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Jun 20, 2007 at 03:23am IST

Big B roped in for Zee gameshow?

New Delhi: As the Amitabh Bachchan-Shah Rukh Khan comparison rages on, there seems to be one more reason to compare.

Some reports say the Zee Television Network has roped in Bachchan to host a new game show to be aired on its new entertainment channel Zee Next, to upstage Star Television’s Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC), which is now in its third season and being hosted by Khan.

The move by Zee, reported Merinews, is to compete with Star and though Zee is keeping the deal with Bachchan much of a secret, sources said the network has already got three proposals from Bachchan’s AB Corps, the new avatar of ABCL.

STAR WARS: A media report says Zee group has roped in Big B to upstage Star TV's KBC with SRK.

Though Bachchan was bound by Star with a contract that did not allow him to be part of any game show similar to KBC for any other network, the time period of the contract ended, making him free to undertake new assignments.

Though it’s not yet clear if the Bachchan-Khan rivalry has degenerated into a full-fledged war, but it has been out in the open now after Khan sent a point-to-point rebuttal to some recent remarks attributed to Bachchan.

The two biggest stars of Bollywood – one an ageing icon, the other the heartthrob of a young generation – are fighting a battle for popularity and subtle digs at each other have marked their rivalry during the past few months.

In a TV interview, when Khan was asked about Bachchan and the rivalry between the two, he gave a curt reply, saying: "That was your generation, this is mine."

Bachchan had also remarked that comparisons with a younger star only inspired him to act better so that Khan could imitate him. "I am quite good at what I do," Khan retorted.