Saturday, August 28, 2010

Mera Naam Karegi Roshan-Reet Ki Aayegi Baraat on Zee TV on Aug 30

Sana Shaikh, the lead of Zee TV’s newly launched show — Mera Naam Karegi Roshan is having a tough time picking up dance steps for her own wedding sequence in the show. Today, when the modern day actors and actresses are assumed to step into the industry with excellent dancing prowess, Sana is finding it extremely difficult to match up with her counterparts like Suhasi Dhami, Ankita Lokhande, Aditi Gupta, Binny Sharma and others.
TV stars don't have to be dance prodigies but the profession demands that they should be able to learn some basic dance steps and sway in sync in case a serial demands a celebration sequence. Currently in the show, Reet is all gearing up to settle down in holy matrimony. And the twist in the tale is that there’s not one but 2 suitors vying for her attention — Yagya (Sufi Malhotra) — a self made police officer and another Bheesm Pratap Singh (Sahil Anand) — a rich spoilt Ministers relative.

To be telecast on 30th Aug, Monday - this 2 hour wedding special titled, Reet Ki Aayegi Baraat will also feature the leads of other Zee Shows come and shake a leg.  Karan — Abha from Yahaan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli; Manav – Archana from Pavitra rishta’; Aditie Gupta, Iqbal Khan and Binny Sharma from Sanjog se Bani Sangini and a host of other actors from Choti Bahu, Karol Bagh, Pavitra Rishta as well as Mera Naam karegi roshan will participate in this gala celebration.
Sana Shaikh is a director’s sweetheart but a choreographer’s nightmare. Pappu Malu the choreographer of the marriage scene in Mera Naam Karegi Roshan had the arduous task of pulling off the dance sequences well with Sana .

MARATHI numbers — more than enough!!
Sushant Rajput and Ankita Lokhande say no to Marathi numbers. The hit jodi of Pavitra Rishta are apparently tired of dancing to the Marathi tunes.  “Oh nooo… not again...!!” was their expression when recently they were asked to perform on, “ nanachi taang…” (from the movie Khatta meetha) during the Mega wedding event of Mera Naam Karegi Roshan.
Currently in the show, Reet is all gearing up to settle down in holy matrimony. And the twist in the tale is that there’s not one but 2 suitors vying for her attention — Yagya (Sufi Malhotra) — a self made police officer and another Bheesm Pratap Singh (Sahil Anand) — a rich spoilt Ministers relative.
Manav and Archana have strictly put their foot down saying that they will they will dance to any other song but a Marathi one. They are known to have danced on a Maharashtrian song every time Zee TV has a special show. Archana and Manav, have expressed a desire to dance on some romantic numbers this time. “We have enjoyed dancing on Maharashtrian numbers, but want to try out other forms of dance also” said Sushant Rajput.
Now the pair is said to be shaking a leg on the songs ‘jogi maahi heer ranjha’, ‘aila re ladki mast mast  tu aila re’ and the latest chart buster ‘ tum jo aaye zindagi mein baat ban gayi…’

Friday, August 27, 2010

FIC and AMC announces the lauch of The Walking Dead

 Series to debut in 120 countries speak 33 languages and will be viewed in 250 million households this fall

Fox International Channels (FIC) and AMC announced a global launch for the highly anticipated series The Walking Dead. The two networks will release the show during the same week this fall. AMC is set to premiere on Sunday, October 31st followed by FIC’s worldwide launch the first week of November.
A television production from Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile) and Gale Anne Hurd (The Terminator, Aliens, Armageddon, The Incredible Hulk), and based on Robert Kirkman’s best selling graphic novel, The Walking Dead will debut in 120 countries, air in 33 languages and be viewed in 250 million households when it premieres  this fall. This is an unprecedented event, marking the first time ever a TV series premieres in similar fashion to a theatrical film release.
“FIC has launched shows on a multi-territory basis in the past but never at this scale or at the same time with a US Network,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, SVP Original Programming and Development. “The Walking Dead is a groundbreaking project with clear global appeal. Considering the strong buzz and anticipation the show has already generated globally at this early stage, we wanted to make sure we launch it in the most powerful way possible. We are thrilled to be working with AMC on this worldwide ‘outbreak.’ This partnership represents FIC's ongoing commitment to deliver high quality content on a global level.”
AMC and FIC are working closely on a global marketing strategy to ensure a strong impact for this world wide event.

The Walking Dead is AMC’s first wholly-owned original series. Earlier this summer, FIC announced that it picked up all international rights for the project, which includes TV and Home Video Rights in all international markets outside of North America.

ISS Season 4 grand finale rated high television viewership

Asianet‘s Idea Star Singer Season 4 grand finale rated high television viewership.

Asianet’s popular reality show ‘Idea Star Singer season 4’ has garnered high TRP scores for the channel in its grand finale. As claimed by the channel and supported by TAM figures, the event broke the TV rating records and has become the most watched event ever telecast on Malayalam television.
According to TAM data, in Kerala total market, the show scored 24 TVRs with a share of 68 percent and GRP of 368 (Cs Fe ABC 15+, Kerala Total), and left channels like Surya , Kairali, Kiran and Amritha TV trailing way behind. The previous season of the programme had also brought in high ratings for the channel.
A highlights of the Tam media research findings was the female viewership points of 29 for the programme aired on Sunday, August1, from the venue at the Chandrasekharan Nair Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram.
No significant switch-off or viewer migration was reported during the programme that rolled off to a star at 6.30pm and lasted almost until midnight. 

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Sanjog Se Bani Sangini: Zee TV’s latest tale of love!

Zee TV’s tale of love ‘Sanjog Se Bani Sangini’ chronicles the beautiful intersection of Gauri (played by Binny Sharma) and Rudra’s (played by Iqbal Khan) starkly different lives and the unusual circumstances that find them grappling with the true meaning of love together.
Will Rudra and Gauri let go of their emotional baggage and find happiness in each other’s arms? Will love bloom in their lives once again? Only time will tell … Set against the scenic backdrop of Haridvar, ‘Sanjog Se Bani Sangini’ is a love story that’s bound to tug at your heart-strings!

Asianet Onam Special Programmes

Eighteen years ago, Asianet heralded the beginning of a new era that changed forever the viewing habits of Malayalis. Celebrating this in style is a two-week programme menu that promises to be an entertaining bouquet of interviews, films, special programmes and music-based shows. The fete will continue till August 25 (Avittam Day).

Uthradam day ( 22-08-2010)
In addition to three premiere films Kadha Samvidhanam Kunchacko  (Starring: Sreenivasan and Meena), Utharaswayamvaram (Starring: Jayasurya and Roma) and Moz & Cat (Starring: Dilip and Aswathy), a close-up of super star Suresh Gopi  Suresh Gopiyodoppam is one of the attractions of Asianet’s Onam menu for viewers. Programmes on  Uthradam day also  includes, review of onam release films  Onachithrangal 2010, chat show with celebrity couples Kushboo and Sundar, and onam special  Cinemala. 

Thiruvonam day ( 23-08-2010)
Day starts with chat show with Sudha Chandran and family. Nammal Thammil fame R Sreekandan Nair interviewing South India’s popular actor Prithvi Raj Prithvi Raj Under Fire. Puthiya Mugham (Starring: Prithvi Raj, Bala, Priya Mani and Meera Nandan), Passenger (Starring: Dilip, Sreenivasan and Mamtha)    and Kerala Varma Pazhasiraja (Starring: Mammootty, Sarath Kumar, Suman, Kaniha and Padmapriya) premiers on the telly. A musical programme with Meera Jasmine and top five contestants of Idea Star Singer Season 4, an interview with famous artiste Kavya Madhavan. Other attraction of the day is  Onathinidayil Puttukachavadam, humorous skit by leading comedy/mimicry aritistes of Malayalam cinema. Other highlight of the day is an interview with popular star Dilip.

Avittom day ( 24-08-2010)
Dr. Patient (Starring: Mukesh , Jayasurya and Radha Varma ) and Loud Speaker (Starring: Mammootty and Gracy Singh)  are the films that will be screened on Avittom day.  Chat show with leading actress of Malayalam film industry  Nayikavasantham, interview with famous actress Kavya Madhavan are the other attractions of the day. A comedy talk show with leading comedy artistes is all set to be telecasted.

Chathayam (25-08-2010)
A free wheeling chat show with actress/first runner up of Miss World Parvathy Omanakuttan is the major attraction for the day. Premier telecast of movies  Yugapurushan (Starring: Mammootty, Thalai Vasal Vijay, Kalabhavan Mani and Navya Nair) and Vairam (Starring: Suresh Gopi, Pashupathi, Jayasurya, Dhanya Marry and Samvritha), will be featuring along with interview of  Arch Bishop Mar Christom is expected to grab the viewers.

Viewers can also enjoy traditional Onam feast on Atham to Chathayam,  a journey thorough Malabar introduces viewers to many traditional and folk art forms and images of Onam. Interviews with other cine stars, Asianet film awards, comedy skits, onam songs and so on.

Asianet Plus

Interviews with Indrajith, Mamtha, Samvritha  promise to be a highlight of the programme menu. The bouquet of programmes include comedy shows  Super Star Singer, Pennonam Ponnonam , Mahabalipurathe viseshangal, Sakudumbam Maveli, music programme Arppo Eroo, chat show with artistes of the film Malarvadi Arts club Puthumayude Onam , Cooker Show,  Location Onam, Super hit movies  and so on.

Asianet News

In addition to the usual programmes on the channel, there will be live coverage of the Athachamayam in Thripunithura. The special programmes for the festival include Onam celebrations in different regions of Kerala, poems on Onam, Onakalikal,  Maveli Vartha, interviews with Mammootty, Kavya Madhavan, Karthi, comedy skit Keralam Kanda Maveli etc. are only few highlights of Onam programmes on Asianet Channels.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Independence Day Special: Hindustan Meri Jaan on Zee TV

The lead pairs and actors of the leading serials of Zee TV decided to celebrate the 63rd year of Indian Independence on the sets of Yahaan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli.

The Independence Day special on Zee TV is called Hindustan Meri Jaan. It is divided into three segments where popular anchor of Dance India Dance Manish Paul interacts with the Deshmukh family from Pavitra Rishta, Thakur’s family from Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijo and the Singh family from Yahan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli and distributes ‘Azaadi Ka Laddoo’. To get their hands on the sweets each family member has to complete a task and cross their heart and take a pledge to stand up for a social cause prevalent in our society. Freedom is holistic in nature and till the time we collectively join hands to eradicate social evils, we are not free in the true sense of the word. Taking this thought forward Zee TV has taken an initiative to air a special episode which will aim at fuelling a thought culminating in action towards making a change in our society.
‘Independence Day’ is a day when we pay homage to our freedom fighters and martyrs who sacrificed their lives to liberate India from foreign control. We should never forget what they did for our country”, said Ratan Rajput. Manav Gohil, who is playing the role of a magnanimous Thakur said, “We remember that our freedom struggle was fought and won, not by force or bloodshed but through the noble principles of truth and non-violence.”
Actors have a direct connect and also a huge influence in the life of the common man because they connect with the audience and in turn the audience tries to relate with the on screen characters. Watch the stars of Yahan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli, Pavitra Rishta, Mera Naam Karegi Roshan, Choti Bahu and Sangini come together to take a pledge against some of the most common social evils prevalent in our society and take a stand against them.
Tune in to Zee TV on Sunday, Aug 15 at 18.30 (UAE Time) to watch this Independence Day special episode, where the Tricolor will be hoisted, National Anthem and patriotic songs will be sung and ‘Azaadi Ka Laddoo’ will be distributed.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

LULU Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Singing Superstar on ZEE TV

The Hunt for ‘MUSIC KI NAYEE AWAAZ’ Starts from August 13 every Friday-Saturday at 20.00

After captivating the country with  Salsa, Ballroom, Bharat Natyam and B-boeing dancing, Zee TV is all geared up to take the nation by storm with melody, rhythm and rhapsody. LULU Sa Re Ga Ma Pa — the Mecca of soulful singing is back in a new avatar! Called Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Singing Superstar this season, it will be an embodiment of its mother brand but with an aim to give the country its very own singing icon — a Singing Superstar — who has a voice that we can proudly say is ‘Music Ki Nayee Awaaz.’ Premiering on August 13, 2010, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa will retain the quality singing it represents, but will have an entirely new, young and contemporary look and feel.
Right from the set design to the selection of the anchor and the judges, have all been done keeping in mind the new identity of the pioneering show that has created television history for the past 15 years. Aspiring singers have always considered this stage sacrosanct and have toiled hard to be selected as Sa Re Ga Ma Pa is the most credible platform to get a good break in the music industry. After rigorous auditions across all major cities in India (Indore, Bangalore, Guwahati, Bhubaneshwar, Baroda, Kolkata, Nagpur, Mumbai, Jalandhar, Lucknow, Jaipur and Delhi) and abroad (Dubai-Middle East), New York, London, Australia, Bangaldesh and Pakistan), 18 strong contenders have been chosen to compete against each other for the coveted title of LULU Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Singing Superstar.

This is the first time Zee TV shall be conferring a title to the winner — 'A Singing Superstar'. A singing superstar is one who has complete command over the basics of music — ‘Sur’, ‘Taal’ and performs with a voice that holds the audience captive and mesmerised.
Purab Kohli
To carry forward this musical legacy for another season, Zee has very carefully selected mentors who are tantamount to the qualities that one is looking for in a Singing Superstar. Daler Mehndi — a pop star, singer and a performer par excellence who commands expertise over ‘Sur’. Musician duo Sajid Wajid — known to catch the audience’s pulse, the brothers have given chart bursting numbers in every movie. After having successfully mentored the contestants of Saregamapa Challenge 2007, the ultra cool twosome, Vishal Shekhar, return for their second innings on the show. They are known to churn out trendy compositions and expressive renditions in every movie. As host this season is the very talented and charming Purab Kohli.  Zee has been a second home for Purab since his childhood. After delivering a hit high school series, ‘Hip Hip Hurray’, Purab is very excited to anchor a prestigious show like Sa Re Ga Ma Pa.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Joby John is the winner of Idea Star Singer Season 4

Joby John
The grand finale of Idea Star Singer Season 4 was held live on August 1 2010 at Chandrasekharan Nair Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram. Several prominent people from the film industry and socio-cultural spheres were present on the occasion.
Joby John from Kozhikode was announced as the winner of  Idea Star Singer Season 4, Sreenath from Palakkad is  the first runner-up, Preethi Warrier from Mumbai was declared second runner-up and last but not the least, Anju Joseph  from Kottayam and Vidya Shankar from Chennai secured the third and fourth runners-up spot respectively in the grand  finale.
Anju Joseph
Idea Star Singer Season 4 winner Joby John  received villa  worth Rs.1 crore sponsored by Travancore Builders ,first runner-up  Sreenath received Rs.10 lakhs of Gold sponsored by Josco, Second runner up Preethi Warrier  got Rs. 5 lakhs and fourth and firth runners-up Anju Joseph and Vidhya Shankar. received Rs.2 lakhs and 1 lakhs respectively
Prrethi Warrier
The winners were selected by eminent jury comprised South India’s most Popular play back singer SP Balasubramaniam, Playback singers KS Chithra and MG Sreekumar and music director Sarath.

Vidya Shankar
Film Stars Kavya Madhavan, Gazal singer Anoop Jalotta,  Asianet Managing Director K Madhavan, Idea COO Sreeramakrishna, Magician Gopinath and other leading celebrities from the world of film and music industry added a dash of glamour to the show.
A galaxy of performers entertained the audience with dance, skits etc. The Idea Star Singer Season 5 judge’s names were also announced at the function and they are KS Chithra, MG Sreekumar, Sarath and Usha Uthup.