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‘I relate to him as our host, not an actor’

DNMUM398374 | 10/11/2017 | Author : Chaya Unnikrishnan | WC :1042

Says Siddhartha Basu who directed Amitabh Bachchan in his first ever TV show that is still going strong in its ninth season
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Siddhartha Basu, who is known as the father of quiz shows following his immense popularity as the host, also has the distinction of being the first one to direct megastar Amitabh Bachchan on the small screen. The year was 2000 and Star Plus, which was facing tough competition from the Hindi GECs (general entertainment channels) decided to adapt the hit international show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire in Hindi with none other than Bachchan as the host and it changed both the channel and Big B’s fortunes. Seventeen years and eight seasons later, the show produced and directed by Basu is still going strong, albeit on Sony. Here, the producer-director talks about his association with the superstar, what makes him indefatigable and
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