Last year Colors lost the opportunity to have Big B host Bigg Boss because Sony was faster with discussions for KBC. Now, both channels are vying to reserve Mr Bachchan for their respective shows.”
Big B has apparently given the nod to both Colors and Sony. While Sony is already working on another season of KBC, Colors is working on a latest reality show based on current affairs. Both shows will go on air at the same time this year.
Colors, tells a source, wants to tap into the Big B’s link with the middleclass in a reality show that will move away from the game show format. The source adds, “Big B’s reality show on Colors will be a gritty, intense look at contemporary issues.” Through the Bachchan personality, Colors wants to move out of that overdone comfort zone created by the presence of attractive celebrities on TV shows.
Confirming these developments, Bachchan says cautiously, “Yes, I will be doing something on both channels next year. Sony wants me for another season of KBC and Colors is working on a new show.”
Marvelling at the impact he has had on working class participants, especially housewives on KBC, he says, “It was an overwhelming experience. Frankly, I was apprehensive about how I’ll manage since I was returning to KBC after 10 years. But the bond I forged with working class contestants was so gratifying.”
He now wants to explore his connect with the middle class even further. That will be the focus of the new reality show on Colors. Says the Big B, “We thought the episodes featuring stars on KBC would show a wonderful rise in the TRPs. Actually, it was the working class which seemed issue on the show.”