Mumbai: Model-turned-actress Gauahar Khan says she enjoys the fan base she has gained through reality shows as such projects help her connect with followers.
Gauahar, who has participated in shows like "Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 3", "The Khan Sisters", "Bigg Boss 7", "Khatron ke Khiladi", among others, is gearing for a new reality series, which is the Indian version of American TV show "I Can Do That".
"Through reality shows I can connect with my fans directly. They get to see me as Gauahar Khan and not as some character. That is the reason I prefer or love going for non?fiction shows. I don't think anyone has tapped the reality industry like me and I enjoy it. It is my work and I respect it," Gauahar said at the launch of "I Can Do That". The "Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year" actress will be seen competing with popular names like Dino Morea, Mandira Bedi, Gurmeet Choudhary and Bharti Singh in the new Zee show to be aired from October 17.
Gauahar has been associated with television for past many years, but she feels bad that in India the medium is not given the importance it enjoys overseas and people also tend to look down upon it.
"I don't understand why everybody looks down upon television. It is work... Television is the most respected industry worldwide, but I don't why in India it is underestimated. Whatever fame, appreciation, love I am getting today is all because of television. I am never going to put my back on it," she said.
In the film front, Gauahar has just shot a fun item song for upcoming "Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3", starring Tusshar Kapoor and Aftab Shivdasani in lead roles.
"I have just finished a song for 'Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3' and I am very excited about that. It will release soon," she said.