While stars like Amitabh Bachchan,
Khan, among others, have succeeded in getting a positive response for their shows on the small screen, several other actors’ have not even seen the light of the day.
Industry experts believe that the concept of such shows could have lacked credibility, with a few even asserting that the stars might not have the ability to pull off TV.
A reality show, which had managed to rope in Govinda as a judge, was announced amidst much fanfare in April 2013, but it never started rolling. "The show is not happening. As of now, I have not got any update. So I am not sure when it will begin," says Haji Abrar, who was signed on to direct it.
Even actors like Sunny Deol, Sanjay Dutt and Bipasha Basu are reportedly finalised to be part of TV shows, though not much has been heard about on that front ever since.
"Announcements are made before anything is finalised. A show with a star is not easy to make. Sometimes a concept looks good, but when it is shot, the makers realise that it is not up to the mark, so they get delayed or scrapped," says industry expert Komal Nahta.
It is also believed that film stars lack the talent to pull off TV shows. "Sometimes they try to associate themselves with television just to explore opportunities beyond their sinking careers. With such an agenda, your show won’t work. Also, these so-called film stars lack talent to pull it off," says Rajan Shahi, TV show producer.
Industry experts also claim that some shows might not have found investors. "I think the pilot must not have worked out. If that happens, nobody is going to invest. It costs a lot of money. The concept must have been good, but the execution might have been bad. No matter how big a star you are, if the final product isn’t good, no one is going to invest," says Prahlad Kakkar, ad film-maker.
Yet to hit the small screen
Preity Zinta was reportedly supposed to start the second season of her celebrity chat show that went on air in 2011.
A stunt-based show with Sunny Deol was announced in 2011.
Bipasha Basu was roped in to host a model hunt show in 2009.
Sanjay Dutt was roped in for an interactive show that was supposed to instigate participants to win by spending money in 2005.