Bollywood or Bust



Mo Dutta (1994-5)

Sanjeev Bhaskar (1996)


BBC2, 1 January 1994 to 18 December 1996 (29 episodes in 4 series)


Saturday morning staple for BBC2's weekly Asian strand.

It's a standard quiz about Indian films and the Bollywood film industry. Four contestants in each episode, progressing to a semi-final and then a final with the hope of getting to visit the Bollywood film stages for real. There were also celebrity and children's editions.

Fairly standard rounds, but each round was introduced by a fairly dramatic piece of Indian film music and each round was named in Hindi and English. Nice touches.

Host Mo Dutta described the show as "like a cross between The Price is Right and Screen Test. It has all the glitz and glamour of a Saturday night game show, but it's based on the Bollywood industry that is far more restrained than its Hollywood equivalent."


The title is clearly a homage to the famous film Hollywood or Bust (also the name of a Bruce Forsyth show).


Finalists (l-r) Mehdi Hasan, Rajesh Bedi, Mo Dutta (host/presenter), Preeti Mehta and Ashima Mathur in the final of 'Bollywood or Bust'.
Mo (Mohit) Dutta, presenter/host of 'Bollywood or Bust'


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