Actor-producer Shah Rukh Khan, as reported by HT Café a month ago, was planning a celebrity-based TV show for a leading channel. Now, the show has found a title, Superstar Santa, and will be aired on UTV Stars. And after his superhero G.One, the actor will now play Santa on the show, which is slated to go on air on Christmas day, with Bollywood bigwigs playing agony aunts in each episode.
Shifa Maitra, head of programming, UTV Stars, confirms, “For now, we are starting with 10 episodes. We can extend the number of capsules depending on the audience response. The show was never part of our original line-up o when we started a couple of months ago, but following the reception that Live My Life got, we decided to bring in a format that brings celebs and fans together.”
The channel has put up requests on various websites including social networking and microblogging sites asking youngsters to send in personal, family and relationship-oriented problems faced by them. After sifting through all the problems, each celebrity will be given a choice between two or three issues and he or she can choose the problem they’d like to resolve.
“To ensure that the cases are genuine, our team of interns is working Shah Rukh’s production house, Red Chilies Idiot Box, to bring issues faced by their friends and acquaintances in college. After thorough research, we will shortlist the problems,” adds Shifa. As of now, the channel plans to flag off the show on December 25 with Sonam Kapoor. Other stars on board include Chitrangda Singh, Abhishek Bachchan and Madhavan.
And wouldn’t Santa Shah Rukh play agony aunt too? “He will,” laughs Shifa. “Fingers crossed! Once he watches two-three episodes, he’ll get charged up to shoot as well.”