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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Ali Merchant back in Yeh Rishta..

Remember the character of Rituraj, played by Ali Merchant who was the first guy in Akshara aka Hina Khan's life in Star Plus' Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, produced by Rajan Shahi.

The actor essayed a cameo role earlier wherein he succeeded in bringing out the feelings of love in Akshara. And now when Akshara is all set for marriage with Naitik (Karan Mehra), her first love reappears!!

Yes, you heard it right!! Ali Merchant is back in Yeh Rishtha, and this brings a new twist in the tale!!

According to our source, "Engagement preparations are on when we see the reappearance of Rituraj. This gives rise to a complex situation as he happens to be the first guy in the life of Akshara. She will go thro' all the troubled moments upon seeing him, and the fact that Naitik is not aware of Rituraj and Akshara's earlier relationship will add on to the situation".

Earlier, Rituraj and Akshara had seen each other, and the alliance was almost finalized, when the guy decided to call it off, as he was not convinced with Akshara's desire to seek a future in singing.

Will Rituraj's comeback create a problem in the relationship of Naitik and Akshara? What role will Rituraj have to play in such a situation?

Keep watching the show to know more..
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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Mink enters Sarkaar Ki Duniya..

Mink who was last seen in COLORS' Dancing Queen will now be entering REAL TV's Sarkaar Ki Duniya as Wild Card Entry.

Talking about her entry in the show, Mink says, "REAL channel wanted one celebrity wild card for the show, and they approached me. I am basically a very private person, comfortable in my own life. So I thought this is the best opportunity to explore myself. Through this reality, I will get a chance to test my patience level, and will also be making food for myself (smiles)".

When asked whether she is worried about her image being hampered in the show, she quips, "I think all is up to me and all matters on how I behave there. As I told you earlier, I am very good in behavior, so I will not have any problems".

On her disappointing exit in Dancing Queen Mink verbalizes, "The show was a dance reality show where I had the responsibility to teach my team mate the qualities that a dancing queen will possess. Basically, she had to be good in behavior, dressing and dancing. Unfortunately, I got a partner who was mentally sick; a person who did not have any manners, who would end up fighting with everyone. I am happy that I got rid of her".

Well, we just hope Mink has a better time in this reality show..
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Love Ne Milaa Di Jodi to launch on 17th June on Star One..

Star One's tale of three brothers and three sisters, 'Love Ne Milaa Di Jodi', produced by Shakuntalam Telefilms, featuring Gaurav Khanna, Chandana Sharma, Karan Tacker, Dishank Arora, Parmeet and Simran will launch on 17th June at 9.30 PM in Monday to Friday slot.

This means Shakuntala, the periodic love story coming from Sagar Pictures which was aired at two slots 8 PM as well as 9.30 PM will now be shown only at the 8 PM slot.

Confirming this, Amrit Sagar of Sagar Pictures says, "Shakuntala was aired at the time slots 8 PM and 9.30 PM. The channel felt that 8 PM is a better slot for the periodic show and we will be sticking to that, while the channel will be launching a new show at the 9.30 PM slot".

We called Neelima Bajpai of Shakuntalam Telefilms, but she was unaware of the time slot given to her show, and said, "I have no idea about the time slot; please talk to the channel for this".

Love Ne Milaa Di Jodi, as reported earlier is the tale of three brothers and three sisters who have a set plan in mind, but things do not happen as per their plans. And as the theme of the show aptly suggests, 'Plan main nahi thi love story, par love ne milaadi Jodi'".

Watch the space for more on the new youth-based show to hit the TV screens…
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Monday, May 25, 2009

Burey Bhi Hum moved to 7 PM slot..

As reported earlier, Hats Off's Burey Bhi Hum Bhale Bhi Hum on Star Plus, which presently holds the 7.30 PM time slot is making way for the new BAG Films show Mitwa Phool Kamal Ke.

According to our source from the production house, "Talks are on with the channel, and if all goes well we will be moving to the 7 PM slot from May 27th while Mitwa will take the 7.30 PM slot".

We talked to one of the actors from the show who on terms of anonymity said, "Yes, we have also heard from our team that the show is getting moved to the 7 PM slot".

Few days back, J.D. Majethia who is presently holidaying in Australia, had said, "We will be happy if the channel gives us a better slot".

We tried calling Co-Producer Aatish Kapadia, but he too replied to us in message saying "He is out of town on a vacation, and can talk about this only after getting back".

Hope the new time slot provided gives some impetus to the show...
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'Three Brothers' on Star One...

Shakuntalam Telefilms' Three Brothers on Star One will be a love story with a back drop of mystery in it...

Shakuntalam Telefilms' new show on Star One, 'Three Brothers' will feature a mix of known as well as fresh faces.

The show is a love story with a thriller element to it. The whole ambiance of the show will be youth oriented; the story line will have a backdrop of mystery.

The story is about three brothers and three sisters who have a set plan in mind, but things do not happen as per their plans. And as the theme of the show aptly suggests, 'Plan main nahi thi love story, par love ne milaadi Jodi.

Gaurav Khanna who was part of Shakuntalam's Santaan will play the eldest brother, Prithvi. The middle brother is played by Karan Tacker who is presently seen hosting Star Plus' weekend show Star Sansaar. The youngest brother is played by new face Dishank Arora. Among the girls, Chandana Sharma plays the eldest sister, while new faces Parmeet and Simran essay the roles of her sisters.

Gaurav Khanna plays an earthy character, a character which he has never played before. He essays a stiff character and his look is also totally different, with a western style given to it.

Chandana Sharma will play the girl opposite Gaurav. "Chandana plays the character of Damini. Karan is cast opposite Parmeet whose screen name will be Avni", adds our source.

Karan Tacker plays the middle brother Sameer. He is a fun loving character, and is also a family oriented guy. He is a complete flirt who goes behind women of all ages. His only aim in life is to make quick money.

Totally unlike Sameer is the youngest of the brothers, Varun which is played by Dishank Arora. He is more into studies, and is a talented student in college. All the girls woo for him, but he stays away from girls. Varun is cast opposite Roshni, played by Simran who is a hip-hop kind of girl.

The show will be launched in June, but the date and time slot has not been finalized yet.

Watch out for more on this show...

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Baichung Bhutia wins Jhalak..

Indian football captain, Baichung Bhutia and his choreographer Sonia have lifted Sony's Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 3 trophy. The lanky Sikkimese dude who initially had hiccups in getting his emotions right on stage beat the talented dancer Gauhar Khan and the crowd favorite Karan Singh Grover, in the finale which was recorded late last night and went on to become the First Male Winner of Jhalak!!

The Grand Finale will be telecasted next Sunday night. "Most finals are usually telecast deferred live, but this had to be delayed because tonight's IPL Finale was being aired live on the sister network of Sony", says a source.

Coming to yesterday's finale, Savio Barnes, choreographer of Hard Kaur told us, "The audiences SMS vote overturned the judges' markings which had favored Gauhar. They selected the second best Baichung as their winner and kept Karan Singh as the third finalist, just like the teen deviyaan".

"There was no face off round between the top two and the audience vote selected Baichung", confirms our source from the sets. Our khabru went on to state that when the top two names were announced, everybody was surprised because it was expected that Karan will get most votes.

Although Savio admitted that Gauhar was a better dancer, he felt "Baichung deserved to win as he had showed remarkable growth and had reached this stage from being a complete non-dancer. Gauhar on the other hand is a good dancer, and she had trained with me too in the past".

On Karan our source says, "There was no growth; he remained where he was right from round one".

Savio who was quite depressed at losing out in the semi finals felt much better when the channel and the jury gave him and Hard Kaur, the Best Dancers' trophy, a replica of the winning trophy, after telling them that this was not out of sympathy, but because they deserved it.

Well, the moment of truth is that the Jhalak trophy belongs to Baichung!! Three cheers to the guy...
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Sushant Singh Rajput, male lead of Pavitra Rishtha..

Sushant Singh Rajput, one of the chocolate boys of television who essays the role of Preet in Star Plus' Kis Desh Main Hai Mera Dil has bagged the meaty role of the lead in Balaji Telefilms' upcoming show, Pavitra Rishtha on Zee TV.

As reported earlier, Ankita Lokhande essays the role of the protagonist Archana, who is from the middle class society, well past her marriageable age, and is not getting a good match as she is not well-educated.

Sushant is cast opposite Ankita, and he plays the character of Manav who is from a lower middle class family. He is a family oriented guy, a person who can do anything for his people. He works in a garage, and helps run his family. He dotes on his parents, brother and sister and loves them a lot. In other words, he is basically a Lord Ram like character who is a sincere son and brother.

As reported earlier, Raj Singh who was seen in Jyoti and Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat plays Manav's brother, Swati Anand of Kasamh Se fame plays his bhabhi and Yamini of Tuj Sang fame plays his sister.

Sushant plays the adorable brother of Prem (Harshad Chopra) in Kis Desh.

Pavitra Rishtha on Zee TV launches on 1st June at the 9 PM slot..
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Diya Chopra out of Hindi Hai Hum..

Diya Chopra who played the character of Loveline in Swastik Pictures' Hindi Hai Hum on REAL TV is no more part of the show, and the buzz is that her unprofessional behavior forced the production house to look for a replacement.

According to the source, "The girl never used to turn up for shoot, and she used to pack-up at her own will. The production house had a tough time dealing with her tantrums, and they were forced to call the shots".

The Creative Director and Producer Siddharth Tewary said, "It is true that she is not longer part of the show. But I do not want to talk further".

However, Diya Chopra who has just got back to Mumbai said, "There was no such hungama between me and the production house. It was just that I was caught up with some personal work for the past two weeks, and could not attend shoot. Even now, I have just got back to Mumbai and will be travelling again the coming month. I had a talk with them, and the decision to opt out was taken amicably".

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

FIR inspector Chamdramukhi Chautala will woo John Abraham

Chandramukhi ChautalaRough and tough inspector Chandramukhi Chautala from Sab Tv’s FIR will now flaunt her feminine oomph on big screen. She is busy shooting all these days for the film ‘Film city’ opposite Bollywood’s coolest hunk John Abraham. Though she is on cloud nine from the time she has bagged the role but she maintains absolute silence about her debut character on big screen as of now. But she has hint that she is in the movie for glamour quotient and it is the story of people who are influenced by the film industry.

Despite the fact that her excitement is at the peak about her first big screen appearance, she is loyal to her first medium that is TV. She has no plans to quit TV to make big in Bollywood. “FIR goes on and I am in talks for hosting another reality show as well. If dates work out I might accept it” she confirms.

She was last seen anchoring ‘Arre Diwaano Mujhe Pehchaano’ on star plus which bombed very badly besides big names and faces involved with the show. Kavita defends her stand saying “See we anchor’s are not a very important part of reality show. Our job is just to take things forward, what finally matters are the contestants. Arre Deewano failed because there were a lot of problems among the participants. They just could not get along with each other”.
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Jai Shri Krishna to showcase Krishna’s adolescent year; introduces new Krishna

KrishnaYashoda maiyya’s natkhat Kanhaiyya managed to melt even the toughest heart with his cute little smile and little baby antics. But time waits for none and even our beloved little Krishna now has to grow up. ‘Jai Shri Krishna’ the successful and popular mythological drama on COLORS which is based on Shri Krishna’s life is all set to grow up – literally. The show which had been focusing on Krishna’s life as a toddler will now have an adolescent Kanha making Vrindavan and the gopis dance to his bansuri’s tunes.

The young actor will portray the role of Krishna in his pre-teen and teen years. With the change in actor and in age also comes a change in the storyline of the show.

The show will now, of course, focus on the antics of an adolescent Krishna and will include charming stories about gopis, dancing on the head of the snake (Kaalia), and of course the this new phase in the show will also witness the love blossoming between the young lovers - Radha and Krishna. Bathed in the sweet emotion of love, devotees will get a glimpse of ‘Raas Leela’ - the eternal love story of Lord Krishna and the graceful Radha.

Ashwini Yardi, programming head for COLORS said, “Lord Krishna’s charm, be it as a toddler or as an adolescent, never fails to touch your heart. The elder Kanha brings with him a mature outlook to life while keeping his innocence intact. At the same time, his worldview changes as he starts experiencing a lot more than he did as a toddler. This is the time when Krishna faces feelings of deep rooted emotional love for Radha. On the other hand, his innate character as the protector of mankind comes to the fore when he encounters Kaalia naag. This phase of Krishna’s life is filled with very interesting twists and turns and we’re sure the audiences will enjoy every moment of it.”

Speaking about this major change Moti Sagar, Producer of Meenakshi Sagar Productions said, “Baby Krishna’s story is filled with cute incidents that we all have enjoyed watching over the past few months that the show has been running. However, it was now time to let the audiences grow with our little Krishna and find out what twists and turns his life is about to go through. The story is a natural progression for the show and will lead the way for us to include even more interesting tales from Krishna’s life. We hope that the audiences like and enjoy watching our new Krishna as much as they loved our little baby Kanha.”

Krishna Devotees will be able to watch older Krishna up to his newer antics on COLORS from May 28th 2009 at 8:30 pm from Monday to Friday.
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Mona Singh ready for makeover on Bindaas...

Ugly duckling turned swan, Jassi aka Mona Singh will kick start a new reality show on Bindaas called Blue Carpet. This weekly series will witness ordinary young girls going through make-overs. Mona will be the first and only celeb contestant to undergo a transformation albeit a mild one.

Talking about the experience, she says "It is unique as she has never undergone a make over in real life i.e. changing her hair style and wardrobe. I have never had my hair colored under a panel of experts. My character had experienced the same in Jassi though. She also finds no comparison with her other show Extreme Makeover for there, you had victims with serious injuries getting a new lease of life".

Mona also had lot of fun shooting for this coming Friday's Jhalak Wild card episode. "I took everybody's case royally. I wanted to anchor this season as well, but date issues prevented the same". She did not want to comment on Shiv Pandit's ouster as anchor. "If the channel has decided about the same, they must have had a valid reason. Rohit Roy is a great anchor, and he also has more years of TV experience behind him", states she.

She believes that Ram Kapoor has a good chance to return in the Wild card as he has a strong vote bank. "Agreed he is more entertainment than dance, but this show needs some fun, not all should be as serious as Gauhar. Plus this show is not about real dancers but about people who are learning to dance", states the actress. Asked to comment on the difference between all the three seasons, she quips "During our time there was more ball room dancing but now it's more Bollywood. Also this time things are tougher due to the Face off. I would have shuddered to take part in the same as I still maintain that I am not a good dancer", says the winner of Jhalak Season 1.

Mona is also quite busy with the shooting of her upcoming film, 3 Idiots. "We have finished three schedules and will soon leave for the next. It's quite chilled out compared to TV as nobody is in a hurry to dispatch tapes", she adds.

As for television, she will soon do one more reality show for a major channel.

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Tie between Gauhar and Baichung..

Gauhar and Baichung remain inseparable this week in terms of points, courtesy their fabulous performances..

The pre-finale tension is mounting on Sony's Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa as Gauhar Khan and Baichung Bhutia are trying hard to out beat the other on the dance floor!!

3ccording to our source, "Both Baichung and Gauhar gave their best performance this week, and the judges found it difficult to rate them. The level of competition amongst both is so high that they could not be separated even in points, as they ended up a tie".

Elaborating on the performance of Gauhar our informer adds, "She was perfect and her attitude portrayed that she deserved to win. Her Kisna act was very much appreciated by the judges. She was dressed in the attire of Krishna and gave a powerful performance and fetched good marks".

Baichung was equally good.Baichung and Sonia performed on the rumba act and it was a nice sight to watch. The dance involved risk as they jigged on top of two tables and a chair which they used as props. Sonia was fabulous as she jumped from one place to another.

Prabhu Deva too liked both their performances. "He was amazed to see Baichung dancing and grooving with Sonia", concludes the source.

The countdown has now begun to crown the Dancing Sensation in the Third Season of Jhalak.. May the best win..

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Rupali Ganguly to do a cameo in Aapki Antara..

Rupali Ganguly who was seen in Zara Nachke Dikha will be seen portraying a very important cameo in Zee's upcoming show, Aapki Antara, produced by Drishtanth Productions.

According to our reliable source, "The little kid Antara is born an autistic child, and her biological mother is played by Rupali Ganguly. She will be seen in a very brief cameo lasting two episodes".

"She is a single mother, who gets the shock of her life when she gets to know that her child is autistic. Rupali will be seen in the first two episodes of the show. The mother is forced by situations wherein she leaves her child, and this is where Vidya (Prabhleen Sandhu) and her husband come into the picture", adds our source.

Prabhleen Sandhu and Darshan essay Antara's parents, but the fact remains that she is not their biological child.

We called Rupali to know about her character, but she refused to talk much. "I am playing a cameo here, but I can say nothing more than this".

Aapki Antara which is the tale of a special child launches on June 1st at the 8.30 PM slot on Zee TV…

Well, this is one show that seems to have all the ingredients to be termed unique.. Let's see how the audience reacts to it..
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Priya Marathe in Pavitra Rishtha..

Balaji Telefilms' upcoming show on Zee TV, Pavitra Rishtha as reported earlier is the remake of a popular mega serial down South, Thirumathi Selvam.

This romantic story will have the typical flavor of middle class to lower middle class Maharashtrian families. And as reported earlier, Ankita Lokhande who was earlier seen in Zee Cinestars Ki Khoj plays the main lead, Archana.

Here's more information on the cast, the protagonist has two sisters and a brother in the story. Priya Marathe who was earlier seen playing the role of Vidya Bali in Kasamh Se will play the parallel lead in the show. She essays the character of Varsha who is one of the sisters of the protagonist, Archana. The actress is presently doing a cameo in Burey Bhi Hum Bhale Bhi Hum.

Priya elaborated on her character, "Varsha is well-educated when compared to Archana. She is a homely, yet working girl and is a total contrast to her sister in terms of personality. Archana on the other hand, is not educated and is not an earning member in the family".

Archana has a brother, and this character will be played by Parag Tyagi. Swati Anand who played the role of Rashi in Kasamh Se plays his wife who will have a negative shade to portray. The youngest sister's role will be played by Prarthana who was earlier seen in Koi Aane Ko Hai. Her screen name is Vaishali. And as the promos suggest, Savitha Prabhune and Ajay Rohila play the parents.

As the story moves on, the male lead's family will be introduced. The male lead is yet to be finalized, but his character name will be Manav. He will have a brother and sister. The brother's role will be played by Raj Singh who was seen in Jyoti and Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat. His screen name is Sachin and he will have a grey shade to his character. Yamini who was seen in Tuj Sang Preet Lagaayi Sajna will play sister to the male lead. The actors to play parents of the boy have not been finalized yet.

The show will launch on June 1st at the 9 PM slot..

Watch out for more news on the show…
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Simple Kaul enters Namak Haraam..

After the entry of Aman Verma, Simple Kaul will soon be seen on REAL's show Namak Haram. She is entering as the parallel lead and has a powerful character of a business woman to portray.

Talking about her role, Simple says "I am essaying a very positive role in the show; I play the Managing Director of a foreign based company. This is not a cameo but a good character role."

Elaborating on her storyline she quips "I am here to start a project with Karan Sagar (Sachin Tyagi). My character is very similar to that of Swati when it comes to thought process. We both differ only in looks; while I pose a western look, Swati is very Indian in dressing".

"I have come into the picture for some purpose which I cannot reveal now. All I can say is that my role is very matured and dignified, and I am happy to have bagged it", she concludes.

Simple is excited about her other project too, which launches soon on SAB TV.
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Zaynah to play Antara..

The wait is finally over, as the channel and production house have found their perfect kid to play the special child in Zee's upcoming show, Aapki Antara, produced by Drishthant Productions!!

As it was reported earlier, the promos on air showed a different girl Apple Reetoria Rishi as the central character. But it was heard that the production house and channel were looking for more options.

According to our source, "The wait is over now, and a little girl by name Zaynah will be seen as Antara in the show. There will be two more kids who will be important to the story line; one will be Antara's elder brother and the other a kid living in the same society. The boys to play the two roles will be Arav Velhal and Raj Simaria. All the kids are relatively fresh to television, and have been part of few ads".

The show has Prabhleen Sandhu, Darshan, Sujata Kumar playing pivotal roles.

If sources are to be believed, Antara plays an autistic child in the show. However, when we had earlier raised this question to the producer, he had rubbished this.

The show launches on Zee TV on June 1st, at the 8.30 PM slot..
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Roshni Chopra to host India's Got Talent..

Sometime back there was a news that Roshni Chopra might anchor Rakhi Ka Swaymar on NDTV Imagine, but now we have the girl herself saying that she is not doing the show.

"I was indeed approached but then the dates collided with my US shows which were already penciled in, hence I had to opt out", says Roshni. However, she has passed on her best wishes to Rakhi thro' a promo she shot recently for the show.

Roshni will now be seen in yet another big budget reality show and we have her talking about it. "You can soon see me hosting COLORS' India Got Talent. This reality show will have three anchors including me, the other two being Nikhil Chinnappa and Ayushmann Khurana. I will host a special segment called 'India has got more talent'", explains Roshni.

However, she refused to talk more about it saying, "You will have to check it out for yourself. I have just returned from multi-city auditions and am pleasantly shocked to see the extent of talent that people have. This international format is a far cry from the song and dance routine to which TV had got stuck in for some time".

Lastly, talking about her look, she says "I have a never before avatar. Earlier you had seen me in dresses and in a studio environment, but be prepared for some different here".

India's Got Talent will be produced by Synergy Adlabs.
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Mitwa to compete against Choti Bahu..

Hats Off and Star Plus' Burey Bhi Hum Bhale Bhi Hum is all set for a change in time slot. This show will be replaced by BAG Films' Mitwa Phool Kamal Ke, which was earlier slotted for the afternoon band.

The channel has thoughts of providing a counter attack with Mitwa to Zee TV's Choti Bahu which is doing well at the 7.30 PM slot. The lavish manner in which the show is being shot now also indicates to the fact that Mitwa might get an early evening slot rather than being placed in the afternoon band. Mitwa is most likely launching on 27th May and will take up the 7.30 PM slot.

This development actually leaves Hats Off's Burey Bhi Hum which presently occupies the 7.30 PM slot in a fix.

The Co-Producer Aatish Kapadia comments on this, he said, "I am out of Mumbai and have no clue on the same. If the time slot is changing then everything must have been internally decided. I am sure that the channel will give us a better time slot if this happens".

The show Burey Bhi Hum… was not delivering the required TRP's and the channel wanted to do well in the time slot, especially with heavy competition coming from Choti Bahu.

The channel is trying to fit in Burey Bhi Hum at a better time slot, but nothing is finalized yet. The concept of the show is good but the evening band is not fetching them the needed results.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Sony unveils new line-up of programming..

On the heels of IPL ending, Sony Entertainment Television is all set to over haul its entire programming matrix.

Danish Khan, Marketing Head, Sony unveiled the long awaited new line-up which will premiere from the 25th of May. "We will launch 5 new daily shows(Four fiction and One non-fiction) all on the same day. Historical drama, Chittod Ki Rani Padmini will air at 8 PM. Sports based saga Palampur Express debuts at 8.30 PM. Bhaskar Bharti will be aired at 9 PM and Ladies Special at 9.30 PM. A big ticket non-fiction talent hunt show, 'Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega' produced by Wizcraft where contestants will have to prove their talent outside of singing and dancing, featuring Farah Khan and Annu Malek as judges will air at 10 PM. The above mentioned fiction series will air from Monday to Thursday while the non-fiction show will be seen from Monday-Friday".

Danish further said, "We have new presentations on the weekend band as well. Salman Khan's 'Dus Ka Dum' will air every Saturday starting 1st June at the 9 PM slot. There will also be another non-fiction show on the grounds of Comedy Circus on Fridays produced by Optimistyx, titled 'Dekh India Dekh' which will launch in end May".

According to our source, Boogie Woogie and CID are the only properties to have survived the overhaul, as they give good ratings. The former dance show will air on Friday and Saturday at 8 PM while the latter long running detective saga is yet to be given a time slot.

Explaining the logic behind the revamp, Danish says "The entire change reflects our knowledge that the market and audience profile is changing and we have to be in tune".

He further says, "As per our new strategy, we wanted to come up with never-tried-before programming. The audience also wants something novel every time, hence each of our new offerings is of a completely different genre from the other. This is the only the first step, as we have many other shows lined up as well".

All eyes will surely be glued to the New Look Sony...
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Aman Verma enters Namak Haraam..

Starting this Thursday, REAL's Namak Haraam takes an exciting turn with the entry of Rohit Malhotra into the lives of Karan and Swati! Tune in this Thursday, May 14th at 8:30 pm to watch the entry of popular television anchor and actor Aman Verma in a very dynamic role in Namak Haraam only on REAL.

Says Aman Verma about his entry in the show, "I am absolutely delighted to be a part of Namak Haraam. The character I play on the show is very different from what I have done earlier, which makes it even more exciting for me. Namak Haraam has received lot of appreciation from viewers and with the entry of my character the show will take an interesting new turn!"

Rohit Malhotra was a dear friend of Karan (Sachin Tyagi) during their college days. They lose touch when Karan goes abroad to pursue his higher studies. Never serious about his career and life, Rohit's only philosophy is to have fun. He flirts with girls, picks up fights and bullies other people!

One day, while he is at his usual antics, he troubles an innocent girl. Swati (Narayani Shastri) comes to the girl's rescue and slaps him. This opens up his eyes! Not only does he change as a person, but he falls in love with Swati. When Swati sees this change, she befriends him and they start spending time together. Rohit thinks that Swati likes him, but she just considers him to be a good friend. How does he react when Swati introduces him to her husband who is also his old friend Karan? Does he feel cheated and rejected? Is he heartbroken and devastated? Does he get over Swati and move on gracefully or will he destroy her life?

Rohit is back with a bang, in their lives! And this time, he has a serious agenda! Tune in to Namak Haraam, this Thursday at 8:30pm only on REAL and find out what Rohit has in mind!
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Zee TV No. 1 in Non-Film GRPs..

The clash across GEC's to gain supremacy is really heating up now, with Zee TV surging ahead in numbers. According to the TAM ratings of this week, Zee TV has emerged as the No.1 in Non-Film GRPs with 208 GRPs, while Star Plus stands at 201 GRPs, and COLORS at 196 GRPs.

Akash Chawla, Marketing Head, Zee TV said, "Zee TV holds the top position when it comes to Non Film GRPs. Inclusive of films, COLORS and Star Plus are tied up with 248 GRPs, while Zee TV is just behind with 236 GRPs, the difference being a meager 12 GRPs".

Considering the fact that audience has switched their loyalties to the ongoing IPL, Zee TV is the only channel which has grown from 228 GRPs in Week 18 to 236 GRPs in Week 19.

Talking about the remarkable improvement shown by Zee, Akash Chawla further states, "Zee always has the habit of coming back with a bang from being nowhere. Our increase in numbers can be accounted to the fact that our new launches have given us the much needed momentum to rise to the top. If you see, Choti Bahu has created history as it is the only serial slotted at 7.30 PM that has managed to get a TRP of 4. Same is the case with our recently launched show Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijo which again gives us a 4 TRP. Our non-fiction show Dance India Dance has been a huge success, and gets an average TRP of 3.8 to 4, while the highest that a non fiction show across all channels has managed to get this season is a mere 1.8 TRP".

"Going forward, we are very positive about our new launches Pavitra Rishtha and Aapki Antara. In the non-fiction arena, we have L'il Champs launching very soon. Jhansi Ki Rani is one more interesting concept we are looking at in the near future. The reality show Ladies Special is also to launch soon. We believe in bringing in new properties to keep the freshness intact, and at the same time will also be taking off the old properties which are almost done with the story telling. Overall, we can say that the next coming months will see an interesting phase in the growth of Zee TV, and we are all geared up for competition", states Akash.

With the IPL drawing to an end in few weeks' time, it looks like there is going to be a big battle for numbers on TV..
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Aapki Antara to depict essence of life..

Zee TV's upcoming show Aapki Antara, produced by Drishtant Productions will be the tale of a special child who redeems lot of lives during her journey.

According to the Producer Monish Sekhri, "The show will depict the very essence of life, and will have drama, lighter moments, emotions, and will talk about various relationships and their psychologies. The show takes off in a society where the young kid stays with her parents and brother. Prabhleen Sandhu and Darshan play the kid's parents, while noted actor Sujata Kumar plays the little girl's grand mother".

The story will have only 8-12 characters who live in the particular society. There will be totally three kids in the show; Antara, her elder brother and another boy who lives in the same society.

According to our source from the channel, "The little kid Antara is supposed to be an autistic child in the show. Autism is a kind of disorder where the kid will have no particular bonding whether it be with parents, siblings or friends. At times, the person affected can be very restrictive and repetitive in behavior".

However, when we asked Producer Monish Sekhri about this, he rubbished the news and said, "You are now getting into all kinds of imaginations. The kid is special in the right sense; every kid is special for its own family".

The central character of Antara was to be played by Apple Reetoria Rishi, who appears in the promos. However, there is a change now and they are looking out for the right girl to play the role. Monish says, "The search is going on; we are looking for more options right now".

Prabhleen Sandhu who was earlier seen in Mohe Rang De plays the girl's mother and she says, "I play the girl's mother, Vidya. I have shot for only one day, but not with the girl. I can talk about the concept only after the launch".

Sujata Kumar is very upbeat about the show and says, "This is a show which has not been seen till now on television. I essay the character of Vidya's mother, and the little girl's grand mother. My character will come across as a balanced and unfair character".

And as Monish aptly sums it up, "The show's biggest high is that there will be no negative characters; nobody in the show will be incorrect. The story will revolve around various situations which test the good people".

The show launches on June 1st and will be aired at the 8.30 PM slot..
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Radhika to confess her love for Dev..

Choti Bahu has been ruling Zee's evening band for a long time now. The story line has kept the audience glued to the show, and here is yet another interesting phase to follow.

As per the current track Dev (Avinash Sachdev) has a hint that Radhika (Rubina Dalaik) loves him, though she has never admitted to it. In the coming episodes Radhika will accept that she is in love with him and this will be a pleasing track in the show.

Elaborating on the story line, Dev who is now sure that Radhika is just not confessing love sets up certain traps for her, so that she discloses the truth. Eventually it so happens that he succeeds in his plans.

This is also a strong point in the show and the creative team is seeing to it that the turn in the story is well received by viewers.

But the question that still lingers in the minds of viewers is that whether this will lead to the union of Radhika and Dev or not??

Let's wait and watch..
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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Meet the cast of Beach-O-Beach..

Beach-O-Beach, the adaptation of the very famous international series Baywatch and Friends will soon launch on COLORS.

As reported earlier that Daljit Kaur, Eva Grover, Paintal, Asrani and Atul Kulkarni will be part of the show.

This is the first time that COLORS is coming up with such a concept which will have a different feel to it. There will be a westernized approach to the story and will also have some naughty comedy too.

The story will be about seven new generation blokes who come to Goa to have jolly good time in the shack owned by Eva Grover, who plays the character of Ruby Mascaranes.

The seven central characters is a mix of known and new faces. The known faces are Daljit Kaur, Chahat Khanna and Anirudh Dave. Supreet Bedi who has been an anchor on Zoom since 2006, Tarul Swami and Arpit Sharma who have been part of films like Mumbai Salsa and Fashion and Rayamond Irani who was seen in Mumbai Salsa are the four new faces who complete the group of seven friends.

Paintal who essays the character of Logo Mascaranes plays Eva Grover's (Ruby) elder brother who has just come to Goa from abroad. He lives in the huge bungalow behind the shack. His grown up kids have left him all alone, and thus he hates the sight of the new generation kids. Ultimately, as the story progresses the seven friends change the mindset of the man.

Ruby aunty as reported earlier is a very colorful character who has been Miss Goa in her younger days. She is very happy over the fact that there are men of all ages who go gaga over her. "Supreet Bedi plays the niece of Ruby aunty, and her screen name is Cheril. She is a complete brat who beats up guys. The other six young characters happen to be the friends of Cheril, who come over to Goa to enjoy.

Daljit's character is of a very dumb and shy girl who is totally unaware of the twists in life while Chahat is a multi-millionaire's daughter who is a total brat. Basically, the seven young generation guys and girls are from different backgrounds, and their story takes off when they come to Goa.

The show is slated to launch post IPL. "The show will most likely begin in the first week of June. It will be seen at a primetime slot every Friday to Sunday", concludes our source.
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Menaka battles to get Yuvraj back in Betiyaan..

Romit Raj, Yuvraj of Zee's Betiyaan will be back in action soon!!

The present track focuses on Rasik Mama emotionally blackmailing Menaka (Tanushree Kaushal) by telling her that nobody in the family is bothered about Yuvraj who is serving a jail sentence at the moment for having killed his father. This instigates Menaka to fight for her son and bring him back.

The next high point in the story will be Menaka's struggle to get her son out of jail. While the entire family is against her, there will be one person in the family who will help her in her fight. There will be major drama wherein Menaka performs a particular pooja for the welfare of her son. This track will go on for more than two weeks, at the end of which Menaka gets successful in getting her son released.

When asked about his comeback on the show, Romit Raj said, "Yes, I am getting back on the show very soon".

Watch for some high voltage drama in Betiyaan..
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Monday, May 11, 2009

From Sugna to Kangana -Vibha Anand

From Sugna to KanganaThere was a time when to become a heroine or to even get a role in television shows or films you needed to be handsome or pretty. Looks were your passport to the celebrity world. In the recent past, however, things have changed drastically. Specially in the television industry. They have made it to the top solely on the basis of their acting prowess. Case in point is Vibha Anand, better known Sugna in Balika Vadhu.

One of the most popular actresses on Indian television today, Vibha started off as a greenhorn just about a year back. In fact, despite having done a course on acting from a school called Creating Characters, Vibha was so scared to face the camera that she almost had a nervous breakdown. “Participating in an acting course is something and actually facing the camera is something else. I was very scared on the first day of my shoot and was trembling,” remembers the actress. “To top it, I had to face experienced actors like Sulekha Sikri, Smita Bansal and Anoop Soni in the show. I just did not know how to move forward.”

But Vibha managed to muster enough courage, move forward and prove to the world that she can act. “I am grateful to my director Pradip Yadav for giving me the confidence to act. He was the person who patiently explained every scene till the time I became comfortable. I wouldn’t have been able to do what I did if it was not for him,” says a grateful Vibha whose first serial – Balika Vadhu – has catapulted her to stardom.

Another factor, according to Vibha, that helped her a lot was the team spirit in the show. “This was possible because of the long time we spent together while shooting in Rajasthan. The first schedule of shooting was completely done in Rajasthan and the entire cast and crew of the team came together during that time. We have also formed a youngsters gang within the crew involving me, Neha Marda and Avika Gor and we have a blast the moment cameras are switched off! I feel it is this team spirit that has made Balika Vadhu the number one show today,” explains a proud Vibha.

The perfect mix of youngsters and senior actors has helped the actress learn a lot and her performance has improved as a result. “It is of immense pride for me when I hear praises about my acting abilities in the midst of veterans like Sulekha Sikri, Smita Bansal and Anoop Soni. It would not have been possible without their active mentoring,” says Vibha.

But it has been a sad story for her character in Balika Vadhu ever since her on-screen husband died in an accident. “It was a complete creative decision. We had no idea of why it was done. In fact I got to know from the media that something like that is going to happen. But as you know, a new character – Krishna (played by Vikrant Massay) – has been introduced in the show. He will bring about some happiness in my life,” says the actress who has been constantly seen crying in the show ever since the change in script. In fact, the story goes that Vibha doesn’t even need glycerine to shed tears on the sets.

After her success in Balika Vadhu, Vibha has also started acting in a new Hats Off Productions’ show – Shree where she is playing the role of Kangana, as spirit. “It is a complete change from my earlier character. But it is very interesting and challenging and I am enjoying every bit of Kangana!” explains the versatile actress who feels she is a director’s actress.

Interestingly, the same team spirit that Vibha enjoyed in Balika Vadhu is evident in Shree as well. “Today I have three families – my Balika Vadhu family, my Shree family and my actual family. I am equally at ease everywhere and they care for me equally,” says Vibha.

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Indraneil back in Doli Saja Ke..

Sahara One's Doli Saja Ke, produced by A. K. Films will see the comeback of Daksh (Indraneil Sengupta) very soon. However, there is a twist in the tale as Daksh who is now seen in a new avtar has lost his memory.

Daksh is in fact back as Dharma, as he has lost his memory and is now working for the group of Don Raman Pujari. He is his henchman who is wanted by police. Daksh and Anupama (Barkha Bisht) come face to face for a second in a temple, but before Anupama realizes that he is Daksh, the guy vanishes. On the other hand, Samar is forced by Anupama to start hunting for Daksh. As the story progresses, Dharma who is on the run is hit by a police man's bullet and is wounded very badly. As he runs for his life, he spots Samar's house and enters it, and this is where Daksha and Anupama finally meet.

There will be yet another twist in the tale as Samar is actually in love with Anupama.Samar who has fallen in love with Anupama will initially help in uniting them, but there are chances of Samar getting negative later on.

We called Indraneil to know about his comeback to the show, but he said, "All I can tell you at the moment is that I am back to the show. I cannot reveal much about the track".

letz wait n watch !!

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Jaane Kya Baat Hui to go off air on June 5th..

COLORS' show Jaane Kya Baat Hui, produced by Cinevistaas, which focused on the story of a diligent and loving housewife, whose life gets shattered when she gets to know of her husband's adultery in marriage will soon be going off air. The show boasted of some big names, Shweta Tiwari, Sanjeet Bedi, Suhasini Mulay, Abhinav Shukla, Ami Trivedi.

However, the strong subject failed to generate the required response from audience and lagged behind in the TRP charts, which had earlier forced the channel to shift the show from the prime time slot of 10 PM to an early evening slot of 6.30 PM.

The TRPs were improving after the show was shifted to the early evening slot. But now, the channel has decided to end the show. Jaane Kya will be ending on June 5th.

We talked to the lead of the show Sanjeet Bedi who seemed surprised to hear the news. "Actually, we are delivering better numbers now, and we have a nice story line going.. I have not heard about the show going off air; but if the news is true, then I would take it as the channel's prerogative and move on".

We tried contacting Producer Siddharth Malhotra, but since he is out of the country he asked us to talk to the Creative Director of the show, Sharad Raj.

However, Sharad Raj refused to comment on this.

Our source though is certain that the show will shut shop on June 5th. Our efforts to get a confirmation from the channel were in vain.

Well, in the midst of stiff competition to gain numbers, yet another show bites the dus
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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Weekend morning slots for COLORS...

With IPL heading towards its close on May 24th, television is gearing up for some big launches across channels.. After we heard of Sony revamping its present line-up of shows and Zee coming up with few new launches, the next channel to join the bandwagon is COLORS. The very successful channel is all set to bring in the weekend morning slot very soon.

The channel is all set for a summer dhamaal by introducing weekend morning slots. They want to bring back the old days of Doordarshan when it was a norm in every household to watch their mytho and fantasy based shows every Sunday morning.

Moti Sagar said, "We have two shows which are launching in the weekend morning slot on COLORS. However, the timing is not decided yet. Vikram Betal is Prem Sagar Creation while Swaminarayan is mine."

Vikram Betal will air around 10:30 in the morning. Time slot for Swaminarayan is not confirmed yet.

As reported earlier that Swaminarayan would be on NDTV Imagine. "Yes initially the talks were going on with Imagine, but things did not materialize and we shifted the show to COLORS," concludes the source.

In the very fascinating tale of Vikram Betal, Vikram is played by Tarun Khanna while Betal is played by Badrul Islam. Badrul was recently seen in new Bingo ad and happend to be a NSD pass out.

Well let's see what more COLORS have to offer!!!
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Meerabai, daily prime time on Imagine

Meerabai is the new venture of Sagar Arts for NDTV Imagine. It was reported that the show is slated for a weekend slot. However, the latest development is that the show will get a prime time slot and will be a daily.

"Yes it's a daily and a prime time slot. The channel is finalizing on the time slot. Meerabai will be launched after IPL," says Moti Sagar.

Meerabai will focus on the childhood days of the princess and her journey ahead. "Shriya Sharma is finalized to play the young Meerabai and the production is looking for a new face to play the elder version of Meerabai," states the source.

Born in the early 16th century, Meerabai belonged to the royal family of Mewar. She renounced the luxuries of royal life and became an ardent devotee of Lord Krishna. Meera composed many devotional songs in praise of Lord Krishna which are sung to this day with great reverence throughout the country. She died at the feet of Lord Krishna of Dwaraka at the age of 67.

Let's see what more has to come from the kitty of Sagar's…
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Bandhan Saat Janmon ka is going off air ??

Bandhan Saat JanmonIf sources are to be believed then Colors’s Bandhan Saat Janmon Ka is going off air by mid June. The show enjoyed a good TRP for a brief period of time but suddenly the viewers started losing interest in the show and the show started losing its TRP. Now that the show isn’t working, the channel has decided to shut down the shutters. We called up the lead of the show Gunjan and she said, “I have no idea about it. I have no clues about show going off air.” In fact she was surprised on listening such news and was asking us that where have we got this news from? Writer of the show, Sampurn Anand too denied our sources report, “I have no such intimation from the channel as of now but if I get to know something I would definitely inform about it.” The crew of the show maybe denying the news but according to our sources the news is confirm, but it is yet not decided that which new show will replace it.
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Friday, May 8, 2009

Hans Baliye on Star One..

Star One brings a unique concept where couples will be engaged in stand up comedy in the show to be launched soon, Hans Baliye...

Viewers have been seeing real-life Jodis taking to the dance floor in Nach Baliye, but Star One brings a very unique concept where couples will be engaged in stand-up comedy in the show to launch very soon, titled Hans Baliye, produced by Violet Pictures..

The Jodis who have been approached are newly wed couple Juhi Parmar and Sachin Shroff, the much-in-love Jodi Ali Merchant and Sara Khan, Ashita Dhawan and her boy friend Shailesh Gulabani, the couple with the comic touch Jaspal Bhatti and Savita Bhatti, Rajesh Kumar and his wife Madhvi and Gurdeep Guggi, the Laughter Challenge finalist who was also seen in the Akshay Kumar starrer, Humko Deewana Kar Gaya along with his wife, Kuljeet.

The judges who have been approached are Daler Mehndi, Raveena Tandon and Juhi Chawla, though it will most likely be Daler and Raveena sharing the Judges honors. It is heard that Preity Zinta was also approached to judge the show, but things did not work out as the actress is now cheering her Kings XI Punjab team in the ongoing IPL in South Africa.

The show will have in total eight Jodis who will entertain the viewers with their perfect comic timing..

The show will launch either in the last week of May or first week of June and will be aired on Saturdays..
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Sketch Comedy on Sony

Another reality show is all set to rule Sony channel by promising uniqueness. Produced by Optimystix, it's called Sketch Comedy and the show will soon air after the revamp of the channel. Shruti Seth is tipped to host the show again.

As of now the show is named as Sketch Comedy. It will not have a stand up comedy but a series of two teams which will present gags. The channel as well as production house is experimenting on this format.

Elaborating on the format,there will be two teams and they will present a series of character in comedy shade. The one who stays till end will win the game. This is something very different to watch.

Talking about the host, Shruti has been approached for the same but nothing has been finalized as yet.

After this another season of Comedy Circus will be seen on the channel. This show will only take on air in August.

So let's wait and watch what Sony has to offer its viewers next!!!
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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Shraddha on Star Plus..

Star Plus' upcoming show Shraddha, produced by Siddhant Cinevision has finally gone on floors, as the entire unit starts shoot from today at Ujjain. Shraddha is the tale about Jaswal family based in Ujjain.

It will be a content oriented show and will focus on faith and religious sentiments. The central character of the show is Shraddha who is very devoted to her parents, and essaying the lead role will be Neha Janpandit who was earlier seen in Woh Rehne Wali Mehlon Ki.

The cast will see a mix of experienced as well as new faces. Veteran actor Sudhir Dalvi who is popular for his portrayal of Sai Baba on television will play father to the female protagonist. Sukanya Kulkarni, the noted actress will be playing Shraddha's mother. New face Siddharth Dhawan, son of Anil Dhawan will play Shraddha's brother. The male lead is again a new face from Delhi, Varun Sobti.

"Shraddha will most likely take an afternoon slot and will launch in June, but nothing is decided yet", concludes our source.

A very elated Neha Janpandit confirmed her presence in the show, saying "Yes, I play the title character of Shraddha. We are all set to start shoot in Ujjain. However, I cannot talk on my character or concept of the show as of now".

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Saat Phere to go off air on May 22nd..

It's just been few weeks since Zee's Saat Phere, produced by Sphere Origin took a leap introducing a whole new set of new generation actors. But now, there is bad news coming for the entire unit as the show is tipped to go off air on May 22nd.

Confirming our news, Producer Sunjoy Wadhwa says, "Yes, it is true that Saat Phere is going off air in the third week of May". When asked him about the leap introduced recently, he quips, "Ya, I know. But even after all this, the show is winding up".

We called up Ali Merchant whose entry in the show has been really short lived. But the actor got a shock when we gave him the news, and said, "Is it? I do not have any confirmed news though I have heard that there is a possibility. I cannot say anything till I get an official confirmation from the channel or production house".

Ask him what is in store for him next, and Ali states, "If this show is going off air, I have one more venture to bank on. I will soon be returning in Sahara One's Ghar Ek Sapna. Let's see what more is in store".

Now, spare a thought for the two new faces Rachana Parulkar and Aamrapali who had just begun their journey of playing Saawri and Shweta respectively!! A nation wide audition had given them this very coveted role, and as they say the future of daily soaps is really unpredictable and the girls have faced just this…

If sources are to be believed, Ekta's Pavitra Rishtha will be replacing Saat Phere at the 9 PM slot. As reported earlier, Pavitra Rishtha has Ankita Lokhande playing the lead. "After Kasamh Se ended, Ekta wanted to regain her slot of 9 PM on Zee, and it looks like she will be successful in getting it in the days to come", concludes our source.

With long-running shows Dulhann and Saat Phere ending, let's see whether Zee gains in numbers, courtesy their new shows...
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Bhagyavidhaata inspired from real-life incident..

COLORS' new show Sab Ki Jodi Wahi Banaata…Bhagyavidhaata which started on May 4th is the story of a well-educated girl Bindia who lives in Bihar. Produced by Shreya Creations, the unique show focuses on an issue that is women related starting with the victimization of males, leading to problems that are then faced by women in this complex, bizarre prevalent practice called Pakraua Vivaah.

However, not many know that the Story and Screenplay writer of the show, Raakesh Paswan was inspired to write this story based on a real-life happening which he witnessed long back in his home town, Jharkhand.

Says the Writer, "I had been to my native place Jharkhand, when I noticed wedding preparations going on at our neighbor's house. When I inquired about this with my family, they told me that the girl of the house was getting married, but it was a kind of Pakraua Vivaah, wherein the entire community knows that the girl is getting married, but the groom is not known. Only a certain few in the family know the identity of the groom, and they would kidnap the boy and get him married to the girl. I was simply surprised to see the entire family rejoice and celebrate the occasion as though all was well, and this real life incident made me to write this story".

This is the second time that Raakesh Paswan has dealt with the same subject. "In 2002-03, I had written a short series for Sahara One, titled Kadam where I had kept this issue as the base. The entire industry was so much thrilled to see such a concept that few of the big names like Anupam Kher planned to make a film on this. Fortunately or unfortunately, nobody was able to make a film, and the closest that one could come to dealing with this subject was Ajay Sinha with Ghar Ek Sapnaa. Now it feels nice that after all these years, I have again got a privilege to write about the subject", explains the writer.

Talking about the custom which is prevalent in Bihar even today the writer states, "It is unfortunate that there is a gender bias in the North. They believe in the saying, 'Ladki hona Abhishaap hai'. The ruthless dowry demands from the boys' side has given rise to this ghastly act wherein the girls' family take the boy at gun point and get him married to the girl. They leave the girl at the boy's place after issuing a stern warning to the family to keep the girl in good stead. Bhagyavidhaata is about a girl who is forced into such a marriage", he states.

The first few episodes of the show has garnered a great response especially from places like Jharkhand, Bihar etc. "We have got amazing response from people for the first few episodes, and I hope we can translate this into numbers", concludes Raakesh.

The show has new faces Richa Soni and Vishal Karwal playing the leads..

Raakesh Paswan also happens to be the Story writer of Star Plus' Hamari Devrani..

Let's now wait and watch how the show gets rated on the TRP charts…
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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Dr. Atul and Dr. Anjali's fights turn real...

The on-screen fights of Dr. Atul and Dr. Anjali in Star One's Dill Mill Gayye became a reality when a certain misunderstanding lead to a fight between Sunaina Gulia ( Dr. Anjali) and Pankit Thakker (Dr. Atul).

According to our source, "The Dill Mill Gayye team has been shooting back to back as they do not have enough episode banks. One day, it so happened that the entire cast was getting ready to pack up when the production house requested Shweta Gulati, Pankit and Sunaina to stay back for a particular scene. The trio readily agreed to finish the scene and all was fine".

"But in the middle of the shot, Sunaina heard Pankit and Shweta (Dr. Nikita) talking and believed that Pankit was bad-mouthing her. Sunaina immediately grew wild and blasted at Pankit. There was a big chaos on sets and as a result of this, both the actors are not on talking terms", explains our source.

When contacted Pankit aka Dr. Atul, he said that, "I am sure that I wasn't at fault here. I refuse to accept this behavior by someone".

We got in touch with Sunaina aka Dr. Anjali who quoted, "This is very personal. We have worked together for so long a time now, and such things tend to happen. But all is fine now, and we still share a good working relationship".

Well, wonder whether things are really fine between the two!! Only time will tell…
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* Harsh and Payal Sarkar pair up for Ladies Special..

We had earlier reported that Sony's upcoming show Ladies Special, produced by Optimistyx will have big names like Neena Gupta, Shilpa Tulaskar, Ashita Dhawan, Sandeep Kulkarni and Harsh Chaya in it.

The story is about four women of different age groups who interact with one another in the Ladies compartment of a particular train on a daily basis.

Payal Sarkar and Harsh Chaya will be paired together in the show. The duo will have an age difference of more than 15 years, and their story line will focus on the mindsets of both whom think differently, and are yet living together".

This will be a prime time show which will be aired somewhere between 8.30 PM and 10.30 PM. The time slot has not been finalized yet.

The four ladies on which the story will be based are Neena Gupta, Shilpa Tulaskar, Ashita Dhawan and Payal Sarkar.

Sanjiv Sharma of Optimistyx, just said, "I don't think the channel would like me to talk about it. So wait for the official announcement".

Let's see what this Ladies Special has to offer the viewers…

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Eijaz Khan as play boy in Bhaskar Bharti..

The interesting promos of Sony Entertainment Television's upcoming show Bhaskar Bharti, produced by DJ's Creations have raised curiosity levels of audience as well as media.

Bhaskar Bharti is a show which will have a message to convey to the audience. The story is about a playboy, Bhaskar who has ditched umpteen number of girls and has taken all their curses. The young lad ultimately gets punished by God who turns him into a girl one fine day.

As reported earlier,Ragini Khanna who was last seen in Radha Ki Betiyaan Kuchh Kar Dikhayengi will be seen playing an important role in the show.

The character of the playboy will be played by Eijaz Khan who makes a comeback to television after a long time. Ragini will essay the role of Bhaskar's girl version, while the relatively new face Aanchal, who played the role of Sanskriti in Star Plus' Santaan will go on to be the love interest of Bhaskar.

If sources are to believed, Aamir Ali will play Bhaskar's close friend who tries his best to relieve his friend from this punishment of God.

The show will launch on May 25th, and if all goes well, will take up a prime time slot between 9 PM and 10 PM.
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Monday, May 4, 2009

Aamrapali Dubey’s Saat Phere dream comes true

Aamrapali DubeyAamrapali Dubey aka Shweta from Saat Phere had never thought that her dream would take the shape of a reality when few years back she had visited the set of the soap with her neighbour aunt who’s a Jr. artist by profession. “My parent had left me at my neighbour’s house since they had to leave for an urgent work. My neighbour aunt is a Jr. artist and she took me along to the Saat Phere’s set. I was amazed and excited to see the wonderful set and dreamt of being a part of the show but never imagined that my dream would really come true.” Meanwhile she would soon find her love interest in the soap in dashing Ali Merchant who is playing the character of Rajveer. It would be interesting to watch the on-screen chemistry of these two young and cute actors.
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Sukriti Khandpal in Agle Janam..

Sukriti Khandpal, the ex Dr. Riddhima of Dill Mill Gayye is back in action in a new avtar as she enters Zee's Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijo, produced by Swastik Pictures as the parallel lead..

As reported earlier, Abhishek Rawat who plays the lead in the show essays the role of Loha Singh's (Sudesh Berry) youngest son.

Sukriti will play the wife of the protagonist, and her screen name is Siddheshwari. She is a beautiful princess; a very sweet, innocent and positive girl who is from a rich family. She is totally unaware of the complications that one could encounter in life. She has been married to Rajshekar (Abhishek Rawat) for five years now, but they do not have a child.

Sukriti confirmed this news, and said, "I am starting shoot from today. My entry will happen on May 4th".

Further confirming our news is Producer Siddharth Tewary who says, "Sukriti has been finalized as the parallel lead. She will play the wife of the male protagonist Rajshekar".

And as the next twist in the track of Agle Janam goes, the protagonist Laali (Ratan Rajput) will be used by the Thakurs for getting the rightful heir of the family.

Guess this is great news for Sukriti fans who have been waiting for her comeback!!
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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Dulhann to end on May 22nd...

Zee's Banoo Main Teri Dulhann, produced by Shakuntalam Telefilms has been at the receiving end for quite a while now for the dip in its story line, but the news of Sharad Malhotra leaving the show and Kamya Punjabi's illness seem to have forced the channel and production house to call it a day.

May 22nd will be the last episode of Dulhann. The news has been informed to the entire unit.

An actor on terms of anonymity confirmed this news and said, "Yes, the show is ending on May 22nd. It will be a happy end and viewers will be pleased to watch it".

The future episodes will see Bharat throwing Amar, Divya and their kid out of the house. He will go on to name the house as Sindoora Nivas which will be a feather in the cap for Sindoora. However, the last track will have a big twist wherein Sindoora hatches a plan to separate Amar and Divya, and Divya is ultimately left alone.The climax is pretty interesting and the viewers need to watch whether Amar and Divya unite or not.

Today happens to be the last day of shoot for Sharad Malhotra on the sets of Dulhann. Recently the actor had talked about his future plans and had also revealed that he will be there in the show till April end.

However, Viewers will be seeing Amar till the last scene of the show. To know more you will have to watch the climax of this pure love story.

We hope that viewers will at least get the ending they wish to see in their favorite show...
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Meet Mila De Rabba to go off air..

Along with Hum Ladkiyaan, Aathvan Vachan and Ek Safar Aisa, Meet Mila De Rabba is also set to end in May...
Sony Entertainment Television's only good fiction show Meet Mila De Rabba, produced by Siddhanth Cinevision is all tipped to go off air on May 21st. As reported earlier that Hum Ladkiyaan, Aathvaan Vachan and Ek Safar Aisa... Kuch Socha Na Tha are surely winding up, but the channel might continue with Meet Mila De Rabba, but the recent decision has brought in bad news.

The channel has decided to scrap the show. Initially it was not decided, as the show was doing good TRP wise, but guess the channel needed more space for their new and impressive lineup of shows coming in.

Piyush Sahdev aka Kulwant said "Well even I don't have much idea as few are saying that the show will stay, while I am also getting to hear that the show is going off air."

"As far as I know I think the show is going off air, but if you want to confirm please ask the concerned people," he adds further.

The channel is coming up with new shows like Bhaskar Bharti, Dus Ka Dum, Rani Padmini of Chittod, Ladies Special and Kambakkht Ishq.The new show Kambakkht Ishq has Annu Malik as the face. It's a reality show, but nothing much has been decided on it.

For the uninitiated, Sony Entertainment Television is going for a revamp on May 25th which will bring in a fresh line up of fiction as well as non fiction shows.

Well the final decision is out and the fate of Meet Mila De Rabba has been declared.
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Kiran Bedi back with Aap Ki Kacheri

Aap Ki Kacheri, hosted by former top cop Kiran Bedi, will soon be back with its second season. The show used to air on Star Plus, Monday to Friday at 10.30pm. Though, whether it will continue to keep its primetime slot is still undecided.

A source from the production house says, “We got really good responses and the channel got a fair amount of TRPs for the show too. Then we went for a seasonal break. Now, we have started shooting for the second season. We had the technical rehearsals on April 14th and April 15 was our first day of the shooting.”

With the excellent responses, Star Plus has decided to air the second season as soon as possible. The source adds, “Keeping in mind the feedback, the channel has been keen to air season two. We are not sure about the timeslot as of now, but it would be great to get a similar one to the first season.”

But Star Plus has already launched a new show, Chehra, in Aap Ki Kacheri’s old timeslot last month and the other primetimes are also occupied. The only slot to be filled is that of Kayamath, which has wrapped up, at 11pm as no new show has been launched at that time.

The Aap Ki Kacheri crew will be shooting at the same location in Filmcity where season one was shot for. The source adds, “As of now, we will shoot for 14 episodes. We are going to shoot for at least four continuous days with Kiran Bedi.”

Though it was initially set for just 30, Aap Ki Kacheri aired 42 episodes in its first season due to its popularity. On the reality show, common people come with their families to sort out personal issues with former policewoman Kiran Bedi, who acts as mediator.
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Nidhi Uttam enters Yeh Rishta…

Nidhi Uttam is playing the character of Nadini, Naitik’s sister who is handicapped, on Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai. And though her costars tease her for having it easy because she is not required to move around much on the show, Nidhi says that playing the role has made her have even more respect for people with physical disabilities.

TALKING about how she bagged the role, Nidhi says, “The audition I gave was one of the toughest I’ve ever had; the lines, as well as the body language, was difficult. I even told the person who took my audition that it was hard but he said that I did a good job. I too was confident that I would be selected. And sure enough, they called me two days later for the part.”

The character of Nadini was affected by polio at the age of 3. Nidhi says, “Since she was 3, Nadini has been undergoing treatment. She is shown improving. Initially, she could not even stand. Right now she is on crutches and in future episodes there is hope of even more improvement.”

“Nadini is very attached to her brother Naitik and her family has hidden the fact that he is getting married. This is because they don’t want Nadini to feel bad as she too dreams of getting married. Even so, she is a very strong character who does not want any sympathy,” adds the actress.

Nidhi says that she has learnt a lot from her character. She says, “Being a sportsperson, it was very though for me to act handicapped. It was also painful to walk around with crutches and I got very depressed because I understood how people suffer with them.”

But her hard work has paid off, she says, “I have been getting good responses from my friends and family. Though, my costars often tease me saying that I can sit in one place and shoot. But it is not easy at all.”

The actress is now comfortable with the Yeh Rishta… team as she has made a few friends. She says, “I’ve made friends with Karan, Hina and the girl who plays choti chachi. They welcomed me on the sets. My role is not a cameo and soon there will be a love story added to my track.”

She also agrees with the show’s message, saying, “I have watched the show and I do believe in the concept of love after marriage. My own parents are liberal and they would never force me to do anything but I think that parents always choose what’s best for us.”

Nidhi has appeared in many shows such as Kasauti Zindagi Kii, Kasturi, Karam Apna Apna, and Maayka. She has also participated in the reality show Champion Chalbaaz No.1.
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Sia of "Na Aana Is Des Ladoo"..

Delhi girl Natasha Sharma did a few cameo roles before she got her big break as the main protagonist on Na Aana Iss Desh: Laddo. And though her show has been airing for two months and is extremely popular with audiences, not many know a lot about the lead actress. We caught up with Natasha to find out more about her background and her thoughts on the Laddo.

How did you bag this role?

I went for the auditions of the show and was selected. I liked the concept of the show; it is a very substantial and mature role. Nowadays, there are many intelligent shows on television. I am happy that the first project I am doing is so nice. It is a very good platform for me.

Tell us something about your background

I am from Delhi; I spent 10 years there and completed my education from Miranda House University. I graduated in journalism and did my post graduation in Mass Communication. I came to Mumbai for a family function last year with my father and my cousin told me that I should try modeling.

Are you trained in acting?

I was working with the theatre group Anukriti. My cousin told me about Phir Koi Hai’s audition so I went there and did a few episodes with them last year. I went back to Delhi and then Contiloe production house called me after 15 days so I came back. Then I did a cameo on Jahan Pe Basera Ho for which I shot for two months. But I had a very bad experience with Shreya Creation production house as even after the show went off air, they did not pay me.

Have you adjusted to life in Mumbai?

I have two sisters and my father always treated me like a son. He said that whatever profession I was in, I would always do my work with dignity. I am staying here in Mumbai alone at Yaari Road (Andheri). My parents keep visiting. I have been living in a 2BHK flat for the past 7 months. My family is very happy for me and they did not object to it. The only problem is that I am not used to the smell of fish. Even though I am non-vegetarian, I do not eat fish. However, when you want something, you have to sacrifice a few things. They were a little apprehensive when I took up the show, as I am very introverted, but now they say that I am doing well.

Female infanticide is a very serious issue. Do you think that your show will help shed light on it?

I have heard a lot about this issue. I had a maid who had five daughters and she was expecting the sixth so she aborted the pregnancy. She had done this twice or thrice before too. We tried to convince her but these reasons do not reach the masses easily. I have read up about it and know that it does exist in areas around Haryana and in other parts too. It is good that Balika Vadhu became popular and now people have started making shows on serious subjects, especially related to the girl child and women. There are so many issues such as this that should be highlighted.

Are you happy with your character?

We are all new on the show but I am very comfortable with my look and everything. I have to shoot for the show the entire day so I prefer to wear clothes that I am comfortable in. I have to use little make up which is good. I have been getting good responses. Whenever I go out, people come to me and ask me if I am Sia. It feels nice. I want to focus on my character right now and perform well.
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Jatin Shah to enter Betiyaan..

Jatin Shah who was last seen in Kasturi and Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki is back to television with Zee's Betiyaan.

The handsome lad will play the love interest of Gauri, one of the Betis in the show.

His character name is Akash and he plays a casnova type guy. He is a business tycoon who is totally flirtatious. His mother's role will be played by Mahrroo Sheikh who was last seen in Saas V/s Bahu. She is a typical business woman who has worked hard to set up her business empire.

For Akash, his mother is his world. Gauri enters his office as an employee and this is where the simple girl comes face to face with the flirtatious guy, and this lead to their love track.

This is Jatin's first show after tying the wedding knot with Priya Bhatija.

He is scheduled to start shoot from today, and will enter in the coming week.

Well, the entry of Jatin will surely liven up proceedings in Betiyaan...
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Ekta's Pavitra Rishtha on Zee TV...

After Kasamh Se, Balaji Telefilms is back with their next venture on Zee TV, titled 'Pavitra Rishtha'. The show is a remake of a very popular Tamil serial, Thirumathi Selvam, of which Ekta Kapoor has acquired copyrights.

Pavitra Rishtha will have the basic flavor of Mumbai and the story will focus on a middle to lower middle class Mahrashtrian family.

The protagonist is a well-cultured, less-educated girl Archana who is past her marriageable age. Savitha Prabhune and Ajay Rohia essay the role of her parents. While the mother prays that her daughter gets a well-educated boy in her life, her father is more of the practical type. Archana has a brother, bhabhi and two younger sisters, of which one is working and the other is in college.

The show will revolve around the essence of the city of Mumbai, and will have more of chawls and old buildings shown in the story line.

Pavitra Rishtha is the tale of Archana who does not get a suitable offer just because she is not educated. The manner in which she settles down in life with her partner is interesting to watch.

And the actress who has bagged the meaty role of the female protagonist is Ankita Lokhande, who was first seen in Zee Cinestars Ki Khoj. The actress was also finalized to play the main lead in NDTV Imagine's school-based love story Baali Umar Ko Salaam, before the project was scrapped.

The show will also have Swati Anand who was earlier seen in Kasamh Se. She will essay the role of Archana's Bhabhi and her character will be grey.

The promos of the show are already on air. Pavitra Rishtha will be a daily from Monday to Friday, and will launch on May 25th in a prime time slot, though the timing has not been finalized yet.

Let's see how successful this remake turns to be for Ekta Kapoor and Zee TV!!

Reporter and Author: Srividya Rajesh
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Badi Malkin on Zee scrapped ??

Badi Malkin, produced by DJ's Creations has been scrapped as the concept was similar to Imagine's Bandini...

Earlier we had information that Zee TV is coming up with a DJ's Creations show,Badi Malkin which will be based on a young girl marrying an elderly man and entering his household.

However, the recent development is that, the show has been scrapped because the concept is more or less similar to the Balaji Telefilms show on NDTV Imagine, Bandini.

According to our source from the production house, "Badi Malkin has been scrapped and will not happen now, as the story of a young girl marrying a middle-aged person is being shown already".

Deeya said on this,"I am out on a vacation. Moreover I am so busy with Choti Bahu and Nanhi Pari that I have not thought about anything else".

However,Ajay Bhalwankar, Programming Head, Zee TV said, "The show is not scrapped".

Let's see whether we get to see the part two of Bandini on Zee!!
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Friday, May 1, 2009

Bindiya of Shree to get an extension ?

The character of Bindiya essayed by Madhurimma Tuli in Zee's Shree has been appreciated by one and all, and this has prompted the producers and channel to extend her role in the show.

"Things are yet to be confirmed, but her character of Bindiya has garnered lot of appreciation", says a source from the production house.

"Yes talks are on to take the story forward. The creative team is thinking hard to shape her role in the show. Initially it was decided that she would be there for 20-25 episodes only, but there are chances of an extension now", adds the source.

Elaborating on the story line, Slowly Bindiya and Hari's relationship will hurt the eyes of Shree's father. There are some incidents in the show which make him think what is going on. The real identity of Kangana will not be disclosed soon.

So let's see whether Madhurimma gets to show case her talent more in the show or not!!
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