News Corp-owned Indian broadcaster Star TV is set to roll out a new chatshow fronted by Bollywood superstar Aamir Kahn as part of Star Plus’s new summer weekend schedule.
The Hindi-language entertainment channel is due to debut the Oprah Winfrey-style chatshow, which will tackle social issues, in April or May, Star India’s syndication manager Anjali Noronha told C21.
The weekend primetime show will be joined by a new season of music and dance competition Jo Jeeta Wahi Superstar (Who Wins is a Superstar), which first debuted on the network in 2008, and a third season of Shine format MasterChef.
All three shows are currently in production and slated to launch over the months of April to June, when Indian schools break for the summer. Scheduling is yet to be worked out, but they will air on either Friday, Saturday Sunday, most likely in a 21.00-22.00 timeslot, said Noronha.
The new studio-based chatshow, the title of which is yet to be confirmed, will be filmstar Kahn’s first turn as a TV presenter.
“It might have some celebrity element to it, but it’s not going to be a celebrity-driven show,” said Noronha. “The plot for the show is let’s not just get people with a name, let’s get common people. It’s going to be more like a socially relevant show, like an Operah Winfrey-style show.”
Jo Jeeta Wahi Superstar’s first season pitted past winners and runners up of singing reality shows against each other, and Noronha claims the new series will feature some of the “biggest names from the Hindi music industry.”