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Thursday, February 28, 2008

L’il Champs - It’s The Final Countdown!!

One more reality show is ready for the Grand finale. The final countdown of SaReGaMAPa L’il Champs has begun, as the winner will be announced on 1st March. The creatives of L’il Champs have gone all out to make the finale extra special with grandiose plans and have planned out events to not only make the event memorable but also to keep the viewers glued on to the TV screens until the very last moment.

The whole show has been choreographed by the dance guru - Shiamak Davar. Keeping in mind that the little participants are performers first and not dancers, the noted choreographer has created dance sequences that are totally unique. The L'il champ contestants and Aditya Narayan will be dancing to the feet tapping chart toppers like Dard-e-disco, Rang barse bheege, Tumse milke dil ka hai haal kya kahein, songs from the movie Race etc". In fact Shiamak is so impressed with the enthusiasm, dedication and performance of the L'il champs & Aditya that he has bestowed the Shiamak Davar Scholarships which will allow the top 10 finalists as well as Aditya Narayan to go and learn dancing in Shiamak Davar classes free of cost!!!!

When asked, Payole the Creative Head of SRGMP explained more about the finale preparations. “We are organising a grand entry for everyone before they come on the stage. Also the show will be divided into different theme based segments. There will be one segment dedicated to Qawaali songs, one dedicated to club songs, one to UP flavor songs and one dedicated to Ajay and Kajol Devgan favorites, as they are the celebrity guests. So you will see different flavors in this finale,” said Payole. On the choreography she said, “The whole dance sequence is choreographed by the dance guru Shiamak Davar. The dance choreography is performed by Shaimaik Davar Junior Academy, so except Aditya Narayan we will see only kids taking centre stage. The choreography will be unique and will also have its own story to tell.”

Apart from the participants, the other main attractions will be performances by Sonu Nigam, Suresh Wadkarji, Aditya Narayan, last year L'il Champ finalists – Sanchita, Sameer and Divakar.
Little Nagin, Khushi Dubey will perform on a Nagin song. Even Alladin Team will be putting up a skit and Raju Srivastav will team up with Aditya Narayan to put up another skit.

The show promises to be totally entertaining. This is going to be a show to watch out for.Catch all the action on March 1st and get to know who will be crowned the SRGMP L'il Champ....

Watch Jasuben & Jayantilal Joshi shake a leg with Saroj Khan

This week, Saroj Khan revives the golden era of Bollywood music with an all-time favorite classic- 'Aye Meri Zohra Zabeen'. To bring to life this memorable romantic song, 'masterjee' is joined by two very special guests all the way from Junagarh… Jasuben and Jayantilaal Joshi. Don't miss this special episode at 7 pm on Thursday, February 28, 2008 on NACHLE VE WITH SAROJ KHAN only on NDTV IMAGINE.

Watch Saroj Khan unveil the magic of 'Aye Meri Zohra Zabeen' whilst teaching the Joshi's. For the first time, Jayantilaal drops all his inhibitions to express his love and admiration for his wife Jasuben, whilst swaying to the jhatkas and matkas of this song. With this episode, Saroj Khan ensures that all the parents and grandparents have a ball of a time!

So, tune in to this special celebrity episode of Nach Le Ve With Saroj Khan on Thursday at 7 pm, on NDTV IMAGINE!

Gujarat Vs. Bengal on K for Kishore

The contestants of K for Kishore, both old and new share a great bonding. Whenever they are together song and laughter are never far behind. The joker in the pack is one of the new Challengers Anil Srivastav who has all of them rolling in the aisles. The mutual admiration society that they have formed cannot be missed. Yet, behind all the fun and camaraderie they all mean serious business. Surprisingly, the Gujjubhais Nayan Rathod, Chetan Rana and Apurva seem to be outnumbering the Bengalis on the show. With only Arnab Chakraborty holding fort on behalf of the Babu Moshai!

Watch the challengers and contestants fight the K for Kishore battle head on this Friday - Saturday, February 29 and March 1 at 9.00 p.m. only on Sony Entertainment Television.

Roshni Chopra and Manoj Tiwari to host Chak De Bachche

You have seen him dazzle one and all in Bhojpuri movies; now you can watch your favourite actor-cum-singer in a totally new avatar! Bhojpuri superstar Manoj Tiwari is all set to make his television debut as host on the upcoming mega reality show - Chak De Bachche on 9X. Accompanying him on the show as co-host will be the beautiful and versatile actress, Roshni Chopra.

Indrani Mukerjea, Founder & CEO, INX Media Pvt. Ltd., said, “I am very pleased to announce that superstar Manoj Tiwari will be hosting the mega dance and music show Chak De Bachche along with the talented and beautiful Roshni Chopra. Chak De Bachche will showcase exciting young talent from across the country. This bi-weekly show conceived and directed by Gajendrra Siingh, will air on the weekend, and will put the spotlight on the best talent among the 8 to 14 age group.”

Commenting on his new avatar, superstar Manoj Tiwari said, “I am absolutely delighted to be associated with 9X and its exhilarating new song and dance musical show Chak De Bachche. It's the first time I will host a TV show, and I am thrilled by the concept and the scale - this sounds like a whole lot of fun and excitement!”

Commenting on her new role the svelte Roshni Chopra said, “I am really excited to be a part of Chak De Bachche as the show is unlike all the others on the bandwagon. On television today, we have shows which judge either the dancing or singing talent of kids. However Chak De Bachche will be a unique blend of singing as well as dancing. So, this show will be a one-of- its- kind and great fun because of the kids--- a total roller-coaster ride! Chak De Bachche will be a trip down memory lane for me, taking me back to my childhood days and I am eagerly looking forward to it."

Gajendrra Siingh, whose Saibaba Telefilms will produce Chak De Bachche, said, "Both Manoj Tiwari and Roshni Chopra were the perfect choice to host the show. They will connect well not only with the audience, but also with the kids taking part thereby making this show a great success.

So watch out for all the action as 9X turns the spotlight on young India to bring some of the best hidden talent to your television screens!

Dhamaakedaar 'Shaadi Special' on Idea Dhoom Macha De!

With the wedding season creating dhamaal across the country, our 'Dhoom team' adds to the fun and excitement with this special "Shaadi" episode!

The curtains rise with the sexy host Malaika Arora Khan and the gorgeous judge Sharmila Tagore swaying to Gud Naal Ishq Mitha! Joining them are co-judges Shankar Mahadevan and Prasoon Joshi, with a foot-tapping rendition of Jootein De Do, Paise Le Lo! And that's not all… the country's favorite singing superstars build up the tempo by performing together on the evergreen track Mehndi Laga Ke Rakhna. With the use of unique props, this episode is a treat with some electrifying performances on Say Shaava Shaava, Maahi Ve, Tainu Leke, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, Dhol Baaje, Mundyaan To Bachke and Ek Gilaasi. This episode also features some emotional and soul-stirring tracks like Taarein Hain Baraati and comedy favorites like Jiski Biwi Motti!

So don't miss the "Shaadi" special episode this Friday, February 29th at 8:30 p.m. only on Idea Dhoom Macha De on NDTV Imagine

Diya Mirza and Sajid Khan on Kaho Na Yaar Hai

Beauty combined with humor is a guarantee formula for hysteria! Television viewers will get to see Bollywood’s dazzling beauty Dia Mirza and multi-faceted comedian, anchor and director Sajid Khan compete with each other for the first time on Star Plus’ fun filled game show Reliance Mobile ‘Kaho Na Yaar Hai’, Fri, Feb 29th, 8 p.m. only on STAR PLUS.

Sajid Khan maintains his inevitable promise to entertain the audience who enjoy a mock fight staged excellently along between Sajid and one of his friends Ricky Sandhu. While, at the other end there is an interesting situation when Karan, the anchor of the show reveals Dia pet name ‘pumpkin’. All through the episode, the entire team continues to embarrass Dia with repeated mentions of the word Pumpkin.

Tune in to find out how Dia Mirza and Sajid Khan battle it out for the first time on a game-based reality show…

So don’t miss the exciting episode of Reliance Mobile ‘Kaho Na Yaar Hai’, Friday, Feb 29th, 8.00pm only on STAR PLUS!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Pritam Ko Gussa Kyu Aaya?

eality shows, super sensationalized AV's on participants, dramatic overkills and walkouts all go hand in hand. It gets very hard to say when an incident is scripted and when not! The shoot for this week's episode saw a shocking incident on the sets of SVOI which made one of the judges - Pritam Chakraborty, stage a walk out in protest. Telly Buzz decided to catch up with Pritam to get to know all about the incident..

When we inquired as to what exactly had happened, Pritam explained, "What happened was very bad. Suddenly this girl from the audience comes down and kisses Emraan Hashmi. The worst part was that, Emraan was my guest. He had come for the promotion of my album. Even he was bit shaken with the incident and that's very natural too."

But how could the girl breach the security, reach Emraan and indulge in such a bold act is the biggest question Pritam wants to ask the Production house. And on asking if the whole fiasco was scripted he firmly states, "I don't want to get into that, but if this whole act was scripted, then it was a far worse situation and totally disgusting. I cannot fathom why such dramas would be required to promote a talent hunt show." He was quite vocal about his displeasure on the whole fiasco. "This is a show for kids and such things should not have been allowed to happen. When Mika Singh goes and kisses Raakhi, I am least bothered. But when there are kids around, some basic aesthetics and decorum needs to be maintained," is what the Music Director and Judge of the show had to convey to all.

He justified his walkout saying, "Yes I made a walk out because I was very annoyed. That girl after all this goes and sits down as if nothing had happened. I told the show producers to throw her out and only after that, I joined again". But with all this, he is also quite miffed with the production house for promoting this incident. "The whole incident is finally a disgrace to the show. Why advertise such a thing? It's more disgusting this way," says an annoyed Pritam.

Yes, indeed it is sad that a kid's show had to witness such a shocking incident. Whether all this was staged or was an impulsive act by a crazy fan, only the show producer and his crew can tell.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Kiran Kumar talks on his journey on Grahasti

Kiran Kumar makes a come back to the small screen after a hiatus with Star Plus’s Grahasti. Grahasti is a story based on women and their struggle in life. The veteran actor here portrays the role of Balraaj Khurana, the shelter to these women who are a world in its own for him. But as destiny prevails, Balraaj will soon make an exit only to leave these woman to the fate of bad times and hardships. Kiran Kumar talks on his journey on Grahasti…

My journey in the show is quite short lived.” quotes the actor. Further on the character, Kiran states, “I started my career with television and have done more than five thousand episodes, portraying various characters. Balraaj tops the charts, and I feel is the best character that I’ve done so far. Balraaj is a character that has been taken to the highest peak and left there. When a good character is written, after reaching a certain point, the downfall for the character begins, but its completely different with Balraaj, he’s just cut off at the right point, which is very important for the story. It‘s only with Balraaj's exit, does the show take off. And as its rightly said, All good things have to come an end, same is the case with Balraaj and for this, I cannot thank the producers of the show enough for picking me for the role”.

Speaking about the show Kiran explains, “This is show is women oriented, however, there is a certain freshness to the story. The characters are quite colorful and different from one another. Balraaj’s sister is quite a joyous playful character while Balraaj’s daughters are unique in their own ways and their characters are beautifully sketched.” Kiran ends with his best wishes for the girls, “These girls are surely going to be the next biggest celebrities on television. They’re immensely talented and I hope they reach to even greater heights…

Ekta's New launch - Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil

After the success of her range of daily soaps on Star Plus, Ekta Kapoor is all set to launch yet another new show called Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil. The show will occupy the 8:30 p.m prime-time slot replacing the long-running soap, Kasautii Zindagii Kay. And the lady seems determined to make sure that the show becomes an astounding hit.

Sources reveal that Ekta consulted Sanjay B Jumaani to ensure that her new love story becomes an immediate success and ordered the lead girl Aditi Gupta to add and extra ‘D’ to her name.

Speaking about the consultation , Sanjay B Jumaani says, “Ekta has been consulting us for ages, and we have numerically corrected all her serials. With regards to Aditi, the lead girl of Ekta's new show, I found that as far as her DOB is concerned, she is well placed. She is ruled by No.2 which gives gifts of imagination and makes a person creative. Other popular names ruled by a No.2 are Shahrukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Rajesh Khanna, Dilip Kumar and Sanjay Dutt. In Aditi's case, her DOB is powerful, but her name had vibrations and could be sorted out with a spelling change. Hence I asked her to add an extra 'D' to her name.”

As far as this serial goes, Sanjay B Jumaani opines, "95% of Ekta's serials have been successful, thanks to her hard work and our numerology. So this applies to this serial too. Above all, Ekta is ruled by No.7 and Additi by No. 2 and both will strike a great balance.”

Aditi Gupta, now christened as Additi Gupta on the other hand says, "I have no clue as to why the name change was made. In fact i did not even know that Sanjay B Jumaani was consulted for the entire affair. Ekta Kapoor asked me to change my name and add an extra 'D' to it, and I gladly obliged."

Well, all's in a name Additi!! Here's the start to a wonderful career ahead!!

Saagar and Vidya as Amar and Divya in their new re-incarnated look

Banoo Main Teri Dulhann’s much-loved Jodi, Saagar and Vidya will be christened as Amar and Divya in their new re-incarnated look. As the duo have a role rehearsal in this birth, with Sharad Malhotra playing the less-educated when compared to the London-return Divyanka Tripathi, we talked to the stars themselves to get their views on their new look and character.

Divyanka Tripathi who plays the London-bred girl with a western influence to her language and style says, “I had to do a lot of research on my new character. I had to shop a lot for my clothes and work on my body language and style. I have a modern, but decent look. I always had one thing in mind that I will not show my skin, come what may!.”

When asked whether the audience will accept this sudden change in story line and characterization, an optimistic Divyanka replies, “I am sure they will accept us as we have worked very hard on this. When Vidya was introduced in the serial, I made the character famous thro' sheer hard work. Today, if Vidya has been accepted by the audience, so will Divya.”

Sharad Malhotra plays the happy-go-lucky tourist guide Amar and this is what the actor has to say about his new look. “Amar lives in Benaras with his brother. He is full of energy and chilled out, a very simple guy with a heart of Gold.” Sharad terms his journey in Dulhann as a roller-coaster ride full of ups and downs. “I started with playing a 8 year old followed by a 25 year old handsome guy, and then the phase where I had to enact both roles at the same time. I feel it is great for a male protagonist to get such an opportunity to play so many shades on television , where you need to think creatively to give your best shot”, says Sharad. Sharad will be seen bantering dialogues in the UP accent and style. “They speak a completely different twang in the village and I have a major problem with the diction. I am still working on perfecting it and hope all falls in place”.

We talked to Pearl Shahi, Creative Head to get her input on the reincarnation track. “We wanted to bring in freshness to the story, and wanted to show a blossoming love story between the protagonists, which we could not show earlier, as Vidya and Saagar fell in love only after marriage. We know that the audience will be delighted to see this phase and of course, we aim for more TRPs now.”

Talking about the Om Shanti Om look to the promos, Pearl says, “Yes, we went for it because we wanted the viewers to see the promo and immediately realize that this serial is going in for reincarnation.”

Last but not the least, talking about the story line, Pearl Shahi comments, “The first episode shown after the leap will see the entry of Divyanka aka Divya, who will return to Delhi from London. Now Sindoora is at Delhi, while Amar is situated at Benaras. The story will move as destiny takes Divya to Benaras where she will meet Amar and thus the love story begins.”

We wish Sharad and Divyanka a very successful second innings!!

Monday, February 25, 2008

A Dance face-off in Bidaai

A Dance face-off in Bidaai


Fans of Parul Chauhan aka Ragini of Bidaai will see her in a new avatar as the girl accepts the challenge and competes against Dolly (Shabaana Mullani), Vasundhara Rajvansh’s daughter in a dance face-off. The episode will be telecasted tonight, February 25th on Star Plus. Ragini takes this decision to save her sister Sadhana to prevent her from getting married to Vasundhara’s mentally challenged son, Alekh Rajvansh.

Speaking about the episode, the main protagonist Parul Chauhan says, “It has been a very hectic schedule for me and Shabana. We have been rehearsing continuously for three days for this episode. In fact I used to get so tired that I fainted nearly four times while rehearsing. It was tougher for me as I am not a dancer and I had to adapt to the Indian classical styles of dancing. If it was just dancing to a hindi song, I would have done it with a lot of ease, but dancing the tough steps of Bharatnatyam and Kathak on 'Woh Kisna Hain' and 'Moree Piya' was indeed overwhelming. Although, at the end of the day, my work was appreciated by one and all. But with this experience I have gotten over my fear of dancing and can say I am definitely more confident as a dancer now.” Commenting on the result of the competition and what fate has in store for Sadhana in the future episodes, Parul says, “I cannot reveal whether Ragini wins the competition or not. It is something for the viewers to look out for.”

Speaking about tonight’s episode, Parul’s competitor in the show Shabaana Mullani known as Dolly says, “In this episode we are both shown as competitors. In the earlier episodes, it was shown that I am a well trained dancer who doesn’t need any practice and nobody stands a chance before me. But as time goes by, Ragini picks up the steps and nuances of the classical dances so well that I start to feel threatened by her. I am very arrogant and egoistic and because of the insecurity, and want to win the competition by hook or by crook. Ragini needs to win the competition because of her family issues, but I want to win just to prove that there is nobody better than me.” Further adding about the result of the competition and if Ragini eventually succeeds in saving the situation Shabaana says, “To know that you will have to watch the episode and find out.”

Shabaana had a rather ecstatic time shooting for this episode as she shares her experience saying, “The whole experience was a lot of fun for me. I am a trained classical dancer myself and it was a great opportunity for me to showcase my talent through the show. Moreover, I got the chance to peform classical dances after a very long time, so it was very enjoyable for me.”

Sagar and Vidhya returns in a completely different avatar

Sagar and Vidhya returns in a completely different avatar


A week back, Banoo Main Teri Dulhaan showed the two lead protagonists Sagar and Vidhya dying at the hands of Sindoora, leaving all fans and supporters of the show completely distraught and heart-broken. But the fans needn’t be too disappointed as their favourite jodi returns back re-incarnated in a completely different avatar.

While the previous track showed Sagar as the educated guy and Vidhya as the gaanv ki gori, the re-incarnation shows the opposite with Sharad Malhotra playing the role of a village yokel. His character is loosely based on Aamir Khan’s character from Raja Hindustani. Sharad is a tourist guide in Benaras and is very popular amongst kids and women. In spite of not being well educated, he is still manages charm people with his attitude. Divyanka Tripathi, better known as Vidhya, on the other hand, is born and brought up in London and lives her life in the lap of luxury, getting whatever she wants. She is a great looker and loves to flaunt this attribute of hers by dressing up and looking good all the time. She is very sweet and innocent and doesn’t like any form of cruelty.

Evil continues to prevail with Sindoora (Kamya Punjabi), being arrogant as ever but is now shown as a high-class lady who consults an astrologer before doing anything, yet, in her heart feels she is still invincible and can take anyone down. She returns back to her old schemeing self when she comes face to face with Sagar.

The death of the protagonists may have been a downer for the show’s fans, but this latest news is bound to leave them elated. Tune into Banoo Mein Teri Dulhaan this week, as many suprises begin to unfold.

Virani Parivaar back In Shanti Nikatan

Virani Parivaar back In Shanti Nikatan

Good times finally roll on the Virani Parivaar in Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi as they get set to return back to Shantiniketan. While last week’s episode had Tulsi and Ganga in a car accident leaving them seriously injured, this week’s episode has Ganga recovering from her injuries, and as Tulsi’s life still remains in peril, the Virani parivaar needs a huge sum of money to save her life.

This forces Karan to seek help from the goon whose life he had saved before. But every favour comes with a price and so does this one, whereby Karan is asked to shoot Tulsi but his conscience doesn’t permit him to. Now while Karan decides how not to murder the woman so close to his heart, Tulsi recuperates relieving Karan of his dilemma. Tulsi then, along with Karan and Sahil formulates a plan to trick Trupti, who gets trapped and is thus sent to jail, leaving Tulsi triumphant in the end. Sources reveal, “Now that Trupti is behind bars, Kyunki will show the Virani parivaar returning back to Shantiniketan. And the future will now show Tulsi striving to get Mihir out of jail.” Speaking about the Karan-Nadini track, our source says, “Although I cannot divulge much information on that, all I can say is that things start looking more positive for them henceforth.”

Sunday, February 24, 2008

'I am amazed at the response in Hong Kong' - Abhaas Joshi

Abhaas Joshi, the young and vivacious host of Chhote Ustaad is a happy man as he recently visited Hong Kong for his first ever international concert. He is equally excited like his other friends and participants of Star Voice of India, Ishmeet, Harshit, Toshi, Sumitra and Priyani who also gave scintillating performances in the concert. It was also a special treat for the Indian community in Hong Kong as they welcomed the Chinese Year of the Rat with this concert comprising of melodious classics of the 1970s all the way up to the contemporary favorites of today.
Abhaas is quite excited to have performed in Hong Kong. "I had a great time in Hong Kong and was memorable as it was my first ever international show. The experience and response has been so over whelming. All the Indians present there, made it to the show, all the tickets were sold off. It was an honor for me to witness this and be a part of this event. This was a one-time achievement for me", says Abhaas. Abhaas is also amazed at the response for the concert. “I was shocked seeing the craze for bollywood music there and was glad I could make a mark for my self. It was hard for it to sink in that I am internationally known as well. It's going to be one experience I can never forget. It was truly a touching moment for me", adds the young talent.

When quizzed about his future ventures he said, “Other than hosting Chhote Ustaad, I am coming out with an album with my elder brother, for Polio infected kids, called - Bawara Fakir. Whatever funds we get for the album, we'll donate it to the kids. It's a composition of various Bhajans. We've done this for a good cause and hope it works out”.

Khushbu and Neha Desai on their 'Grahasti'...

Star Dophar is all set to launch their new venture – Grahasti, an attempt to focus on women’s hardships in today’s world. The story revolves around a family, where the three daughters of the house, choose different paths and hence the plots begin to set. The Telly Buzz team caught up with two of the girls Khushbu and Neha Desai who will be playing the roles of Simar and Soni respectively.

Khushbu plays the eldest daughter of the house, a simple girl next door, who takes charge of the family post the tribulations. “I play the elder daughter of the house, who is going to face issues once the family is left shattered", says Khushbu. Talking on her past projects, Khushbu quips, “I have been in Mumbai only for about eight months and Grahasti is my first project ever”. When quizzed about the production house and her co-actors, the actress said, “I am blessed to work with such a team. Kiranji has been like our God father here. I was quite nervous to work with him, but he eased us out and now the set has become more like a home and a family…”

Neha Desai, who plays the youngest daughter of the house, can be rightly termed as the ‘Jack of all’. Neha is a media student whose luck favored her to land on the other side of the camera. “I am playing the youngest daughter in the show. I am currently doing my post graduation in Journalism and Mass Media. I have always wanted to try out something different. I was a finance student earlier, then jumped into mass media where I learned film making, anchoring, journalism and much more, and now I am into acting. I never believed I would be playing one of the protagonists in a show on Star Plus” said the excited Neha.

On the new venture, she added, “The cast has been like a complete family to us. I was so nervous to act in the same show as Kiranji. But on the first day, he made us sit down and told us that we’re like family; being new to the industry, he gave us the confidence that we lacked.”

We wish the girls all the very best for their career in acting!!

Anuj Saxena and Nausheen to appear in Kuchh Is Tara

Nausheen Ali Sardar, better known as Kkusum will be back as her famous SET character in a special episode of Kuchh Is Tara to be aired on Monday. It will be a one-hour special which will also see the couple, Ranbir and Kanya expressing their love for each other.

Nausheen aka Kkusum will be seen along with her on screen husband, Abhay played by Anuj Saxena and the duo will sing and dance on a number from Om Shanti Om. Nausheen was quite happy to be back with Balaji although for just a few hours. "Ekta had given me a break I and will be forever indebted to her. Anuj and I shared great on chemistry then and such things don't die away", says the gorgeous actress. "Our episode will open the layers of a new mystery on the show as well..." she further reveals.

Anuj Saxena on his part, was also quite enthused about this special. "I am doing this just for Ekta. Initially our item was supposed to have included Gauri and Hiten as well, but time constraint prevented them from coming aboard", states Anuj. He concludes by saying "Nausheen and I are great friends; it will be fun to dance with her..."

According to the Senior Creative Head, Star Plus Nivedita Basu, "This special episode fits the fun and light hearted nature of our show. Actually we wanted to have a cross over with Amber Dhara, but unfortunately the setting in the conjoined twin show currently does not allow for fun".
She went on to dismiss questions regarding the sale ability of Nausheen. “Agreed, she does not have anything major after our show! But vast sections of the public still recognize her as Kkusum and that is what we are leveraging”, says Nivedita.

P.S.: Nausheen lets us know that she will do a reality show very soon. “It’s something very different from the conventional ones. Just wait and watch for it”.

Natasha's Identity Revealed in Kuchh Is Tara

Kuchh Is Tara undergoes a major change as the audience sees Kanya GodboleRanbir Nanda shown falling in love. But after all, it’s an Ekta Kapoor show and does not seem complete without twists and turns in the script. And the twist in this show is the wild and wacky Natasha. The Telly Buzz team delved deeper to get an insight of what is in store for the viewers. and

Speaking to the main protagonist Akashdeep Sehgal who plays the hate- guru Ranbir, about this new change, he says, “Well it has actually come as a surprise for me too. I didn’t know the track was changing. Initially the show was a thriller, but now it will be more of a comedy thriller which is a good thing because the audience likes a bit of fun and seriousness, both in good combination. And television is all about tracks, and the latest track of Kuchh Is Tara will now show Ranbir Nanda falling in love with Kanya Godbole.” He further adds, “Earlier I was playing the hate-guru but after all the fighting, a love bug has bitten Ranbir and so far the audience has been seeing only a war of roses, but now they will see only roses, with no war. I just hope the audience appreciates this new change and continues to watch the show as they have in the past.

And how does Natasha fit into the whole love story? “Natasha is the thriller element of the show. Right now that’s all I can reveal at this point and her entry will create a lot of suspense and thrill for the show”, replies Akashdeep.

The leading lady, Dimple Jhangiani was a bit tight-lipped about the new track as she says, “I cannot reveal much about the story changing. I know that the audience expects the story to follow the norm and show Ranbir and Kanya falling madly in love with each other. It will be just a tinge of that, but it does involve a certain amount of suspense and thriller too.” So is that where Natasha comes in to the picture? “I cannot say anything about that. The audience just has to wait and watch as it will be something different and interesting.

Although the protagonists are reluctant to reveal the character of Natasha, a source reveals, “Natasha’s (played by Dimple Jhangiani) true personality will be revealed in Monday’s episode. Kanya suffers from a split personality disorder and Natasha is the darker side. While Kanya is weak and subdued, Natasha is the aggressive one.”

Now that sure seems like a good surprise in store for the viewers!!!

'I will do reality shows, as I want to help new talents'-Javed Akhtar

Mission Ustaad, the unique 9X reality show which blended entertainment with information and awareness, reached its culmination on Saturday night. The show had four pairs from the music industry – Sunali and Roopkumar Rathod, Mahalaxmi Iyer and Kailash Kher, Vasundhara Das and Mohit Chauhan and Shweta Pandit and Naresh Iyer composing their own songs for a cause. A UN initiative, the songs had to have a message around a social cause which could be unemployment, education, female infanticide, poverty and so on. It was about reminding India about the Millennium Development Goals the UN had set up, and the pledge our country had signed to realize them.

We caught up with Javed Akhtar, one of the judges on the show which had A R Rahman and UN South East Asia ambassador Lara Dutta too on the jury seats.

What are your thoughts as the competition draws to a close?
It was a different kind of a concept and obviously the experience of having judged it is different. Normally, entertainment is perceived to be mindless and informative, but Mission Ustaad was a mix of both and I feel we achieved a fair balance of the two. Since it was just not another music reality show, and had a definite agenda, a cause behind it, it gave me an opportunity to voice my thoughts, my views about the various issues plaguing our country. At least, an effort was made to reach out to the audience.

But the show doesn't seem to have got high TRPs..
Well, you have to understand that our show was on a new channel. But it has managed to give 9X a niche, an identity. It has given the channel a face. Besides, even if we managed to convey our message to a small percent of audience, we have succeeded.

What do you have to say about your co-judges?
(Smiles). Well, I have worked with A R Rahman. He's a genius. Lara was a pleasant surprise. I came to know that she is the youngest ambassador of South East Asia, UN. She was very well informed, clear-headed and made her comments with tremendous precision. She always made a valid point.

Who were you most impressed by among the contestants?
They all were good at some point or the other. They composed some great songs with some great messages. I was particularly impressed by Roop Kumar's range. I always knew he was a good singer, but Mission Ustaad brought across a completely different Roop. I was very impressed. And of course, Kailash is Kailash. Vasundhara is a great performer. Mahalaxmi is a fine singer. After Alka Yagnik and Kavita Krishnamurthy, she and Sunidhi Chauhan are the new generation of singers. Naresh and Shweta are the young blood, plucky and talented.

You have judged a populist reality show like Indian Idol and now something like Mission Ustaad. How would you compare the creative satisfaction you may have got from judging these two shows?
Well, Idol was totally different. Mission Ustaad was more about content, composition and who could bring across the message more effectively. Idol was about who could sing a song more magically. I enjoyed both. Yes, I will do more reality shows because I am all for encouraging new talent. Since 1972, the year I got into the film industry, I have always supported new composers, new singers, and newer kids. It makes me proud to be of some help to these younger talents. For instance, Amit Paul who I clearly thought should have been the Idol 3 winner but couldn't, is singing my songs for my forthcoming films.

Finally have you seen Farah's children? (Farah Khan is his niece)
Of course I have. They are beautiful babies. It was a joy to see them.

A fresh new love story on the cards

Zee’s Meri Doli Tere Angana is all set for a re-vamp. The show that started out as the struggle of a woman who believed in herself is now taking a new turn. The Telly Buzz team caught up with the cast and director to get an insight of what’s in store for the audience.

In the latest track shown, the lead protagonists RuhaanSimran were shown being shot and now Priyamvada Sawant who was playing the role of Simran has been ousted from the show and fans have retaliated to this change.

Refuting the retaliations on the new twist, producer Rahul Bhatt says, “I know that the audience has been very loyal till now and I hope that they continue to do so even now. The story was becoming stagnant and demanded a change. But instead of doing the very common leap, we decided to change the entire story track and decided to cast new characters. Even the landscape has been changed. The scenes will now be shot in Madhya Pradesh.” Talking further about the new story track, Rahul says, “We are not going to take a leap. After the accident, Gaurav will lose his memory and will now be living with another family. The whole story will now revolve around him. The story will more or less be on the lines of Raj Kapoor’s film Henna. It will be very interesting story to watch. The star cast includes veteran actors like Rajiv Verma, Gufi Paintal and Rahul Lohani of Jab Love Hua fame and Shruti Sharma, who is a new face in television. ”

Speaking on the latest change in the track, Priyamvada says, “There are many reasons why they are changing the storyline and I am not a part of it, hence I cannot tell you why it is changing. And television is all about twists and turns in daily soaps. I am quite comfortable with whatever the producers and the channel decide. They wanted to portray a different character and I did not fit the bill and I was fine with it.

Commenting on the new track, new comer Shruti Sharma says, “The track of the story has entirely changed and two new characters have been introduced, i.e, Rahul Lohani and me. Earlier it was two women vying for one man, but now the tables have turned and it will be two men vying for one girl. The main lead, Ruhaan, gets shot and lands up in an unknown place, I meet him there and take him to the hospital and visit him often. I am getting married to Rahul, but I start developing feelings for the stranger and the story proceeds from there.

The audience has by far loved and appreciated leaps in television serials, but now it is to be seen if this new concept will receive the same adulation.

Gagan Malik gets his first lead role.

Gagan Malik, the bubbly and charming Sharman in Star Plus’ Kumkum Ek Pyaara Sa Bandhan has bagged his first ever lead role in Zee’s new serial, ‘Saath Banaayenge Ek Aashiyaan’, which is slotted for the afternoon band of 1pm, starting March 10th.

Talking about the basic story line and his character, Gagan says, “The story is basically about two couples. My cousin brother played by Amit Tandon comes from abroad and gives me a surprise, by introducing his American girlfriend. At the same time, arrangements are being made for his marriage to a village-belle, Lajwanti. At this point, I decide to marry the girl so that my brother can marry his love”. Talking about this irony of marrying his brother’s would-be, Gagan laughs it off and says, “I think wherever I land, I get married to my brother’s girl. The same happened in Kumkum too.”

Elaborating more on his character, Gagan states, “I play a very positive character and I am really looking forward to this serial”.

So where does the future of Sharman lie? “Well, I really do not know what the creatives have planned. My track in Kumkum is there only till the reincarnation track starts. I guess my last day in Kumkum will be on February 29th, which is also my birthday”, says a sad Gagan.

An optimist, as he is, the actor then says, “If my fans really want me back in Kumkum, then I am sure the channel will bring me back in some role or the other”. When we pointed out regarding the time clash of Kumkum and his serial on Zee, a diplomatic Gagan says, “I know that people who watch Kumkum will be in a dilemma to choose between Kumkum and my new serial. But I am hopeful that my fans support me and see me in my new serial too”.

Roop Kumar Rathod and Sonali Rathod top the Ustaads

9X's Mission Ustaad, a thirteen week musical journey for a charitable cause, witnesses its finale today, the 23rd of February 2008. As the competition of the four singing Ustaads of the nation comes to an end, Roop Kumar Rathod and Sonali Rathod top the Charts and take over the winning Trophy. The Telly Buzz team talks to the winning jodi, on their experience of being in a one of a kind show like Mission Ustaad..

"The journey for me in the show has been overwhelming. It's been a long journey for me. We had the younger lot in competition with us. So we had to put in a lot of hard work to cope up with them, and I am glad that our work was appreciated by the jury and the audience," says the musical maestro, Roop Kumar Rathod. Further on Mission Ustaad he adds in, "As an artist, I felt completely satisfied in being a part of a show that had such a good cause to it. I have been part of many entertainment shows, but it's a whole different feeling to be in a show that is actually meant not just to entertain, but to reach out to people to help the society."

Post Mission Ustaad, Roop Kumar Rathod has quite a few plans under his wings. "I am currently composing for an upcoming movie - Dhoom Dhadaka, which is a Shashi Ranjan film. It's a commercial movie, which seems to be the latest trend now. Hearing the music that I've given for this movie, it's going to be a complete shocker for the industry. No one's going to believe that I could make commercial song numbers as well. Besides that, Sonali and I are coming up with two albums, one is called- Sufiana and the second one is again a commercial album."

His better half in both, in the competition and in real life - Sonali Rathod was top notch excited for her victory in the show. "I am truly touched by winning the competition. The efforts put by us were well recognized. It was tougher to sing the original songs, but what was even harder was to sing the popular ones. I was known as a Ghazal singer uptil now, but Javed Akthar and Rehman discovered the new talents in me. I was glad that I could get this platform, and to be a part of a show that was so innovative and has such a good cause to it." On an ending note, Sonali says, "Even though the show has ended, I truly hope that the journey towards making the world a better place to live, never ends".

The Super Six Journey begins on Chhote Ustaad

The stage is set. The magic is about to begin. Chhote Ustaad's Super SIX are on center-stage. The popular reality singing challenge Amul Star Voice of India Chhote Ustaad now moves to the most exciting phase with the Super SIX. The journey ahead brings with it grandiose sets, glitz, glamour and loads of talent. The Top SIX will put out their best performances week after week, in a do- or-die effort, to win over the viewers and their votes in order to move to the next round. With performance every week, followed by the result episode, these gifted contestants will be moving closer to making their dream true.

Due to no eliminations for the second week, the kids on Chhote Ustaad are less stressed and are enjoying their singing on the show. Fridays are no freakier! This Friday, Chhote Ustaad brings you fond memories of the dancing Diva Helen as the Ustaads celebrate Helen's special on the show. To increase the glam quotient, Amrita Arora opens the show with the legendary 'Piya Tu ab toh aaja' followed by Aishwarya singing "Chhori ki Baatein" from Fight Club; a song which featured Amrita and Anwesha singing "Aa Jaan-e-Jaan". Amrita lip-synchs for both Aishwarya and Anwesha as they put her in dilemma in deciding who among them will give her playback for Golmaal returns in which Amrita and Kareena play the leads.

Catch the tidbits and juicy anecdotes from the legend Helen's life and mellifluous performances like Yeh mera Dil by Sonia Sharma, O haseena Zulfonwali by Vyom Kapoor, Mehbooba Mehbooba by Rigved, kitty Kelly by Prakriti Giti, aa Jaane ja by Anwesha and Karle Pyar by Aishwarya Majmudar on the Friday episode of Amul Star Voice of India Chhote Ustaad at 10 pm.

The show is now in its most important & crucial stage! 'Chhote Ustaad' promise the viewers never–seen-before entertainment and an unforgettable viewing experience. With raw, young & genuine talent emerging on the show this year, the viewers will go through a tough task of selecting the most deserving contestant. In the coming weeks, watch the making of another musical icon… a true 'Amul Star Voice of Chhote Ustaad chosen by million of Indian viewers.

Amit Paul Returns for the Maha Muqabala on K for Kishore

After all the fracas on the last episode, Amit Paul, who could not make it on the show due to health problems, returns to the fold of K for Kishore in time for the Maha Muqabla episode. Among the 14 Challengers seen last week the successful six were Rex D'Souza, Ammanat Ali and Sikandar both from Pakistan, Amit Paul (IBN 7 Challenger), Anil Srivastav and K Shailendra. The judges announced that Radio Mirchi Challenger Rinku Mallik, the visually handicapped lad from Amritsar, would be the guest performer on every show as a special guest.

The episode begins with an entertaining tug –of- war between the six successful Challengers and the Super Six belting out Jahan teri yeh nazar hai... The episode has a new format with each one of the Super Six taking on the young Challengers. So while Apurva sang Jaanu meri jaan…with gusto, Rex D'Souza came up with an equally exuberant Ruk jaana o jaana… Pakistan's Sikandar responded with Mere naina saawan bhadon… in reply to Nayan Kumar's (Rathod) heartfelt O saathi re… Chintan Bakiwala surprised all with his near perfect rendition of Zaroorat hai zaroorat hai … and met his match with Mere saamnewali khidki mein from Amit Paul.

It is fun, frolic and great singing on K for Kishore. The duel has truly begun. The competition is getting hotter. The contestants are gearing up for a tough fight. But it is not only about competing. All the contestants are here to pay tribute to their singing idol and guru. So there is also the fun challenges put up by the Super Six for these young newcomers in the fray. The result: Great Kishore songs and insights.

Catch the action, music, song and masti on K for Kishore this Friday, February 22, at 9.00 pm only on Sony Entertainment Television.

The Big Fight Continues On K for Kishore..

Continuing the big fight from Friday night, K for Kishore reaches a feverish pitch on Saturday, February 23. First, the three Challengers take on their respective opponents from the Super Six to a duel with songs and then comes the interesting part. The judges challenge them to perform a certain hilarious singing task.

New Challenger from Guna, (Madhya Pradesh) Anil Srivastav who impressed one and all with his power-packed first performance opens the show with Peenewaalon ko peene ka bahana chahiye… and takes on Milind Ingle who responded with Thodisi jo peeli hai… Milind won hands down with his yodeling skill. Chetan Rana's Rote rote hasna seekho… got Amanat Ali to reply with Phoolon ka taaron ka sabka kehna hai… While Arnab Charaborty's Haan pehli baar had K Shailendra come up with Aate jaate khubsoorat… If the true blue banga bandhu Arnab sang a Bengali song then the non-Bengali did not lag behind in coming up with one either!

The duel in this round is well fought. It is not just the contestants who provide the entertainment with their singing; the judges too are in a mood for some fun too. Why else would Bappi Lahiri croon songs especially for Rajeshwari? His favorite song for her is Dhoop mein nikla na karo roop ki rani! (Babul Supriyo must be feeling left out with all this attention being showered on his co-host.) Sudesh Bhosle does not lag behind with his funny one-liners while Amit Kumar has his own brand of humour that has everyone in splits!

The judges are going to have a tough time eliminating one from amongst them. Is your favorite contestant still in the running?

Find out on K for Kishore on Saturday February 23 at 9.00 p.m. only on Sony Entertainment Television.

Jungle Jungle Baat chali hai, pata chala hai

This Saturday the Chhote Ustaads go camping in a jungle as they sing to the Jungle theme on Amul Star Voice of India Chhote Ustaad at 10 pm.

The set looked like a jungle. The kids sit in a cozy huddle near a bonfire. Abhaas and Kids opens the episode with a musical skit on the song Mere Paas Aao from Mr Natwarlal. Keeping the mood of the jungle, Aishwarya sings 'Aawara Bhanvre' from Sapnay; Vyom sings 'Aane Pe Uske Aaye Bahar' ;Soniya "Kahin Aag Lage Lag Jaaye"; Prakriti sings 'Jungle Hai Aadhi Raat Hai' from Biwi No 1, Anwesha 'Chhoti Si Kahani' from Ijazzat and Rigved sings 'Do Pyar Karnewale' from Jungle.

Also Vyom mimicks the participants, judges which adds to the whole humour on the sets. This time the senior Voice of India Contetants Ismeet, Priyani, Irfan and Toshi visit the camping Chhote Ustaad to support them and give them some advice on their performances. Ismeet supports Sonia and appeal the viewers to vote for her. Similarly Irfaan back Prakriti Giri, Priyani backs Aishwarya, Toshi supports Vyom and Abhaas hoots for Rigved.

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Vivan Bhatena getting Married soon

March seems to be the month of ‘Weddings’ in Telly world! As Indraneil Sengupta and Barkha Bisht get ready to tie the knot on March 1st, the next ‘Dulha’ to get into blissful marriage is the dashing Vivan Bhatena.

Vivan Bhatena who has been on a career-high after getting engaged to longtime girl friend Nikhila Palat is very much excited as the D-day gets closer. The couple are to take ‘Saath Phere’ on March 27th. We caught up with Vivan to know more on his wedding preparations. “I only know that the wedding has been fixed for 27th of March. Other than that, I have had no time at all for shop for myself and get involved in the preparations. I really do not know what is happening, as I am so into my hectic shooting schedule”, says the actor.

Well, we only wish that Vivan takes time out of his hectic schedule and enjoys his last phase of bachelor days to the core!!

Mouni Roy survives a scary accident

Mouni Roy of the Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi fame, got into a major accident recently. Mouni who visits the Siddhivinayak temple every Tuesday, had a head-on collision with another car. Though Mouni was sitting in the front seat, she was spared with just few injuries.

“While taking a U-turn, our car banged against another car, both the cars were speeding and could not avoid the collision. Luckily no one suffered severe injuries, but I got a slight injury on my back”, says Mouni. The actress believes that her good luck charm saved her that day. “I was returning from Siddhivinayak, and was thankful that Ganeshji saved me.” On her current condition, Mouni adds, “I still have a minor pain, specially if I move around. I had taken two days off and tomorrow, I will be back on shoot…”

A source from Balaji adds in, “She is at home, but not in a status to work. But being so dedicated to her work, Mouni called up and agreed that if they needed her for the close-up shots, she will be around. But we advised her to fully recover, since we have banks of episodes."

Aditya Narayan And Karishma Tanna on Kaho Na Yaar Hai

Pandemonium and disbelief ruled on the sets of Reliance Mobile Kaho Na Yaar Hai when Aditya Narayan took centre stage and stole the show from the host of the show, Karan Patel. Aditya Narayan and Karishma Tanna are the celebrity participants in the upcoming episode of Reliance Mobile Kaho Na Yaar Ha,i but everyone was in for a surprise and stared in disbelief when Aditya Narayan, at the onset of the show, introduced himself as the anchor!

Much to Karan Patel's dismay, the audience seemed to be entertained and were enjoying Aditya Narayan's anchoring. Just when the tempo was peaking, Karan interrupted the new host and reminded him that he is merely a participant of the show and not the anchor! Very reluctantly, Aditya proceeded to the floor to play the game of friendship and fun, Reliance Mobile 'Kaho Na Yaar Hai'.

Karishma Tanna, accompanied by her friends, Preeti and Neeti received a warm welcome from the audience. It was a laugh riot on the sets, as Karishma danced to Aditya's tunes as a penalty for missing an answer in the first round itself! Not to take defeat easily, Karishma retaliated when she made him dance like a chicken in front of the whole crowd!

Audiences were in for a bigger surprise when pretty women walked across the floor wearing attractive accessories, only to realize that they were actually Aditya and his friends disguised as women! The fun doesn't stop here, the gang went on to dedicate the song, "Tanna, chumma de de" to their counterpart Karishma Tanna.

So stay tuned to watch Aditya Narayan steal the show from Karan Patel in Reliance Mobile 'Kaho Na Yaar Hai', February 22, 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. only on STAR PLUS!!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Daler Mehendi in Funjabbi Chak De

This episode of Brooke Bond Red Label Funjabbi Chak De takes into account the world of fashion – the most stylish to the most outrageous, all in vintage funjabbi style. From fashion disasters to the oddities of different fashion statements, this episode talks about every possible thing that comes in its purview.

Daler Mehndi gives a cordial rendition of ‘Ali Ali’ – his mystical voice taking the song to a different high altogether. He joins Navjot Sidhu and Mandira Bedi on the jury table straight after his performance. With his guards completely down, Daler seems to have fit into the madness of the Funjabbi world perfectly. His rather unorthodox fashion statement with the diamond owl hanging from his waist seems to have picked the fancy of a few comedians too many.

Outstanding performances by Parvez Siddiqui and Chandan Prabhakar set the tone for the episode while the grassroot raw humour of Khayali and Rajiv Thakur take this episode to being one of the funniest on Funjabbi Chak De ever. The judges look tired laughing and the performers themselves seem to enjoy it more than anyone else. Funkars Earl and Satyajit come in with their own share of fun. While Earl gets Sidhu and Mandira to join him in his rap representation of the Funjabbi world, Satyajit the ventriloquist gets his puppet to do all the talking while he flirts with Mandira outrageously. Easily one of the best episodes of Funjabbi Chak De, this is an absolute sure shot when it comes to unadulterated funtertainment.

This is just the start to a new Beginning

The saying that ‘Good things eventually come to an end’ is surely going to be rewritten by the very popular on screen jodi of Saagar and Vidya in Zee’s Banoo Main Teri Dulhann.

We caught up with a laidback and thrilled Sharad Malhotra, who was packing his bags to go home, to be his family. “I can’t believe that I have got a break at last. I am very eager to be with them, I am flying tomorrow to Kolkata and will be back in 3-4 days”, says Sharad in an excited tone. We tried to quiz him on the re-incarnation track and pat comes the reply, “We will be back with a bang. Just be patient and watch out for the new track.” The actor though, indicated that there will be a special episode on February 21st, marking the ‘Chautha’ of Saagar and Vidya which will be very emotional. “This episode will witness many celebrities from other serials coming and offering their condolences. This episode is a must-watch”, adds the popular actor.

We further talked to Shyamji, Director of Banoo Main Teri Dulhann to check out what the serial is going to offer the viewers in the coming days. Says Shyamji, “I cannot reveal much as of now. The only thing I can say is that they both will be back very soon. In fact, you can see one of them being re-introduced just the next week, while the other’s entry will be a bit delayed.” Talking about the track ahead, the director says, “Things are going to be mind-blowing and you will witness some thing that has never been seen before on Television.” Elaborating on the new characters to be introduced, Shyamji says, “We will introduce at least 12-13 new characters, who will be the new family of the protagonists. We cannot talk of the cast as of now. So just wait and watch as they will have a new beginning.”

The serial was raking very high TRPs even without the re-incarnation track. So where was the need for this new twist? “The serial was going really well, but we had shown plenty of things in these 2 years. Knowing the fact that we got high TRPs because of our 3 main characters, that of Saagar, Vidya and Sindoora, we wanted to introduce freshness in the serial by keeping these pivotal characters and actors intact and introducing many new. Hoping for the best now”, says Shyamji.

Aarti Singh is back with Star Plus New Show Gharasti

Aarti Singh of Maayka fame, hits the small screens once again with Star Dopahar’s latest venture - Grahasti.

Grahasti is a story basically of women and their hardships. Aarti, who set the charm in Maayka, joins in as one of the sisters. The Telly Buzz team spoke to the actress, who talks about her journey from Maayka to Grahasti…

“In Grahasti, I play the middle sister Rano. Rano is a girl who doesn’t want to study, and is not at all career-oriented. She’s someone who just wants to get married.” says the actress. Further on the story, Aarti adds, “My track will gear up towards more drama, once my wedding has been decided, and then the story goes on from there. I cannot reveal more as of now. But yes, there is lot of drama to look out for…”

When asked about her long break post Maayka, Aarti stated, “Post Maayka, I took a really long good break. I went back home for a while. I got a call for a show on Sahara - Mera Sasural, which is somewhat like Maayka, but things didn’t begin for a while; the whole process just got delayed and in the mean time, I got a call for Grahasti as well. And being a show with Star and such a good team, I couldn’t help but commit myself here. Then in the mean time, that show started as well. But anyway, I am just concentrating on Grahasti now.”

Where there is a will, there is way!!

Conjoined twins AmberDhara in a legal battle

The conjoined twins AmberDhara who won the hearts of the viewers for their grit, determination and fortitude to live life like all the other young people their age have got themselves in to a huge controversy.

Amber has been framed for the murder of Kamini, the mother of Akshat, who has been the childhood friend and buddy to AmberDhara. While Amber, who also loves Akshat would never do something like this, murder; she has been framed and arrested for the murder. While it is now a murder case and the girls are in the custody, the question that really bothers all is 'Should innocent Dhara be also punished for a crime she has not committed?'

There are arguments that go to say that being conjoined, they have to be with each other even in times of crime. But reasoning and understanding the entire issue one realizes that levelheaded Dhara, who has always been a strong force behind sister Amber has to be a part of the punishment. Does Dhara deserve to go through this? Their mother often told them "Jab tak tum saat ho tum khaas ho…" but those strong words seem to boomerang resulting in an entangled and vicious net from where they see no future.

--Is it really a 'curse' to be born as conjoined twins?

--Is it wrong to want to live life like any other youngsters their age?

--Is it wrong to follow your heart & dreams?

Amber is traumatized to think that her sister Dhara is behind bars because of her. Where will the law take this unusual case? AmberDhara requires your support & help. They have been trapped in a situation from where they see no escape… AmberDhara needs your help.

The Pre finale heat is on

SaReGaMaPa L’il Champs is just a step away from the Grand Finale. As the finale is drawing closer, the excitement, confidence, vigor and enthusiasm amongst the participants is on the high. After struggling it out through the different rounds, the final three finalists - Punjab-da-puttar Rohanpreet; Mariyani Assam ki Anamika Chaudhury and Lucknow ke chhote Nawab Tanmay Chaturvedi will battle it out in the grand finale. All three of them have their individual USP’s and are just as good as the other. Along with the rise in mercury, even the suspense and pressure on these little Maharathhi’s is building up. They are all geared up to give their best performances and win the whopping amount of 25lacs along with a luxurious Hundai 'i10' car.

This Friday on 22nd February, in the pre finale episode, hot and happening celebrity guests - Sameera Reddy, Esha Deol, Tushar Kapoor and the current singing sensation Raghav Sachar come to cheer the L'il Champs on the sets. It was a fun filled experience with the Li'l champs wooing the stars and the audience for their coveted votes. Also present will be the heartthrobs of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007, Aneek Dhar, Mouli Dave and Raja Hasan; each of them rendering their support to their favourite Li'l champ along with duet performances. The awesome foursome celebrities were too delighted to be on the show and tried to share the microphone with the Li'l singers.

On Saturday, 23rd February, the celebrity guest is none other than the debonair hero - Akshay Kumar. The dashing and super-busy superstar, who had a very successful 2007, was not only gracious enough to spare sometime for the Li’l champs but he also went all out to cheer for them! Along with Akshay another special guest Tejaswini will be visiting the sets. Tejaswini is physically challenged and hails from Chandigarh. She is a crazy Akshay Kumar fan. Akshay obliged her with a special performance on the super hit song "Hare ram hare ram" from the movie 'Bhool Bhulaiya'. The Lil champs will give some brilliant performances and go all out to impress Akshay and present a memorable musical evening.

This week the three finalists leave no stone unturned to catch viewer’s attention. While these little kids toil hard to meet and rise above the expectations of viewers and also give some memorable performances, they need something from the viewers too.

At this juncture, all they need is viewers’ blessings and support. They need the votes to help them emerge victorious. So please don’t forget to cheer and vote for your favourite Li'l Champ and help build their glorious future.

To catch all these actions, don’t forget to tune in to Zee SaReGaMaPa Li’l Champs on Friday 22nd February and Saturday 23rd February at 10 PM IST.

Idea Dhoom Macha De goes 'Devotional' this week..

This Friday, Idea Dhoom Macha presents a special “devotional” episode! Judges Shankar and Prasoon kick start the show with an emotional act as they sing Baaje Muraliya.

Adding spirit to the show is host Malaika who performs on Om Mix in a never seen before look. Tune in to this special episode, this Friday, February 22nd at 8:30 pm on Idea Dhoom Macha De only on NDTV Imagine.

Your favorite singing superstars will touch your hearts and lift your spirits with their soul stirring performances on this exciting episode. Watch them perform on a repertoire of devotional songs from the Gurbaani to the Persian Ad Lib. They will floor the judges and captivate the audiences as they sing a range of tracks like Ali Ali, Allah Hoon, Shirdiwale Sai Baba, Tu Pyaar Ka Saagar Hain, Dama Dum Mast Kalandar and Allah Tero Naam. Also watch them perform on popular Bollywood devotional songs like Govinda Aala Re, Raghupati Raghav and Morya Re. In their unique style, they leave the audiences overwhelmed in this unique episode.

So don’t miss your favorite singing superstars perform on devotional songs this Friday, February 22nd, at 8:30 p.m. only on Idea Dhoom Macha De on NDTV Imagine.

Sita Swayamvar' in Ramayan on NDTV Imagine

Starting February 25th, watch the most awaited and grand moment in India’s greatest epic story Ramayan- The Sita Swayamvar! The most auspicious ceremony of this historic masterpiece, the Sita Swayamvar is being presented with utmost reverence and devotion. Don’t miss the special episodes starting Monday, February 25th to Thursday, February 28th on Ramayan only on NDTV Imagine.

When Raja Janak and Rani Sunaina find Sita playing with the Shiv Dhanush, which no man had been able to lift, they realize that only a prince who can lift the Dhanush will be her life partner. As per the traditions, all royal weddings are a swayamvar and many rulers and brave princes including Ram are invited to attend the ‘Swayamvar’ of Sita in Mithila.

As the many suitors fail to lift the Dhanush, Ram is determined to accomplish the feat which has been tried in vain by so many. When he presents himself at the court, Raja Janak is won over by his youth and beauty. Without any apparent effort, Ram lifts the Dhanush and bends the divine bow till it breaks! Overwhelmed at finally finding a suitor, Raja Janak gives Ram the hand of his beautiful daughter, Sita. After the splendid wedding ceremony is over, Ram and Sita return to Ayodhya!

Shri Ram’s life is dotted with victories and thrilling successes where he overpowers evil and blesses the good. In this journey of good vs. evil, he always has Sita by his side… as a wife and a friend, and an equal.

So don’t miss the grand Sita swayamvar in Ramayan from February 25th – 28th at 9:30 p.m. only on NDTV IMAGINE.

STAR Dopahar 's New Show - GRAHASTI

Backed with its unprecedented programming and quality entertainment India's leading Hindi General Entertainment Channel STAR PLUS, has once again geared up to offer a dramatic treat for its viewers. This time in its popular STAR Dopahar band- GRAHASTI, starting February 25th, Monday-Friday, 2.30pm, only On STAR PLUS!

A heart-rending family drama, Grahasti will unfold through a story of seven women belonging to the Khurana household and their journey as they cope with life after the loss of the only male member of the family! Grahasti is the story of the hardships faced by the womankind at every stage of their lives, be it as a mother, a daughter, a grandmother and so on. After having lived in a protected environment all the while, destiny suddenly exposes the women to a life to that forces them to find a footing and identity for themselves, in this male-dominated society.

Commenting on the launch of Grahasti, Anupama Mandloi, Sr. Creative Director, STAR PLUS, said, "STAR Plus, continues to offer its viewers original content and fresh and gripping programming in the afternoon band. Through Grahasti, we are hoping to add newer viewers to our existing strong and loyal viewership in this band that is accredited to programmes such as Bhaabhi, Kumkum, Sarrthi etc."

"Our endeavor is to present a story of love, joy and family bonds in adverse situations. Grahasti will present a tale to relate with, and characters to empathize with which will further enhance and consolidate our vewiership in this slot", she added further.

Grahasti is produced by Sphere Origins who have been accredited with some of the most popular shows on TV like - Don, Saathii Re, Saath Phere, Betiyaan Apni ya Paraya Dhan and Salaam Zindagi…

With its interesting cast line-up Grahasti will witness the coming together of the two veteran actors -Kiran Kumar (playing the character of Balraaj Khurana) & Vaidehi Amrute (playing the character of Amrit Khurana). The show will also introduce three new and young faces namely Khushbu, Aarti Singh & Neha Desai who will be playing the characters of three daughters namely Simar. Rano and Sohini respectively.

An intrinsically woven story, Grahasti will offer women as characterized in various phases of Khurana's household, which revolves around the patriarch. What happens when the pillar of the house and all of these seven women's life falls apart. Their helplessness and life's demand on them to step into new roles to unfold a new reality.

Stay tuned to watch the struggle of women 'Grahasti', starting February 25th, Mon-Friday, 2.30pm, only on STAR PLUS!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Sachin Shroff enters Naaginn as Shayantani gets a makeover..

Zee’s popular show over the weekend, Naaginn is all set to take a leap today, thus adding much more flavor to the story. All this while, the show had serious elements, but now, as Sachin Shroff makes his entry along with the naaginn Shayantani Ghosh getting a make over, the show now has a sigh of freshness and a pinch of romance. The Telly Buzz team had a talk with both the leading faces of the show, on what’s more in store with the leap, the make over and the new elements in the show…

After being tagged as the perfect husband in Sindoor Tere Naam Ka and a perfect son in Har Ghar Kuch Kehta Hain, Sachin Shroff now plays a happy - go - lucky city guy, who’s head over heals for the village girl - Amrita.

“Arjun is a very happy go lucky, boy next door, whose views are larger than life, he makes sure to put up smiles wherever he goes. He’s quite vibrant and has his own way of seeing life. I cannot compare my self to Shahrukh Khan, but Arjun’s character is quite similar to what Shahrukh played in Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge", says the jubilant Sachin. When asked if it was unusual for him to be a part of a show that’s quite out of the world, he replied, “I am not playing a Naag here, I am pretty much a city boy. Above all, this is a character that I haven’t played earlier, he’s not like Dhruv, and he’s someone quite different.” Sachin ends by stating, “I am looking forward to this character. I was a little reluctant earlier, but looking at the characterization and the way the show’s going, I made up my mind that I would like to try out…”

As the show enters a whole new phase, Shayantani Ghosh, the protagonist of the show states, “We are entering the main storyline where there will be a hero and a love story. Till now there was no hero in the serial.. I stay in a village and I meet Arjun, then he falls in love with me but being an ichadari nagin, I resent the feelings towards him. Later on, I find out that his parents have killed my parents. Thus, I marry him at first with the intention of taking revenge and the story track moves on, as I debate on my situation…"

Shayantani is excited about the make over, where she now plays a girl next door, “Yes definitely, I used to always be clad in Amprapali dress and now I am playing a naagin where I will wear salwar kameez which will bea big relief for me”
stated the lady. On Sachin Shroff’s entry, Shayantani states, “Sachin Shroff is the main character and he‘ll be the guy who I get married to. He saves my life from the villagers when all of them come to know that I am an Ichadari naagin… The story takes of where, I try and avoid him because I am an Ichadari Naagin and cannot fall in love with a normal human being. But slowly we start liking each other.”
Wishing the dashing Sachin Shroff and the girl with the make-over, Shayantani all the very best for Naagin…

'Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya - A Valentine's Day Offering from Zee...

'Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya - A Valentine's Day Offering from Zee...

Think February, Think Love.

For centuries, the month of February has been associated with love and romance. Lovers all over celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14th in commemoration of St. Valentine, the saint of love. To celebrate the same occasion, Zee T.V brings its celebration of love - “Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya-A Valentine’s Day Special”, an event which captures “Love through the ages”.

An odyssey of the old and new and a reflection of how love has changed expressions and emotions over the course of time are portrayed through the performances by real life couples dancing on a medley of bollywood love songs accompanied by renditions of soulful melodies by Shailendra Singh and Kunal Ganjawala. The couples who lit the stage ablaze with their fiery performances included Sai & Shakti Anand; Indraneil Sengupta & Barkha Bisht; Sharad & Keerti Kelkar; Poonam & Manish Goyal, Manav Gohil & Shweta Kawatra; Hussein & Tina Kuwajerwala, Narayani Shastri & Gaurav Chopra dancing to a medley of romantic songs through the eras of Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor, Dev Anand, Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan and Sharukh Khan.

The guest list comprised of the crème de la crème of the industry including Achint Kaur and Mohan Kapoor, Chef Sanjeev Kapoor with wife, Shoba Khote, Munisha Khatwani, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa contestants Debojit, Mouni, Raja, Aparna Tilak arm in arm with her husband, Roshni Chopra, Rakhi Sawant and Abhishek Awasthi, Kashmera and Krushna to name a few.


!!!! ENJOY !!!!!

SALAM- E - ISHQ - Valentines Day Celebration By Telly Stars On Star Plus

Valentines Day Celebration By Telly Stars On Star Plus [ 17 Feb 2008 ]

Love is in the air! And the Valentine fever continues to ignite the small screen, with Star Plus presenting, a Tribute to Eternal Love..a romantic evening filled with some power-packed & fun-filled performances by some of television's hottest & most favourite real life & onscreen couples!

Hosted by the vivacious and vibrant jodi, Kavita Kaushik & Karan Grover..the evening, besides the electrifying performances, will also witness a 'Love Guru', who will give suggestions and comment on all the gorgeous couples performing. Spreading the message of Love..the performances will take the viewer through the six phases of love, right from courtship to marriage and living happily ever after. The segments comprise of 'mere khabon mein', 'pehli mulakat', 'chedchad', 'pyaar mein mushkil', 'virah' and finally 'eternal love'. The performances lined up are..

- First comes the 'mere khabon mein' phase, wherein one's dream girl/boy only exists in one's dreams! Highlighting this innocent and beautiful phase is a 'dream sequence' performance by the new entrants of Star Parivaar, Anjali Abrol & Kapil Nirmal from the show 'Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat'.

- Performing to romantic numbers - Kuch to hua hai (Kal ho Na ho), Ajab si (OSO) Salaam-e-Ishq (Salaam-e-Ishq) - are Pulkit Samrat & Suhaasi of 'Aek Chaabi Hai Pados Main' depicting the 'pehli mulaqat' phase, when the boy & girl meet for the very first time.

- The 'chedchad' element will bring forth the frothy and lively stage of romance with couples teasing each other. The 'Bidaai' sisters - Parul Chauhan & Sara Khan will perform with the cool dudes of Santaan, Kushal Punjabi & Gaurav Khanna. Joining in their celebrations will be their onscreen parents - Alok Nath, Vibha Chibber, Diwakar Pundhir and Samragyi!

- After the fun & frolic, comes the testing phase and the troubles, lovers go through. To highlight the 'pyaar mein mushkil' phase, Jennifer Winget from 'Sangam' along with Gautam Rode and Amit Verma from 'Baa Bahu Baby' beautifully present a dream sequence where the girl is torn between her ex-love and present love of her life.

- Performing to the painful yet soulful track, Tanhhaiya, is the lead pair of 'Prithviraj Chauhan' - Anas Rashid & Sheetal as they take the viewers into the dark phase..'virah', that of trying to overcome barriers in love.

- 'Virah' is followed by happiness.. After darkness comes light..and a happy ending! One of tellydom's hottest onscreen couple, Husein Kuwajerwala & Juhi Parmar from 'Kumkum', will highlight 'eternal love' as they perform to some of Bollywood's most romantic numbers including Tumko Malum Hai (Janemaan), Tere Bina (Guru) and Kehne Ko Jashn-E-Bahaara Hai (Jodhaa Akbar). Whats more..the cutest & real life couple - Aamir Ali and Sanjeeda will also perform to Kiya Kiya (Welcome) and enthrall the audience.

Yeh Dil Maange More? Last but not the least, the surprise element - a special performance by one of television's most loved onscreen jodi's, Sharad Malhotra & Divyanka Tripathi, performing to a medley of love songs ranging from the bygone era to the present!

So much love and so much to look forward to! Stay tuned & get ready for the roller-coaster ride through love, love & more love! Witness love & emotions in its many forms in a special fun-filled evening with your favourite stars performing their best!


A new hurdle to face, for Prachi….

The ardent viewers of Kayamath have reasons to smile now, as the much-loved Milind is getting back from the jaws of death. Last week witnessed a big twist in the serial wherein Ayesha, in an effort to bump off Prachi ended up being the reason for Milind’s very drastic accident.

The fans of MICHI, (Milind and Prachi) have been demanding the union of their most loved Jodi for some time now, and it now looks like the Creatives have finally decided to give the viewers some reason to smile. So does it mean that the union of MICHI is right on the cards now? Well, in the world of soaps, all good twists get followed by a sad twist to the tale. So what can be expected in the storyline of Kayamath in days to come?

According to our sources, the story will now move with Milind facing a life and death situation in the hospital and Prachi, being the dutiful wife prays for the well being of her husband. Neev has his own doubts on Ayesha, and all opens up when Prachi realizes that Ayesha, in a bid to kill Prachi ended up hurting Milind. Milind finally gets back to health, but here lies the next twist to the tale. Milind gets back home, but he is a changed man now. Well, what is the reason for this change in behavior? The fact is that Milind has lost his memory partially. He remembers everything, except the happenings in the past one year.. Alas!! Now what will happen to Prachi?

How will Prachi manage to get her love back? What will the confrontation between Prachi and Ayesha end up in? Will Neev be able to catch Ayesha red-handed? And above all, will Neev help Prachi to come out of this complicated situation?

As for now, the story line is bound to give mixed reactions for the viewers!! Happiness owing to the return of Milind, which probably gets overshadowed by the grief that MICHI are still not together, what with Milind losing track of the most ‘precious phase’ of his life…

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