Reality TV is all set to see a host of new faces, even as some of them remain speculative. To begin with, Davinder Singh alias Bunty, the ‘super
’ who inspired the movie
Oye Lucky Lucky Oye
, may play one of the inmates. When HT City contacted him, Bunty neither denied nor confirmed the reports. He said, “I am not allowed to speak about it as I’m bound by a contract.” But a source close to the thief confirmed his participation on condition of anonymity: “Yes, it is it true that Bunty will be going for the show”. Bunty says he is currently shooting for a crime-based show and has various other offers to be on TV.
Rumours about the show host are also on an all-time high. As Amitabh Bachchan is doing
Kaun Banega Crorepati 4
on Sony, the possibility of him hosting
seems bleak. Grapevine has it that Shah Rukh Khan had been approached instead, but couldn’t sign on the dotted line due to date problems. Some are predicting it’s Shilpa Shetty again, and the latest buzz is that the channel is trying to get Akshay Kumar on board. Officials from Colors, however, choose to keep all names under wraps.
Meanwhile, ex-inmates of the
house are busy evaluating the choices. “I don’t think anyone can replace Amitabh Bachchan. He is phenomenal. If not him, I think Shilpa is the ideal choice,” says anchor Pravesh Rana. Actor Payal Rohatgi wants Shah Rukh to play host. “He has a certain charm.”
Thing of the Past
The second season of
Raaz Pichhle Janam Ka
, Imagine’s show on past life regression, too, will be aired in the first week of October. The show goes on the floors on August 1. It will see Ravi Kissen return as the host. Among celebrities, Rajesh Khanna, Sanjay Dutt, Om Puri, Rahul Roy, Rahul Dev, Shraddha Nigam and Juhi Babbar have been approached. But only Khanna, Roy, Dev, Nigam and Babbar have reportedly given the nod. A few cricketers, too, have received offers.
Nikhil Madhok of Imagine refuses to comment on participants, saying it’s too early. “Last season, we rejected several big names because they didn’t make interesting case studies. We’re now in the process of shortlisting candidates,” he says.