When the curtains were brought down on 10 KA DUM, the debut programme of Salman Khan on Sony television, the views expressed in some quarters that hiring him for this programme may not be a win-win situation for the channel. But the immense popularity of the programme has dispelled the thought. The USP of the programme has been the informality that Salman brought out in all the episodes and this is what increased its TRP.
Stars have made their debuts in various TV programmes but they have been guarded in their interaction with the audiences, but Salman threw all the caution to the winds, right from dancing along with them, to allowing them to pull his legs for his impeding marriage. Not a single episode went by, where this issue was not taken up, but he replied to all of them with his elfin charm and floored the audience and the participants with his response.
Such was the warmth that Salman brought out into the programme that he led the skeptics eat crow, when he invited Akshay and Katrina together on the programme, and Katrina was courageous enough to pull his legs for hugging and kissing the female partners. Even though it may have been stage-managed the sheer fact that he allowed to be questioned on the same, was a clever ploy to do away with the Casanova image with which he has been associated in the media.
He also was candid enough to come out with his differences with Shah Rukh Khan and he was vocal about his opinion. It was his charm that made even Aamir Khan appear in a realty show and have fun. As Aamir himself acknowledged that people of his ilk are like laborers who have to work to get their dues, but Salman is the real star who lets people eat out of his hand, if he so decides.
As the prgramme was based on the probabilities as the deciding factor for winnability of a question, the probability of Salman being immensely popular has turned into a certainty as the curtains have come down on 10 KA DUM. There is no need for any audience poll. When the second season of 10 KA DUM starts, it would indeed be interesting to watch whether he invites BIG B along with his family and would have settled the issue of his impeding marriage by then.