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Aamir Khan falls for the idiot box

After Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan, actor Aamir Khan is the latest Bollywood superstar to fall for the charms of the “idiot box”.

The superstar will make his debut on television as a host of a talk show based on social issues. The programme will be aired on Star Plus from early next year.

“The show is about India and real life stories…of common people…real people. I am sure people will connect with the show. It is not a fiction show. One can call it a talk show,” Aamir told reporters in Mumbai on Saturday.

“I am very excited about the show. I am learning new things,” said the 45-year-old actor.

The show will be broadcast simultaneously in eight languages.

“Real characters touch people and so we plan to show them on the show. We hope the show will be a clutter-breaker. Aamir has the ability to move people with his experimentation and creativity,” asserted Star India CEO Uday Shankar.

Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Preity Zinta, Hrithik Roshan, Juhi Chawla, Sanjay Dutt and Salman Khan have in the past been associated with television in different roles.

Aamir feels his entry into television is not late and that he is not running behind the rat-race of TRP (popularity rating).

“I do not think my entry into television is late. I feel everything has a time. My venture on television is not calculative. There is nervousness but I am excited and charged up about the show. I was sure that if I am doing something on television, then it has to be different…it has to be something that will connect with the audience,” Aamir said.

“This began as a dream three-four years ago and I am fulfilling it by doing this kind of a show. This idea came to me sometime back but it took time for me to decide on whether I want to do it or not. I just hope it will be successful,” he said.

Asked if he is in the popularity rating game, Aamir said, “I can’t put something extra to increase the TRP. I would rather focus on the subject and grab eyeballs. I can’t think of adding anything in the format for TRPs. All I want is that more and more people watch the show. I am sure our TRPs will be good.”

The actor clarified that his show is not based on the international chat show of “Oprah Winfrey”.

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