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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Jeevan Saathi beats Kasamh Se in TRPs..

COLORS' Jeevan Saathi has seen many ups and downs when it comes to the story line in the recent weeks. In spite of the fact that loyal viewers miss their adorable Jodi of Gaurav Khanna and Vani Gupta in the show, the serial has been rating well as it gears up for the position of #2 across channels at the time slot of 9 PM.

The story which started off as an eternal love story of Neil and Viraj set in the back drop of caste issue took a turn when the girl's ruthless father got the love of his daughter's life killed, and as a punishment got her married to a dumb person. If this was not enough, the show also saw the father scheming and plotting against his own daughter so much so that he gave her a life of suffering in the asylum.

But even these shocking twists have helped the TRP's of the show. "We are very happy with the latest development in the show, and it has given us immense popularity", says Hemal Thakkar of Playtime Creations.

He feels the character of Ishwar played by Aamir Dalvi has been lucky for him. "As soon as he entered the show, it has been great and people love it. There is lot more in store for viewers, but for that one needs to wait and watch", he adds further.

On the track ahead, our source chirps, "Viraj (Vani Gupta) is in the asylum and in the coming episodes, she will be traumatized further. She wants to get out of the place, and Ishwar helps her to escape from the sanatorium".

Their love story will see a new twist as the two come together again and stand by each other. "Jeevan Saathi has now beaten Kasamh Se at the same time slot and is gearing up for more competition", concludes our source.

No doubt that TRP's are speaking, but the viewers would still want to see a change in the regressive story line shown at the moment!!

Dill Mill Gayye takes to drama...

Star One's Dill Mill Gayye, produced by Cinevistaas has always maintained their story very simple, when it comes to their fun tracks or plotsDill Mill Gayye based on friendship and love. However, for the first time, they are attempting bit of drama with the track between Dr. Shashank (Mohnish Behl) and Dr. Armaan (Karan Singh Grover).

Says Amita Devadiga, Creative Head of the show "This is a very nice track between the father and his could-be son-in-law. The debate between them is just a starting point to a new twist. The next one and half to two weeks will focus on how the chemistry between these relationships gets changed. What's gonna happen next???, will be the question and you will have to wait and watch to know more".

Dill Mill Gayye had yet another reason to celebrate as they completed 300 episodes on the 12th of February. They had a small party bash organized for the crew and cast members which was a rocking affair. "This was indeed a milestone for us, as we have come a long way with this youth-based show", quips Amita.

On the track ahead, Amita states, "There have been rumors that if Armaan-Riddhima get together, there are chances of DMG going off air as there is nothing more left. But you will see something really interesting in the coming weeks that will take the story to a new high".

Well, as for now, watch out for the debate that kicks-off between Shashank and Armaan on the 17th of February, as this will pave way for a very interesting track....

Jo Jeeta Wohi Dancing Star postponed till June 2009

It seems that Star Plus is not having a very good time with it's reality band of late. After a not so successful Nach Baliye 4 and the premature ending of Arre Deewano Mujhe Pehchano comes the news that Jo Jeeta Wohi Dancing Star which was scheduled to air very soon, has now been pushed back to June.

The latter show which includes winners and contestants of earlier reality competitions is a continuation of last year's Jo Jeeta Wohi Super Star, which will pit the Champions V/s Challengers. But this time, the only difference is that the singers will be replaced by dancers. Some of the names being discussed are Rajeshwari-Varun Badola of Nach Baliye1, Aamir-Sanjida( winner Nach Baliye 3), and many more. The latter duo who had also partially anchored Nach 4 confirmed that they had heard that the show had indeed been pushed back. About their participation, Aamir says "I want to do realty show in 2009 and may be Dancing Star could be my choice".

Kashmira Shah and Krushna who won Kabhi Kabhi Pyaar Kabhi Kabhi Yaar who are approached for the show say the main reason for delay is the IPL. "During this time the whole country only wants to watch cricket", says Kash. But a source who did not want to be named added that besides IPL, one more reason could be that the channel could not find the correct combination of dancers. Our khabru questioned the choice of Shama Sikander – Vinod Kambli of Ek Khiladi EK Haseena.

Rakhi Sawant who won Yeh Hai Jalwa and finished runner up in Nach Baliye 3 has also been approached, but she is adamant on not dancing with ex beau Abhishek. "How can I dance with him? He is not my partner anymore. I have told the channel that, I will dance with my choreographer and we will rock the dance floor", says Rakhi. This assertion coming from the item girl queen is not working well with some of the other possible jodis. One of whom quipped "Rakhi and Abhishek fights and patch-up are common. You never know, may be they will again come together for Jo Jeeta".

Further, the possible choice of Karishma Tanna and Mouni Roy from Zaraa Nachke Dikha teaming up as Champions has not gone down well with team mate, Ashita Dhawan. "Its surprising that the channel did not choose me, for it was my contest with Bhaktiyaar which ensured our girls' side the win in this Star One show. Ironically Bhaktiyaar has made the cut along with Chaitanya Chaudhary for the same show.

As of now, the teasers of the show that was on air has also been withdrawn, and viewers will have to wait longer to see this battle between the Champion Dancers and Challengers..

Abhishek Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor on Indian Idol 4

This weekend get ready to watch some pranks and masti by Abhishek Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor on Indian Idol 4. The leading pair of Delhi 6 had a gala time shooting for the show and promoting their flick which is soon to release.

Our khabroo from the sets revealed that, "Hussein asked Abhishek his secret wish of what would he have done if given a chance to take the place of Sonam in the film. In reply he said that he would spit on her for 20 times."

In the movie there is a scene where Sonam is gargling and she spits water on Abhishek accidentally. "While filming the scene, Abhishek was totally unaware of the sequence and at the end he was totally wet as Sonam took some 20 retakes to give that one perfect shot," adds the source.

On the other hand, AB's baby was too naughty on the sets. He revealed one of the secrets of Sonali Bendre. When Kapil Thapa, one of the top 3 contestants sang 'Yeh hawaien zulfon mein teri …', everybody liked it but all were eagerly waiting for Sonali's remark.

Abhishek then opened up that this particular song was written by Goldie Behl for Sonali before marriage. "This is when I said 'Yes' to him," accepts Sonali. "If Kapil would not have sung this song wel,l I would have killed him," she grins.

All this and much more masti and fun this weekend as the Top 3 finalists gear up for the finale.

Don't miss one of the best episodes of Indian Idol 4 On Friday, February 20 at 9.00 p.m. Only on Sony Entertainment Television..

Tuj Sang on a 'High Alert'...

We had already reported that Balaji's new venture on Star Plus Tujh Sang Preet Lagai Sajna has got the first warning from the channel due to its decreasing popularity. The latest development is that the show heard the second bell recently.

If sources are to be believed, "The show got a second warning this week from the channel and every body is tense as there are bright chances of the show going off air."

We called the lead Pooja Bose to know more on this. "Well I don't have any idea. The TRP's have been dipping but the creative are working on it. However, there are lots of twists and turns to come in the future episodes which will be liked by the viewers," she quips.

Another actor on terms of anonymity says "The show has got a second warning, and the future is very uncertain. All I can say is that we are working hard towards it."

A little birdie from the production house chirps, "For Ekta this 10:00 pm time slot means a lot and we are trying our best to hold on to that. There are changes made in the script and lets see what happens."

All we can say is that hope 'Tujh sang preet chootey na'…

Jayshree Soni falls off a jeep..

Jayshree Soni, the lead actress of Sony's newly launched show Ek Safar Aisa... Kabhi Socha Na Tha, fell off a jeep recently and suffered bruises on her face and had internal stomach problems too.

The incident happened when the girl was shooting for a particular scene at Filmcity, where Madan, the macho man of the village kidnaps Ganga (Jayshree Soni) so that he can get married to her.

Elaborating on the scene and accident Jayshree states, "We were shooting this scene where Madan forcefully drags me into his jeep. While holding me, he had to drive the jeep which had to move zig-zag, and finally the jeep had to hit a tree and stop. But while we were doing this scene, I lost my balance and fell off the jeep. I injured my face and had some internal injuries in my stomach too. I was advised rest for about 3 days, but now all is fine and I have resumed shoot".

When contacted Producer Rashmi Sharma, she said, "We were shooting the jeep scene where Jayshree unfortunately fell outside as she lost balance. Luckily, she escaped with some internal injuries, and nothing major. She is back now after getting rest for three days".

Jayshree plays the flower seller Ganga in the show which is aired at 9.30 pm on Sony TV.

Krratika Sengar nurses a bad back..

Krratika Sengar who recently entered Kis Desh Main Hai Meraa Dil as the best friend of Gaurav aka Prem (Harshad Chopra) had a nasty fall which has aggravated the back problem she was carrying for many years now!!

"I fell from the stairs when I was shooting for Kis Desh. When I was in the 12th standard, I had this slip disc problem which got aggravated again because of this fall", says Krratika.

The actress was advised bed rest and regular physiotherapy, which forced her to fly to her native place Kanpur. "I was in Kanpur for more than 15 days, had to go thro' traction and physiotherapy. I have got back to Mumbai just few days back, and don't even know what's happening in Kis Desh", verbalizes the actress.

"As of now, I need to take proper rest so that my back does not give way in future. After all, health is wealth", concludes Krratika.

While work takes a back seat for the actress, we wish her a speedy recovery!!

Jo Ishq Ki Marzi Woh Rab Ki Marzi finally to launch..

Sagar Arts and Sahara One's show Jo Ishq Ki Marzi Woh Rab Ki Marzi is all set to go on air in March. The show was supposed to go on air in November, but due to strike the dates had been postponed.

"The show is going on air in the first or second week of March. Though we are still deciding on the dates, the shooting has been resumed," says Shakti Sagar, one of the Series Directors of Sagar Arts.

The look of the show is grand and opulent and focuses on the lifestyle of the zamindars in that era. The story is about two zamindar families who turn from friends to foes, and there blooms the love story of Sumer and Sunaina amidst all the hatred. Neil Bhatt and Neha Marda are the lead pair in the show.

As per our khabroo, "The show will go on air in the second week of March, tentatively on 9th of the same month."

The show will be aired from Monday to Friday at 8:30 pm.

Mystery Continues In Bandhan Saat Janmon Ka

It's all in the name of TRPs!!. We had already reported that Jhanvi of COLORS' Bandhan Saath Janmon Ka will be dying, and will make a comeback in the show after a month, and that this decision was taken by the creative team to increase numbers.

Well for the fans of the show, its good news as Gungun aka Jhanvi returns but in a new avatar.

"I will essay the role of Shabnam, a Muslim married lady and a mother of a 4 year old daughter", says Gungun.

Elaborating on her new avatar she quips, "Well this was a kind of challenge for me, but with the help of my friends I was able to understand my character properly. I'm basically from Lucknow and have few Muslim friends who guided me a lot".

"They told me of how their routine is, the manner in which I need to get dressed, how to follow the customaries of the religion etc. Today it's easy for me to essay the role and I will give my best", she adds.

Gungun will essay two different characters in the show. "I feel great to do so. All the three characters including myself are so different from each other and that's what is so interesting", she concludes.

Talking about the mystery our khabroo states, "There is still time for Jhanvi to reveal her real identity. For the rest, one has to wait and watch".

Hope this eye-catching twist in the show gathers more audience and numbers too!!

Finally Sumit Kumkum Get Together

Finally, there is a reason to smile for fans of Sumit and Kumkum, as the news is that the eternal lovers in the Star Plus' show Kumkum Pyaara Sa Bandhan are all set to unite very soon!!

According to our source, "Kumkum (Juhi Parmar) will come to know that Sumit (Hussein Kuwajerwala) is in Bhuvanpur, and will go there looking for him. This is when the big moment arrives, and Sumit and Kumkum unite. After they get together they sort out the issues surrounding them".

The present track revolves around Sumit-Aditi and the manner in which Ranveer Singh (Hiten Tejwani) is trying his best to locate Aditi (Gauri Pradhan). As we had reported earlier, the coming episodes will also see Sumit uniting Ranveer and Aditi.

For Juhi Parmar who got wedded to beau Sachin Shroff over the Valentines' weekend, this is 'Sone Pe Suhaaga' as she is all set to unite with her on screen lover too

The eternal Jodi will get together sometime next week

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Khatron Ke Khiladi is BACK!!

After successfully thrilling your senses with gorgeous beauties, dangerous stunts and a dashing Akshay Kumar, Fear Factor – Khatron Ke Khiladi is back with – literally – a bigger bang!

Khatron Ke Khiladi Level 2 that begins on 'COLORS' later this year has every intention of taking you on a roller coaster ride of extreme stunts, galloping emotions and never before seen action on Indian television. This time, the show is looking for you, the viewers, who have it in them to accompany Akshay and his sultry sena on this mind boggling adventure. Those of you with an ability to perform under pressure and love and passion for adventure will be chosen through auditions that will be held all over the country later this year. To register log on to, last day to receive the completed registration form is 15th February, 2009.

Speaking about the return of this action extravaganza, Ashvini Yardi, Programming Head, 'COLORS' said, "Fear Factor – Khatron Ke Khiladi Level 2 is going to be a notch higher in terms of bigger celebrity participants than the last season, the difficulty level of challenges and even Akshay Kumar! The inclusion of the common man as a co-contender will definitely create a lot of excitement. This time around, the show plans to pack in a bigger punch to make sure everyone joins in on the excitement. Also, Akshay will be playing a much bigger role than just of a mentor and a host - something definitely to watch out for!"

The action will begin in February when auditions will be held across the country for viewers who would like to participate in the show. Auditions will be held in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Lucknow & Ahmedabad. COLORS will soon be revealing the names of celebrity participants on the show in a formal announcement in the next few months.

Khatron Ke Khiladi Level 2 will be produced once again by format owners, Endemol India. Deepak Dhar, Managing Director, Endemol India says, "Expect complete fireworks this season because we've raised the bar across the board. Khatron Ke Khiladi Level 2 is a double dose of everything from action to stunts and from the contestants to Khiladi Kumar himself. Apart from all the action on screen, a few lucky viewers will get to experience the exhilaration of the show first-hand. Fasten your seat belts… the action is about to begin"

Fear Factor – Khatron Ke Khiladi debuted in July 2008 as one of the first shows on the then newly launched channel COLORS.

So are you ready for Season 2 with your favorite Akshay Kumar??

Ek Safar Aisa… Kabhi Socha Na Tha on Sony..

Ek Safar Aisa… Kabhi Socha Na Tha is a show based on a young girl and her journey. It can be said as a love story of the girl whose life changes into a roller coaster ride filled with suspense, thrill and mystery.

"This is a thriller drama with all emotions. The first episode starts with the male lead committing suicide and the lead girl saving his life. This can also be termed as a love story which has lots of twists and turns which makes it adventurous," says Rashmi Sharma, Head of Sunrise Telefilms.

Talking on the storyline ahead, the Producer quips, "After the accident, the hero looses his memory and the girl helps him to get back his identity. The ups and downs in their lives bring lots of changes in the story, making it a mystery for the audience."

When asked about the long title she states, "I feel it's very catchy and thus today you are asking me about it. The title is very unusual and goes with the story line of the show."

The star cast includes Pankaj Dheer, Rinku Ghosh, Madhvi Gokte, Kuldeep Mallik, Neetu Kholi, Tapasvi, with Jayshree Soni and Maninder as leads.

Socha Na Tha is about how sometimes you don't choose life, but life chooses you. From a simple flower seller to the wife of a millionaire Ganga sees the world change around her. But inspite of a loving husband and huge family to live with Ganga is surrounded by suspense and mystery and dark secrets. Will she succeed in helping Manav get back his memory? Will she ever unravel the mystery that surrounds Manav's dark past?

The show will go on air on February 9, Monday-Thursday at 9:30 pm.

Happy ending for Babul Ka Aangann..

Ratna Sinha's Babul Ka Aangan on Sony is all set to bid adieu to the audience this Thursday. At one point of time, this was the number one show of Sony, but post strike things didn't work out well.

"The show will be concluding tomorrow and it will see a happy ending. There has been lots of ups and downs in Aastha's life, but now things will turn out to be good as her enemies gets destroyed", says our khabroo.

Talking about the last episode our source adds, "Aastha brings out the truth about Saksham and he gets arrested. Alongside she gives birth to the child of Shubh and as usual they all live happily ever after".

When asked about the abrupt ending of the show our source quips, "Post strike the story line of the show went haywire which resulted in the drop of TRP's. Thus with the mutual decision of the channel and Producer, the show is being pulled off air".

We tried calling Ratna Sinha, but she remained unavailable for comments.

Here we can say that, 'All's well that ends well.'

Billu Barbar in Ghar Ki Baat Hai

The very versatile actor Irfan Khan who began his acting career on television with shows like Chanakya and Banegi Apni Baat is now returning to small screen with Red Chillies Idiot Box' Ghar Ki Baat Hai. Basking in the glory of success of SlumDog millionaire right now, he would be seen in the much awaited SRK produced film 'Billo Barber'.

Come 7th February, the actor will be seen enacting his reel character in Ghar Ki Baat Hai. "Irfan will be part of an episodic, where he will play Billu the barber, as in the film. The movie is all set for release, hence he is there in a special appearance" says Bhavana Sresth, Creative Director of the show.

Irfan will be seen with Juhi Babbar and Jayati Bhatia in the show.

Tune in to Ghar Ki Baat Hai, Friday-Sunday at 9.30 pm.

Reporter and Author: Rachana Trivedi

Mohe Rang De will be going off air

Finally, it is confirmed that COLORS' Mohe Rang De will be going off air, end of February or early March.

Telly Buzz gave their readers fist hand information few days back that Shakuntalam Telefilms' upcoming show on COLORS, Is Des Main Na Aana Ladoo is scheduled for a launch very soon, and probably might take Mohe Rang De slot.

We had then spoken to Sphere Origin Producer, Sunjoy Wadhwa, who had said that the channel has not intimated him of anything like this.

But today, we got a confirmation from an actor who is part of Mohe Rang De, who on terms of anonymity said, "Yes, those were not just rumors, Mohe is ending probably in March. But we are yet to get an official confirmation on this, though the news is confirmed".

We tried calling Sunjoy Wadhwa again, but he was unavailable.

Well, this surely seems to be the end of the road for this periodic drama…

Shaleen -Daljit win Nach Baliye 4...

After 13 grueling weeks of non-stop dance, Star Plus' Nach Baliye 4 produced by Wizcraft came to an end with the face-off between the Finalists Naman Shaw-Megha Gupta and Shaleen Bhanot-Daljit Kaur tonight on February 1st. And when the ultimate moment came, Jodi #11 and favorites Shaleen Bhanot and Daljit Kaur were declared worthy winners of Nach Baliye 4.

The Finale was graced by the Badshah of Bollywood Shahrukh Khan and Lara Dutta.!! The duo won a cash prize of 50 lakhs and a swanky Maruti Estello which was presented to them by SRK and Lara.

The night was Dhamakedaar with fabulous performances by the contestants of this season as well as previous seasons. Winners of previous seasons Hussein-Tina and Aamir-Sanjeeda performed with full vigor while Rakhi Sawant sans Abhishek Awasthi proved to be the perfect 'Helen' of today!!

The cute and adorable jodis of the earlier seasons – Krushna-Kashmera, Tanaz-Bakhtiyaar, Varun-Rajeshwari, Alex-Shweta and Yash-Gauri Tonkk combined well to groove on stage. Karisma Kapoor gave a fitting tribute to the Divas of yester years, Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit while Arjun Rampal rocked on stage like never before. Farah Khan, the Teacher of the class grooved with her chelas, Abhijeet Sawant, Amit Gupta, Mohit Mallik, Jaspal Bhatti and Kapil Nirmal.

Few interesting awards were given away wherein the aptly titled Rakhi Sawant Walkout Award went to the Judges of Nach Baliye 4 for their great walkout when they got pissed off with the contestants. The Sarvottam Hindi Award went to Kapil Nirmal while Arjun Rampal walked away with the Great Laughter Champion Award. Sudeep Sahir won the Award for the Best Role Reversal while Karisma Kapoor won the Cut-Cut Queen Award.

'Is Des Main Na Aana Ladoo' on Colors

COLORS is a channel known for its unique concepts!! Now going with this trend, another show titled 'Is Des Main Na Aana Ladoo', produced by Shakuntalam Telefilms will soon go on air!! After Balika Vadhu and Uttaran, this show now deals with female infanticide.

"The show is very unique and has a strong concept based on female infanticide. The story revolves around the village where birth of a girl child is still a sin", says our khabroo.

"This practice can be seen even today, and the show just states how a new-born girl is sacrificed on the name of God. The male member of the family, while sacrificing asks God to give that child a rebirth, but as a male", adds our source.

"The show will initially show the mannerisms of villagers towards the girl child and how they curse their better half for it. Later on, a point will come where one will see opposition from the women of the village", quips the source.

When asked about the star cast, our source states "The show will see many new fresh and promising faces. Audition took place all over and then the cast was chosen".

There is a buzz that this show will be given a prime time slot, because of its strong concept. Also, if sources are to be believed, the axe might fall on Mohe Rang De.

However, Sunjoy Wadhwa, Producer of Mohe when asked said, "I have not got any such info from the channel as of now".

When we called Gavie Chehal, the lead actor of Mohe, he too rubbished the news saying, "Going by the script we have got, the story will lead to the partition phase. And if this happens, then we have a story line for the next five months at least. So I don't know from where this news is coming".

However, our source states, "The TRP's of the show has been little low though the show has successfully completed its 100 episodes. The creative of the show is planning some changes in story line, but the future of this show is dicey for sure".

Talking about the launch date of Ladoo, our source concludes, "The show will come on air by end of February".

We called Shyamashis Bhattacharya, Producer, Shakuntalam Telefilms for a confirmation on Ladoo and he says, "Yes, the teaser of Ladoo is on. And if you see the promo, you will clearly understand the concept. As of now, I cannot divulge any more info".

Well, we need to wait and watch what slot Ladoo grabs finally!

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