Shantanu Maheshwari, who has garnered huge popularity with his character Swayam in Channel V’s Dil Dosti Dance, has taken part in Khatron Ke Khiladi 8. The actor cum dancer, who was recently a part of Sony’s Jhalak Dikkhla Jaa, shares his phobias, his excitement to perform the various difficult tasks and his views on the girl power in the show.

While he shares his excitement, he recalls the moment where his family is a little sceptical taking part in KKK. He (laughs) shares, “Though my family is amused with the fact that I am being a part of KKK as they believe I am not made for these kinds of shows. But I want to challenge myself because I never tried something like this and it will be interesting to explore myself.” (ALSO READ: Khatron Ke Khiladi 8: Sargun Mehta surprises hubby Ravi Dubey in Spain! (View pictures))

Shantanu, who is passionate about dance as well as acting, has not compromised on either of them; he now wants to try something new and explore himself. He (in an interview with Telly Masala) said, “Ever since my childhood, I have been watching interesting shows like Roadies, Fear Factor (the original one and not the India version) among others and have wondered if I had a chance to it. Finally, when I got this opportunity, I thought to myself, why not something new to challenge ourselves and work towards your phobias.”

Speaking of how excited he was with the offer to be a part of the show, he exclaimed, “I was very happy. It was interesting for me to fight and work towards my phobias and emerge as a stronger and a better person.”

Listing down his fears, he continued to say, “I have hydrophobia and fear of heights. I know it would be difficult to perform them but yet I want to give it a try.”

KKK 8 has seven girls and five boys as contestants in the show. Shantanu, who is popular among girls, while sharing his views with TellyChakkar on girl power in the show, he said, “It was surprising when we got to know that there are seven girls and five boys. It’s interesting in a way; it will be fun that there are more girls.”

All Shantanu’s fans, who are excited to watch the Khatron Ke Khiladi – Pain in Spain, he is doing this show to improve himself.  He said, “I am not sure how much justice will I do performing the tasks but I am ready to take the pain.”