Star & TOI join hands for television show

MUMBAI: From 8 December commences Star One and the Times of India’s Lead India, a reality show with the objective of giving the country its next generation of leaders.

This task has been entrusted to eight budding contestants from Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Delhi and Hyderabad who think that they have what it takes to change the present scenario and lead India into a bright future.

Hosted by Anupam Kher, the show will have a jury comprising of Javed Akhtar, Kiran Bedi and Vikas Singh. The contestants will compete through a series of 10 episodes and the winner will be awarded a sum of Rs. 50 lakhs for their dream project.

Lead India will be aired starting Saturday, 8 December at 8 pm on Star One and a simulcast on Star Utsav, along with a voting special on Star Plus every Sunday at 7.30 pm.

Star One vice president marketing and communications Prem Kamath said, “A far cry from the regular shows, Star One continues to concentrate on unique, innovative shows that make a difference. A joint effort by the Times of India and Star One, ‘Lead India’ is a stunning concept presented for the first time on Indian Television. It is a show that transcends merely entertainment. It is a show that could potentially impact the very future of a nation by giving her its chosen leader. ” 

Bennett and Coleman Ltd. assistant vice president Priya Gupta added, “The Times of India has always been a trendsetting brand and has been at the cutting edge of social and cultural change. Lead India as an idea is a first in the world and is an honest effort to give to India a set of young and educated Leaders who would help India realize its true potential. We are proud to have Star One as our TV partner in this initiative.