Come February 2007 and STAR One is set to recreate ‘Antakshari’ – earlier seen on Zee TV. The show will be called ‘Antakshari – The Great Challenge’ in its new avatar. Interestingly, director Gajendrra Siingh, who was with Zee TV for the 12 years that ‘Antakshari’ was on the channel, will work with STAR One and the anchor is none other than Annu Kapoor.
While STAR One has announced that it would launch the show by February 2007, no other details about the programme have been announced yet. Sameer Nair, CEO, STAR Entertainment India, said, “Gajendrra Siingh is the mastermind behind popularising music-based talent competitions and we are very excited about this. The show will have an exciting and innovative format, capturing the passion that Indian audiences have for music.”
Siingh, whose company Sai Baba Productions is working on the show, said, “I cannot comment on what will be different about the show, but there will be a lot of novelty compared to that of Zee’s original programme. We have added new elements to the show.”
Meanwhile, Zee TV, too, has got busy with its own version of Antakshari. The channel has roped in STAR One’s Laughter Champion Sunil Pal. The show on Zee would be called ‘Titan Antakshri’.
The show is slated to premiere on Friday, January 5, 2007, at the 8:30 pm slot. Announcing the launch of ‘Titan Antakshri’, Punit Goenka, Business Head, Zee TV, said, “Zee TV’s ‘Antakshri’ and ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa’ have always been frontrunner shows. Zee TV is known for its excellency in music shows. We gave the best of playback singers to Indian Cinema like Sunidhi Chauhan, Shreya Ghosal, Debojit, and Sanchita among many others. We look forward to providing our viewers with a refreshingly new series of ‘Titan Antakshri’ featuring some talented singing and loads of fun with Bani, Saloni and Vidya leading the teams.”
The show has been designed by blending elements of cricket and music leading to the coming World Cup. This musical war, titled Elaan-e-Jung, will go on for 13 weeks among the three leading characters of Zee TV – Saloni, Bani and Vidya. The teams of Deewane, Parwane and Mastane have been rechristened as ‘Saloni ke Deewane’, ‘Bani ke Parwane’ and ‘Vidya ke Mastane’. Each episode in the coming 13 weeks would be a continuing battle between the three teams to be crowned as ‘Titan Antakshari – The World Champions’.
This reminds one of the case of the serial ‘Betiyaan’, when STAR and Zee were embroiled in a legal battle. However, this might not happen this time, though it would be interesting to see which ‘Antakshari’ would be lapped up by the audience.