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Playing to the gallery

Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega is back with Season 5. Judge Anu Malik with hosts Mona Singh and Krushna Abhishek give details about what we can expect this time

Farah Khan and Anu Malik strike a pose
Farah Khan and Anu Malik strike a pose

Sony has relaunched Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega, almost two and a half years after Season 4 in 2011. This season will once again see Farah Khan and Anu Malik in the judges’ seat. Stand-up comedian-cum-actor Krushna Abhishek is the new entrant who will co-host the show with Mona Singh.
Talking about how they will spot talent this time, Anu Malik says, “While, it’s going to be the same old funny, funky, tremendously mad show, as judges, it is always be a big challenge for us especially when we sometimes have to select one among six to seven good acts. But great acts, with Krishna’s brand of humour, my shayaris, and Farah’s reactions, and Mona trying to bring a semblance of normalcy to the charged situation, will only ensure fun.”
While the sole motive of the team is to entertain the audience, they have their own reason to be a part of this show. For Mona Singh, “It’s the pagalpanti quotient that keeps me hooked to it.” For Krushna Abhishek, the reason to host the show, was that he wanted to be a part of the ‘mad’ circle and also because he liked the format. “I’m the new entrant on the show, aur maine toh entertainment ke liye kuch bhi kar liya hai (laughs). I’ve known Farahji and Anuji, ever since I was a kid. The best part is that, besides being entertained I get to watch so much talent,” says Abhishek, adding that he loves being himself on the show.
The show’s format remains the same, but Malik who has been associated with it since its inception, gives his creative inputs to it. “My association with Sony goes a long way, so I give my inputs,” he adds.
As far as the preparation for hosting is concerned, Singh adds, “We’re always given information about the contestants and their background, but there are times when we aren’t told what a contestant will do, to provide the surprise element. For instance, a guy was going to eat a live frog, and we didn’t know about it, so our reactions were very natural.”
For Abhishek, his stint as a stand-up comedian has also worked in his favour when it comes to being impromptu. “There are very few who can be as spontaneous as Kapil (Sharma) or Manish (Paul) or myself. I think the stand-up comedy background does help,” feels Abhishek. Besides, he is happy that he gets to dress up in his normal clothes, rather than in some whacky character that he is usually seen in on the comedy shows.