Bachchan’s figures on ‘Paanchvi Pass’ give incomplete picture: Siddhartha Basu

May 26th, 2008 - 9:41 am ICT by admin  

By Radhika Bhirani
New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) The statistics that veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan presented in his blog about “Kya Aap Paanchvi Pass Se Tez Hain” hosted by Shah Rukh Khan fail to give a complete picture, says Siddhartha Basu, the producer of the TV quiz show. “Mr. Bachchan is entitled to his views and we respect his opinion, whether we agree with it or not. The figures sent to him as used in the blog give an incomplete picture,” Basu told IANS.

On his blog, the Big B had commented on Shah Rukh’s stint in “Paanchvi Pass” and questioned why “despite the presence of the biggest name in the business”, the show was showing a depleting performance as per Television Rating Points (TRPs).

“‘Paanchvi Pass’, or as one rival channel executive sniggered, ‘Paanchvi Fail’, after its not too encouraging numbers, facing relative lower ratings, is what I wish to debate on,” wrote Amitabh. However, he later apologised for this analysis.

Amitabh also made uncharitable comparisons between himself and Shah Rukh as hosts of the popular game show “Kaun Banega Crorepati” (KBC) that is no longer on air.

Basu, the brainchild behind both the shows, explained: “With the exponential growth in TV sets and viewers, analysts have shown how each subsequent series of ‘KBC’ actually had a higher viewership than the earlier ones and ‘KBC 3′ with Shah Rukh had the highest number of viewers.”

“This no reflection on the excellence of Mr. Bachchan’s hosting of the show or Shah Rukh’s wit and charm.

“I believe Shah Rukh makes a superb host of ‘Paanchvi Pass’, and his repartee, articulation, sense of humour and unmatched ability to think on his feet mark him out as a truly world class host.”

Apart from Amitabh’s analysis that has invited a lot of media attention, there has been speculation that the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) matches have affected the popularity of “Paanchvi Pass”.

Basu admits that IPL has affected the show’s viewership, saying: “Yes, of course, all new shows launched during this period such as ‘Paanchvi Pass’, and running ones too have been hugely affected by the IPL. A truer picture of the response to the show would emerge after IPL as its telecast would continue for the full run of 36 episodes.”

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