Sunday, June 28, 2009

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! Debuts on Star World

Airing at at 10pm on Monday, July 20.

STAR WORLD debuts the smash hit ITV Studios America reality series I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here, acquired from ITV Global Entertainment, TV Distribution.
Airing just weeks after the US telecast, I’m a Celebrity follows a group of pampered stars who are dropped into the Costa Rican jungle and forced to fend for themselves.
As the celebrities take part in a series of endurance-testing trials to win luxury items and avoid elimination, cameras will capture their every meltdown and mishap. US viewers will then vote on who will ultimately be crowned King or Queen of the Jungle. The last celebrity standing wins a cash prize for their favorite charity.
The premiere episode of I’m a Celebrity on 1 June topped the ratings in the US. The debut on NBC was the night’s No.1 primetime show among adults 18-34 and men 18-34.
I’m a Celebrity beat ABC’s reality show The Bachelorette head-to-head in all key demographics and in total viewers.
The celebrity cast includes brothers Daniel and Stephen Baldwin, Golden Globe nominee Lou Diamond Phillips, retired pro wrestler Torrie Wilson, comedy duo Frangela (Frances Callier and Angela V. Shelton) and one-time pro basketball player John Salley. Other cast members found their fame on reality TV, including American Idol finalist Sanjaya Malakar, former Top Model judge Janice Dickinson and The Hills’ Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt.
After its first week on air, I’m a Celebrity had become the most buzzed-about show of TV’s summer season. When Montag and Pratt quit the show after just four days in the jungle, then returned to the set asking to be reinstated, it sparked a flood of headlines, feature articles and online chatter throughout the US.
Says Sumantra Dutta, Country Head for STAR Middle East, Pakistan and Africa: “Given the success of the show in the US, viewers will enjoy seeing celebrities taken out of their comfort zone and put in a challenging environment. In its consistent endeavor to provide top of the line entertainment, STAR WORLD is always on the lookout for shows that entertain and surprise. We are confident the show will enjoy a similar success in the Middle East when it launches on our channel in July.”
James Ross, Regional Director – Asia, ITV Global Entertainment said "I'm a Celebrity... is fast becoming one of the world's biggest television brands, topping the ratings wherever it's broadcast. ITV is very pleased that STAR WORLD has chosen to include the show in the primetime lineup for July, and we look forward to Asia being entertained by the antics of Janice, Heidi, Stephen and the team, all summer long.”
I’m a Celebrity premieres first on STAR WORLD on Mon, 20 July at 10pm and airs with Arabic subtitles. Following its two-hour launch, the series will air every Mon and Tue at 10pm.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

UAE celebrates 30 years of Mohanlal in cinema

The UAE is all set to celebrate the life and work of Mohanlal, the renowned actor who has won millions of hearts with his brilliant acting, unique style and versatility. in association with City Vision Advertising and Dubai Studio City, celebrate a week-long festival marking 30 years of Mohanlal in Indian cinema.
Beginning on June 21 to June 27, the UAE will witness unique expressions of the life and work of the distinguished actor. The celebration is an official event of the Dubai Summer Surprises 09.
Commenting on the week’s events, Satyan Nair, Director, City Vision Advertising, said, “Mohanlal is one of the most illustrious actors in the Indian film industry. It is an honour for us to bring him to the UAE and pay tribute with the week-long activities culminating in the poignant show ‘Lal Salaam’. This is our attempt to honour the noted actor in a small way and express our admiration of him. Our aim was to create an opportunity where his numerous fans in the UAE could get to know the man personally. We thank our key partners Dubai Studio City and Dubai Summer Surprises for their support in celebrating Mohanlal.”
Commenting on the celebrations, Mohammad Abdullah, Executive Director, Dubai Media City said, “Dubai Studio City offers cutting edge infrastructure and facilities that cater to the unique needs of the global entertainment industry. We are happy to support an event commemorating the achievements of one of the leading lights of Indian Cinema - Mohanlal. We hope that this event offers considerable entertainment value to Malayalees in Dubai, who form part of Dubai’s vibrant expatriate community. Dubai Studio City’s Location Approval Services has facilitated the shooting of a number of Malayalam movies and as part of our global focus we look forward to working with more Malayalam film makers and the Indian Film industry in general.”
The week’s activities will include an exclusive exhibition-cum-sale of caricatures and some rare photographs of Mohanlal to be displayed at The Dubai Mall. The celebrations will also include the launch of a limited edition coffee table book — a biographic account of the actor’s life and career. The celebrations will culminate in a specially conceptualized musical show called ‘Lal Salaam’, which will showcase Mohanlal’s extraordinary journey in the Indian film industry.
Directed by renowned director TK Rajeev Kumar and produced by MB Sanil Kumar, ‘Lal Salaam’ commemorates Mohanlal’s journey in a unique rendition of monologue, visual clips, live dance and music. The show will be a treat to the innumerable fans of Mohanlal.
Being hosted by Mohanlal himself, through ‘Lal Salaam’, the actor will take his loving fans down the memory lane, re-living some of his most outstanding roles and moments in Indian cinema. The show will witness a live performance by the actor of a unique monologue musical to exclusive screenings of some of his best performances during the 30 years of his career. Singers Sujatha, Madhu Balakrishnan, Vijay Yesudas and Swetha, dancer-actors Lakshmi Gopalswami and Vineeth will join Mohanlal in reliving his most memorable moments in cinema.
The UAE is the launch pad for this mesmerizing show, which will continue touring the world — USA, Europe and the Far East.
The show will be held in Dubai at the Sheikh Rashid Hall, Dubai World Trade Center, on June 25, 2009 and at the National Theater in Abu Dhabi on June 26, 2009.
The exhibition will be held at The Dubai Mall for a week starting June 21, 2009. Caricature artist Suresh Babu has attempted to capture the essence of Mohanlal in his art, displaying 200 of the actor’s most vivid character roles over 30 years. The exhibition will also showcase an exclusive collection of photographs of Mohanlal by well-known photographer R. Gopalakrishnan. Part of the proceedings of the event is being contributed towards a charity for the welfare of people stranded in the UAE due to lack of funds.
Mohanlal was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2001. Elected the most popular actor in the state of Kerala several times by different organisations, Mohanlal is known for his versatility as an actor and his unique style. Recognized and loved for his acting skill, he has won innumerable awards including the National Awards, Filmfare Awards, International Indian Film Academy Awards and the Kerala State Film Award among many others.
Over 30 years of his acting career, Mohanlal has delivered outstanding performances some of which include his unforgettable roles in Chithram, Kireedam, Bharatham, Devasuram, Iruvar, Vanaprastham Kala Paani, Company and Spadikam.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Pavitra Rishta on Zee TV

Pavitra Rishta telsl the life story of Archana, who belongs to a middle class Maharasthrian family, based in Mumbai. Being he eldest daughter of the family, Archana chose to take responsibilities of her siblings rather than focusing on her education. As Archana grown up to a marriage age, her Mother realises that her daughter was devoid of all good things in life during her growing up years. Hence, the mother vows to get her married to a well educated and sophisticated guy. But destiny has something else planned for Archana.

Aap Ki Antara on Zee TV at 9.00pm

Antara is a five year old cute and adorable girl. Her endearing brown eyes and long hairs makes her the cynosure of all eyes. Her world is defined by abstract things and lot of imaginations. She can stare endlessly at the little pups in the compound or the birds chirping outside the window. She is untouched by all influences and manipulations. What makes her world so beautiful and heaven like?

Asianet Channels tunes to new Downlink Frequencies

The down link frequency of all the six Asianet Channels like Asianet, Asianet Plus, Asianet News, Suvarna, Suvarna News and Sithara has changed to new frequency. The channel are now available at new frequency 4008.15MHz, Satellite: Insat 2E (APR 1), Location: 83 Degree East, Symbol Rate: 19.531MSps, Polarization: Vertical, FEC: ¾.
The channels will be available for a week at the old frequency 3643MHz and the new frequency 4008.15MHz. The transmission through the old frequency will discontinue by next week.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Salman wins Zee TV relaity show Dance India Dance

After eighteen weeks of hard work by eighteen top contestants in the Zee TV reality show ‘Dance India Dance’, Salman – A 23years old boy from the city of Banglore won the title of the “Biggest Dancing Star of India” awarded by India’s No. 1 Dancer and Choreographer Prabhu Deva and Bollywood renowned producer Boney Kapoor.
Salman also won an INR Fifty Lakh worth contract and a life time opportunity to dance in Bollywood superstar Salman Khan’s upcoming movie Wanted. “I thank Allah, my mother and the viewers for giving me so much love”, said Salman after winning the title.
Manoj Mathew, Business Head – Zee TV (MENA and Pakistan) said: “Dance India Dance has received an over whelming response and we are keen in conducting a similar activity for MENAP viewers”.
Dance India Dance is the biggest dance reality show in Asian Television Network has set out to look for raw talent within the age group of 15years – 25years where each individual was trained under professional Bollywood choreographers – Geeta Kapoor, Terrance Lewis and Remo D’Souza. Bollywood ‘Disco King’ Mithun Da was the grand master of the show.
The grand-finale was held at the Andheri Sports Complex in Mumbai on Saturday 30th May 2009 with more than fifty thousand audience in attendance and more than 200 million viewers across the world.