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The best way to win: lose!

Sahara One is all set to launch The Biggest Loser, an unconventional reality show, hosted by Suniel Shetty, reports Vajir Singh .

india Updated: Nov 20, 2006 16:41 IST

The Biggest Loser, a soon-to be launched reality show on Sahara One, will be hosted by Suniel Shetty.

The show is an NBC franchise that has already been adapted in 17 countries. Rahul Agarwal of Star Entertainment, that is producing the show says: “We bought the rights of the show from Golmark Intermedia who had bought them earlier from an American company, Reveille.”

The Biggest Loser will bring in 14 overweight people from different walks of life who will live together for almost three months. Celebrity fitness trainers and top health experts will join the contestants and help them transform their bodies, health and ultimately, their lives. Every week one person will be eliminated.

The show will also have a panel of judges including Dr Ajit Desai, a leading cardiologist, fitness consultant, Leena Mogre, Andrew Leipus, exphysiotherapist of the Indian cricket team and Samir Parekh, psychiatrist.

“Negotiations are on with various other people. We are toying with the idea of having five or six people with a medical background and three people on the make-over panel,” says Agarwal.

About the prize money Agarwal says: “The final winner will be entitled to a prize money of around Rs 1 crore but we still have to decide on the exact amount.”

Regarding the show’s host Shetty, he says: “Since the programme is about health and fitness, we thought of roping in Sunil.” The set, like the show, will be pretty unconventional too.

“The entire show will be shot in Aamby Valley where work on the sets is going on. It’s one of the high points of the show because common people have only heard about Aamby Valley and our show will take them there,” says Agarwal.

When contacted, Kalyan Sunderam, head of programming, Sahara One, however, chooses to keep mum: “I can’t tell you anything at this moment. We’ll announce it officially soon.”

First Published: Nov 20, 2006 16:41 IST