Shah Rukh Khan to Host Indian Version of 'Wipeout'

Shah Rukh Khan - 2010
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The popular Endemol format will debut in January on Turner-owned NDTV Imagine.

NEW DELHI -- Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan will host the Indian version of international game show Wipeout.

Produced by Endemol India, Zor Ka Jhatka (Hindi for A Big Shock) will unfurl in January on Turner-owned Hindi entertainment channel NDTV Imagine. The show's 28 contestants will compete for prize money worth 15 million rupees (about $3 million) including a cash prize of 5 million rupees for the eventual winner.

Wipeout airs in 22 countries and challenges contestants over offbeat and comical obstacle courses.

The show marks a return to television for Khan, who has previously hosted a season of the Indian version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?

 “This is an exciting association for me on many levels... coming back to television... and most importantly, because I'm doing something completely different from what I've done on television before. It promises to be a thrilling ride with lots of thrills and spills and I'm looking forward to being a super funny host-commentator. In fact my children and I have watched the international version often and really loved it,” Khan, who began his acting career in the late Eighties with a popular TV series Fauji (Soldier), said in a statement.

“Wipeout has been a raging success in every country where it has been aired. At Endemol, we pride ourselves on creating cutting edge, wildly entertaining shows for television viewers in India," Endemol India MD Deepak Dhar added.