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PRICEY ANCHORS (Clockwise from top left) Hrithik Roshan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and Shah Rukh Khan
PRICEY ANCHORS (Clockwise from top left) Hrithik Roshan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and Shah Rukh Khan

Forget vying for the box office pie; Bollywood’s leading men are slugging it out with television shows

IPL’s act one is done and over with. Beginning this week, television channels will unleash star wars with new shows in the offing. Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and Hrithik Roshan are the three biggies who will be vying to grab TRPs in a big way.

The shows

Salman Khan makes his debut as a game show host with Dus ka Dum on Sony Television (from June 6), the original Mr. Khiladi (Akshay Kumar) will witness 13 actresses struggling to cope with the Indian version of Fear Factor (Khatron ke Khiladi on Viacom 18’s new channel Colors to be launched in July) and Hrithik Roshan will lend his support to participants showcasing their talent in folk, Sufi and film music (on NDTV Imagine’s Junoon – Kuch Kar Dikhane Ka, beginning June 6). And Shah Rukh Khan will be keen to popularise Kya Aap Paanchvi Paas se Tez Hai, which had lost out to the IPL wave.

Dus Ka Dum, modelled after the U.S. show Power of 10 hosted by Drew Carey, talks big money — Rs. 10 crore. The difference is, “This is not a knowledge-based show (like KBC and Kyaa Aap Paanchvi Paas se Tez Hai). You needn’t be an educated person or a bookworm. The questions are universal, democratic and based on everyday life; for example — do you think people would wear a torn pair of socks to office? The contestant has to think in terms of what the nation would feel and give his/her answer. He progresses forward if his reply matches the popular sentiment.

The popular sentiment is gauged by a sample size: around 10,000 people. They have a database of questions thrown open to 10,000 people.

The last time a TV show promised Rs. 10 crore prize money was Sawal Dus Crore ka. We don’t blame you if you’ve forgotten the flop show on Zee hosted by Anupam Kher and Manisha Koirala. But Dus Ka Dum is a different ball game, believes Sony.

Khatron ke Khiladi is the Indian take on Fear Factor with Akshay Kumar himself enacting a few daredevil stunts and helping the contestants — 13 actresses — perform them with ease.

The episodes are being shot in South Africa.

Junoon, to be hosted by Annu Kapoor, will have three teams — Sufi, folk and filmi. Each team will have six contestants and a mentor. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan will mentor the Sufi team, Ila Arun the folk team and composer Anand Raaj Anand the filmi team. What’s Hrithik Roshan doing on the show? Shailja Kejriwal, executive vice president, NDTV Imagine, describes Hrithik as a “goodwill ambassador” and clarifies that he will “not be hosting, peforming or judging the show. He himself being a good singer, supports our concept.” She says, “We have singers from Pakistan and India, including those from rural areas, who are traditionally folk or Sufi singers. It’s an effort to revive genres that have taken a beating because of film music.”

So, let the shows begin…

SANGEETHA DEVI DUNDOO

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