Which one is your favourite Indian Soap in prime time slot?

Our today’s blog is short and simple guide for you if you are a fan/addict of Indian soaps that air on prime time. I got this idea from regular fights with my mom over what to watch between 9 and 10 pm daily (weekdays) as that is my favourite time too like many others to hook to television along with dinner. Here is a quick synopsis of 4 top prime time channels that airs some of the best soap series in the same slot.

Let’s take a look at all these shows and what they have to offer its viewers:

Star Plus

Starting from my personal favourite, Star Plus has “Diya aur Baati Hum” that airs at 9pm Monday to Friday. This is one of the new shows that the channel has added to its brigade of some really good shows. It is about ‘Sandhya’ and her husband ‘Sooraj’. Sandhya belongs to a well educated family and she always dreamt of becoming an IPS officer but under strained circumstances after her marriage she lands up in a family where education is banned, especially for the “bahus” of the family. ‘Sooraj’ on the other hand is 10th standard pass out and owns a sweet shop. This story is about Sandhya’s struggle to fulfill her dream and a journey where she finds help from the most unlikely quarter – her husband who can make it possible.

The second show that airs at 9:30pm from Monday to Friday on Star Plus is “Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai”. The concept is very simple yet excites you to watch a heartwarming story of a young couple who discovers love after marriage. The show is about ‘Akshara’ and ‘Naitik’ and their effort as individuals to fit into the marriage and accept each other’s families as their own. This one is something that you can relate easily to your own life.

Colors

Phulwa”, a new show on Colors airs at 9pm from Monday to Friday. The show has started recently but has gained good viewership as it entails a story of a young and sweet girl who loses her innocence at the tender age of 11 in order to fight the injustice created by Thakurs of her village. It is a saga of lost innocence, of shattered dreams and unfulfilled promises all seen through the eyes of spirited eleven year old, who was forced to grow up much faster than her age due to the societal pressure levied on her.

Colors’ 9:30 pm slot has taken over the viewership of all the major channels with “Parichay” that was introduced few months ago. We also featured this show in one of our previous blogs as it has gained a lot of popularity not just among the regular soap fans but with the males and females of age group 25 and above. This show is a massive hit with masses mainly because of the role portrayed by male lead Samir Soni as “Kunal Chopra”, who has lost his interest in life due to his failures and continues to lead an indifferent life.

Sony TV

Sony TV has added two brand new shows in its prime time slot. However instead of usual 9 to 9:30 the first show starts at 8:45pm. The show “Dekha Ek Khwab” is about the lead character Muniya (Priyal Gor), a simple down to earth girl who wishes for her own princess story. Muniya’s dream of turning into a princess has come true, thanks to Rajmata Mrinalini Devi and Maharaj Brijraj Singh. But will her luck stick around for long?

Parvarrish” which airs at 9:30pm from Monday to Friday is a family drama about two sisters – Sweety Ahluwalia and Pinky Ahuja. They compete as rivals to become better parents. Both families have different sets of beliefs and approach to raise their kids. Pinky believes in becoming friend with her children while Sweety believes in becoming a disciplinary mother. The concept of Parvarrish is simple yet attention-grabbing. The positive point is that this show caters to a lager section of audience in respect to age.

Zee TV

Zee TV has not added any new show to this particular prime slot. “Pavitra Rishta” at 9pm is one of the oldest and popular soap series of Zee. This show is about ‘Archana’ and ‘Manav’ and their continuous and what seems to be endless battle to be accepted by their families. The show doesn’t give a kick to a point when all we can see is that almost every character is trying to put Archana and Manav down with constant conspiracies against them including Manav’s own mother.

The 9:30 pm slot has another oldie “Ram Milaye Jodi” which is about ‘Mona’ and ‘Anukalp’ who fell in love and got married in spite of the inevitable and huge cultural differences between their families. It is an interesting bittersweet tale of coming together of two culturally divergent families – both fiercely protective and assertive about their cultural identities. On a larger canvas, the story represents the dire need for tolerance and co-existence in our society as well.

So pick your favourite and tune in every night!!

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iDubba Android app [Now available on Marketplace]

iDubba Android app is now available for download on the app store and we are now nearing 100 downloads.

We made the app keeping few things in mind-

  • Users should be able to get the information of what’s running on TV (of interest) with minimum resistance.
  • Recommendations are shown for registered iDubba users.
  • Users should be able to search for any program via filters/channels and search.

Here are salient features of the app:

  1. Shows Now: Gives you currently running shows during any given time and also shows going to start in next 15 mins. If you are logged in you can see program sorted on the basis of recommendations.
  2. Movies Now: Gives you currently running movies during any given time and also movies going to start in next 15 mins. If you are logged in you can see movies sorted on the basis of recommendations.
  3. Shows 24 Hrs: (Only available for logged in users) Gives you shows going to air during next 24 hours, sorted on the basis of recommendations.
  4. Movies 24 Hrs: (Only available for logged in users) Gives you movies going to air during next 24 hours, sorted on the basis of recommendations.
  5. Filter through Genres: (Use menu button to pop up this option) You can filter shows through genres such as Documentary, Sports, Reality etc and movies through Romance, Musical, Drama etc.
  6. Browse Channels: (Use menu button to pop up this option) You can look for shows’ channels while browsing shows or Movies’ channels while browsing movies.
  7. Search (almost) anything: (Use menu button to pop up this option) Use any keyword like program name, contestant name, host name, channel name or any relevant keyword to search for your favorite programs.
  8. Program details: For shows you can check name, channel name, next airing time, user ratings and sub categories. For movies you can find name, channel name, next airing time, IMDB rating and sub categories.
  9. Reminder, Tune in and Feedback: (Only available for logged in users) You can set reminders for programs or can tune in to running programs to share with your friends. You can also give feedback for any program.
P.S. Right now you need to use your email id and password to login to the app. Please note that Facebook login doesn’t work and hence you can’t use Facebook password to login. iDubba sends you a password if you are registered via Facebook, please use that password to login.

Note: We know registration and login is a bit complicated in this build, but we are going to simplify it in the next version coming soon.

Can Sony retain the viewership after KBC? [two new shows on air]

After the huge success of Kaun Banega Crorepati (Season 5), Sony introduced 2 new shows on the same prime time slot last week. The new shows, “Parvarrish” and “Dekha Ek Khwab” both belong to Drama genre that premiered on Monday. Where KBC Season 5 has put Sony on the top of the list of channels with highest TRPs, it will be a challenge for the channel to maintain the same position.

Let’s give you a short synopsis of the shows:

Parvarrish – Kuchh Khatti Kuchh Meethi is a family drama about two sisters – Sweety Ahluwalia and Pinky Ahuja. They compete as rivals to become better parents. Both families have different sets of beliefs and approach to raise their kids. Pinky believes in becoming friend with her children while Sweety believes in becoming a disciplinary mother. It is a story based on depiction of parent-child relationship. The show is about nurturing, supporting and guiding children in different walks of life. One can experience their own thoughts and beliefs of parenting through Parvarrish. There are different sets of parents everywhere and their varied approach about upbringing their kids and that makes it easier for viewers to connect with the roles portrayed.

Dekha Ek Khwab is about the lead character Muniya (Priyal Gor), a simple down to earth girl who wishes for her own princess story. Somewhere in us all of us have for us a large dream. A dream we visit now and then secretly. A dream which we ourselves believe is out of our reach. But when dreams come true overnight they bring with them a set of challenges, complications and difficult decisions. Muniya’s dream of turning into a princess has come true, thanks to Rajmata Mrinalini Devi and Maharaj Brijraj Singh. But will her luck stick around for long?

The concept of Parvarrish is simple yet attention-grabbing, however the way show is being treated with few overboard performances it is difficult to say anything about the success of the show. The positive point is that this show caters to a lager section of audience in respect to age.

Dekha ek Khwab on the other hand disappoints as it seems to be coming out straight as a poor inspiration of the show “Princess Diaries”. The show doesn’t have anything exceptional or original contrary to what makers have been talking about it. The show started on a low note and with some poor performances, it fails to impress at all.

However, the other prime time fiction shows on Sony like Bade Ache Lagte Hai,Saas Bina Sasural and the recently launched Kuch Toh Log Kahenge have gained massive popularity with the viewers. The bosses of Sony Entertainment Television will be sorely disappointed because it might get difficult to retain its leadership position on the top.

Pooja Missra ousted from Bigg Boss House

No controversy is less for Bigg Boss house this season. You might have seen the most shocking and unbelievable things happening in this season and that never happened on earlier seasons. However this one stands apart – Pooja Missra was thrown out of the Bigg Boss house at 2 am last night when she physically attacked another house inmate Siddharth apparently after picking up another fight with him.

Today is the eviction day at Bigg Boss house (Apka Farmaan) but it is clear that nobody out of those four nominated for eviction will be sent home tonight.

There are mixed reactions all over for Pooja though as few still favour her saying that she was provoked a lot from the other house mates. While the rest as expected are happy that she is gone. However we do have a doubt that without “drama queen” Pooja Missra will Bigg Boss be interesting enough to watch now?

What do you think? 😉

New Channel “History”: Are you tuned in?

If you are bored of regular shows on all other Infotainment channels, tune into “History TV18” for some real whacky and amazing shows. History TV18 is a new channel launched in October owned by a joint-venture between A&E Television Networks, owner of American History and Network 18, Indian media group. The channel is currently available in six languages in full HD across all major markets in India and plans to reach out to more than 50 million households.

Salman Khan has been roped as brand ambassador of the US based factual entertainment channel. It hopes to change the perception of history in India and by choosing Salman as the face of the new channel; they have already taken an imperative step in reaching out to all age groups and gender.

With the new avatar, the channel wants to transform people’s opinion about History. The channel today lays emphasis on people making history every day and trying to make this genre as popular in India as it is around the world.

All the shows on the channel have a different and intrusive trend about them.

– They have a modern feel because of the major theme “How Stuff Works”. This can be    seen in shows like “Food tech“- how technology behind farming/processing works, “Extreme Trains“- how some amazing trains work and run, “Sliced“- how everything works?

– It blends well with historic themes like America- Story of US (again America is very modern society so it’s historic but modern), strange rituals (scientific explanation behind theories like hypnotism, sub conscious mind etc)

– Shows like Ice road truckers, Child Warriors, I’m alive, MonsterQuest etc gives channel a very adventurous theme.

– Hindi dubbing is decent too.

India’s audience has evolved in terms of TV and its daily dose of entertainment. The History channel realized this fact and shows with apt motto-

“Kuchh Naya Dekho, History Bante Dekho” are on air.

So what are you waiting for? Get over the boring soaps, serials, reality TV shows and head for this one!!

“Love2HateU” fails to impress!

The show “Love2HateU” premiered on Sunday brought to you by Star World. The show has a different concept than other reality shows currently being aired on various channels. Each episode of Love 2 Hate U will feature a film celebrity and a person who hates them. The celebrity then gets the opportunity to convert the hater into a fan. It is a reality check for both of them – a chance to understand each other as humans. The haters have been picked from various networking sites.

The show’s debut episode kick started with director Madhur Bhandarkar as the guest. The first part of the show had Arjun Rampal (who is also the host) as the “hated” celebrity.  Arjun confronted his hater Farhan by first intimidating him, which was indeed scary. Arjun annoyed him by taking potshots at his sense of humour. But after a long discussion and finally by buying him a drink, Rampal played along well and ended up converting the hater into almost a gushing fan.

Bhandarkar, on the other hand, tried to persuade his hater but didn’t get anywhere. The girl who hated him had very critical views about Bhandarkar’s formula of filmmaking. Initially when he confronted her she agreed that a few of his earlier films were good. However she insisted, since he discovered his formula of ‘realistic’ film making it has been a fixed and only formula of his films. Bhandarkar tried to convince her otherwise by giving her some insight into the struggle he has goes through for every film, but the hater couldn’t care less.

The show’s main problem is that by first look it seems that it’s staged and scripted. The show wasn’t too dramatic but less realistic as you cannot go about ranting on someone’s face (even if the person is a celebrity) that how much you hate them. The whole concept of the show falls flat simply because first they bully the critic and then allow the celebrity to hijack the discussion.

Also the most predictable part was that the show ended like a fairy tale – A Happy ending with everyone smiling, from hater to the one who was being hated a few moments ago. I could hardly give attention to the show after initial 15 minutes and afterwards it was just an assignment that I had to complete for this review. Fatally it is evident that the show is trying to prove a point that we should stop making fun of sincere and hard working celebrities.

The show is extremely boring with Arjun Rampal trying to play “Mr. Cool” part all the way but more or less successful to make a mark as a decent host.

Simple review of the show in my terms: I “LOVE 2 HATE” THIS SHOW!! 😉