STAR One’s exciting new musical contest ‘Antakshari – The Great Challenge’ goes live tonight and the channel is hoping to garner as much interest in the show as possible.

Though STAR India COO’s decision to leave the channel is now final Sameer Nair still continues to be enormously active in what the staffers at STAR refer to his double hurrah.

While ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ rocks to Nair’s tune, his other baby ‘Antakshari’ is getting Nair’s complete interest.

Not only is Nair on the set all the time he also roped in new buddy Shah Rukh Khan makes a guest appearance in the inaugural episode of Antakshari. The charismatic Khan brought the house down.

Says the programme’s producer-director Gajendra Singh, “Shah Rukh entered the set to the sound of the qawalli from ‘Veer Zara’ which anchor Anu Kapoor sang live for him. Shah Rukh joined the participants and was a bundle of excitement. We couldn’t have hoped for a better start to the show, all thanks to Samir Nair. I’d call ‘Ankakshari’ his baby as much as mine.”

Adds Gajendra Singh, “This is a new beginning for me. I’ve launched a new production house Sai Baba Productions with this new show. We’ve worked really hard to make ‘Antakshari’ a whopper. Anu Kapoor and TV actress Juhi Parmar are wonderful together. They exude a tremendous confidence and are totally in tune with the younger generation.”

The new friendship between Nair and Shah Rukh is an extension of the earlier Nair-Karan Johar dosti that too STAR’s COO to NDTV’s entertainment channel. According to the people close to Sameer Nair he would soon be collaborating with the Khan on various projects.