13 June, 2021

The Zero Sum Game

He may lack the charisma of Amitabh, but Kher hopes his bald charm will see Zee's show through

The Zero Sum Game

THEY say, if gambling's here, then war can't be too far behind. After all, that's what's been happening ever since the epic days in this land. Well, if Star Plus had the gumption to pose that question, Kaun Banega Crorepati, it was bound to find an echo-an answer, in fact, in the form of a counter-question. Zee Television this October 23 will beam Sawal Dus Crore Ka (SDKC). And in so doing, it will take the battle for prime time-hitherto a matter of vapid news presentations and equally, if not more idiotic, family soaps-into a terrain more befitting the epic scale. The riposte will test the loyalty of the KBC viewer, and determine whether size really does matter, whether in terms of the man who hosts the show or the prize it carries.

And while KBC did a phoenix-from-the ashes act for Amitabh Bachchan, Zee Television dawdled, before deciding on Anupam Kher as its sdck anchor. Coming low down in the long shopping list of choices does not diminish Kher's bravado as he fields the inevitable, even unenviable, comparisons. The other names, left...

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