Dadagiri Unlimited show's logo
|Created by||Zee Bangla|
|Directed by||Subhankar Chattopadhyay|
|Presented by||Sourav Ganguly|
|Opening theme||Dadagiri by Arijit Singh|
|Country of origin||India|
|No. of seasons||8|
|Running time||90 minutes (with advertisement) 60 minutes approx. (without advertisement in season 4 2013)|
|Original network||Zee Bangla|
|First shown in||October 12, 2009|
|Original release||2009 –|
The contestants are chosen by a preliminary selection round held in different parts of the state West Bengal; every contestant represents their respective districts of West Bengal. The show premiered in 2009. The title track has been sung by Arijit Singh.
In 2009, Kolkata won the finale (Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan was the celebrity guest in the finale episode of the first season); and in season 2, North 24 Parganas won. Dadagiri season 3 was organized in 2012 and was hosted by Mithun Chakraborty. Bardhaman secured the trophy of Season 3.
Season 4 started from August 26, 2013 and ended on February 23, 2014. This season, the main host, Sourav Ganguly hosted the show. In this season, North 24 Parganas secured the win for the second time (Bollywood personalities Farhan Akhtar and Vidya Balan were celebrity guests in the finale of season 4, who came to promote their film Shaadi Ke Side Effects). Season 5 started on November 17, 2014. Season 6 began on January 11, 2016 and ended on 3 July 2016. Season 7 began on 10 June 2017 and ended on 25 February 2018. Season 8 has started airing from 3 August.
Sometimes, a number of Bengali celebrities or renowned personalities come to play the game for the bottom six districts in list.
The rounds are:
Six contestants are selected in this round. This round was dropped in later seasons.
Six selected contestants from 23 districts of West Bengal and a contestant representing Team India participate in this round. Six clues are given for a single answer, from which the participants have to guess the answer. From season 4, a seventh clue had been included, which was presented after the participants finalized their guess in the sixth clue. The participants' 'runs' are deducted if their guess is wrong, while they are awarded with points if their guess is correct. The number of runs awarded or deducted depends on the number of clues the contestant used to finalize his/her guess. In the later seasons, this round has got tougher with the clue being vague and the answers unexpected. In season 8, participants need to write their guesses from the first clue but without telling anyone, which is revealed at the end before announcing the seventh clue i.e., the answer.
None are eliminated.
All six contestants play this round. Random questions of nine people are selected to ask the contestants. If they are able to answer without taking options, they get 12 runs. They can also select from questions valued two, four or six runs if they wish. A two-run question includes two options, a four-run question has three options, while a six-run question has four options.
If any other contestant thinks that the contestant's answer is wrong, he/she can challenge that particular contestant, receiving double runs if the answer is correct, but losing double runs if the answer is wrong.
This round was renamed as Bouncer Round in season 7.
Cover Drive Round
Here, the contestants are given some audio-visual questions to answer. Questions range from one to four runs (score). The contestants are questioned, without options, on either a video or an audio clip, depending on their choice. The help and challenge options are also available here.
This round is quite similar to the Power Play round; only the question pattern is different.
One contestant is eliminated.
The Googly and Doosra round is quite similar to the type of bowling in cricket it is named after. As the bowler surprises the batsman with such a delivery, the contestants are also baffled by riddles or rebus puzzles. This is perhaps the hardest round in the game, but certainly the most enjoyable. Each contestant can chose from googly and doosra. As a doosra question is more difficult, contestant gets 12 points for the right answer and minus 12 points for the wrong answer. A googly question has six points. A contestant gets six points for the right answer and minus six points for the wrong answer.
One contestant is eliminated. Googly was renamed as Googly/Doosra round in season 8.
Slog Over Round
This round was called Full Toss Round in season 7. The remaining three contestants are asked 12 questions. Previously (before season 5) the number of questions was 18. The fastest one to press the buzzer after the question is asked, gets to answer the particular question. One who manages to answer consecutive three questions correctly gets a 'free hit' which means that there will be no negative marking for him in the question. Questions which all the contestants have failed to answer, are asked to the Runners' Bench at random. One contestant is eliminated.
Bapi Bari Jaa
The remaining duo are head-to-head in this final obstacle to victory. The contestants are told to choose from six subjects alternatively, from which they will be asked questions. Similar to the Bouncer round, one can challenge the other. If they decide to challenge in this round, their answers are kept unknown to each other until they have finalized them.
The contestant who has scored more runs, wins the game.
In season 3 'Bapi Bari Jaa' round was renamed as 'Check Mate' round, in season 4 it was again named as 'Bapi Bari Jaa'.
The winning districts of Dadagiri Unlimited in different seasons are :
• Season 1 — Shah Rukh Khan
• Season 7 — Sachin Tendulkar
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