Best known as the host of the quiz show Quiz Time, he was the producer and director of TV shows like Kaun Banega Crorepati and Dus Ka Dum.
His show business career began in 1977, when he worked as a documentarian.
He is the producer of the quiz show Kaun Banega Crorepati, which had the highest-rated debut of any show in Indian television history.
He was married to India Today journalist, Anita Kaul Basu from 1983-88.
He produced the quiz show Kaun Banega Crorepati, which is hosted by Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan.