Is Dada's second innings in reality TV?

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Published: Thursday, December 16, 2010, 17:15 [IST]
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Is Dada's second innings in reality TV?

After Sourav Ganguly stepped off the international cricket field, he is considering stepping into the world of reality television. Not keen on the idea earlier even when offered a blank cheque by the producers of Bigg Boss, he is changing his stance now.

After a successful outing on Bengali channels, the former Indian cricket captain says he is actually thinking over a few reality show offers. However, he would prefer hosting than joining as a participant.

“Judging a show is okay with me, but participating is a bit too much. I love the way they are judging the dance reality shows these days, and the way they have designed them. Everyone around me finds them appealing," adds Sourav.

After all, Ganguly has had a successful stint as a host with regional television. “I experimented as a quiz master on a regional TV channel, and was encouraged with the reception it got. I am also thankful to Shah Rukh Khan because he decided to come on my show. It was really a great run," says Sourav, whose show Dadagiri, has got a record show ratings.

Sourav"s second season of the show had over 25,000 people coming for auditions from nearly 20 districts of West Bengal, including the the most backward villages. Dada says that he enjoys the spontenaity of working without scripts and speaking ad-lib and that the exercise has made him very confident in front of cameras. Sourav admits that he was in talks with a television channel for a national level quiz reality show.

“I was talking to Zee for sometime, but we couldn"t come to a conclusion at that time. I think that I am now confident of getting into it, so all offers are welcome now," says Sourav, who once used to shy away from television cameras.

Though Sourav has proved himself as a television show host in his own rite, he feels completely outshadowed by, and in awe of Amitabh Bachchan. “He"s by far the best host we have seen. It"s good to watch him on screen. He"s an inspiration," Sourav rings off.


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