Best Indian Reality TV Shows: Hosted by Bollywood superstars!

Amitabh Bachchan KBCTelevision’s small screen was never rated highly by the big screen superstars in the 20th century. And they had right reasons to believe so – there was no international exposure, the pay cheques weren’t big enough and it’s wasn’t as mainstream either (compared to today, not many homes had television back then).

But things have changed dramatically in the last 10 years or so. Television in India has become a huge industry with so many channels. All strongly competing  in their quest to attract high TRPs; they are shelling out big bucks to attract the biggest superstars in the country.

Bollywood stars too have quickly realised the true potential of  the ‘idiot box’, as a means to earn quick money and fame through this medium as well. Reality shows, in particular, get a lot of eyeballs due to their innovative concepts and the prize money involved.

Here is my list of Top 6 Best Indian Reality shows hosted by Bollywood megastars (in no particular order)

Kaun Banega Crorepati (Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan): It all started with KBC in July 2000. Based on a UK based game show ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire?’, KBC marked the comeback of the legendary Amitabh Bachchan. The ‘millennium superstar’ got enormous appreciation as a host and the show actually did what looked impossible back then – revived his film career in a big way. The show garnered high TRPs right from it’s first season and the game’s concept became hugely popular. KBC is currently in its 6th season and Big B has hosted all of them expect the 3rd in 2007 when SRK presented this show. This show started the trend of reality shows in India and also lured Bollywood stars to try out their luck on the smaller scenes.

Bigg Boss (Arshad Warsi, Shilpa Shetty, Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Salman Khan): Bigg Boss is a reality show based on the original Dutch Big Brother format. Contestants live in an isolated house trying to avoid being evicted by the public with the aim of winning a prize money at the end. Bigg Boss Season 1, 2 and 3 were hosted by Arshad Warsi, Shilpa Shetty and Amitabh Bachchan respectively. Since then Salman Khan has become a regular host of the show as he successfully presented Season 4 and the recently concluded Season 6. Season 5 was presented mainly by Sanjay Dutt with special appearances from Salman.

Satyamev Jayate (Aamir Khan): Aamir is known for being unique and different.. his television debut was no different. Satyamev Jayate was primarily a talk show that highlighted social issues prevalent in India such as female foeticides, child sexual abuse, dowry etc. Aired at 11AM on Sunday’s, Satyamev Jayate received an overwhelmingly positive response and feedback from both critics as well as the public was fantastic! Easily one of our favorite shows in the list!

Dus Ka Dum (Salman Khan): Dus Ka Dum is an Indian version of the popular American reality game show Power of 10. It marked the television debut of Salman Khan and, just like Big B, was highly instrumental in giving Salman’s movie career a much needed boost. The show was hugely popular and it helped Sony TV regain its third position in the Indian television ratings.

Khatron Ke Khiladi (Akshay Kumar, Priyanka Chopra): ‘Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi’ is an Indian stunt/dare reality game show based on the American reality show ‘Fear Factor’. The show was hosted by Bollywood’s Khiladi Akshay Kumar. He was replaced by Priyanka Chopra for the third season due to scheduling conflicts. However, the Khiladi made a successful comeback as he presented the 4th season.

Just Dance (Hrithik Roshan): When it comes to dancing skills, Hrithik Roshan is by far the best dancer in the industry. So the ‘God Of Dance’ made his television debut with the Indian version of popular international dance reality show ‘Just Dance’. Hrithik was more a friend than a judge on the show.

Article by Abhishek Sharma (tweets @abhu_sharma)

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  • Its a tie between aamir khan,salman khan and big b. others do not deserve to be even nominated in the list specially srk.

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  • without a shadow of doubt its salman khan the best host, because he has the best on stage charisma. i wouldnt put mr bachchan in this list because he is in a league of his own and cant be compared. so salman is the best host followed by aamir in satyamev jayate and then akki in katroon key khiladi

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  • Definitely Big B is the best host till date.His sense of humor and way of presentation makes him no. 1 , when hosting is concerned.
    But if we talk about khans and hritik (current generation), then i think salman in BIG BOSS is awesome.
    Although i didn’t like salman , but BIG BOSS is my favorate TV show and i really feel , that salman suits perfectly for the hosting of BIG BOSS.
    Because he presents it in that way, which people likes to watch.
    The hosting of salman overshadows the hosting of Big B in BB season 3.
    As far as BIG BOSS is concerned , i don’t think that any of the contemprories of salman can make a justice as better as salman do.
    But overall, Big B is best (KBC) and it’s baffling to see that in voting, people are dying to vote for their favouarate and Big B is at no. 3/4, which is just awful.
    Please Respect the quality….!!!
    #Personal Opinion

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  • @sachin11.Dude.I am soory to say but it’s very disappointing to see that salman has a fan like you(actually he has a lot more similar to you) , who are more a SRK hater than his (salman) fan.
    I think if any another actor would start giving a tough competition to SRK, then you will start following him..!!!
    Here, You had a chance to write some good words about salman, because he was really awesome at BIG BOSS.But instead of talking about salman, you start crying about SRK (showing your insecurity in that way).
    Stop feeling so insecure yaar…

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  • Winner Is Salman Khan…..
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    Waiting For Bigg Boss 7 And Dus Ka Dum 3.

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  • @king agree with u,here everyone is polling to their fav. Star..but i thnk amitabh bachchan hosting is superb followed by aamir and salman..
    As al knw i’m diehard srk fan,but in hosting he did’nt do good job so far..best of luck in future…

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  • although im a huge huge fan of SRK and hr.

    but speaking honestly amitabh bachchan is easily a cut above the rest.

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  • Mr. Bachhan is awesome…no one is following him in terms of popularity and hosting…after that aamir in s.j. and srk in kbc3 were awesome….by the way….the shows like “das ka dum” when lost their “dum”, no one knows…its a surprise to see that salman is topped the poll…hahaha…how he can judged as best, when a contestent shows no any respect for him …i think, big boss shud try some different face next year…

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  • No doubt salman khan Bcoz he can do any reality show popular ex big boss and dus ka dum where as big b he is only awesome in kbc best ex big boss season 3 . .

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  • rajeev why u bother to comment on SRK if u dont like him?
    due to haters like u srk is at the top since last 22 years.
    grow up man.

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  • @sachin11 Agree with your selection. I would have Big B at 1 simply because hes been hosting the longest and been successful at it too. Longevity works in his favour this time.
    @King you joker boy, if anybodys fans are polling for their favourite then it is srkians like you. 160 srkians think SRK was the best host so that goes to prove how delusional you lot are.
    Very glad Zor Ka Jhatka is nowhere to be seen otherwise 1000 delusional demented fans like you would blindly poll for SRK as the Best Host of that awful game show.
    Aamir Show is the best show out there but that debate is for another day coz the Best Host is still Big B. You rock sir.

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