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Every KBC episode is like a film: SRK

As Kaun Banega Crorepati goes on air today, superstar Shah Rukh Khan speaks to Kshama Rao about the show.

india Updated: Jan 23, 2007 19:09 IST
Kshama Rao

MONDAY, 9 pm. The expectations are tremendously sky high, the first edition is a tough act to follow. The clash and swirl of the signature tune of Kaun Banega Crorepati will boom once again in the nation’s drawing rooms, asking Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Oh oh, actually who doesn’t? On the eve of the show’s take-off Shah Rukh Khan quizzed by Kshama Rao

Okay in the scalding hot seat of let’s say the decade, there’s Shah Rukh Khan. He will be subjected to many odious and some warranted comparisons with the earlier KBC host Amitabh Bachchan...a test SRK has already gone through with the remake of Don.

Be that as it may, your curiosity has been aroused. Every channel in India wanted the Kool Khan to host a show for fees that would find mention in an Asian edition of the Guinness Book.

Maybe spontaneously, he chose to take on the gauntlet of the KBC host. To be sure, there are many perfumed as well as poisoned questions which can be darted at SRK at this very moment…starting with:

Kaun Banega Crorepati goes on air today

Hello hello. How has the


shoot been so far?

Every episode is a new episode. It’s been fun, exciting. The way every episode turns out hinges more on the performance of the contestant than mine. Some have been extremely spontaneous, warm and friendly. Some have been nervous and shy. I’ve had to put in that extra effort to put them at ease. I talk to them 19 to the dozen, I laugh and joke with them just I like I have during my ‘live’ shows.

IT’S been quite unpredictable and energising so far. Till we actually start shooting an episode, we don’t know how it will actually turn out.

What are your thoughts then as you go on air?
All I would tell the viewer is to watch the show as a new one.. without placing it on a pedestal or pulling it down. We’ve worked very hard on the show. The channel, the production team and I’ve done every little thing to make it as entertaining as possible.

I’ve even done a music video in which I’ve tried to be ‘cool’ which will be aired just before the episode.

Since you’ve been on both, which is more demanding – the hot seat or the host’s chair?
I wouldn’t say I’ve been on the hot seat — simply because the last time I was on the show, I was invited to be there. But contestants really have to work hard to be in the hot seat.

They have to call in, get a chance to participate, play the fastest-finger-first round, win it and then reach the hot seat.

Did your son Aryan give you any tips about how to perform, considering the fact that he’s a huge fan of the show?
It seems you also had mock quiz sessions with him and his friends? My son and daughter do not like me dressed up formally in suits and ties.. which I do for KBC. They prefer to see me in jeans. We enjoy playing questions and answers together. They also come on the sets to see me. My family’s with me.. they love the show and the fact that I’m on it.

The tagline ‘Nau baj gaye kya?’ was synonymous with the earlier KBC. What’s yours?
It’s mainly going to be “Kar le kar le tu ek sawaal” but we have introduced some new elements…like I speak in Haryanvi whenever there is a contestant from Haryana. And I’ve used words like “alat palat” when a contestant asks for a change in question.

First Published: Jan 22, 2007 13:22 IST