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Just did it! Now at it again!



Poll time again... Shekhar Suman is ready for the next round. Photo: S.Arneja.

IF SATIRE is an art, then the urge to satirise anybody and anything can also be called a penchant. For Shekhar Suman in particular, it has turned out to be so.

Be it his Movers & Shakers, Made in India, Simply Shekhar, Carry on Shekhar or the recent election-centric Poll Khol, his proclivity to satirise anybody and everybody known to the public is laced with that acidity, the tartness of which gives the audience peals of laughter no doubt and the subjects of lampooning heartburn indeed. And, the actor-anchor, during this process, appears to be really enjoying all this word trashing. So much so as it seems, he had readily agreed when Star News expressed willingness to take Poll Khol beyond the elections. More the platform, better it is.

Says Shekhar, "It anyway has got so much of viewer response. I honestly feel that there is something in this show that people identify with. So, when BAG Films, which is doing the programme for the channel, asked me to continue, I readily nodded my yes." The show's new avatar would have the same 10.30 p.m. slot as before but instead of being a daily, it would be now shown on Saturdays and Sundays. As the polls are over now, the show will stretch its subjects from politics to sports to business to fashion and more.

In New Delhi this past week to announce the show's re-launch along with BAG. Films Managing Director Anurradha Prasad, Star News Director Uday Shankar and the producer of the show, Ajit Anjum, Shekhar tries to do a little more truth-seeking. "People like my programmes because I conduct them with a sense of social responsibility. In Poll Khol too, we tried to remove many a mask worn by political figures which touched the viewers. The questions we raised were the ones which a common voter looking at a certain piece of news would like to ask," he says with the same straight face with which he delivers his googlies on the tube. Sitting at ease with that familiar smirk on his face at The Claridges, he gives full marks though, to the BAG Films' team led by Anjum for spicing up the show's script with a razor-edge sharpness.

"During the period from April 1 to May 19 when the show was on air, both BAG Films and Star News had got many a call from politicians on the contents of the show. Yet they refused to tamper with it which shows that they are committed to the cause of the show. They refused to be disloyal to the viewers," he states. "And so, the show in its first week itself, came up to the top of the charts and continued to be so for more than six weeks," he adds. What Shekhar insists in consonance with Anurradha Prasad and Uday Shankar is, the decision to re-launch it is primarily due to its loyalty to the cause and to its people. And, the high TRP it has bagged before and the same it might get now is just by the way.

Well, did you believe them?

SANGEETA BAROOAH &
PISHAROTY

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