Gameshow Jodi Kamaal Ki to replace KBC 2

MUMBAI: Anchor Amitabh Bachchan's inability to resume shooting due to ill-health has pulled the plug on the Star Plus gameshow Kaun Banega Crorepati 2 (KBC 2). Replacing KBC2 in the Saturday-Sunday slots will be another gameshow Jodi Kamaal Ki. 

Produced by Creative Eye, Jodi Kamaal Ki is an entertainment-oriented one-hour gameshow featuring celebrity couples. Reportedly, soap star Rakshanda Khan has been roped in to anchor the show.

As per the stop-gap arrangement, soaps Miillee and Kkavyanjali will substitute KBC 2 on Fridays.

What makes it necessary for Star India to hurry up its replacement plans -- instead of re-running the old KBC 2 episodes -- is the need for a strong property to sustain its weekend band. As expected, KBC 2 had beefed up Star Plus' position in the weekends, but the unfortunate turn of events following Bachchan's illness went against the strategies.

However, when the Sagars' Prithiviraj Chauhan and Tigmanshu Dhulia's yet-to-be named sitcom arrive, the plans may change again. These were the two big ticket shows, which were originally scheduled to replace KBC 2.

"It will take some time for us to announce the complete plans. Presently, we are engaged in preparations of drawing a strong programming line up for the weekends," states Star India EVP Ajay Vidyasagar. 

Star Plus presently telecasts re-runs of KBC2 in the 9 pm - 10 pm slot on Fridays and Saturdays as it exhausted its fresh bank of KBC2 episodes following Bachchan's illness. Bachchan, who had a commitment to shoot 85 episodes of KBC2, could complete only 61 episodes before he was hospitalised.

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