• Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan gestures during a news conference in Mumbai July 7, 2010. Bachchan will be hosting Season Four of "Kaun Banega Crorepati."Reuters
  • Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan waves during the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards show in Toronto June 25, 2011.Reuters
  • Bollywood actor Salman KhanReuters
  • Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar jumps on a trampoline for a promotional video of his movie "Blue" at filmcity in Mumbai September 18, 2009.Reuters
  • Hrithik Roshan has got his wife name inked on his wrist and both of them even have an identical tattoo with star shape which represents epidermal love. Image: Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan attends a news conference for his movie 'Kites' on the sets of director Farah Khan's chat show at filmcity studios in Mumbai August 16, 2009.Reuters

One of the newer trends from Bollywood appears to center on big-name actors agreeing to host reality shows, judge talent contests and participate in cooking competitions, all on the small screen; for the delectation, it would appear, of the millions of television viewers in the country.

Need we add that the presence of these stars does have a positive impact on the particular television program's popularity and ratings.

Amitabh Bachchan

Perhaps the most notable such actor is veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan, who started the trend when he began hosting the mega-successful quiz show, "Kaun Banega Crorepati" (KBC). In addition to KBC, Bachchan also hosted another reality game show, "Big Boss 3", which was aired on Oct. 4, 2009

Shah Rukh Khan

Shah Rukh Khan made his television debut in 1988, in "Fauji", a serial produced and directed by Col. R.K. Kapur (retd.). Aside, from the SRK was also in Aziz Mirza's "Circus" and made his Bollywood bow in 1992, with "Deewana".

In 2005, SRK was associated with a game show called "Kya Aap Paanchvi Pass Se Tez Hai" and his biggest break was in 2007, when he replaced Bachchan as host of the third season of KBC. In 2005, More recently, he was the host of "Zor Ka Jhatka".

Salman Khan

Salman Khan hosted Sony Entertainment Television's (SET) reality game show "10 Ka Dum", which ran between June 2008 and October 2009. Although the duration of his association with that show was brief, Salman's presence helped SET in regaining its former position at the top of the television ratings in the country.

Currently, Salman is hosting "Big Boss- 5", along with another Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt.

Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar, who made his Bollywood debut in "Saugandh" (1991), made his television appearance at the height of his career in Bollywood, in 2008 with "Khatron Ke Khiladi." The stunt game show was aired on July 21, 2008. Akshay continued to host the show in both 2009 and 2011. Apart from this show, Akshay also hosted another game show that displayed his passion for cooking - "Master Chef India", which aired in October 2010.

Hrithik Roshan

Hrithik Roshan entered the small screen first as a judge at a mega dance show called "Just Dance". He co-judged the show, along with choreographers Vaibhavi Merchant and Farah Khan. The dance show was aired on June 18, 2011.

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