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"Crorepathi" spin-offs are here


KAUN BANEGA Crorepathi' hosted by film star Amitabh Bachchan in Star Plus is making waves in the country. This programme beamed from 9.00 p.m. for an hour from Mondays to Thursdays, however does not feature many participants from Tamil Nadu.

According to reliable sources, the Star TV is likely to come up with a Tamil version of the same show in one a regional satellite channels here. Those close to the multi-national channel speculate that Star TV which is taking care of the Tamil news telecast on Vijai TV is having discussion on bringing a programme on the lines of Crorepathi in the same channel. But the attraction of the programme is Amitabh Bachchan who is doing a great job by prodding the participants to come up with the right answer. So who will be the correct person to do the job in Tamil? It appears Star TV has approached Kamal Haasan, now shooting for Tamil film "Tenali" in New Zealand.

When Vijay TV is doing some thing new will the lead runner in Southern satellite channels, Sun TV be a mute spectator? Sun, according to sources is planning its own "Crorepathi"-type show and it may be aired soon. This programme is likely to be hosted by Sarath Kumar.

Meanwhile, Vijay TV which started "Latchaathipathi" is going to discontinue it and start 'Maha Latchaathipathi' with a prize money of Rs. 5 lakhs.

Raj TV is keeping its fingers crossed and has some plans on the anvil. Jaya TV, yet another participant in the race is also thinking of something different before taking the plunge.

Zee TV is planning a quiz with a cash prize of Rs. 10 crores and the programme is expected to be finalised by October.

S. R. ASHOK KUMAR

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