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PRICEY ANCHORS Hrithik Roshan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and Shah Rukh Khan
PRICEY ANCHORS 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 , 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, ). And Shah Rukh Khan will be keen to popularise Kya Aap Paanchvi Paas se Tez Hai, which had lost out to IPL

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. 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. 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, Ila Arun and composer Anand Raaj Anand. Hrithik Roshan is a “goodwill ambassador” and he will not be hosting, peforming or judging the show. So, let the shows begin…

SANGEETHA DEVI DUNDOO

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