Riteish Deshmukh, who had judged the dance reality show, "India's Dancing Superstar," will be making his debut as a host in Marathi game show "Viktaa Ka Uttar." The new game show is likely to go on air from August or September on Star Pravah. The channel is also planning for a grand launch of the game show.
"Riteish is in uncharted territory as he has never hosted for television before. But he has loved the concept and is game for it. He has always wanted to do something on Marathi television and he felt the timing was correct..," a source told DNA.
Talking about the format of "Viktaa Ka Uttar," the source added: "It's a game show with a quiz â€” where you can buy answers and do well depending how good your bargaining skills are. The channel is planning a huge launch for the show and Riteish â€” the biggest in Marathi TV history. The campaign has already started and the show will begin airing from August or September onwards this year."
While no confirmation has been made by the "Ek Villain" actor, it should be mentioned that he has always taken keen interest in promoting Marathi culture. His production house Mumbai Film Company also produces only Marathi films. The "Housefull 3" actor's Marathi film "Lai Bhaari" (2014) turned out to be a blockbuster and was the widest release in the history of Marathi cinema.
Other Bollywood actors who have hosted game shows are Amitabh Bachchan in "Kaun Banega Crorepati," Shah Rukh Khan in "Kya Aap Paanchvi Pass Se Tez Hai," Salman Khan in "Dus Ka Dum," Akshay Kumar in "Khatron Ke Khiladi Season 1, 2 and 4," Priyanka Chopra in "Khatron Ke Khiladi 3," "Arjun Kapoor in "Khatron Ke Khiladi 7" and Govinda in "Jeeto Chappar Phaad Ke."