‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ was a superhit show in UK.
Now superhit shows inspire others… so there was the Indian version `Kaun Banega Crorepati?` which in turn, inspired a movie `Slumdog Millionaire’ being made by British filmmaker Danny Boyle in Mumbai at the time.
But this piece of news is not about the movie, rather about who will be in the lead role of the quizmaster in the movie. Danny reportedly approached Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan, who both hosted the show on TV, to play the role but they said to have turned down the offer.
Now, rumours are doing rounds that actor Anil Kapoor has been finalised for the role.
An “inside” source revealed that Anil Kapoor had talks with Danny and he is most likely to play the part.
“Anil has frequent meets with Danny and Danny has even declared to his close associates that Anil is the one. He doesn’t want to disclose the details to the press as yet though. In fact the shoot has almost started in the hotel. Anil will be playing the host of KBC in the film”, says he.
Director Danny Boyle, who is better known for making Hollywood films like “A Life Less Ordinary”, “28 Days Later”, ‘The Beach” and “Trainspotting” (It’s one of my favourites!), has confirmed that the movie is a love story where a kid tries to get back to his girlfriend through participating in hit TV show.
I could never have guessed the romantic aspect of the movie, knowing that it’s based on a show that got almost the entire nation trying to improve their general knowledge in the hope of making into the show!