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By: Subhash K. Jha, IndiaFM
Friday, February 09, 2007
Though Star COO's decision to leave the Channel is now final Sameer Nair still continues to be enormously active in what the staffers at Star refer to his double hurrah.
While KBC rocks to Nair's tune, his other baby 'Antakshari New Challenge' which goes on air on Star One from this Friday is getting Nair's complete interest.
Not only is Nair on the set all the time he also roped in new buddy Shah Rukh Khan makes a guest appearance in the inaugural episode of 'Antakshari New Challenge'. The charismatic Khan brought the house down.
Says the programme's producer-director Gajendra Singh, "Shah Rukh entered the set to the sound of the qawwalli from Veer-Zara which anchor Anu Kapoor sang live for him. Shah Rukh joined the participants and was a bundle of excitement. We couldn't have hoped for a better start to the show, all thanks to Samir Nair. I'd call 'Ankakshari New Challenge' his baby as much as mine."
Adds Gajendra Singh, "This is a new beginning for me. I've launched a new production house Sai Baba Productions with this new show. We've worked really hard to make 'Antakshari New Challenge' a whopper. Anu Kapoor and TV actress Juhi Parmar are wonderful together. They exude a tremendous confidence and are totally in tune with the younger generation."
The nayi dosti between Nair and Shah Rukh is an extension of the earlier Nair-Karan Johar dosti that too Star's COO to NDTV's entertainment channel. According to the people close to Sameer Nair he would soon be collaborating with the Khan on various projects.