Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Small screen's big games!

Shilpa ShettyThey don’t just compete at the Box Office. On the small screen too, our filmi stars slug it out for TRPs. As Salman Khan gets ready to host the next season of “Bigg Boss”, the macho man will go head to head against the original reality TV host-cum-star, Amitabh Bachchan, who will host “Kaun Banega Crorepati” on another channel, in the same slot. As they say, TV stars toh apni jagah, but to make it big in the reality television format, what you need is a major Bollywood A-lister.

When “Bigg Boss” first started, it cashed in on Arshad Warsi’s newfound Munna Bhai popularity, and the big screen’s Circuit made the perfect tongue-in-cheek host on the bitchy show. With its second season, the show went bigger and brought in Shilpa Shetty, who was basking in her international fame post her “Celebrity Big Brother” win. And in its third, Bachchan, the original KBC host, played the ‘friend, philosopher and guide’ to the show’s inmates. Now, after Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and even Sanjay Dutt being in the running to don the host’s hat, Salman Khan has emerged as the final choice, putting his “Dus Ka Dum” on hold.

Major TV shows have always played high-stakes musical chairs with the host’s seat. After Bachchan’s super-successful two-season stint with KBC, Shah Rukh Khan stepped in. And now, the Big B is back in its latest season. Meanwhile, Akshay Kumar’s khiladi tag couldn’t stop him being replaced by Priyanka, who’s now going to kick butt in the next season of “Khatron Ke Khiladi”. Talk about watching the same faces in many shows!

But let alone host loyalty, shows don’t even seem to possess channel loyalty. “Bigg Boss” moved from Sony to Colors in its third season. KBC too, shifted from Star Plus to Sony after its first two seasons. As they say, TV shows make strange bedfellows!

More TV showbaazi
Top Chef: Akshay Kumar
10 Ka Dum: Salman Khan
Big money : Madhavan
Sach Ka Saamna: Rajiv Khandelwal
Bingo: Abhishek Bachchan


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