News Corp’s Indian broadcaster Star TV is lining up a music-based gameshow for its Hindi-language entertainment channel.
Funtakshari will be produced in-house for Star Plus. The show is described as a “mix of music, Bollywood trivia and humour.”
The show takes its format from a popular game played by children in India and other parts of South Asia called antakshari, in which players take it in turns to sing lyrics from Bollywood songs. They can only sing a line from a song that begins with the same Hindi letter of the last word sung by the previous player.
“Funtakshari is exploring the parent-child relationship in a new way, through a gameshow, which makes for wholesome family entertainment. There is nothing quite like winning together as a family,” said Nitin Vaidya, head of business at Star India’s Hindi channels.
A transmission date has yet to be announced.
This summer Star TV’s rival Zee TV airs a new series of its similarly themed and titled gameshow Antakshari, which began on Indian television in 1993.