Abhigyan Prakash returns with 'Muqabla'

Prakash’s 'Muqabla' started airing again on May 5. It will air every Saturday 8pm. The repeat telecast will be on Sundays 4pm

e4m by Abhishek Mehrotra
Updated: May 7, 2018 5:56 PM

NDTV’s Abhigyan Prakash has returned to the screen with his popular weekly show 'Muqabla'. Prakash, who has been with the Hindi channel NDTV India for the past two decades, had been missing from the screen for more than two weeks after 'Muqabla' and his other show 'Newspoint' went off air.

Prakash’s 'Muqabla' started airing again on May 5. It will air every Saturday 8pm. The repeat telecast will be on Sundays 4pm.

Talking about Prakash’s return to the screen, NDTV Group CEO Suparna Singh said that he has always been a part of the NDTV Group and there is no question of a comeback.

She further said that this year is extremely important in terms of elections and so the shows of the channel are focussing on the country’s politics and its changing equations. Prakash has a huge experience in hard news and the channel, while focussing on his experience, will take its shows to a new height, she said.

Talking about the show, Prakash said,” I thank people for giving me all the love. 'Muqabla' did not shut abruptly but my contract with NDTV got over. So a break was quite normal. I had gone out of the country for some time but that cannot be called a long break.”

On the new format of the show, Prakash said,” I am doing 'Muqabla' in view of the 2019 elections. I have spent two decades observing various elections and so will focus on analysing the politics of the country.”

There have been speculations that some new shows on the lines of 'Muqabla' are in the pipeline. Commenting on the speculations, Prakash said, “It is true that talks are on for some new shows, but my priority right now is 'Muqabla'.”

Prakash, who hails from Uttar Pradesh, has a good hold on Hindi, English and Urdu. He has covered various topics but his political shows have been especially popular. Some of his popular political shows are ‘Election Point’ and ‘Vote ki Jung’. When NDTV was launched in 2003, Prakash was given the charge of the Mumbai office. His show ‘Mumbai Central’ was extremely popular. Prakash and his team is credited with exposing the Telgi stamp paper scam. He was awarded with the President’s medal.

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