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Fighting for prime time attention

That’s how Aditya Narayan sums up his return to TV after three years. The actor is hosting the Indian version of international show.

entertainment Updated: Jun 16, 2011 18:34 IST
Hiren Kotwani
Hiren Kotwani
Hindustan Times

Nearly four years after he started his career as a television host with SaReGaMaPa Challenge, Aditya Narayan is back on the small screen. The actor is hosting the Indian version of international show, X Factor, and he concedes that it’s tougher this time. The first reason being the presence of major Bollywood stars on the tube – like Amitabh Bachchan on Kaun Banega Crorepati, Akshay Kumar on Khatron Ke Khiladi and Hrithik Roshan on Just Dance. “A couple of years before I started, TV was undergoing a transformation,” he recalls, adding that the foray of big stars on the small screen is, in a way, bad news for anchors like him.

“Besides, actors who started with TV, like Rajeev Khandelwal and Prachi Desai, have moved on to films. Now, I’m fighting for attention on prime time with the big stars,” he admits.

But the 23-year old actor son of veteran singer Udit Narayan claims that despite star presence on prime time television, he’s not too worried. “We have a 120 crore population that enjoys different shows. X Factor is new for the audience. The song-dance routine is sure to work, and for the first time you’ll see a 60-year-old sing in a reality show,” he points out, adding that handling star competition will help him do his best too. “Wherever I go, whether television or films, there are many big guys and they’re very good too. The only way for me to work is to look my best and host to the best of my abilities, though the bigger people have a bigger fan following.”

Aditya made a forgettable film debut in Shaapith last year, but he asserts that although he was initially upset, he’s undeterred by its box-office failure. “Luckily, the offers keep coming in. I’m reading scripts and am happy with my pace of work. But I’ll surely have a release next year,” he signs off.

First Published: Jun 14, 2011 15:24 IST