Khel Khel Mein is the second show launched by Doordarshan to promote the Commonwealth Games scheduled for October. The first was a quiz show produced by Siddharth Basu and hosted by Mini Mathur. Khel Khel Mein helmed by Kirti Srivastava, is a one-hour weekly reality TV and chat show that airs on Tuesday at 10 pm.
The show flagged off last week and focusses on one sport at a time from the 17 on the CWG rooster, including archery, aquatics, athletics, badminton, boxing, wrestling and rugby sevens. Milind Soman and Pavan Shankar host one segment each out of the three since both of them have been national champions in swimming and table tennis respectively.
In the information dissemination segment, the show introduces the sport and the contenders, followed by an interview with one or two of the leading names, wrapping up with a group of four boys and girls decoding the game for us.
“So many of us though kicked about India hosting the Games are unaware of key players and the rules of a particular sport. The division of the 60 minute-capsule has been done keeping this in mind,” explains Srivastava who over the last two years, has been going from one training camp to the next shooting footages and conducting interviews.
High on hope
“Did you know that we are World No 2 in archery or that leading athletes are from PT Usha’s academy? And even as I say this, I wait for someone to ask who PT Usha is.”
Quiz her on the controversies surrounding the Games, and Srivastava insists that despite leaking walls and crumbling stadia, the gala will commence in Delhi on October 3. “The Dhyanchand Stadium wasn’t ready till two months before the Hockey World Cup but it managed to play host effectively. India has the habit of waking up at the nth hour,” she smiles. “We will do it again.”