Of Aamir Khan, KBC, And Amitbabh Bachchan

June 18th, 2010 - 8:12 pm ICT by Sampurn Wire  

June 18, 2010 (Sampurn Wire): Allright! He may have said in an interview to a news channel that he was never offered “Kaun Banega Crorepati 4′ in the first place, but it’s no secret that Sony Entertainment Television and BIG Synergy were keen on working with Bollywood’s Mr. Perfectionist, Aamir Khan.

A prominent Mumbai tabloid had first reported on Aamir Khan being offered the show. Producer Siddhart Basu was quoted saying that Sony Pictures, which owns the format, might have had an initial discussion with Aamir. The actor’s spokesperson too had neither confirmed nor denied the story. In another report, Basu claimed that Aamir is one individual who he would like to work with.

Just few weeks back, the buzz in the air was that it will be Aamir who will make his TV debut as the host of “Kaun Banega Crorepati 4′. Rumour has it that a popular news channel was even going to go ahead and break this news. However, everyone was shocked when it was learnt that it won’t be Aamir but Amitabh Bachchan who will host the show. TellyCafe was the first to report this story.

Well, it just wasn’t the public, but we too were taken by surprise by this development. Earlier, we’d broken the news of Khan being offered two projects – KBC 4 and orginal concept. However, it was KBC that he was expected to sign. So what went wrong then?

A industry insider says, “Look while there was no formal offer, top officials from Sony did meet the actor. As always, Aamir takes his own time to respond. Unfortunately, for Sony, Aamir turned it down. He felt that doing TV is an enormous task. Aamir was simply of the view that he’s not ready to take up such big responsibility as yet. Besides, he didn’t have the time as he’ll be busy, looking after his home productions.”

Second choice simply doesn’t exist in the Bollywood superstar’s lexicon. After reading all about, Khan, why did Amitabh Bachchan accept the show then?

“If it’s KBC and Big B, there’s simply no question of a second choice. Let’s not forget that it’s Bachchan who had propelled the show both in season one and two. Besides, I don’t think Mr.Bachchan has any airs. Sony is confident that with Bachchan back as host, KBC will get the same numbers as it did for Star,” added the source.

Well, speculations, comparison, and theories around KBC won’t end. Now that Bachchan is back at the helm, the viewers will simply say, “Let’s play’ Kaun Banega Crorepati’!

–Mayur Lookhar /Sampurn Wire

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