Thursday, April 14, 2011

Rajeev Khandelwal to host Sacch Ka Saamna - Season 2

Come June / July and it will be the season for reality shows. Right from the 4th season of Fear Factor - Khatron Ke Khiladi to the 3rd season of India’s Got talent to others, all are queued up to go bang bang same time. As if all this competition wasn’t enough, Star Plus will be hosting the 2nd season of “The Moment of Truth”. Yeah you guessed it right. Sacch Ka Saamna - Season 2.

Sacch Ka Saamna, which has been in news ever since its inception for its controversial nature, is believed to be once again on air from June end / July start as confirmed from sources. The producers have already roped in contestants from various walks of life and the initial round-up happened just yesterday at Film City, Goregaon, Mumbai. The 2nd season of the show (goes without saying) will be hosted by Rajeev Khandelwal who had earlier not agreed to host an extension to season one. But perhaps looking at his film career which is going nowhere just like his film title “Peter Gaya Kaam Se”, this was an opportunity that Rajeev dare refuse.

Sacch Ka Saamna is based on the same format as “The Moment of Truth” and works on the same original format owned by Howard Schultz of Lighthearted Entertainment. Prior to appearing on the actual show, contestants are asked 50 questions while being hooked up to a polygraph machine. The biological indicators of the contestant, such as pulse rate, blood pressure, etc. are measured and used by the polygraph to decide whether the answer is true or not. The contestant is not aware of the results of the polygraph for his or her answers. During the actual show, the contestant is asked 21 of the same questions again. If the contestant answers honestly, he or she moves on to the next question; however, should a contestant lie in his or her answer, or simply refuse to answer a question after it has been asked, the game ends and the contestant loses all their prize money.

There are six levels of prize money in the game. The first level consists of six questions, and answering all of them truthfully will win the contestant Rs. 100,000 of prize money. The next level has five questions and the prize money goes up to Rs. 500,000. The third, fourth and fifth levels consist of four, three and two questions respectively, with the prize money being Rs. 1,000,000, Rs. 2,500,000 and Rs. 5,000,000 respectively. The final level has only one question, with the truthful answer fetching the maximum prize money of Rs. 10,000,000 (one crore).

However, the questions become increasingly personal and potentially embarrassing in nature as the stakes get higher. The contestants are usually accompanied by close family members or friends, who are seated beside them and the host. Several of the questions tend to be related to the relationship between them and their acquaintances present there. Next to the guests is a buzzer, which they can use to override a question which they feel is better left unanswered. In that case, the contestant will be asked an alternate question which may be easier or tougher than the question it replaced. The buzzer can only be used once during the game. The series also requires contestants to sign an agreement that they will accept the conclusions drawn by the polygraph examiner. So get ready for another season of Sacch ka Saamna soon.

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