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Shah Rukh Khan to present Indian TV version of Wipeout

Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan (file photo)
Image caption Shah Rukh Khan has had a leaner filming schedule in 2010 because of injuries

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has been unveiled as the host of Zor Ka Jhatka, the new Indian version of the obstacle course reality show Wipeout.

Khan, who has been recovering this year from a shoulder injury, said in Mumbai he was "so happy" about his comeback.

The show - a huge hit in the UK, US and Australia - airs next month, featuring Indian TV stars as competitors.

Khan has already hosted Indian versions of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? and Are You Smarter than a 5h Grader?.

'Banana skin'

In Friday's news conference at a luxury Mumbai hotel, Khan said: "I am so charged and so happy to be back after taking a break due to injuries last year and this is just the right show."

He added: "This show is different from the previous two shows as there is no quizzing here.

"Without hurting anybody, we all tend to laugh at others' discomfort. When someone slips on a banana skin and falls it's funny. It's like that."

Shot in Argentina, Zor Ka Jhatka involve nearly 30 celebrities competing for prize money of $330,000 (£210,000).

Produced by Imagine TV, the first season will have 16 episodes beginning in January.