Former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly, who from Monday will host the Bengali version of the quiz show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” said he trained more for it than for his sport.
“For the first time in my life, I rehearsed for a long time. For the matches I trained for four hours at the net, but for this show I trained for six hours,” Ganguly said.
Asked if he could compare himself with Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan, who hosted “Kaun Bangega Crorepati” (KBC), the Hindi version of the game show, Ganguly said, “They did the show their way and I would do it my way. We are all different and cannot be compared. How I perform will be decided by you when the show airs.”
When asked how he would perform if he participated in the show, Ganguly said, “Honestly, I don’t think I could get any of the answers right.”
On the other hand, the famous quizmaster and mastermind of the show, Siddharth Basu, said, “He (Ganguly) tries to be humble. But in the test phase of the show, he answered all the questions. He won a billion.”
On Ganguly’s choice to host the show, Basu said, “As a host, you have to be a quick thinker and a brilliant mind. Ganguly is both. Viewers will see a sportsman in action-how he handles a particular situation, since he does not come from an acting background, he will bring a fresh approach.”
Ganguly ran into trouble after signing on for this show when the Zee Bangla TV channel sued him for breach of contract. Ganguly had previously hosted a game show called “Dadagiri,” which aired on that channel.
Later, the matter was resolved and the court ordered Ganguly to be reprised for “Ke Hobe Banglar Kotipati” (KHBK). “All I can say is that I got a court order for this show (KHBK), which means I did something right. I thank Zee (Bangla) for allowing me to do Dadagiri for two years. It was great,” Ganguly said about the issue.
A Bhojpuri version of the game show, hosted by Bollywood actor Shatrughan Sinha, is scheduled to air on the same day.