Controversial show Sach Ka Saamna will have a second season soon. This time it will be aired on Star One instead of Star Plus. Rajeev Khandelwal will once again play host. Without confirming nor denying, the actor says, “It’s too early for me to comment. I’ll speak when the time is right.”
Buzz is that Star One’s team has already started working on the show with quiz-whiz Siddharth Basu’s team from Big Synergy, which helmed the desi Moment Of Truth’s first edition.
Sanjay Gupta, COO, Star India, admits that it’s in its nascent stages: “We’re discussing Sach Ka Saamna with Siddharth, and we plan to bring its second edition on air soon because it’s one of the finest formats on TV. It will be difficult to put a day and time to the launch but we’re working on making it a lot better than season one because it set an extremely high benchmark for us.”
The show is based on the format owned by Howard Schultz of Lighthearted Entertainment. The contestants are taken through a 50-question polygraph test before being asked only 21 of them on the show. The prize money last season was Rs 1 crore. The contestants were even made to sign an agreement that they will accept the conclusions drawn by US-based polygraph examiner, Herb Irvine.
The show had opened with 4.9 points, the highest TRP at the time for a non-fiction show. MP Kamal Akhtar even took the show to the Rajya Sabha, arguing that questions asked were against Indian culture and it be pulled off air.
Does producer Basu anticipate similar trouble this time, considering that a year ago, the show was reportedly in a limbo, because the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting hadn’t cleared its second season, and the matter was in court? “Sach Ka Saamna has been under discussion since the first series. As and when things are firmed up on the prospective season, you will be informed,” he says. “However, I’m not aware of whether shows need clearance from any authority, and if there have been any discussions between Star and I&B on this.”