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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Karan Hukku enters NDTV Imagine's Radha Ki Betiyaan Kuch Kar Dikhayengi

Following Mona Singh’s entry in NDTV Imagine's Radha Ki Betiyaan Kuch Kar Dikhayengi, the show will see the entry of actor Karan Hukku.

Our source informs us, “Karan’s entry is before Mona’s. He makes an appearance this week and plays the role of an advertisement agency owner.” To know more details about his stint in the show, we contacted Karan who says, “The name of my character is KD and he owns an advertising agency. He is very rich and creative. At times he behaves very overconfident, but is actually a perfectionist by nature.”

“The story has a twist when Ragini applies for a job in KD’s office. I cannot reveal anymore than this, but all I can say is that KD is the guy who brings about a huge change in Ragini’s life”, adds Karan.

But wasn’t he supposed to focus only on films after Kahe Na Kahe? “Yes, in fact I already have a movie in the pipeline, but the shooting has been delayed till December. I did not want to sit idle and spoke to a friend about it. She always wanted to work with me but never got the opportunity. Later, she insisted I take up this role and I was quite intrigued by the character too”, he quips. So his role is a cameo. “Well, I want to shoot only till December as I want to give 100% attention to my movie. We’ll just have to see how things pan out as I am currently doing only one show”, concludes the actor.

Due to the dropping sensex, the film industry has faced a huge loss causing this handsome model turned actor to return to small screen. We hope he wins the hearts of the audience with his second innings, both in television and Bollywood.

Farhan Akhtar to host a reality show

The ‘Rock On’ star, Farhan Akhtar is back on television, and this time the producer-director turned actor is not on the panel of judges, but will be hosting a reality show on a relatively new channel.

A person close to Farhan Akhtar on terms of anonymity said, “He is doing a reality show, produced by Endemol. When the production house came to him with the offer as host of the reality show, he liked the concept and accepted it.”

He is yet to sign the contract on the dotted lines. “The concept of the show is not just about dance and singing, but is something very unique. The proceedings for the show are in its initial stages though”, adds our source.

The shoot of the same will start by the end of this month. Well for the viewers, it’s a treat to see their favorite star rocking the TV screen again.

Watch this space for more news on this upcoming untitled reality show!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Bips and Vijender set the pace for Nach Baliye 4..

She may have shimmied to 'Kaun banega mera lucky boy' for the inaugural episode of Star Plus’ Nach Baliye 4, but it turned out that Bipasha Basu was the lucky girl to have met one of the current heart throbs of the nation -- Vijender Kumar.

The good looking boxer who recently got home the bronze in the Olympics Games held at Beijing met up with the Bengali bong shell right after her dance performance and both, as onlookers put it, couldn't contain their excitement.

In any case, Vijender who has admitted to having a weakness for Bollywood girls had Bipasha coo at a press conference recently on how she would love to go on a date with him. Though that didn’t happen we are sure after their Nach Baliye meeting, the two did some catching up on boxing and Bollywood. But having said this, we sincerely hope we don't have to see some really close-ups of the two (remember the last time Basu had met up with soccer star Christiano Ronaldo and the 'dangerously close' kiss they had shared which she dismissed as a cruel camera angle).

'Participants get to interact freely with me' - Asha Parekh

Actress of yester years, Asha Parekh has made her debut on television with 9X’ Tyohaar Dhamaka where she chairs the judges’ seat.

Here is the actress talking about her experience being in the show, her favorite contestants, her take on reality shows and much more…

Why did you opt for such a long break?
I was with my family, as they needed me more than anyone. I have always believed that everyone has a time dedicated to people around. I spent half of my life entertaining people and all my fans, and now again I am back.

Your take on 9X’ Tyohaar Dhamaka?
Tyohaar Dhamaaka is a never-seen before concept on 9X. It basically aims in showcasing the Indian festivals through various Indian dance forms. It's going to be a great show, as far as audience viewing is concerned. The show represents Indian culture, which is not being seen now-a-days in reality shows. Moreover being a dancer, I feel elated to be part of such a show.

What made you sign the show? How did all of it happen?
First of all it's a dance show and I, being a dancer respect every form of art. Tyohaar Dhamaaka is very unique, as it focuses on Indian art. SOL productions shared this concept with 9X, and then I was approached for judging the show. I liked the concept, hence agreed.

What is the format/pattern of the show?
There are contestants from 4 zones- East (Purab Ke Suraj), West (West Ke Best), North (Uttar Ke Puttar) and Central (Central Ke Sikander). They perform according to the given theme of the episode and I judge them based their performance, sync with the team, expression and co-ordination. Like any other show there are winners and there are those who have to leave.

What is your role as the only judge of the show? What kind of responsibility do you have to face?
Being the only judge on the show, it really becomes intricate at times. But on a lighter note, I also enjoy the fact that I am the only judge; because that gives me a fair chance to put forth my views about the performances. This also is an advantage to the participants as they get to interact freely with me. As I can see the kind of hard work the participants are putting in, it feels bad when I have to eliminate them. Actually, it's more on the audience to decide whether I'm a good judge or not (laughs).

Other than the show representing Indian art, what do you think are the other factors that will make the show popular among audience?
Tyohaar Dhamaaka has such good dancers that it is really an honor for me to guide and mentor them. All the television stars be it Naman Shaw, Shayantani Ghosh, Narayani Shastri, are very hardworking. There is immense co-ordination between the dancers, astounding choreography and amazing style. In fact, everything in the show is so well structured, that the audience will never find it monotonous.

As we all know that reality shows now-a-days have become an open platform for screening grievances and controversies. So is Tyohaar Dhamaaka also on the same lines?
I would not like to comment on what the other reality shows are depicting, but Tyohaar Dhamaaka is absolutely not heading towards those lines. It is a very feel good show, and the participants are very sociable with each other.

Are you partial towards the west zone because of your own ethnicity?
Not at all, that will never ever influence my judgment. I have always supported talent, be it from any zone.

Lastly, any future plans on coming back in movies?
I did get some roles to act as mother; some concepts were good some were not, but as of now no plans to make a comeback in movies.

Priyanka Chopra cheers the Girls' Brigade..

If the auditions of Indian Idol 4 on air had its share of fun, laughter and tears… now get ready for a spate of emotions and rush in the adrenaline as contestants gear up for the fiery test.

This Friday, October 17 will see the top 15 girls perform. They are young, vivacious, and extremely talented go getters! Flagging off the first episode of the Indian Idol 4 - Piano Round is none other than the glamor girl and star of Madhur Bhandarkar's Fashion – Priyanka Chopra.

While Priyanka's presence boosted the confidence of the pretty little ladies, we also have the past Idol winners present to boost the morale of the girls. Indian Idol winners - Abhijeet Sawant, Sandeep Acharya and Prashant Tamang were there in full force to support and cheer the girls’ brigade. Whoever said there is a male bias? Here are all the Indian Idol guys cheering the girls in an effort to find their first female Indian Idol. Looks like its going to be a tough time for the guys this time with everyone from the judges to the winners rooting for the girls all along. Going by the history of the show, last year we saw only a few girls making it to the top! Will the audience support them in their endeavor and vote for them is the big question?

Stay tuned to an exciting season 4 of Indian Idol. The action is about to unfold every Friday and Saturday at 9.00 pm only on Sony Entertainment Television.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Suresh Albela wins Laughter Challenge

Suresh Albela wins Laughter Challenge

The%20Great%20Indian%20Laughter%20ChallengeSuresh Albela from Kota, Rajasthan is the winner of ‘The Great Indian Laughter Challenge’ on Star One. For the judges, former cricketer Navjoth Singh Sidhu and Shatrughan Sinha, it was a tough decision because all the four finalists – Raas Bihari Gaur, Bharati Singh, Suresh Albela and Sikander-put up a great show.

Suresh Albela, a shy young lad from Kota, rendered his ‘comic ode’ to Mallika Sherawat and Emraan Hashmi and he had us in splits. Nervous, but confident, Albela impressed the jury and the viewers alike with his comic style.

He vividly recollects when Malaika Arora Khan was a guest judge on the show. Speaking in chaste Hindi, he said, “I am a huge Malaika fan. And when I saw her, for the first few seconds, I was tongue-tied.” But with a twinkle in his eyes, he said, “If I had to impress her, I knew I had to give it my best! And on that particular day, I did give it my best.”

According to sources, the grand finale was a war of wits. The participants had the judges in splits. The clincher was the voting system, which helped Suresh Albela walk away with the crown.

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