Mumbai: Only hours before he invades millions of homes as the new host of Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC), superstar Shah Rukh Khan talks about the show that will undoubtedly alter the direction of his career. "I'm nervous on Fridays but now I'm nervous on Mondays because of KBC,” said Shah Rukh.
It's the first of those nervous Mondays that Shah Rukh's speaking about, the day millions of viewers finally see him taking the seat that until recently was occupied by the country's most revered icon.
The same seat, the same role, the same show that turned around the fortunes of Amitabh Bachchan.
Comparisons are inevitable, but KBC’s brand new quizmaster says the show itself is a bigger star than the men who host it.
"I don't know what I have done on the show. I just hope that once the show is out, so are all the odious comparisons. I hope people see the show and enjoy it on their own. I don't like saying it but I think it is an individual show which goes beyond the anchors," said Shah Rukh.
The first contestant on the show's new season, Prasenjit Sarkar, holds the unique distinction of being the only person to be grilled by both Bachchan and Shah Rukh.
The man in question, a rollover contestant, waited 15 long months to return to the hot seat after Bachchan's illness threw the show off-schedule.
In his own inimitable style, Shah Rukh welcomed Sarkar back to the set and packed him off smiling.
"He won a good amount of money and he was happy he came in with his wife. He was happy that he could do the show with Mr Bachchan and then a little happy that he could do it with me also,” said Shah Rukh.
Making people sing, dance and cry is hardly new for Shah Rukh who has built his film career out of doing just that.
But this time, without beautiful Swiss locations behind him, without a gorgeous leading lady on his arm, and without either Karan Johar or Yash Chopra monitoring his moves in the camera, it's up to the actor's own charm, quick wit and presence of mind, to see him through this challenging but exciting new change of gear.