Ganguly not inspired by Big B for `Dadagiri`

Last Updated: Nov 09, 2010, 12:13 PM IST

Kolkata: Though impressed by the panache of Amitabh Bachchan in `Kaun Banega Crorepati`, cricketer Sourav Ganguly is not inspired by the superstar while hosting a Bengali clone of the iconic quiz show.

"No, I am not inspired by him or anyone else. I just go and do it in my own way. I don`t think I can copy anyone," Ganguly said when asked if he was inspired by the show and its famous anchor.

Batting on a different wicket, the former Team India skipper, known for his aggressive manner, is attracting a lot of eyeballs as humble and polite TV host in the second season of `Dadagiri` on Zee Bangla.

He, however, admits being a huge admirer of `Big B`.

"I admire him a lot. He is a charismatic anchor in KBC. I am a big fan," he told reporters.

Bachchan`s huge personality and the lure of hitting a jackpot in front of millions of television viewers, has made the fourth season of KBC a runaway hit.

After having a successful first edition of `Dadagiri` last year, Ganguly says he has matured and turned more confident as an anchor now.

"Yes, I have grown from the first season to the second season. I feel more confident in the show," the 38-year-old said.

"I have to do a little bit of homework only because I know what the show is all about and how to host it, how to handle guests and what questions to ask," he said.

On the challenge he faces as a quiz master on the small screen, he says he has to see that the participants feel comfortable and not overawed in front of the cameras.

"My job is to make it feel easy for the guests. The entire purpose of the show is to make sure that the guests are able to answer the questions. That is how the viewer interest stays. If they come and make a mess of every question I put, then there is no point," Ganguly said.

The Kolkata Knight Riders captain, who had his first brush with commentary in a live cricket match in the recent Champions League Twenty20 matches in South Africa, said that he is not prepared to turn commentator immediately.

"It`s not the profession I want to do it straightaway. I have `Dadagiri` and two more years of IPL to play now. And building my school is my first and foremost priority," he pointed out.

PTI