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It won't be an overstatement to say that Sajid Khan was instrumental in introducing the element of humour in television countdown shows. It was his musical countdown show Ikke Pe Ikka which really made viewers realize that a countdown show can be a slapstick comedy as well. Since then there has been no looking back for Sajid. With every show he has scaled new heights and his move into film direction (Heyy Babyy) proved to be hugely successful as well. Now the multi-talented actor is back with a talk show of his own - Sajid Superstars – on the newly launched entertainment channel - Colors.
So what is it that makes his show different from the run of the mill being aired on all channels? "When I say it is a show involving superstars, I really mean it. In my show, you will not find any wannabe stars, you will only meet stars who have made it to the top," says Sajid proudly. The fact that he means it is evident in the guest list which comprises of names like Anil Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Vivek Oberoi, Riteish Deshmukh, Farah Khan, Karan Johar and Ranbir Kapoor.
Within a couple of episodes, Sajid Superstars has already caught attention of the viewers because of the slapstick humour and direct approach of Sajid Khan. Where else would you see a host asking his guest whether he is gay or not! Believe it or not, this is the question he asked Riteish Deshmukh. "There is a specific part in the show known as the scandal round where I will ask similar questions to all celebrities," says Sajid with an evil smile.
But don't the stars object to such questions? "Why do you think I give them good gifts? During the show there are two occasions when I will be giving them gifts – one during the show where I will give impromptu gifts like books and then after the show where I will be giving expensive gifts like laptops and digital music players," explains the host in his usual comical manner. As one would expect from him, Sajid has given Vivek Oberoi the book How To Win Friends And Influence People, Anil Kapoor -The Fountain Of Youth and diapers to Farah for her triplets.
The talk show also has a section where the host asks questions on how well the guest knows his near and dear ones. "For example, I asked Ranbir about his mother's first film – whether it was with Rishi or Randhir Kapoor. And he was not able to answer," smiles Sajid. In other words, the guests need to come well-prepared for their encounter with Sajid!
The chubby host has lost a lot of weight for the show. "During the making of Heyy Babyy, I gained a lot of weight due to the stress and hard word. But for the last few months I have been working out regularly to get rid of that extra fat," explains Sajid.
The actor-cum-host-cum-director is waiting to go back behind the camera and all set for starting his next film Housefull. "It will star Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh, Jiah Khan and Deepika Padukone and will be a romantic comedy. I expect to start shooting in January, 2009," concludes Sajid.