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Madhavan quits deal ya no deal

Published on Saturday, 14th of January, 2006      6553 Reads

Mumbai, January 14 By Our Bollywood Reporter   Ms Divya Chawla R Madhavan has quit as anchor of the Sony game show, Deal Ya No Deal.   The actor had not been shooting for this Miditech produced show since the New Year. Apparently, he was unhappy with the way the shoot schedules were handled by the production house.   When asked about his sudden exit, Madhavan says, .Yes, I am no longer hosting Deal Ya No Deal. I have stopped shooting from the beginning of this month..  
Click here to see Madhavan Photo Gallery   Number of days   According to the actor, when he took on the show, he had made it clear that he would continue with his south film assignments.   .I always work on one film at a time. I was told I would be required to shoot for only six days a month, for Deal Ya No Deal. But I ended up shooting for several more days. I was willing to give up 10 days, but things were just not working out..   The ever-changing look of the show meant Madhavan had to constantly rehearse. .They wanted to revamp the show, and I had to spend one entire day doing only doing technical rehearsals,. he adds.   Travel time   Accustomed to the southern style of functioning, where everything is timed to clockwork precision and the vagaries of television shoots was not something the actor had bargained for.   .I was willing to provide up to 10 days, but, that too was not sufficient,. he adds. Moreover, as Madhavan is Chennai-based, the constant travelling took up a lot of time.   Fantastic experience   Viewers will continue to see Madhavan in the next couple of episodes of Deal Ya No Deal, as these have been shot earlier. On the Hind film front, he features in the Aamir Khan starrer, Rang De Basanti.   Looking back at his stint as anchor, he says the experience was fantastic. .I enjoyed interacting with the participants,. says Madhavan, who was asked by Sony to turn anchor on the game show. .I had appeared in one episode of Fame Gurukul; they liked me in it and offered me Deal Ya No Deal..   There were also some testing times, like when he shot for the show immediately after the funeral of his grandfather.   As reported in .Madhavan.s crisis shoot. (hitList, December 17), the actor had to report to shoot immediately after his grandfather.s funeral, as a celebrity year-end special episode with several telly stars was being canned.  
Click here to see Madhavan Photo Gallery Desi version   Deal Ya No Deal, which went on air in November, is the desi version of the internationally known game show, Deal or No Deal. The reality show tests an individual.s ability in making the right choices.   The contestant faces 22 cash boxes, containing cheques varying from a small amount to Rs 10 million.   Without knowing the amount, the contestant picks one box. The show is shot at a studio in MIDC, Andheri (E), and has episodic and celebrity guests, besides the aam janta, as participants.
Mandira to replace Madhavan

It is learnt that Sony favourite Mandira Bedi will replace Madhavan as the new host of Deal Ya No Deal.

Bedi, who anchored Fame Gurukul for the channel, also hosts Dial One Aur Jeeto for SaharaOne.

She has already begun rehearsing for the show. Divya Chawla
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