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Kaun Banega Crorepati will now air on a different channel, with Amitabh Bachchan as the host.

tv Updated: Jun 13, 2010 02:16 IST
Rachana Dubey
Rachana Dubey
Hindustan Times

Amitabh BachchanActor Amitabh Bachchan may soon be back as the host of Kaun Banega Crorepati. Oddly in its fourth innings one of the most popular quiz game shows on TV has switched channels. The show produced for three seasons by Siddharth Basu from Synergy, which is now Big Synergy, for Star Plus, will now be aired on Sony Entertainment channel, by year end.

While none of the two parties are willing to comment on Bachchan’s return as the host of the show, a well-placed industry source does give out that an announcement in this regard may be made very soon. The source also says that Star Plus hasn’t renewed the contract for the show and it’s now with the company that actually holds the format, Sony. “It’s natural for them to give it to Sony. The talks have already been initiated on the money and who the host will be. We’ll have to wait and watch,” adds the source.

Ajit Thakur, executive vice president of the channel, without denying or confirming the buzz, says that discussions about the show have recently begun at multiple levels. “Till everything gets sorted, it’s difficult to issue a statement.”

Show’s producer Siddharth Basu says, “Star relinquished the KBC license some time back. And yes, the show is with Sony now. All the questions regarding the show and the host will have to be addressed to them. Of course, my company, Big Synergy, looks forward to producing it for them.” Though Basu too doesn’t confirm anything about the show’s new host, he does rubbish rumours about Aamir Khan being approached to host the show. “There was even rumours about Ranbir Kapoor and Abhishek Bachchan being approached. There’s no truth to those.”

First Published: Jun 12, 2010 17:09 IST