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Now, competition for KBC?

Subhash K Jha | October 19, 2005 14:43 IST

MadhavanAfter trying his hand at Bollywood, Madhavan will now host a television show on Sony. Deal Ya No Deal will be a cross betweenDeal Or No Deal and Who Wants To Become A Millionaire. It will start in November. The prize money is likely to be to the tune of Rs10 million.

Madhavan was recently in Mumbai to shoot the promos. "Yes, Sonyapproached me. We have just worked out the details. I have to shoot six days a month.But I'vebeen asked not tospeak too much aboutit, he said.

"All I can say is, ithas no relevanceor connection to Kaun Banega Crorepati [the Indianised version of Who Wants To Become A Millionaire]. It's a different format.And we will notpitch it against KBC. Our show will betelecaston weekdays. Who on earth woulddare to take on Mr [Amitabh] Bachchan?"

Shahid Amir will design Madhavan's wardrobe.He will be givena boyish,affable look.

Sony's chief executive officer Tarun Katyal confirms,"Deal Ya No Deal is is our versionofDeal Or No Deal, the number one gameshow in the world. I visited Spain and France to checkout theshow there.It's a phenomenalevent.

"Why Madhavan? Because we needed someone boyish, intelligent and able to connect instantlywith the audience. The world over, the hosts have been young genial and energetic. Madhavan fitted the bill. One or two other names, including Saif Ali Khan, were initially thrown around. But once the project finalised,it was Maddy all the way. And when he shot the promo with us, we knew we had made the right choice."

Tarun dismisses allcomparisons with KBC. "Deal Ya No Deal is notlike any other game showseen in any part of the world. And believe me, it wasn't expensive to buy it from its internationaloriginalcopy holders.We, at Sony, are onthe lookout for shows that would give us a profile distinct from our competitors.When we started Fame Gurukul,we were sneered at for attempting something so outlandish. Now, that's one of our highest rated shows."

Katyal says Sony hopes to consolidateits position further with the new game show. "It will add considerably to Madhavan's fan following,that's for sure," he concludes.

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