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Saturday, March 07, 2009 5 Comments

In one of last post, I’ve written about how with the sudden advent of reality shows, a whole new vista for careers have unlocked up. A whole new list of wannabe actors, singers, dancers, to the quintessential judges, went fluttering from one format to other. And then, there was the glamorous, politically correct, stylized host! Here’ a sneaking preview of some who have delighted, enlightened and ignited us on the small screen. In short, some of the most popular host of current times.

1. Needless to say- Mr. Amitabh Bachachan
He made the small screen look bigger than ever before. Sitting on the hot seat, he made numerous people churn their millionaire dream with “KBC”. And if not, happy to shake hands with biggest ever star of Indian Film industry. The most popular game show ever on the tele history. And the most popular host too

2. SRK
If AB was Amitabh Bachchan, then Shahrukh was also SRK. The badshah of box office, television’s own proud discovery. Even though his 5th grader couldn’t win the TRPs but SRK’ camaraderie with kids and contestants was a reason enough to attract all those eyeballs and show producers lines outside his diary

3. Mandira Bedi
Television’ girl next door shimmered the boring cricket commentary box to a topic of national interest. With mercury soaring and entire country betting on her next attire for the game, cricket was never so glamorous. What YRF couldn’t do for her, her noodle straps did for Indian cricket in 2003.

4. Mini Mathur
Remember the charmer from “Tol mol ke bol”? The sparkling host of Indian Idol [All 3 seasons] not just dazzled the podium with her effervescence but also displayed a great ability to handle her co hosts and participants with great ease.

5. Lola Kutty: Everybody loves Lola and how! With that mallu accent and heavy weight mallu stunts, she sure came as a healthy surprise amongst the cliché crop of VJs in India.

6. Mona Singh [Jhalak Dikh la ja season 2] She was cute, bubbly & very affable. Her great camaraderie with co host and participants, combined with her sportsmanship was a big plus. Everyone loved this sardarni and said ki Jassi Jaisi koi nahi.

7. Sangita Ghosh & Shabbir Ahluwalia [Nach baliye]: They sizzled on screen and suddenly fizzled off with end of season one.

8. Derek o' Brien [Bournvita Quiz Contest]: A lot of us have grown up feasting on the great Indian quiz master and his books of questions on a dull Sunday morning

9. Cyrus Broacha: Baap of all Bakras [need we say anymore]

10. Shekhar Suman: last but never the least. The true maverick who was not just a “mover” but also “shaker” of the primetime viewing and television chat shows.

And there were the worst one too. Stay away, they said and we happily did so-

1. Karan Grover [Zara Nach ke dikha]: Interesting show, dumb anchors. And what about that over the top display of ugly biceps and tattoo et all? We know you are a stud, you were the most popular male model in 2004 gladrags mega model contest but dude you are just overdoing it- “ALL THE TIMES”??!?? [latest seen participating on Jhalak Dikhla ja” Season 3. Gosh, again an overact] Time to grow up, Grover boy.

2. Manoj Bajpai [deal or no deal]: Too high on starry-fare, lost expressions. A good concept washed away with poor execution and communication.

3. Govinda [Chappar phad ke]: If Amitabh can do it, SRK may also do it, but it’s not necessary that actor turned MP turned actor Govinda has to “just do it” as well?

4. Anupam kher & Manisha Koirala [Sawal dus crore ka]: We still wonder what they were trying to do. They came across as anchors, who not just literally sleep walked to their role, but also kept sleeping all time through. Such wastage of good actors who were badly pitted against AB and KBC?

5. Neena Gupta [Kamzor kadi koun]: Brilliant actress, equally innovative concept but too much of display of bitterness shrugged everyone away, incl viewers.

6. Hiten Tejwani & Gauri Pradhan[Nach baliye]: While he tried hard to fit in a role that was barely meant for him, but she with her forced demeanor was a great pain to see a good hosting opportunity slipping away.

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  1. Despite the fact that so many hosts have entered our living rooms via the television, I suppose Derek O'Brien still remains the best of the lot for the simple reason that the way he conducted BQC added some serious value to each one of us as kids. Its a pity that we hardly have such a knowledge-gaining platform anymore for the upcoming generation.

  2. me would add Sallu to the list of gr8 hosts, wat say?

  3. Hi Ashutosh & CN,

    Thanks for writing in...well i cent per cent agree with you ashutosh reg Derek o' brian and his immense contribution to our world of quizzing...last saw some arbit show on BBC though nothing as substantial as "BQC".

    REg sallu, well...may be yeah...but frankly i barely watched a lot of DKD to like him :-)

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