So the Indian Premier League has begun. We’re in for weeks and weeks of watching cheerleaders dancing, glamorous anchors being, well, glamorous, and studio discussions with many Paajis (at least two: there’s Sherry Paaji and Kapil Paaji). And oh yes, there’s the cricket too, writes Poonam Saxena.
Come May, popular dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaaa is going to be back with a new season on Colors channel, with actor Madhuri Dixit, filmmaker Karan Johar and choreographer-turned director Remo D’Souza as judges.
When the first domestic T20 tournament launched five years ago, it affected not only the lives of TV actors and channel heads, but also the housewives watching their favourite shows. While the former had to struggle to maintain viewership, the latter had to fight for the remote with their
husbands to catch their daily soaps.
Move over reality shows. Fiction television has to be the next frontier for Bollywood stars. Anil Kapoor will soon make his debut in the Hindi adaptation of the larger-than-life American series, 24. He will play the protagonist, Jack Bauer, that Kiefer Sutherland previously portrayed.
Popular anchor Mini Mathur, who has hosted TV shows and live events, reveals that she is set to host a celebrity chat show soon.
While many successful Hindi TV shows have been remade in regional languages in the country - mainly in south India - we rarely hear of these serials travelling abroad.
Riteish Deshmukh is the latest star to jump on the bandwagon of Bollywood actors turning judges on reality shows on the small screen. He will be seen judging a new dance show, titled India's Dancing Superstars (IDS) with choreographers Geeta Kapur and Ashley Lobo. The show is expected to go on air by April end.
In response to the objection raised by Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) over the title of its upcoming fiction show Gurbani to be aired on entertainment channel Colors, the channel has issued an official statement saying that to respect the sentiments of the people, they have
decided to change the name of the show.
Anil Kapoor is working hard on the Indian version of the international award winning series, 24. In fact, the actor has roped in Mumbai-based designer Kunal Rawal to design the look for his role, as he wants it to be exceptional.
Looks like it's a season of replacements on TV. While last month Color's popular show Balika Vadhu had Toral Rasputra stepping into the shoes of protagonist, Anandi, erstwhile played by Pratyusha Banerji, actor Dheeraj Dhoopar has now replaced Shoaib Ibrahim in the show Sasural Simar Ka, on the same channel.