Amitabh Bachchan did it twice. Shahrukh Khan did it once. Will Aamir Khan sign on the dotted line for this season? The buzz around tinsel town is that Aamir Khan, fresh from the success of 3 Idiots, has been approached to host the fourth season of popular television game show Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC).
Aamir Khan is yet to make a decision in this regard. Synergy is said to have offered to top the Rs 75 lakh per episode that was paid to Shahrukh Khan for KBC 3.
If the deal comes through, Kaun Banega Crorepati 4 will be Aamir Khan’s first television outing. Khan has not confirmed or denied the news so far.
Siddharth Basu, CMD of Big Synergy which owns the rights to KBC, said it is too early to comment.
Some reports say that the deal is far from being finalized and that other stars, including Shahrukh Khan, are also in the running. Interestingly, Shahrukh Khan, who had earlier turned down 3 Idiots, will now do Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s next, Ferrari Ki Sawaari, to be directed by Raj Kumar Hirani. The role was first offered to Aamir Khan who turned it down to focus on his upcoming home productions, Dhobi Ghaat, Delhi Belly, and Peepli Live.
The last two years have been extremely kind to Khan. His last two movies – 3 Idiots and Ghajini – were huge box office successes. In fact, 3 Idiots turned out to be the highest grossing Bollywood film ever.
All of Aamir Khan’s home productions so far – Lagaan, Taare Zameen Par, and Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na – have received both critical and box office success.
Aamir Khan was recently honored with the Padma Bhushan award, on April 1, 2010. Kaun Banega Crorepati 4 will be another feather in the actor’s cap if he accepts the offer. But, given Khan’s track record of focusing only on one project at a time, one can never be sure if he will do it.
Kaun Banega Crorepati is based on the UK reality show Who Wants to be a Millionaire. The game show, that was previously screened on STAR Plus, will now be aired on Sony TV after Sony Pictures Television bought the rights.
The first two editions of Kaun Banega Crorepati hosted by Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan, respectively, were hugely successful.
The grand prize for Kaun Banega Crorepati 3 was Rs 2 crores.
Bollywood Actors’ forays into television game shows
Amitabh Bachchan: The angry young man of the big screen metamorphosed into the pop guide and person you could turn to on the small screen. Kaun Banega Crorepati gave his sinking career a lifeline, and with Big Boss 3, he made himself comfortable in Indian drawing rooms, five days a week.
Shahrukh Khan: Shah Rukh had two innings on the small screen. In the first, with Kaun Banega Crorepati, he was always compared to Big B. In the second, Kya Aap Paanchvi Pass Se Tez Hain, he made the waistcoat sexy!
Salman Khan: When the brash and brawny Khan took to the small screen with Dus ka Dum, not many expected him to do too well. But his TV persona was extremely likeable – he was endearing and made his way to people’s hearts.
Abhishek Bachchan: He recently joined the telly brigade with National Bingo Night, an interactive game show. While he did a competent job as the host, it’s not clear is his career gained due to this move.
Akshay Kumar: The khiladi was in his element on Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi, urging on 13 beautiful girls to overcome their fears and perform stunts of various kinds. He was also part of a seven-episode special on martial arts aired on National Geographic.
Rani Mukherjee: The vivacious Bengali actress is a judge on a dance show, Dance Premier League, an assignment she took up because of her “interest in dance”. More than her judging skills, people end up watching her Sabyasachi wardrobe.