Doordarshan, Kabir Bedi team up to have “Knock-Out’ time
05th Dec 2000
By ApunKaChoice Bureau
India’s national television Doordarshan has teamed up with the renowned international star Kabir Bedi to present 'Knock-Out', one more in the series of game shows that have suddenly taken all the television channels by storm.
The show, which will be telecast on Sundays from January 28 on Doordarshan's national network DD one, will join others like Kaun Banega Crorepati on Star Plus hosted by Amitabh Bachchan, Sawaal Das Crore Ka by Anupam Kher and Manisha Koirala, and Jab Khelo Sab Khelo by Shekhar Suman on SABe TV.
Kabir Bedi, who has acted in a James Bond movie 'Octopussy' apart from several others in Bollywood and Hollywood, feels that hosting the show will be a challenge. ''The programme is unique and I am going to give my best,'' he said during an informal chat with newspersons.
However, Mr. Sunil Mehta of Cinevista, which is producing the show, refused to divulge the format of the new game show. ''All I can say is it is going to be unique. Today, I am here just to introduce Kabir (Bedi),'' he said when repeatedly asked about the details of the show.
Mr. Mehta claimed that Knock-Out will be a unique game show with a never-before-format. ''And a very special promise -- out here, everyone wins,'' he said adding that even members of the audience can win. The highest amount that can be won every week is over Rs ten million.
“It is different from other shows. It will be only once a week, that too on Sundays. Moreover, DD still has a wider reach and viewers,'' he said. ''What I will suggest, just wait for some more time,'' he added.
About the host Kabir Bedi, he said, ''Kabir is very handsome, with a great personality, an endearing smile, a great voice, maturity and intellect -- and hence was a natural choice for Knock.”
When asked about Amitabh Bachchan who hosts KBC, Kabir Bedi said, ''He is a popular actor. He is successful and everyone respects him.'' He added, ''I started on the small screen by hosting a show for Delhi Doordarshan while in college. Three decades later, this is a homecoming for me in more ways than one.''