Post 'OSO', 70s Bollywood to come alive on TV with 'K For Kishore'

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New Delhi, Dec 19 (UNI) After 'Om Shanti Om' and 'Khoya Khoya Chand' recreated on big screen Bollywood era of the 70s and the 60s, the small screen is also set to witness a rekindling of memories of the ''golden period of Indian cinema'' with an ode to the musical maestro Kishore Kumar.

'K For Kishore', a new show to be aired on Sony Entertainment Television from December 21, will witness 12 talented singers from across the country, all of whom have looked upon Kishore Kumar as an inspiration for their singing, battle for the title of the most deserving successor to the music maestro.

Judging these contestants in their ability to match up with the singing skills of the 70s legendary singer will be music director Bhappi Lahiri and playback singer Sudesh Bhonsle.

To be aired twice a week for ten weeks, on Fridays and Saturdays at 2100 hrs, 'K For Kishore' will have Bhappi Lahiri, who has had a close association with Kishore Kumar, having worked with the versatile singer in a series of films from 'Chalte Chalte' to 'Waqt Ki Awaz', and Sudesh Bhonsle, who completed all the unfinished assignments of Kishore Kumar after his death, will, along with a live audience, decide which of the 12 contestants go on to the next round.

Speaking at a press meet in the capital last evening to promote the show, executive vice-president and business head of Sony Entertainment television, Albert Almeida said,''the show will have 12 talented voices from across the country recreate the magic of the great Kishore Kumar by singing his songs that have, over the last 20 years, become an anthem for the youth of India.'' The 20 episode journey will finally lead to the singer closest to 'Kishoreda', as Kishore Kumar was popularly known in the industry circles, in terms of singing.

A unique feature of the show will be that unlike other music reality shows, 'k for kishore' will not have SMS voting as a criteria for selecting the best contestant. The entire selection power has been vested in the judges and the live audience.

An added attraction of the show will be the appearance of the 70s heart-throbs Dev Anand and Rajesh Khanna as well as the melodious Asha Bhonsle, all of whom have had a close association with Kishore over the years, in the special celebrity episodes of the programme.

Speaking at the press meet, music director Bhappi Lahiri said,''it is a show extremely close to my heart, having had a close association with 'Kishoreda', who incidentally also happens to be my 'mama' (maternal uncle), from 'Chalte Chalte' to 'Waqt ki Awaz'.

So, in a way it is my tribute to the great singer and an ode to his versatility.'' Expressing confidence that the show would be well received by the TV audience, the music director said,''a show of this kind has never happened on Indian television before. It has an element of newness and freshness about it. I am sure it will be a big hit.'' reminscing about his association with the great Kishore Kumar, Bhappi Lahiri said,''after 'Kishoreda', I have not seen another singer who is as good at singing as at performing. The greatness of Kishore was that he could sing all kinds of songs beautifully.'' The show is being produced by Miditech, which has produced for Sony popular reality shows like Indian Idol and Fame Gurukul.

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