Twin Whips

Brothers Raghu Ram and Rajiv Laxman on why they lose their cool, and not just on MTV Roadies

The question that plays on one's mind, when seated across television's famous angry twins, Raghu Ram and Rajiv Laxman, is what's hassling them? Raghu aur Rajiv ko gussa kyon aata hai? In Chandigarh for an MTV Roadies event at Kava restaurant in Sector 26, the two agree they lose their cool, and it's not just on MTV Roadies. "We have a problem with closed minds and those spouting it like gospel truth, and this makes us extremely angry," confesses Laxman. As a result of this conditioned response they scream and shout. But mind it, "not for the contestants, but to get our point across to the viewer," says Ram.

Now that the conversation has got started on anger, the brothers can't stop "Corruption, honour killings, rape, politicians, the politics, bride burning, Indian wishing things away..." the reasons flow like an angry flood. "Don't get me wrong. I love my country, but I hate my countrymen," he says. Is that why they act like a "moral police" on MTV Roadies and reprimand those who audition, about their views? "No, please! I hate the word 'moral policing'. Yes, we do stir controversial topics. We are intolerant towards intolerance," says Ram.

This time, on Roadies 8, the brothers have set two simple ground rules no bad language and no violence. But, ironically, both still occur don't they? "To understand that, one has to understand that MTV Roadies is really the story of the crew that makes it happen. It's eight years of their hard work. Folks who feature on it get famous by just appearing on the show, and that's why it's a hit with the youngsters, who want to take the shortcut to success. I hate that, for they haven't earned the fame. The crew has. I hate the freeloaders who want to feature on the show," says Ram.

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