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By: Arya Aiyappan
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
King Khan leaves no stone unturned as he prepares himself for the hot seat of 'Kaun Banega Crorepati' (KBC) on star Plus. The Big B, Mr. Bachchan who had adorned the hot seat for over six years, declined the offer when he was approached for the third season due to his failing health conditions. Shahrukh Khan who was the second best choice was approached and roped in for the show as its new anchor to breathe in a new air of freshness.
Amitabh Bachchan in his own idiosyncratic style, mannerisms, tone, ease and elegance has left behind a deep-rooted imprint unique in its own way. Bachchan's entry broke all apprehensions regarding film stars reaping success and popularity in the small screen. The style icon has almost achieved a cult status. Replacing the Pitamaha of the television King Khan is stepping into his shoes shouldering a huge responsibility of keeping up the tempo of the show as well as retaining the TRP rates.
Shahrukh has gone to the extent of converting the first floor of his home Mannat into a miniature KBC set with all its essential paraphernalia custom made high-backed chairs, the graphic system, the sound system, the tune, etc. except for the fog rest of the set is a mere replica of the original. This enables him to easily juggle between his busy time schedules. With his house as a studio and his friends Karan Johar, Farah Khan, musicians Vishal, Shekhar and choreographer Ganesh Hegde and others to act as mock contestants Shahrukh is determined to do justice to his role as an anchor. He has done away with Amitabh's stock phrases "computerji" and has also given the computer a new guise.
KBC season 2 was incomplete as Amitabh fell ill. If Mr. Bachchan has the charismatic personality, Mr. Khan is indeed a charmer too. As KBC enabled Big B to become a household name, so also Shahrukh considers this as a platform to interact with the people and thereby establish a rapport with his friends. To deliver his best shot has postponed the shooting Om Shanti Om, to be directed by Farah Khan As regards the fee Samir Nair, CEO of Star TV, commented that it was "more than adequate".
'Kaun Banega Crorepati 3' is to focus more on those who fall below the age of 35 years and thus concentrate on its 'Gen Next' form. As Shahrukh steps into Amitabh's shoes, time is to prove if KBC would still be a pleasant surprise enough for King Khan and replacements are fruitful enough?