Veteran actor Kader Khan’s older son Sarfaraz is set to revive the popular ’90s music show, Antakshari, which used to be aired on Zee TV. Only this time, the show will be telecast on Zee International for non-resident Indians (NRIs) and desi music lovers across the world. Confirming the news, Sarfaraz says, “It will be broadcast in over 160 countries. It will also be the first show, to be made exclusively for Indians settled abroad.”
The producer will be shortlisting Indians from 10 different cities from around the globe. “I will be visiting Sydney, Oakland, New York, San Francisco, Vancouver, Toronto, London, Kuwait and Fiji. I will start travelling in October. Our promos will be on air by the end of August. By the first week or mid-November the show will go on air,” says Sarfaraz.
Like always, the music contest will take place between four teams with two contestants each. These singers will be handpicked by Sarfaraz. “I will bring 10 contestants to Mumbai. Eight of them will be the primary contestants and the other two will be back up participants.” Talking about the auditions, he adds, “We have already received about 500 entries from each city. We will choose the top 50 out of these. An exclusive team will then audition these people further, to select the final 10.”
Antakshari, which was initially hosted by actors Annu Kapoor and Pallavi Joshi, was a record-breaking music game show that aired for 12 years at a stretch until it came to an end in 2005. Sarfaraz agrees that there is a lot of pressure to meet the audience’s expectations.
“The old show was very popular, so it’s a big responsibility to maintain the quality and offer something better,” he concludes.