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See Amitabh, hear `Nizhalgal' Ravi

`Nizhalgal' Ravi

`Nizhalgal' Ravi  

Sudhish Kamath

CHENNAI: See Amitabh Bachchan, hear `Nizhalgal' Ravi.

Yes, the actor has dubbed for the Big B himself for the Tamil version of Kaun Banega Crorepati 2, which kicks off on Vijay TV on Friday night.

The versatile actor faces the challenge of hosting India's most popular show from behind the mike.

Bachchan apparently had performed a full-fledged rap to flag off the first episode of the new series.

So `Nizhalgal' Ravi had to do it too.

The actor who was away shooting in Pondichery spoke to The Hindu over phone about his experience.

"It was very difficult," he admits. "Mr. Narayanan of Seventh Channel wanted me to do it. We did a test, it seemed easy then. When I sat for the first three parts, I realised how difficult it was. I have worked very hard for that," says Ravi, hoping to do the entire season.

Ravi himself has been a "big fan of Amitabh" and claims to have seen all his movies. "I used to imitate him in college," gushes the actor excitedly. "But here, I have stuck to my voice except for the expressions when I have had to change my voice to sync with his, especially his laugh," he says about his acting-behind-the-mike experience.

"This is my second experience dubbing. The first time I did, it was for Lion King. That was very difficult too," says Ravi.

IITian on the hot seat

Chennai has reason to be proud, says Ajay Vidyasagar, Sr. Vice-President, Marketing and Communication, Star India. "The man who makes it to the hot seat is from IIT Madras. He'll make IIT Madras proud," he says, adding that he's not allowed to give names.

Another channel representative said that it was IITian Abishek Gaurav who takes the seat opposite to Mr. Bachchan tonight.

"Over June and July, we have received six crore responses when our lines opened for entry to Fastest Finger First (the initial round)," says Ajay. "But what is interesting is that 77 per cent of the respondents are from small towns. There's a message out there. There are few things that move people to that extent."

To keep viewers further glued to KBC 2, the channel is also introducing `Har Seat Hotseat'. "A question thrown to the audience at the beginning of the show will let them take part and respond via mobile phones. One person from a random generated draw will win Rs. 2 lakhs everyday. The winner will be announced the very next day," informs Ajay.

Locally, Vijay TV is sending out vans to promote the show among children during the week. "Kids will get to pose with a huge image of the Big B," a channel representative says.

Given that it's only been a week since rains left Mumbai battered, the channel started the season with Big B's address to the nation on Thursday night.

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