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21 Years Of KBC: Sameer Nair Who Spearheaded KBC Looks Back !

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This  Month  on July 3 marked  21  Years  Of  KBC,  Sameer Nair  Who Spearheaded  KBC  Looks Back  At The Game-Show That Was A  Game-Changer  For  Indian Television.

20 years  and still going strong! Did Sameer Nair, now CEO of Applause Entertainment who was back then in the year 2,000 the  programme head at Star  TV, ever think that Kaun Banega  Crorepati(KBC) would become such a longevous phenomenon?

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 Recalling   the  beginnings of what turned out to be a  masterplan Sameer Nair  remembers walking  into the Bachchans’ home Jalsa armed with the  VHS of  Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, the  original  version  of KBC.  “Was I sure  that  it was  going to be  Mr Bachchan? Absolutely. I was  absolutely  sure  it had to be  Mr Bachchan. Only he had the clout to enter every household.  At that  point of time  nothing else was certain.Would the concept work in India? Mr Bachchan himself  was  advised  by everyone  to not get  into television. I left  the  VHS  with him  urging him  to ‘Push Play’”

This  was in January 2000. After months  of indecisiveness  Sameer  flew to London with  Mr Bachchan in April to  witness the  shooting  of Who Wants  to Be  A  Billionaire firsthand.

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Says Sameer, “That clinched  it. On the flight  back  Mr Bachchan  finally said  yes, and we were on. We erected a  set for KBC identical to the one  for Who Wants To Be  A  Billionaire. We  didn’t cut any corners.”

KBC was decisive  for both Mr Bachchan’s career  and  for  the Star channel. It resurrected  Mr Bachchan’s career.  The  Star channel  went from  0  to No.1.

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Says Sameer, “We had a viewership of  25 million  on  2,000.It went up  to 90 million  on 2010. What KBC did  was  to  reinvent Mr Bachchan’s image  . It made him  the  household favourite  in every family. He was the hero of the father and the mother. They  introduced their hero to the  son and the daughter  of   the family.”

Looking back  Amitabh Bachchan  says  he  never  expected   the show to be so  popular. “No never ..I do believe, as do many, that KBC has become a life-changing experience for many ,. particularly those that come from middleclass India. Living and sitting in the comfort of our individual metros we are completely unaware of the conditions and the lives and the thinking of our own countrymen that inhabit the interiors and the rural regions of India. When these contestants find their space on this KBC platform it is a dream like experience for them.

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The format of KBC is unchanged by protocol, and it cannot be altered, but it is the worth and value and participation of the contestants that brings variety each year to this show. They are the heart and soul of KBC. It is they that bring in the stories of their struggle, their challenges and their attitude toward it, their determination to bringing a life changing moment, their concerns towards morality and social impurities and of course the joy and happiness in their victories .

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Tanushree Dutta Reacts To Sajid Khan In  Bigg Boss

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Like many  who were horrified  to see the MeToo accused Sajid Khan being welcomed into  Bigg Boss with  Salman  Khan’s blessings, actress Tanushree  Dutta who heralded the MeToo movement in  Bollywood,   has also been deeply affected  by this shocking turn  of events.

Speaking  exclusively Tanushree says, “I’m appalled . Speechless at the sheer irresponsibility towards the impact of such a thing on the public. I don’t watch Bigg Boss and I think I never will after this.”

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To Tanushree goes the credit for bringing the  MeToo movement  into Bollywood. In 2018 she accused  actor Nana Patekar and several others  of harassment.

Speaking in   an earlier interview Tanushree had said, “It’s been very hard on me emotionally, psychologically and financially these 12 years  after the mob violence on  the sets  of Horn OK Please  in 2008 instigated by Nana Patekar and his goons.I had gone into severe depression post that episode for many years because the level of cunning manipulation, public humiliation and threats I had to endure was too much for me.”

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Tanushee says she has  got no support in her fight against  sexual discrimination  from the film fraternity. Instead of getting justice and being  rehabilitated into work in Bollywood, her  primary source of income, she has been further been pushed and forced into legal procedures.

Speaking on the impact of  the MeToo movement  in India ,Tanushree said,  “What I’m most concerned about is what impact might it have on women, girls and boys of the next generation who are being taught about feminism, human rights and empowerment?? I mean you can’t blow the trumpet on empowerment and then have a corrupt and outdated legal system bind you with loopholes.”

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Sajid Khan To Be Evicted From Bigg Boss?

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When  MeToo-tainted  filmmaker Sajid Khan made a quiet entry into the Bigg Boss  last week , little  did he  expect the uproar that  followed.

 The social media is  filled with howls  of outrage. Singer Sona Mohapatra  called out Javed Akhtar and son  Farhan  for  not speaking  out against  Sajid’s clean-chit treatment.Now Iranian actresses Mandana Karimi, lately in the news for protesting in Mumbai  against the Hijab in her home country, has apparently blown  open the lid on  Sajid Khan’s  stealthy  entry into  Bigg House.

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Earlier this week   Mandana announced her decision to quit Bollywood after Sajid’s entry  into Bigg Boss. She  feels there is  little respect for women in Bollywood, and she is not wrong.

In a video clip that Kangana  Ranaut has shared  on social media   from  BBC’s documentary  Death In Bollywood  suicide victim Jiah Khan’s  sister Karishma  has  now  made fresh serious  allegations  against  Sajid Khan .

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This  seems to have finally   shaken up the  Bigg Boss producers. There is  now  a serious behind-the-scenes discussion  to evict Sajid Khan immediately.

Sources say the producers Endemol  Shine  India never expected such an uproar against  Khan’s  contestability on Bigg Boss.

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“The brand  is  affected(by Sajid Khan’s entry into Bigg Boss). Salman  Khan who hosts  the show is also not sure whether  the decision was the right one.He(Sajid) is likely to be out sooner rather than later,” the source informs.

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Krushna Abhishek Confirms  He Is Not Part  Of Kapil’s Show, “But I  May Be Back”

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Kapil Sharma’s partner in comedy Krushna Abhishek is  not returning to the next season  of  The Kapil Sharma Show on  Sony Entertainment.

Responding to my query about rumours that he has quit the show post disagreements with Kapil Krushna  while admitting he  was quitting the  show  says, “There are no issues between  Kapil and me. He  loves me  the  most. There were issues involving the contact.”

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Krushna then adds, “The show is mine as well, and I may be back.”

Throughout the last season  of The Kapil  Sharma  Show, Krushna  Abhishek was in  the  news for his disagreements with his uncle  actor Govinda. Krushna is seen to be an integral part  of  of the show  .

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“No Offence To Nayanthara Fans,” Says  Karan Johar

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Fans of Tamil superstar  Nayanthara have  taken  huge umbrage  to Karan  Johar insisting on Koffee With Karan  that Samantha Prabhu and not Nayanthara  is  the no.1 star, even when Samantha insisted  the crown  belonged  to Nayanthara.

Karan Johar  clarified  that he meant no offence  to Nayanthara. “I said, according to  the list that I  had  from Ormax, Samantha  was  the  no.1 star. Nayanthara’s  fans have misconstrued  the  conversation.”

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That’s not all  that a section of Koffee viewers  have misconstrued. Samantha’a tongue-in-cheek sarcastic “confession” that she paid Ormax  to  list her as  the No.1 heroine has  triggered  off stories  in  a section of  the press on the amount she paid for the honour.

“I think  we all need to have a sense of humour.Mine is  a  fun show,” says  Karan.

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