Mumbai: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has once again claimed his hot seat in the fourth season of the popular reality show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’. The 67-year-old ‘Shehenshah’ has proved to the world that ‘Baadshah’ Shah Rukh Khan, who hosted the third season of the show, doesn’t stand a chance when pitted against him. Putting all speculations to rest, an official announcement at a press conference in Mumbai later today, stated that Big B has once again been roped in to host the show, which had given his career a new lease of life in 2001.
The show is slated to go on air around September-October this year.
Interacting with the media at the press conference, Big B expressed joy on being chosen to conduct the popular show. He said that it is a great honour and pleasure to be associated with the show once again. When asked whether he feels happy on leaving behind younger rivals SRK and Aamir, he said, “I don’t work keeping this in mind that I am defeating someone. They work very well and I appreciate them. As for me, I concentrate on my work and then leave it on the public to judge. I don’t want any kind of unfair comparison with anyone.”
When asked whether he will be able to recreate his aura, Big B said, “It’s you who create the aura. I just do my work.” The actor did not reveal about the changes in the format of the game show.
‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ marked Big B’s first appearance on Indian TV in year 2001. In 2005, the second season of ‘KBC’ was called ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati Dwitiya’, which carried almost double prize money - Rs 2 crore. Terms like `Computerji` and `Lock Kiya Jaye` became a part of the audience’s daily life and helped Bachchan to re-launch his career in Bollywood.
However with Big B, whose catch phrases like 'computerji' and 'lock kiya jaye' dominated the Indian drawing rooms, falling ill, the second season came to an abrupt end in 2006.
Although Big B announced that he would soon return to the show, it was Shah Rukh Khan who hosted it in 2007.
"Nobody came to me for the third season but I think Shah Rukh did a great job as a host on KBC. I don't understand how TRP works but it is a great honour and a pleasure to be associated with the show again," Bachchan told reporters while announcing his comeback.
This is Bachchan's fourth outing as a host on small screen after two seasons of 'KBC' and reality show 'Bigg Boss'.
Asked whether he is nervous about living up to the expectations of the audience once again, he said, "I am an artiste and my job is to do things creatively with more hard work. The aura has been created by the media but it is always the audience who is the final judge."
Speculation was rife that Sony, which bought the rights of the show from Star Plus, would rope in either Aamir Khan or Anil Kapoor.
But the channel said it always wanted Big B as a host.
"Ever since we bought the rights, we had no one else but Mr Bachchan in mind. This is to end the speculation that there is no other name except the Big B," said Ajit Thakur, Sony's executive vice-president.
The channel is yet to announce the dates when the show will go on air but is planning to open phone lines for the participants next month.
I think Shah Rukh did a great job as a host on KBC. I don't understand how TRP works but it is a great honour and a pleasure to be associated with the show again.