Actors turn cooks: Ram Kapoor brings new reality show

  • Kavita Awaasthi, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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  • Updated: Dec 30, 2012 16:32 IST

Vidya Balan along with TV actors Ram Kapoor and Saakshi Tanwar.

Rumours about Ram Kapoor’s plans to quit his hit TV show Bade Achhe Lagte Hain, to make time for his films have been doing the rounds for a while. But now, the actor has surprised everyone with his decision to host a new cooking-based celebrity game show. The international format is being adapted for Indian audiences by Life OK.

Reveals a source, “The Indianised version will be called Welcome — Baazi Mehmaan Nawazi Ki. It is being produced by Miditech.” The show’s USP is that it will be filmed in celebrity homes. “Sanaya Irani, Karanvir Bohra, Aman Verma, Ragini Khanna, Sara Khan, Vindoo Dara Singh, Nigar Khan, Nauheed Cyrusi and Debina Bonnerjee Choudhary are some of the actors who have been confirmed for the show so far,” adds the source.

Producer Nivideth Alva of Miditech confirms the news, saying, “The international format doesn’t have a host, but we signed Ram because he’s a fun guy. Audiences always want to know more about celebrities. And the fact that it will be shot in the actors’ homes will be an added incentive for those who want a peek into their favourite stars’ lives.” The non-scripted show will go on air on January 19 at 10 pm, replacing Saubhgyavati Bhav.

Revealing more about the show’s concept, Alva adds, “Five celebrities will feature on the show every week. One of them will host the dinner and will be judged by the other four on the quality of food, entertainment value and hosting skills.

The winner will be declared based on the points they earn.” The format has been running successfully in the UK, Canada and Australia.


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