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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Who is Better, Shah Rukh Khan or Amitabh Bachchan

Kaun Banega Crorepati has been started with its new host Bollywood King Shah Rukh Khan. Initially the popular television show was hosted by Bollywood legend Big B named Amitabh Bachchan. As both of them are super stars, it is inevitable to see making comparison between the two most popular figures of Bollywood. However, the comparison made by different person in their own view differs from person to person and the initial response of this first episode of the movie after it resumed was a mixture of both positive and negative points. BBC reported:

One viewer, Avanti Shah, told the BBC she found him more enjoyable and entertaining to watch than Bachchan.

"He seems more approachable, as if he is one of us while Amitabh Bachchan would seem very intimidating.

"He rapped a few lines in Bengali when the contestant asked him to, he spoke to another contestant in Tamil to put him at ease and I think he is great! I am definitely watching it tomorrow," she said.

Usha Vaidyanathan said he should take up presenting full time: "He is definitely better dressed than Amitabh Bachchan. I think he should give up acting."

Men, however, seem to think differently.

"He lacks the charisma of Amitabh Bachchan," said Vinay Kanodia.

And Ashok Ganapathy said the show was clearly aimed at women and the younger generation.

"There is an energy he brings to the show no doubt, but he doesn't have the presence of Amitabh Bachchan. His attempts at reaching out to the contestants such as giving a high-five, hugging anyone who doesn't want to play the game any more and even giving back massages seem childish.

"Also, it seemed like an overdose of Shah Rukh Khan because during the advertisement breaks, more than half the ads featured him! I am not sure I am watching it again."

Yet the show is quite different from before, says Siddharth Basu, whose company Synergy Communications is producing it.

"This KBC is different because it has SRK [Shah Rukh Khan] as anchor. The whole texture is playful, youthful and outgoing because he is like that," Mr Basu said.

He said the actor was quite "engaged and involved" when he joined as anchor.

"He does a lot of his own script writing," Mr Basu said. "He is very proactive and that is good because for an anchor, because there is acting involved, a little bit of drama is as important. An anchor needs to think on his feet and with Shah Rukh, he is riding on wings."

Mr Basu said the previous anchor, Amitabh Bachchan, was an "awesome" host.

"He was inimitable, his gravitas did a lot for the show and he was eloquent in both Hindi and English. He was a meticulous person who prepared in great detail before coming on the set and he had great style and substance."

On the other hand, Mr Basu said, Shah Rukh Khan is perfect to draw in younger audiences.

"He has an undisputed sway over the young as well as female audiences and he can charm them in a major way. From the basic feedback that I have, the show has had a huge response from younger people and women who want to participate in the show from the time he's taken over."

To tell the truth, it is a very tough task to say who does well, Amitabh Bachchan or Shah Rukh Khan as both of them are established in Bollywood and have millions of fans. A fan can not even think about anybody except his or her dream star. So, it is better to say that they both are well enough to host such a show.

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