Mumbai: Colors will be launching its new weekend prime time cricket-format show Ek Khiladi Ek Hasina on 26 September. The show will be hosted by Sandhaya Mridul and judged by Wasim Akram and Sushmita Sen.
The show will air every Friday and Saturday at 9 pm.
Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena will feature Sreesanth teamed with Surveen Chawla, Harbhajan with Mona Singh, Irfan Pathan with Ashima Bhalla; Dinesh Karthik with Nigar Khan; Nikhil Chopra with Barkha Bisht and Vinod Kambli with Shama Sikander.
Colors CEO Rajesh Kamat says, "Ek Khiladi Ek Hasina is another differentiated offering from Colors that will significantly consolidate our position over the weekends." He further added, "Given the unique format, Ek Khiladi Ek Hassena is sure to find universal appeal across demographics and will entertain the cricket-lovers as well as the showbiz-fans, equally."
The voting pattern will follow a 50:50 ratio for the jury and in studio audiences. The highest scoring couple finds themselves in the ‘Safe Zone’ while the couple with the lowest scores challenges any two pairs of their choice from the remaining lot in the challenger round. The winner takes home a cash prize of Rs 25 lakhs.
Colors programming head Ashvini Yardi adds, "We’ve all grown up idolizing our cricketing heroes. I am sure that after ‘Ek Khiladi Ek Hassena’, we’d be practicing their steps as well."
The show has been produced by UTV Television. UTV Television COO Ajit Thakur says, "Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena as a concept is very close to our heart and in Colors we found the perfect partner for our ambitious project. In a country obsessed with cricket and showbiz stars, it does not get bigger than this. It was a complete roller coaster ride as we went on the floor with the project!"