Host : Rohit Shetty
Colors, Saturday and Sunday 9pm.
By Dhwani Mody
For those who believe in living a precarious existence, fraught with danger, the fifth season of Khatron Ke Khiladi is just the show that they would enjoy. While the first-two and the fouth season were hosted by actor Akshay Kumar and the third season by Priyanka Chopra, the fifth season has director Rohit Shetty making his television debut. Bollywood it seems is quite fascinated with being a part of high-end adventure shows. Famous for his penchant for dangerous and heart-stopping stunts in films, Shetty has made sure that he creates the same experience for the televiewers. No doubt, then with a host like Shetty, who by his own admission, has in this season raised the bar even higher, testing the endurance of the participants.
The show that premiered on March 22, has edge-of-the-seat drama and nail biting action scenes, performed not by a stunt man or enhanced by computer graphics, but by the participants themselves in real time. The 13 contestants on the show endeavour to overcome their fears, both physical and mental as they follow the diktats of Shetty, who is a ruthless and tough task master. The line-up of contestants, this time too is interesting. We have Bigg Boss Season 7 winner Guahar Khan, Kushal Tandon, Gurmeet Choudhary, Debina Bannerjee, Mugdha Godse, Ranvir Shorey, Nikitin Dhir among others who perform tasks like diving their head in a tank of snakes to pick up apples or having worms crawling all over their bodies, with corks and hens pecking at the worms. Even as the sight evokes disgust, we are mesmerised with the happenings on the screen and we sit glued to the sets through the hour long show. It is fascinating to watch how the stars overcome their fears and perform their tasks, and more importantly see their reactions. It gives a good feeling to know that the stars with their larger-than-life image on the silver screen are but mere mortals like us, with similar fears and anxieties.
This season, the entire experience that the contestants undergo is unravelled in South Africa. Each episode has either two or three selected contestants who perform the stunts. The one who falters, enters the danger zone. Although, the degree of thrill is definitely higher than that from the previous seasons, we wish that the makers would stick to the theme of the show, which is to provide thrills and spine chilling drama, rather than indulge in unnecessary controversies, especially those involving Guahar Khan, Kushal Tandon and the alleged entry of Aijaz Khan. The undue publicity given to Guahar Khan and Kushal Tondon irritates and does not in any way add to the content of the show, which is to provide a thrilling experience.
Verdict : Definitely a show for the brave hearts who love spine-chilling adventure.