Rannvijay Singha’s newest show will fuel the NBA fever in the country
You have doughnuts, apple pie and rap music, but when it comes to all things American, you also have basketball. NBA Slam, the newest show to premiere this week, hopes to enthrall Indian NBA fans with its quirky videos, player interactions and NBA facts—all delivered in a witty manner by VJ Rannvijay Singha. “Basketball is not a sport, it’s a complete lifestyle that a lot of us sports fans are missing out on,” begins Singha, who offers actual know-how of the sport, as he was part of India’s U-19 basketball team. Expect an episode where the VJ will take on another star, MTV Roadies fame Varun Sood, for a friendly basketball game recreating the LeBron James vs Stephen Curry match. Seth Curry, an NBA player and Stephen’s younger brother, will join Singha in another episode.
The 15-part series will also feature the current season’s basketball discussions, court rivalries and lifestyle. Shot in a makeshift basketball court created overlooking the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, it will feature Singha’s basketball skills, too. “It’s a myth that basketball is for tall people. There are lots of skilled players who are just five feet and five inches tall—so nothing should stop us from slam dunking,” adds the host, who has just finished filming a trek that he was part of, across the Siachen Glacier, and a motorcycle road trip with his father—both of which will be telecast this month.