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    Television stars Karan Kundra and Anusha Dandekar have been dating for close to a year, and the couple only seems to be growing closer and stronger together. So it was but natural for them to share their secret to happiness with the world. In the new season of MTV Love School, set in the outskirts of Jaipur, the duo will be seen helping young, estranged couples smooth out the niggles and bumps in their relationships. They tell us more about what’s in store.

    Why is there a need for such a show?
    Kundra: When there are classes for sex education, I don’t see why there can’t be classes for romance and love. I think it’s equally important for young people to know how to handle the emotional aspect of intimate relationships.

    What are some of the issues the show deals with?
    Kundra: From commitment, trust, anger and respect issues to dealing with the pain of long distance relationships, I think the show covers all aspects of love and romance.

    What was your experience shooting this?
    Dandekar: Everything was totally unexpected. I’ve stuck doing shows about fashion and it’s safe and fun. But this show was an emotional rollercoaster. It was definitely an eye-opener, but it was great fun too. Sometimes I’d feel like banging my head against the wall, but it all worked out in the end.

    Tell us about the tasks couples have to complete?
    Dandekar: I can’t say too much but there are love exams and love assignments. And it was fascinating that the way each couple fared reflected how strong or improved their relationship was. So a lot of thought has gone into designing these tasks. We also realised through these exercises that most often than not, communication is the answer.

    How has your style philosophy been reflected in the show?
    Dandekar: I actually worked very closely with the stylist and we did a lot of shopping together, for the show. My style is very moody, so it depends on the temperature on that particular day, what I’m feeling, what I’m doing and so on. On the show, my looks go from grungy to feminine and everything in between. For Karan, we’ve included a lot of colourful shoes, hats, shorts, tees and jackets, with neutrals being the dominant colour throughout.

    What has worked for you as a couple?
    Kundra: We didn’t jump into anything, it just happened, without any pressure from either side. This was the foundation of our relationship.
    Dandekar: I think we have a really good friendship. He is the guy I talk to about life and work, and we do a lot of fun things together. Basically he’s all the friends I need in one.

    What else are your currently working on?
    Dandekar: I’m going to be launching my own fashion label very soon. It’s something I’ve been working on for close to 10 years, so I’m very excited. Karan on the hand, has a film releasing in February and will starting shooting for his next film in mid 2017.
    MTV Love School premieres tomorrow at 7 pm on MTV

    — Rashmi Rajagopal Lobo

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