Amitabh Bachchan is the real Big Boss

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Amitabh Bachchan on the sets of KBC. (Amitabh Bachchan Blog) Amitabh Bachchan on the sets of KBC. (Amitabh Bachchan Blog)
SummaryCompetition notwithstanding, no one can quite pull off a family show on television like Amitabh Bachchan can.

With an unmatched visibility and connect across films, new media and television, not for nothing is Bachchan hailed as an iconic actor and biggest brand by viewers.

It was after a long gap necessitated by assignments and travel that I firmly pried the television remote away from the significant other and surfed channels with glee. Yours truly was like the proverbial kid in the candy store what with television having turned into the ultimate starry destination with a whole array of star-helmed shows!

Among the most recent additions to the list of star riddled shows is 24, directed by Abhinay Deo of Delhi Belly fame toplining Anil Kapoor (he is also co-producer for the show). The 50-something Kapoor plays lead in the Indian version of the American series by the same name, wherein he reprises Jack Bauer’s role.

There is, of course, the inimitable Mallika Sherawat too playing bachelorette to the hilt in The Bachelorette India-Mere Khayalon Ki Mallika. In typical Sherawat style, she kickstarted the proceedings (much before the show went on air) by singing her very own breathless version of the Happy Birthday song to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, declaring him far more eligible than Rahul Gandhi. Well, as far as national debates go, this one would certainly be rather engaging and have the youth totally plugged in. After all, to borrow from the oft quoted news anchor, Arnab Goswami, ‘The nation wants to know’ the answer to this one for sure.

As for the widely-talked about Bigg Boss, Salman Khan has turned up his charm, providing the show that much needed glamour and fun element. Reportedly, he has been more involved than earlier times in shortlisting participants, recommending a few of his own.

In this crowded space crammed with high wattage glamour, it would be difficult to pick a favourite but the show that both moved and pleasantly surprised me despite being in its seventh season was none other than Kaun Banega Crorepati.

I tuned in expecting more of the congenial questions & answers but lo, and behold, it held me in thrall as much as the first time when Big B, in his inimitable baritone, set the queries rolling. Over seasons, if it were possible to do so, the superstar host is even better; gracious and encouraging, putting contestants at ease with his repartee and comments. Truly the stuff family shows are made of. We have grown

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