A thrilling ride

Thursday, 27 March 2014 - 7:35am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

Khatron Ke Khiladi season 5
Saturday – Sunday, 9 pm
Rating: ***


The adventure show that gave a miss last year is back with the promise of being a Darr ka blockbuster and the first couple of episodes stay true to the promise. The stunts are extremely scary, wild and edgy.

And the twists they bring in it are spine-chilling, to say the least. So strap yourself and get ready for an exciting ride!

What works: Definitely the stunts devised by host Rohit Shetty. Yes, they are filmy, but that only makes it more interesting and thrilling. The task where the contestants in a moving boat had to hold on to a rope swinging from a flying helicopter, climb up, and open a box with two keys was edge-of the-seat. Only Salman Yusuff Khan could complete the task while Daya Shetty and Geeta were not even able to get off the base. Then there was a stunt where the participants had to cross a shaky bridge without railings, 150 feet above ground level (at the height of a 12-storied building). Though they had harnesses tied to them, it was heart-stopping. Both Mugdha Godse and Ranvir Shorey completed it successfully, and Mugdha's timing was better! Even the dangerous stunt pulled by Kushal Tandon and Debina extracting honey from a beehive even as killer bees were attacking them raised goose bumps.

Also, each task is performed only by two or three contestants, which keeps the interest alive. You also get to see several stunts in one episode unlike in the past seasons where all the 12-13 contestants performed one stunt. The surprise twist that Rohit adds to a task when the contestants are just about to perform, is hair-raising. And yes, the dose of humour that he brings in the action show is welcome. Add to it the wilderness of Cape Town, and you have the perfect setting for the daredevilry.

What does not work: We have seen Rohit as a judge on a comedy show where he had to pass comments on the actors' performances, which being a director was right up his ally. But hosting a show is a different ball-game altogether and that's where Rohit lacks the X factor. Also, he is too casual in his approach and the punch is missing. As far as the tasks go, those revolving around worms and snakes are queasy and not many can stomach even watching them.

Verdict: If you are looking for a thrilling ride, this is it. Those with a weak heart and low fear threshold should keep away.

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