DID Li’l Masters “Dance Ke Baap” is back…iDubaa has the answers what to expect this time!

After the  phenomenal success of the first season of DID Li’l Masters which started its journey way back in April 2010, Season 2 is all set to take it to the next level. Season 1 had a spectacular, record-breaking opening and Zee TV is back with “Dance ke Baap”. The show will air at the weekend primetime slot of 9pm every Saturday and Sunday on Zee TV, replacing Season 3 of Dance India Dance that was on air. But the auditions have already started.

So what to expect from Season 2? Don’t worry too much; iDubba has some of the answers. So here you go.

– The show will air at the weekend primetime slot of 9pm every Saturday and Sunday on Zee TV

– Master Geeta Kapur and Marzi Pestonji have been roped in to co-judge the dance reality show

Master Marzi and Geeta Kapur along with Master Terence Lewis will be touring major cities across the country in search of fresh talent for the latest season of the show

– The ‘Top 16’ kids this year will be mentored, groomed and choreographed by popular contestants from the previous seasons of Dance India Dance

– The skippers include…. the king of Slow Motion dance – Raghav aka Crockroaz, the “Prince” of Locking and Popping from Season 1, Neerav Bavlecha, the chocolate boy of DID Season 3 and Kruti Mahesh

– Did we miss something? 😉 Here we go… The Grandmaster of the DID family Mithun Da will also make surprise appearances on the show“Kya Baat Kya Baat Kya Baat”

– And guess what there are some phenomenal performances that include baby belly dancers, tiny salsa dancers, little queens of hula hoop, and some amazing stunts that the kids will perform

The show is considered to be the ultimate dance competition for kids aged 5–13. So let’s go back in time and find out the winner of Season 1. Yes you guessed it right,  Jeetumoni Kalita was the winner for Dance India Dance Li’l Masters (Season 1) and Atul was the first runner up with Vaishnavi and Manoj following them in fourth place.

So get ready to watch the auditions and the super talented kids. Do let us know your favourite Li’l Master.

Happy Dancing and Happy Viewing 🙂

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Taare Zameen Par on TV, sparks off thousands of tweets [Trending]

Today was one of the moment every Social TV website waits for-

“Thousands of people tweeting about a Movie being telecast on TV”

Here is the thing-

The Movie “Taare Zameen Par” was showing on Zee TV from 12:00 PM to 3:30 PM. And we soon started receiving tweets about it- 

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And soon after Twitter-verse started tweeting about the movie being telecast, about their favorite scene from the movie and whether it deserved Oscar or not. This triggered off thousands of Tweets and “Taare Zameen par” started trending on Twitter-

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This has happened for the first time in India (apart from IPL matches and other Cricket matches) that a running program on TV has started to trend.

Here are some of the Tweets-

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This indicates that Indians have now started watching and talking about TV programs simultaneously. I’m also very sure that this will show a TRP jump for Taare Zameen par movie. Let’s wait and watch! But overall, a happy day at iDubba’s office 🙂

Ek Doosre Se Karte Hai Pyaar Hum – First Week, First Look!

The latest show on Star Plus “Ek Doosre Se Karte Hai Pyaar Hum” made its debut on 23rd April, 2012. It replaced Sasural Genda Phool- A show that had been entertaining its fans all over the globe for the past 2 years. This is latest offering by Hats Off Productions. Hats Off is famous for producing shows like Sarabhai VS Sarabhai, Khichdi, Instant Khichdi, Baa Bahu Aur Baby, Ek Packet Umeed, Jassuben Jayantilal Joshi Ki Joint Family, Resham Dankh, to name a few. JD Majethia and Aatish Kapadia are professionals as well as friends. The duo always comes up with some fresh and light shows which lure the audience.

The promos of the show Ek Doosre Se Karte Hai Pyaar Hum were hilarious and portrayed a typical Gujju family story, based in Ahmedabad. It is not just a comedy show. But has various soapy elements like drama, suspense, emotions, etc. It has a very high emotional quotient!

It is a story of the Majumdar family which includes- saas, sasur, beta, bahu, baa, other kids and servants. Primarily it falls into saas-bahu saga or a family story. The saas is a perfect, dignified and progressive woman, and not the typical one. She wants to groom her bahu and make her the ‘Raubdaar Naagraani’ of the Majumdar Family. In the first episode itself, the show took a leap of 4 years. In the span of these 4 years, the saas did not succeed in her grooming. Now, she feels it’s high time; she should do something about it. And she starts being a little strict, but is completely positive. On the other side, Susla (bahu) shares a very beautiful relationship with her brother-in-law Aniket, who she loves like her own Son. Since she has been childless for four years into her marriage, her love and affection for Aniket often results in her supporting, pampering and taking his side on every occasion. And the saas (Samyukta) thinks her bahu is responsible for spoiling Aniket’s habits. And she keeps on wanting to stop her, tries to, but fails eventually. This is the emotional and drama content.

The humor element comes in the show with the typical gujju accent of the characters, the two teenage kids who are ‘not-so-gujju’ types, and are more inclined to books and gadgets. Shashwat (the other brother-in-law) has a habit of talking like ‘I toh, then toh’ and using ‘urf’ and some filmy connection to each and every sentence he speaks.

Suspense element enters the show when we get to know that Aniket is suffering from ‘sleep-walking’ disease. He is irresponsible, did not study after his 12th, and is super pampered. But the twist in the tale comes when we might get to know, that Aniket might not be the biological son of the Majumdar family. (Just a WILD guess after watching 4th episode of the show).

The show over-all has a ‘smart’ blend of all characteristics. There’s a lot of glamour in the show too. The set is lavish and huge. Exteriors have also been shot well. Music is awesome; I feel the credit goes to the production house as well as the channel to select one of the finest songs for the title. The different versions of the title track being used in the background music, adds more connectivity to the show.

First week of the show was more of establishment of the family and its characters. They ended on a high note of suspense. Well, we all welcome the Majumdar family with open arms. I hope it keeps on entertaining the audience and offer smart and fresh content. The show does look promising and interesting!

Not to mention, Hats Off to “Hats Off” for launching the show during IPL. And the time slot is also 7.30 pm, which is the starting timing of the IPL matches. They sure do have GUTS and a great Vision. Best wishes to the team.

Sony Six – India’s Premier Sports Entertainment TV Channel to hit your TV soon!

So what is this new channel all about? And what does it have in store? iDubba is all set to share the information with you. This new channel is called as “Sony SIX. The name itself might suggests that it will be a full on Sports Channel. Well you are kind of right. It is also known as India’s Premier Sports Entertainment TV Channel. So let’s dig into this new Channel 😉  

In a nation where cricket dominates all sports, MSM’s channel SIX, will air a range of non-cricket sports including martial arts, basketball, football and badminton. But is this a right time to launch this channel? In an already crowded space, Sony MIX is India’s 13th sports channel and it is operated by MSM (Multi Screen Media Pvt. Ltd) India, which also owns Sony Entertainment Television and SET Max. Most sports tournaments are already broadcasted by rivals ESPN-Star Sports (ESS), which owns ESPN, Star Sports and Star Cricket, Taj Television, which runs Ten Sports, Ten Cricket, Ten Action+ and Ten Golf, Nimbus Communications, which has Neo Sports and Neo Cricket and the government-owned Doordarshan Sports.You might ask that what will be different about this channel ? What kind of sports will it air? So let’s find it out.

MSM India owns the broadcast rights in India for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), New Zealand Cricket, FA Cup and NBA. As of April 2012, SIX has started showing the highlights of the IPL. News is that MSM has signed a content tie-up deal with UFC, for a four-year year period to access its library as well as live mixed martial arts fights events. Did you know that MSM has rights to broadcast IPL till 2017? And did you know that going forward, Season 6 of IPL will be shifted Sony SIX? Surprised? Shocked? Well this news is true. So will this bold move be a success? We will have to wait till the next season of IPL to find out the answer. Hang on there is also some good news for the audience; SIX has announced that it will not show any advertisements for the first 3 months 🙂

So do you think that this new attempt from Sony might work? Will the viewers tune into this new sports channel? Well time will only tell if this works. Do let us know your favourite Sports Channel and why you like it.

Happy Viewing.

Why do channels end up changing shows time slot? iDubba tries to answer it

One fine day you come from office, all set to watch your favourite serial and you come to know that it has moved to a new Time Slot! Must be frustrating at times…Right? Well Indian Television does have caught up on this trend. You might wonder why did the Channel change it? What made them do it? Was the serial not generating enough TRP’s? Don’t worry 🙂 iDubba is on a small journey to find out answers for some of these questions.

Not long ago you had heard that Kuch Toh Log Kahenge might see a time slot change because of Shubh Vivah and soon the show was shifted to 11 pm starting February 27. Wonder why? Incidentally, the late night slot of the show 11 pm, which aired the repeats fetched the channel more TRPs than its original slot.  Interesting, Right?

Based on the above example you might think that Change in Time slots might happen only to those serials which are not doing well. The next example might force you to change your mind. As heard, Jhilmil Sitaaron Ka Aangan Hoga on Sahara One will get the 9pm slot thereby making Niyati (currently featuring in that slot) being pushed to 9.30pm. The reason being that they getting good response and hence in order to get the best results, the channel are heading towards a time slot change. So does this sound more interesting?

Well iDubba has recently managed to get the 3rd example as well, that might get you more confused. As you are aware that Movers and Shakers had made its comeback after a long time, and this time on SAB TV. And the slot that was decided was 10.30 pm. Meanwhile, the channel’s existing 10.30 pm show, FIR was shifted to the 11 pm slot and Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah (repeat telecast) was shifted to 11.30 pm. Well in this case the ideal reason would be that SAB TV wanted to promote Movers and Shakers and get in maximum TRP’s. But what about the already popular show FIR? Sounds strange, right? Well now listen to this…since 16th April 2012 Movers and Shakers is aired at 11pm and FIR is back at 10:30pm slot…Googly! I guess you might have been bowled by now going through the above 3 examples.

Hence as you can see that Channels at times do end up changing the Time Slots of not so popular serials. Also some at times they end up shifting their shows in order to promote the news shows. TRP’s does provide some vital data to the channels and help them decide to play around with the Time Slots of some of your favourite shows! Do let us know if this trend is a turn off or you don’t mind this trend 😉

Happy Viewing.

Interview with Sasural Genda Phool star Ragini Khanna [iDubba exclusive]

Hello to all Sasural Genda Phool and Ragini Khanna (aka Suhana) fans! As you might be knowing that this show is off-air now. We tried to catch up with Suhana (as you all know) and discussed what lies ahead for her in the industry now. She specially took out time and had an amazing conversation with me. Over to you now!

In Conversation with Ragini:

Me: As there’s a buzz, what’s your take on the show being shut?

Ragini: Hi. I’m good! I am actually not feeling anything now. As they say, every show has an ending, so be it! If the show has to end it has to end. There’s no said time for a show to remain on-air or to go off-air and its always better to shut it when it is going good and get a sensible ending; rather than just dragging it till audience gets irritated. Sasural Genda Phool has ended on a happy note; I’d consider it to be as a good ending to a new, better and bigger beginning!

Me: Well Ragini, that’s what I call smartness and practicality. I’m sure audience would also move on after a while. We wish you luck for your bigger and better opportunities.

Me: Your MOST memorable moment on the show?

Ragini: The entire journey as Suhana is memorable. But the thing I remember the most is, bullying Ashish Chethi. I used to team up with other guys and we used to bully/rag him a lot! But he’s a sweetheart. He used to always take it sportingly!

Me: Seems like a lot of fun! This reminds me of you as ‘Bharti’ in Bhaskar Bharti. LOL! Fun times 😀

Me: Can fans expect season 2 of Sasural Genda Phool?

Ragini: I’m not aware of any sequel but if it’s going to happen, then I’d definitely like to be a part of it!

Me: And what change would you want in it?

Ragini: Something which I’ve never done before. Something fresh, new and challenging!

Me: Guys, you’re free to give your craziest and whackiest of suggestions for Ragini’s role, in Sasural Genda Phool sequel (If it might just happen, who knows?)

Me: What are your next plans?

Ragini: Nothing really thought on this. I like to move with the flow. As the show’s off-air now, I’d like to spend some quality time with my family and friends, do loads of pending work and discover myself.

Me: Ah! Discover yourself. Hmm.. Being Philosophical! I like it. I’m still on it but haven’t yet fully discovered, what I want to do or become. It’s interesting!

Me: You want become a Bollywood babe or stay TV teen?

Ragini: For me, they both are just different mediums to showcase my acting skills. I’d like to be a part of both, always. (Laughs)

Me: Again a smart answer! You want to eat the cake and its icing too! Hmm.. Not bad at all. “Super like” on your thought of not literally discriminating between both the medium.

Me: Your current favourite show on TV which you’d like to be a part of and why?

Ragini: None on Indian Television. But I love watching Two and a Half Men.

Me: Oh, Wow! Its my favorite show too. Will you act if I make an Indian version of it titled ‘Two and a half women’?

Ragini: (Instantly) Oh yes! I’d love to play Charlie Sheen’s character in it.

Me: Ragini, I’m on it now! I will pen down the new concept for you.

Ragini: (Excitedly) How sweet! Do it soon.

Me: Your Big Goal of 2012?

Ragini: To discover myself. Its been so many years, but still I feel I’m a confused soul. Need to discover myself and that is my goal.

Me: Well, I hope you do discover your actual self, sooner than soon!

Me: 2 lines for iDubba fans/readers/viewers please.

Ragini: Hey first of all, please don’t call Television an idiot-box. Its very intelligent and broadcasts many intelligent shows. Infact, I feel, we are a bunch of idiots sitting in front of it. Instead we should call it “Intelligent Dubba” 🙂 And audience do educate themselves and become “Intelligent Dubba’s Intelligent Audience.” Respect to all readers and viewers who watch TV and do not consider it as an idiot-box. Love to all iDubba readers and viewers. Keep watching your favourite shows and keep loving your favorite actors and characters. Enjoy!

Ciao!

Me: Well, I hope you all have enjoyed reading it. 🙂

Would you like to see Ragini on small screen soon?

[TRP Talks] IPL hype cools down, Bade Acche Laggte Hain top gainer

Television Shows TRP (This week) TRP (Last week)
Diya Aur Baati Hum (StarPlus) 4.1 4.5
Saath Nibhana Saathiya (StarPlus) 3.3 3.6
Ek Hazaron Mein Meri Behena Hai (StarPlus) 3.2 3.3
Balika Vadhu (Colors) 3.1 3.1
Pavitra Rishta (Zee TV) 2.9 3.1
Iss Pyaar Ko Main Kyaa Naam Doon (Star Plus) 3.1 3.0
Parichay (Colors) 2.7 2.9
Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata hai (Star Plus) 2.8 2.8
Mann Ki Awaaz Pratigya (Star Plus) 2.6 2.8
Sasural Simar Ka (Colors) 2.6 2.7
Uttaran (Colors) 2.8 2.6
Tarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma (Sab TV) 2.4 2.6
Punar Vivah (Zee TV) 2.4 2.2
Sasural Genda Phool (Star Plus) 2.2 2.2
Bade Acche Laggte Hain (Sony TV) 2.4 2.0
Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha (Colors) 1.8 1.9
Parvarrish – Kucch Khattee Kucchh Meethi (Sony TV) 1.7 1.7
Kyaa Hua Tera Vaada (Sony TV) 1.7 1.7
Phir Subah Hogi (Zee TV) – First Week opening 2.2

Some other reality television shows and how they performed last week:

  • Pantaloons Femina Miss India (Sony) – Sun 1.0
  • DID 3 – Sun: TVR: 1.7 (1.7), Reach: 8.8 (7.8), TSV: 21.9 (21.3)
  • Jo Jeeta Wohi Super Star (Star Plus) – Sun: TVR: 0.6 (0.6) Sat: TVR: 0.9 (1.1)
  • Ring Ka King (Colors) – Sun-Sat: TVR – 0.7 (0.6)
  • Chhote Miyan (Colors) – Sun-Sat: TVR – 0.6 (0.5)
  • Zindagi Ki Haqeeqat Se Aamna Saamna (Colors) – Sun — (1.9) Sat 1.2 (1.2)
  • Kahani Comedy Circus Ki (Sony) – Sun – 2.5 (2.5) Sat – 2.5 (3.1)

IPL is ruling, but not-so-much now. Last week we did see some of the interesting matches. But IPL has not seen any more considerable hike in GRPs of Max. It is 344 (341).

Diya Aur Baati Hum still is at number 1 position. But the ratings over-all has declined. Last week, we did not see much effect of IPL on the shows. Few have remained same on the list, few rose and a few fell. So, juggling has been happening! Producers and writers have really got best of their interesting twists to glue the audience. Many other shows like Dekha Ek Khwab, Choti Bahu, Yahan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli, Adaalat, CID and Crime Patrol, etc. has shown a hike. This is a good sign for the GECs. If the interesting twists continue, ratings will show a positive hike. And as IPL keeps on going, matches become more interesting during its finale; there’s lots of DRAMA to be unfolded in the coming weeks in your favorite TV soaps. Stay tuned!!!

Bade Achhe Lagte Hain fans rejoice!!!! It is the only show which has rose 0.4 points since last week. And the promos are intriguing too! iDubba’s predictions proved to be right! Priya got to know about the truth and the track is leading towards Ram-Priya’s separation. But, there has to be a ‘twist’ in this too! Watch out for it guys!!! My intuition says, we all will ENJOY watching!

Last week, new show has been launched at 9.30 pm on ZEE TV – Phir Subah Hogi. It replaced Ram Milaye Jodi. And it has got decent opening of 2.2. The show really seems promising. Let’s see does it turn out to be a lucky mascot for Zee or not!

That’s it for this week. Stay tuned @ iDubba for more!