It's official! Nagarjuna to host Telugu KBC

Superstar Akkineni Nagarjuna will be hosting the Telugu version of the popular quiz show, ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’. In Telugu, the show will be titled, Meelo Evaru Koteeswarudu and will go on air from mid-June. He has been selected from 38 popular names.

"Nagarjuna will host the Telugu version of KBC. He was selected amongst 38 popular names that were considered to host the show. After rigorous selection process, we have zeroed in on Nagarjuna who we think will do complete justice to the show," Nimagada Prasad, chairman, MAA TV, told IANS.

The format of the show will be same along the original KBC, with a cash prize of Rs.1 crore. It will be aired on MAA TV.

"The show is likely to go on air from June onwards, and it will be more or less similar to the original," he added.

An elated Nagarjuna said, "The show will realize the dreams of common man. Everybody deserves an opportunity to fulfill their dreams. This show will provide a platform for such people realize their dreams".

"It's not as easy as it seems. The other day, I realized that I was practising the questions even while sleeping and my wife (Amala) was shocked to see me mumbling in sleep," he quipped.

Kaun Banega Crorepati has been aired in different languages and in different channels of television. In Tamil, KBC has been hosted by Suriya and Prakash Raj. In the original Hindi version, it was hosted by Amitabh Bachchan and also Shahrukh Khan hosted one of the seasons. Cricketer Sourav Ganguly hosted the Bengali version of the quiz show and the Bhojpuri version was hosted by actor Shatrughan Sinha and Kannada version of Kaun Banega Crorepati was hosted by actor Puneeth Rajkumar.