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Priyanka Joshi  |  New Delhi 

quits gameshow Deal Ya No Deal
It had almost begun to look like actor was enjoying the small tube, but he surprised us by saying "No deal" after 35 episodes. Let's look at how Madhavan contradicted himself, when he told Business Standard (just two weeks back) that he was "loving the television streak" in him.
On gameshows and television: "Television has grown up. I think that reality gameshows have really charged up the scene."
On Deal Ya No Deal: "The show, I think, is a wonderful platform to begin my television journey. It's a great honour to be associated with a show that is compared with Amitji's show (Kaun Banega Crorepati II)."
His association with DYND: "The show lets me be myself. I have no written script to fall back on and so I have a free hand in interacting with the participants. The emotions are original and straight from the heart."
On Sony TV: "I couldn't have asked for a better platform."
On movies: "They will happen on the side. I am not quitting them, merely looking a step beyond movies. Television and gameshows are happening today."
Future: "I see myself associated with the show for the next five years. The show's concept is unique and audiences see it as the window to encashing their dreams."
On gameshows and television: "I cannot spare the amount of time this medium (television) demands. I have to keep aside 20 days for film shootings and I can spare only days days for television, at the moment."
On Deal Ya No Deal: "The show will continue without me. I wish it luck."
His association with DYND: "As the contract with the show was over, and I was not in a position to accommodate more than six days for shooting, we (the creators of the show and Madhavan) decided to part mutually."
On Sony TV: "It was a great platform, but things (read dates) were not working out at my end."
On movies: "I am going to start shooting for a Hindi movie by June. In addition, I also have three Tamil films on hand and that should keep me busy this year."
Future: "I am open to work for television, but I don't think I have the bulk dates that this medium demands. So, I guess it will be movies for me."

First Published: Tue, January 17 2006. 00:00 IST