Khurafat is an Urdu word that refers to mischief–so it’s no surprise that RJ Nitin’s mom gave this name to her talkative, mischievous son. Nitin, who’s known for his humour and pranks even on air, aptly took on the moniker of RJ Khurafati Nitin and wasted no time in copyrighting the name.
The Delhi-based radio jockey has been associated with the radio industry since before private radio stations came into being and today, is adored by thousands of listeners. In a quick chat with IndiBeat, he talks about his journey and shares tips for aspiring RJs.
IB: You’ve been a radio jockey for more than 15 years. How has your journey been?
The journey has been fantastic. Like everyone else, I have had my share of ups and downs, but by God’s grace, my family’s blessings and the love of my listeners, I have always dusted my knees and walked ahead once again.
IB: We hear you wanted to be a Bollywood villain but became an RJ instead. How did that go?
That didn’t go as planned! So I was a theatre artist and did a lot of plays and musicals with different theatre groups. As with many of my peers, I also dreamt of making it big in Bollywood one day. With one exception. I wanted to become a villain. Actually villains in Bollywood are more colourful; they have a distinct character and a complimenting look with a menacing name like Shaakaal, Mogambo, Dr Dang or Bhujang! Hence the fascination towards Bollywood villains. But I’m still waiting for that role to come my way.
Radio on the other hand is my passion, my love, my bread and butter. I never wanted to be an RJ–people around me pushed me to audition for it, but now I’m loving It. Been jockeying for 17 years!
IB: What inspires you to go that extra mile? How do you manage your work-life balance?
The salary inspires me (just kidding)! Awards are a recognition for hard work and each award I have received has only made me more humble and made me realise that I have a huge responsibility of using the medium of radio to help as many as I can. So the thought of helping others inspires me to go the extra mile.
Maintaining a perfect work-life balance is tough, but not impossible.
I try my best to balance it out, so when I’m at work I make sure nothing comes between me and my work, and once I’m at home, nothing comes between me and my family. The simple trick is–don’t take your work home, or at least be secretive about it. Lol!
IB: What was your most memorable on-air moment?
Without a doubt my most memorable moment has been the day a listener called and thanked me saying I had saved his aunt’s life. People made way for her ambulance because (I requested them to), on air. It gives me goosebumps till date.
IB: What advice would you give to aspiring/budding RJs? Any success mantra to make it in this competitive field?
The one thing you need to remember is that radio is a very transparent medium, so be true–to yourself and to your listener. Vulgarity is a short term way of creating a ripple with long term disastrous effects, so keep away from it. Keep your content clean and humorous, and you’re going to ride the airwaves like a pro. God bless!
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