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NEETI SARKAR
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TELEVISION Are you smarter than the entire nation? That’s what contestants of the Indian Quiz League will discover

Ready to quiz?Gaurav KapoorPhoto: K. Ramesh babu
Ready to quiz?Gaurav KapoorPhoto: K. Ramesh babu

Move over IPL, it is now time for the IQL! Questions, general knowledge and all things curious will feature in National Geographic Channel’s quiz show — Indian Quiz League (IQL). IQL will have contestants prove their intelligence against the average Indian.

Donning the quizmaster’s hat is popular VJ/actor/sports presenter Gaurav Kapoor. In a telephonic chat, Gaurav says: “The IQL will test contestants in relation to how the nation fares in answering the same questions. It’s not just about being smart, it’s about being smarter than the entire nation. This is a novel concept in terms of quiz shows.”

Gaurav says he couldn’t resist taking up this assignment. “I found the format interesting and intriguing, and, of course, working with a channel as popular as this was reason enough to say yes.” Gaurav, who has always been interested in current affairs and general knowledge, is happy that he isn’t just playing quizmaster. “In the pre-production stage, I would sit for at least an hour every day with the research team. We would finalise the questions, change a few things around…”

Learning together

Of his experience as quizmaster, he says: “Doing something like this in my style was what the job called for. The participants, for example, don’t really come with the excitement of being on television. To them, this is about outdoing the nation with their smartness. And for the channel, the IQL is a means to get the nation to watch and learn together, so I bridge the gap between the serious and the quirky to make it an enjoyable show.”

Indian Quiz League will air every weekday at 8 p.m. on National Geographic Channel.

NEETI SARKAR

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