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My being realistic, relatable and funny, is what TV viewers love : Salman Khan

Thursday, May 31, 2018
By Chaitanya Padukone

Surely you remember the common prefix phrase to each Salman-esque quiz-sawaal  'Kitnay pratishatt bhaartiya...', which uncannily reminds you of the retro 'Gabbar Singh'  iconic dialogue-swag-style  'Kitnay aadmi thhey'. The much-awaited reality speculative TV show 'Dus Ka Dum' – Season 3 is back with a bang after a long hiatus of nine years. The show returns with the same charismatic witty 'dumdaar' host mega-star Salman Khan. The unique vibrant show will premiere on Sony TV starting Monday June 4 and will be aired every Monday and Tuesday in the 8.00 pm time slot. The Afternoon D & C connected with the sinewy, effervescent 'Salman-bhai' for a candid chat. Excerpts:

Isn’t 'Dus Ka Dum' on Sony a totally wild guessing quiz-game?
That’s the 'anokhi khaas baat' about it. One does not have to memorize facts and figures  of general knowledge from series of books. It’s based on the contestants' keen observation, general awareness and a quick, smart judgment of Indian sensibilities. Overall, it’s a fun-tastic, stress-free experience. Therefore, it is a game for almost everyone pan-India, of and for the 'aam aadmi'.

Please continue...
As the  Sony channel dynamic creative head Danish Khan analyses, this game 'DKD' celebrates the power of observation, life experiences and informal education. Therefore, it is a game for almost everyone in India. It doesn’t bound the contestants by any constraint-filters like their educational, social or economic background.

Like on the 'KBC' quiz-show, are there any contestant-friendly assist options on 'DKD' as well?
Of course, 'DKD' has a riveting format, with new 'madats' (assists) all through the three rounds with a lot more pro-active interactivity.

Would you refresh us on the latest format of your 'DKD' TV show?
The format is far better, yet appealing giving participants ample time to interact with their favourite star as well as revel in their victories. The first round will see two participants compete through 'Paanch Ka Punch' which is a knock-out round. The player who answers at least three questions correctly out of five, moves to the next round while the other contestant gets knocked out. Each question in this round is worth Rs 20,000 and the contestants will get 15 seconds to 'lock' the estimated percentage on their respective screens. The 'madats' (assist) available in this round will be 'Strategic Timeout' whereby the contestant can consult their families to arrive at an answer.

What happens to the eliminated contestants?
No 'dukhi dil' out here. Even the eliminated contestants will not go empty handed (smiles).

How has been the pre-telecast response?
Dumdaar! This time around, I am told that the number of respondents are an overwhelming 1.5 million to the 'DKD' survey on the SonyLIV app. Along with an interesting format, 'Play Along' will provide an opportunity to viewers and my ardent fans at home to be part of 'Dus Ka Dum' game play. TV has emerged such a powerful medium.

What is it that keeps the TV viewers hooked on to your shows  which you host?
From the feedback, that I frequently keep getting, I guess, it's my earthy swag, my macho charisma, a quirky sense of witty humour, my spontaneity, my unassuming sociable nature which has this common-man-connect-relatibility. It's all about 'being yourself' and 'being human' all the time (smiles). And I wish, both my shows 'Bigg Boss' and 'DKD' keep on beating the TRPs of each other. Actually I love what I do – my life is a holiday, it shows on the screen.

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