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Shekhar moves up again!

SANGEETA BAROOAH PISHAROTY speaks to Shekhar Suman on the success of his daily show Poll Kholl on Star News.


IF TALKING right can make one successful, then, this is the secret behind Shekhar Suman's accomplishments. A smooth talker armed with the right words at the right time, whether it is arclights or just casual conversation, he sails on effortlessly. But now, he indeed has a reason not to talk big and long but smile often in between too. Star News's Poll Kholl, the latest show to feature him as an anchor, is the most watched election-related spoof show across all the channels according to the latest ratings. While Star News bags a 0.42 per cent, Aaj Tak gets a 0.35 and NDTV India is third with 0.29 per cent.

Having changed base temporarily to Delhi for this 10.30 p.m. daily show, a flamboyant Shekhar takes some time off in between shoots to give his take on it: "More than a satire, Poll Kholl is on a journalistic mode. We say what we want to say in a hard-hitting manner. The focus is on the election promises of politicians, famous and not-so-famous together, and then a comparison of their achievements and failures over the last five years." Though at times, one feels Shekhar could have been given a few less lines during this half-hour show, well-researched hard facts with punchy lines certainly make the show a shade better than others on different channels. "From the very beginning, we were clear that we shall never blow below the belt. We have nothing to do with the personal lives of the politicians," adjoins Shekhar. So, the script makes fun of Rabri Devi's accompanying her daughter to the polling booth where she shows her how to punch the Electronic Voting Machine correctly against an earlier bite when the Bihar Chief Minister says she is travelling across the State to educate voters on the correct use of EVMs; it laughs at Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy when he tells voters during his campaign trail in his constituency that he has done so much for them and yet says later to journalists that the corrupt Bihar Government has not allowed him to do any development work at Chapra; it lampoons Bihar MP Rajju Bhaiya's style of operation.

Ajit Anjum, the producer of this BAG Films show, says "looking at our mike, many politicians now refuse to give bites."

And here, Shekhar puts in that his is a "bold" step as those who are lampooned at would think what he says is his opinion. "But I am actually just doing what a common voter thinks and wants to say aloud," he says. Poll Kholl, he states, would allow voters to analyse the situation before he votes for a particular person. But now, tell us Shekhar, the way television in India is going, how many of this 600-million voters bank on the idiot box to help him choose the right candidate?

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