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…the superstar is recuperating in London
Subhash K Jha | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; June 25, 2010)
Who said Amitabh Bachchan ditched his press conference in Mumbai on Tuesday to announce his return to the Kaun Banega Crorepati hotseat because he wanted to spend time in London with his grandkids? Not true at all! All of Bollywood will tell you, if there is one artiste who is 100% professional, then it is the Big B. And the report that ‘Nanaji Bachchan’ cancelled his return (and, thereby the press conference, leaving the entertainment channel’s head honchos red faced) to entertain grandchildren Navya Naveli and Agastya over lunch and soccer in London, must have the Big B in a twitter. And, who said earlier that Amitabh Bachchan had failed to attend the release of Gautam Rajadhyaksha’s book because he had gone into hiding in London and was licking the wounds his family had suffered from the savage mauling of Raavan? He was to be the chief guest, you remember, along with Lata Mangeshkar. Instead, Jaya Bachchan flew down from London for the book launch, and provided Gautam and Lataji an added show with Rekha!
Rumour is that the Big B is unwell. And he has been advised not to travel for a while. What is wrong with him, nobody knows, but going by past experiences… alarm bells start ringing in Bollywood even if Bachchan Sr comes down with the flu. So, the Bachchan parivar has flown down to be by his side. Abhishek and Aishwarya, postponing or cancelling all scheduled post-release publicity events for Raavan, and daughter Shweta and her children, have joined Paa and Ma in London.
Sure. Confident. Lock Kiya Jaaye. Amitabh Bachchan to weave his magic once again as the host of Kaun Banega Crorepati
The big news in Indian television is that Amitabh Bachchan is back as the host of Kaun Banega Crorepati. This will be the fourth season of this very popular show which is based on the UK game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
The fourth season will go on air by the end of this year. However, the broadcaster will not remain the same. “The show will now be aired on a different channel,” says a top source from the TV industry.
Kaun Banega Crorepati was Bachchan’s first appearance on Indian television in 2000. In 2005, the show’s second season was called Kaun Banega Crorepati Dwitiya in which the final prize amount was doubled to Rs 2 crore. However, the second season was abruptly stopped when Bachchan fell ill in 2006. Bachchan announced he would return as soon as he recovered, but it was Shah Rukh Khan who finally hosted the show in 2007.
Anil Kapoor was also being considered to play the host in the forthcoming season. However, most well-wishers of the channel insisted that Bachchan should be brought back.
Elaborating on why Bachchan is being brought back to the show, our source says, “Both, Bachchan and Shah Rukh, respectively brought their distinct individuality on the table, but frankly speaking, Shah Rukh’s histrionics did not do go down well with the audience. There was a vast difference in the TRPs between the two seasons hosted by Bachchan and the third season hosted by Shah Rukh.”
It may be recalled that the hysteria, which prevailed during Amitabh’s stint in Kaun Banega Crorepati, remains unparalleled on Indian television. Dinner time at most homes was changed to either before or after Kaun Banega Crorepati went on air. Mondays to Thursdays, cinema halls reported a slump in night show bookings because everybody was busy watching Kaun Banega Crorepati in their homes. Reportedly, a theatre owner in Delhi, who knew Bachchan, had even written to him to change the timing of the show.
We sent a text message to Bachchan but he did not revert. The channel too chose to remain quiet. “An official announcement will be made very soon,” adds the source.
It doesn’t get bigger than this. Aamir Khan might just be the next celebrity host on KBC
This could be the casting coup of the decade. The buzz in the television world is that Aamir Khan has been approached to host Kaun Banega Crorepati 4 which has had such icons as Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan as former hosts. While Aamir hasn’t accepted the offer, he hasn’t rejected it either, and as the buzz grows to a roar it seems the only hurdle still to be negotiated is the price.
Reportedly Aamir has been offered even more money than SRK was (Rs 75 lakh per episode) and once he sorts his dates out, the deal will be inked. The fact that Aamir is a newbie on television makes this even more of a casting coup for the channel that will ultimately air the show.
Says a source, “Aamir’s initial reaction was to decline the offer for the very reason why he was approached. KBC had already been done by two other superstars. He didn’t want to generate unnecessary comparisons. Also he had decided to set aside the whole year to put finishing touches to his productions.”
When approached, Siddhartha Basu, whose company Synergy is the licensed producer of KBC, the Indian version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire says, “It’s too early to talk about the next season of KBC. Sony Pictures, who now owns the game show, might have had initial discussions with Aamir. But the details for the next season will take a long time to formulate.”
While Aamir himself refused to comment, his official spokespersons neither confirmed nor denied the story.
If Aamir does the show, it will be interesting to see what phrase he coins to lock the answer on the lines of Amitabh’s “lock kiya jaaye” and Shah Rukh’s “freeze kiya jaaye”. His demeanour too will be closely watched. Will he be affable yet dignified like Amitabh Bachchan or chummy like Shah Rukh? Or will Aamir, who is unique in every possible way including making radical career choices, just be his utterly charming self?
Whatever, the winner is the viewer.
How worthwhile has it been for channels putting Bollywood stars on TV?
ROSHNI K OLIVERA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; January 4, 2010)
Abhishek Bachchan is stepping into his father’s shoes by hosting a game show on TV. What prompted Bachchan Jr. to give a nod to the small screen? Was it a lucrative offer? Perhaps, because it’s money that draws film stars to television. Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Rani Mukerji, Karisma Kapur… the list is endless of Bollywood stars who made the big crossover.
Akshay, reports said, was paid a whopping Rs 2.5 crore per episode to host the second season of Khatron ke Khiladi. And Salman Khan was apparently given Rs 89 crore for the first season of Dus Ka Dum! It’s big money all right for the stars, but is it worthwhile for the channels to shell out such big bucks for the star value?
Statistics prove that shows with Bollywood stars have never topped the overall Television Rating Points (TRP) charts. Only Amitabh Bachchan’s Kaun Banega Crorepati, that changed the face of Indian television years ago, saw TRP success. All other shows hosted or judged by stars have raked in average or dismal TRPs. Yes, there is a fair amount of curiosity and people are bound to watch the show at least once for the star’s sake, but after that it’s content that sells. Meanwhile, TV actors are unhappy with the ‘filmi’ invasion but will not complain openly for fear of antagonising the channels. “Does it make any sense to pay film stars in crores? No show has zoomed up the TRP charts,” said a popular TV actress. “The TRPs that these stars have got, after the initial few episodes and special episodes, is the same that any other anchor has got! Did Rani’s presence lift the show up so much… wouldn’t it have been the same if it was somebody else? And what big difference did Karisma make?” Another veteran actor added, “In the name of recession TV actors had to go through paycuts, but film stars on TV continued to rake in the moolah!”
Channels have their reasoning. Programming head Ashvini Yardi explained, “We go in for film stars for three reasons: It boosts perception… the brand image of the star rubs on to the channel. For instance, having Akshay’s show gives the channel a fresh, adventurous and risk-taking image. Second, reality shows help bring in a fresh audience, especially the men and youth, who are not regular soap watchers. Also, shows with film stars rake in huge money in terms of advertisements.” What’s important though, pointed out Ashvini, is to make the right choice while choosing a film star. “The show has to go with the star’s brand,” she said. TV serial producers, however, believe that since it’s serials that hold the top slot in the number game, more attention should be paid to them. “Instead of cutting down on our budgets, channels should cut down on paying so much to film stars,” grumbled a TV director. Producer-director Rajan Shahi’s glad that top film stars are now also TV stars. “I hope TV stars get the same treatment in films,” he said. Talking about B-town’s foray on the small screen, he added, “I’m sure taking film stars has some benefit that channels see. In the past film stars have given huge TRPs… may be the magic will work again. For me, Rakhi Sawant has been the most successful film actor in terms of success on TV.”