An ace tennis pro who's also an award winning radio jockey, RJ Prithvi lives each day as it comes. One look at him and you're sure that he's about to come up with a wisecrack. Yes, that's RJ Prithvi for you - live and fresh, as Namita Gupta catches up with him just outside Bangalore's Radio One studio, post his daily Breakfast Show.
What was your life like, pre-RJing?
I have always loved tennis. I spent 18 years playing in national as well as international tournaments. I was ranked 42nd in the country, sixth in the state (Karnataka). And then one day, I had a wrist injury and had to give it all up.
How did radio happen to you?
I always pulled my friends' legs, cracked jokes and was always in a light-hearted fun mood. I still am. My friends told me to make use of my wit and voice. I hosted a whole lot of corporate events, club nights, and was an emcee before I got into radio. One day, about seven years ago, I found myself auditioning for All India Radio. For almost four years, I did two shows a week for AIR called Sakkath Sunday with a renowned anchor, Aparna.
So radio came naturally to you?
No, it did take a little while for me to get comfy on air. When I started, I used to write all the scripts-almost word by word. Now my producer Rakesh sits with me to plan the whole show. He chalks out the headlines and suggests some funny jokes and wisecracks and the rest just takes its own course during the show. I have slowly lost all my inhibitions. In fact, now my bosses have to tell me to shut up.
Have you also done production or would you like to get into it? How difficult are the live links and what do you do for your voice modulation?
Birthday Bakra and Tring Tring are mostly producer Rakesh and Rajesh's production. I was part of the planning. I have not done independent productions. I don't think I want to get into it now, as my hands are too full. Live links are done with the co-ordination of OB jocks (outdoor broadcast jockeys). Voice modulation comes completely naturally to me. It's been a trial and error experience. I have not taken any formal training in it.
You have just returned from Mumbai