demands, she feels.
Talking about Malayali House, Deepa says the show is thoughtfully designed and the viewership, quite high. “It's an innovative concept here. We have a natural tendency to criticise anything new and also enjoy it at the same time. Even today, a colleague of mine said she's a huge fan of Malayali House, it being a good stress buster. At the end of the day, it is a one hour entertainment show," says Deepa.
Rahul is also gearing up to portray Changampuzha in an upcoming movie. Will he launch a full-fledged entertainment career? “This offer happened before Malayali House. He was a child actor and has also donned serious roles in movies before, for instance, in Atheetham in 2006. None of his steps are planned. We will let our lives take their due course and accept the challenges that come," sums up a confident Deepa.