Madhuri Or Aishwarya To Host KBC This Year. But Will They Be Able To Replace Big B?
Earlier this year, there were reports that Ranbir Kapoor will be taking over from the legendary Amitabh Bachchan as the host of Kaun Banega Crorepati. But the latest update says that either Madhuri Dixit Nene or Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will be the new host of the quiz show. The question is, will either of them be worthy replacements for Big B?
Let’s take Madhuri into consideration first. An effervescent actress, who was a household name in the 90s, Madhuri still commands a respectable fan base. She has judged four seasons of Jhalak Dikhla Jaa, and two seasons of So You Think You Can Dance, but has only hosted one show in her life. That was the ill-fated Kahin Na Kahin Koi Hai, a match making show, whose kundli did not match with TRPs. And this show came back when Madhuri was a much more popular name, as against now. This puts a shade to her ability of pulling a high profile show like KBC on her name value alone.
Which brings us to the other name being thrown around- Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. The former beauty queen has never been seen on television, save for one-off appearances to promote her films. As it is, she is untested in her ability to connect with the audiences. She herself might find it difficult to communicate her thoughts on national television. I might be completely wrong, and she might turn out to be a people’s person. But chances of that look slim. Aishwarya has an invisible barrier around herself; she comes across as someone who is unattainable and unreachable for the normal public. Such an image does not lend itself well to hosting a massy show like Kaun Banega Crorepati.
Truth be told, any actor who steps on to do this unenviable task of replacing Mr Bachchan has an instant disadvantage. Shahrukh Khan is one of the most well-spoken celebrities India has, and even he could not bell the cat that is Kaun Banega Crorepati.
A better alternative for the producers would be to run with a younger actor with a new age appeal- someone who transcends generations. Someone like a Ranbir Kapoor, or a Deepika Padukone. Even they are untested in the field of anchoring, but they boast of a bigger, ready-made fan base.
As for us, the viewer, let’s just hope we get a good season of the game show. No matter who holds the reins.
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