By Our Bollywood
Reporter Ms Divya
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..
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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.
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.
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
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
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.
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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
It is learnt that Sony favourite Mandira Bedi
will replace Madhavan as the new host of Deal Ya No Deal.
anchored Fame Gurukul for the channel, also hosts Dial One Aur Jeeto for
She has already begun rehearsing for the show.
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