Sania, Lara in the hot seat


India’s tennis sensation Sania Mirza and model-turned-actress Lara Dutta will share the hot seat in a Children’s Day special on the TV game show Kaun Banega Crorepati.

“I must say it was a good experience,” says host Amitabh Bachchan about the latest celebrity special on KBC.

Giving details of the unexpected synthesis of sports and cinema, STAR’s COO Samir Nair said: “We’ve got Sania and Lara together as a Children’s Day special. Why these two? Sania is a youth icon. Getting her on the hot seat was a challenge, and we proved equal to it.

“We needed a spunky spirited woman of today to complement Sania on the hot seat. Lara fitted the bill perfectly. She’s young, articulate and intelligent. They’re very, very watchable together.

“Both Lara and Sania represent the spirit of youth and are role models for kids. Ask Mr Bac-hchan, Lara and Sania are dynamite together.” The Children’s Day special will be telecast on November 1 3.

STAR has at least two more celebrity specials lined up this season on KBC. Hrithik Roshan will appear with Priyanka Chopra and, if all goes well, we’ll see Abhishek on the hot seat in the grand finale of KBC. But for that he needs to get over his nervousness about the experience.