All you wanted to know about Indian Idol 6

One of the most watched and most awaited TV show of Television is now up and running. Yes we are talking about Sony’s reality show Indian Idol 6. Mostly all lovers of music do end up waiting for Indian Idol every year as everybody wants to just show his/her talent to whole world and Indian Idol simply provides the platform for it. The show was actually dropped last year for the launch of ‘X Factor India’. But some important aspects have not changed. Mini Mathur and Hussain Kuwajerwala who have previously hosted the show are once again back to host Season 6. So what about the judges?

Well, here you go with those details. As expected Anu Malik, Salim Merchant and Sunidhi Chauhan are the judges. But hang on; soon they were joined by the famous and really talented playback singer of Hindi cinema, Asha Bhosle, Renowned for her voice range and often credited for her versatility, her work includes film music, pop, ghazals, bhajans, traditional Indian classical music, folk songs, qawwalis, and Rabindra Sangeet. Apart from Hindi, she has sung in over 20 Indian and foreign languages.

Did you know that Sunidhi Chauhan made her debut on television as a jury member on Indian Idol 5? She is a versatile playback singer, best known for her Bollywood film songs and she began to sing at the age of four and was spotted in the singing contest, Meri Awaz Suno, which she went on to win. Salim Merchant too got involved as one of the judges in Indian Idol 5. Salim, who has learned music from the Trinity College of Music in London, has brought a global edge to Bollywood’s music world, to go with the changing face of the film industry. Eagerly waiting to know more about Anu Malik? Well he has been the jury member on Indian Idol since its inception. Known for his cheeky and straightforward comments, he was also a judge in the first Asian Idol held in Indonesia, representing Indian Idol.

Who can forget the winner of the first season of Indian Idol was Abhijeet Sawant, from Mumbai. Do you know who the winners of Season 3 and Season 4 were? I know it’s a tough one to answer. Don’t worry; here is the list of the winners from all the seasons of Indian Idol.

  • Season 1 – Abhijeet Sawant
  • Season 2 – Sandeep Acharya
  • Season 3 – Prashant Tamang
  • Season 4 – Sourabhee Debbarma
  • Season 5 – Sreeramchandra Mynampati
  • Season 6 – Well, you will have to wait for it 🙂

So now that you know about Indian Idol 6, its judges and its winners, would you like to know how to get into Indian Idol? Well all one needs to do is follow the following steps 

  • Online Registration (All they have to do is visit www.myindianidol.com to register)
  • Subscribers need to dial 5052525* to register
  • And the most popular method: SMS 😉

What about the Auditions and the cities that were selected for Indian Idol 6? Auditions were carried across India including Delhi, Mumbai, Aurangabad, Orissa, Kolkata, Lucknow, Jaipur, and Amritsar. As mentioned in the promos  this year ‘Indian Idol‘ will not only strike an emotional chord but also promises to shock the viewers by showcasing the amazing talent that breeds in the country. Would you like to know more about Indian Idol 6 and the judges? Well for that you will have to watch the show on Friday and Saturday on Sony Entertainment Television at 8:30 pm and to do that don’t forget to set a reminder using our iDubba app so that you don’t miss the show.

Happy (Singing) Viewing.

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Satyamev Jayate 8th episode video, reviews and reactions – “Toxic Food — Poison On Our Plate?”

Some people die to eat, some eat to die. Why do you eat? This was the promo of the latest episode. Interesting, right? Aamir Khan and his TV show “Satyamev Jayate” have undoubtedly created a lot of buzz and recently Aamir Khan and the Parliamentary panel met over to discuss core issues related to the medical fraternity including FDI in pharmaceuticals. And also parliament has recently passed a bill on stringent action to be taken against those guilty of child sex abuse. The earlier 7 episodes were about Female foeticideChild sexual abuse , Marriages and dowry harassment , Does Healthcare Need Healing? “Where is the love?”   “Persons with Disabilities”  and Domestic Violence.

So are you ready to find out why we eat?

This time when the show started Aamir said that there are housewives, husbands and some students working in catering institutes. The question raised was how important is nutrition. The discussion was started with the example of pesticides. Research proves that children consume toxins from birth through their mothers’ milk. Dr Rashmi Sanghi’s study found that there was 400% & 800% more than the permissible limits of pesticides in breast milk samples. Soon there was a shocking story of a village in Kerela, Kasargod where such pesticides have been used for almost 25 years for farming of cashew nuts. Now you might ask “Is the government’s decision to spray Endosulfan misinformed and we as consumers are paying the price for it?”

The best people to talk about this poison are the farmers. The clippings proved that most of the times they have to use pesticides for commercial use. There were some who used to do farming without the use of pesticides, but only for their families and relatives. Soon there was one more guest on the show, Kavita who said that there are lakhs of farmers growing organic crops for their own consumption but the farmers cannot be blamed for this. And an astounding list of 67 pesticides used in India have been banned in other countries because of environmental and health concerns. What do you think compels farmers to use pesticides for commercial crops rather than not using any for both consumption & sale?

There was more shocking information when Dr Kabra said, “Certain pesticides result in stunted & deformed growth in children from birth“. To add to this there was a clipping of a farmer from Punjab who had witnessed the changes made during “The Green Evolution “. But do you think The Green Evolution marked the advent of previously unheard diseases in the country? Wait there is more to this drama. Mr Shroff, the owner of the biggest Pesticide Company in India disclosed that pesticides in large doses rather than the pesticide cause problems and also said there is no reason to monitor overuse of pesticides in what we eat. Strange? There was one more survey in Punjab where Gurpreet revealed that the entire food chain is contaminated by pesticides in what we eat. Guess what? High number of cancer patients due to pesticides in what we eat has named the train from Bhatinda to Bikaner as “Cancer Train”.

Depressing? Hang on; there is still some hope left. Dr Ramoo has encouraged many NPM techniques in Andhra Pradesh for cost-effective agriculture. Also he said that the higher the use of pesticides, the more we get to see pests in the area. Soon he also revealed that there are more than 100 techniques to control pests without pesticides in what we eat. So do you think that Safer and cheaper methods of pest control need to be aggressively promoted to create awareness & acceptance? Sikkim is one of the few states that encourage only organic farming for what we eat. Can other states follow this practice?

It must be said that Aamir Khan and his team never fails to impress. Today’s episode too was an eye opener. India has made world record as the highest number of rice and potato production in per acre, and they have been achieved by organic farming. So do you think that we should start having organic stuff? Well nothing can be achieved overnight, but we can all start it and move in the right direction.

Soon it was time for the 8th song of this series and this time it was sung by Krishna Beura. He is a playback singer who has sung songs in commercial Hindi and Oriya cinema.

Do let us know your views about this Show and also do follow us on Twitter (iDubba) for more updates about this show as and when it occurs.

Jhalak Dikhla Jaa Season 5 – First Week, First Look!

It was finally time for the Dancing Stars to show their talent on the floor of ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa‘. Yes after a lot of time and publicity, Colors was back with Season 5 of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. It was also time for the audience to see the 3 judges in action, that included Madhuri Dixit, Remo D’Souza and Karan Johar. There were 13 contestants on the show which included, Darsheel Safary, Archana Vijaya, Isha Sharvani, Sanath Jayasuriya, Gurmeet Choudhary, Talat Aziz, Shibani Dandekar, Ravi Kishan, Jayati Bhatia, Pratyusha Banerjee, Bharti Singh, Gia Manek. And there was some suspense that  was created for the 14th participant, and it was none other than KBC Winner Sushil Kumar.

So did you miss the opening episodes of the show? Well dont worry, iDubba is here to give you the review of the opening week. The opening episode of season five was as good as an award function. The huge set did create a larger than life feel along with an impressive line-up of celebrities. A host of TV and Bollywood celebrities like Priyanka Chopra, Shaan, Sonu Sood, Malaika Arora Khan and Ayushmann Khurrana were invited to introduce the contestants. Another highlight of the show was a power-packed performance by Remo and Terence Lewis, who danced together on the “Singham” title track. It was a two-hour, star-studded show and was full of Bollywood masala. But at times there was a feeling that the audience would have got confused as to who were the real contestants. Were you also confused?
Well, lets move on to the second episode of the season 5 of ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa‘. The second episode did present some electrifying performances by Madhuri Dixit, Remo D’Souza and Karan Johar. And soon it was time for the celebrity contestants and their choreographers to impress the audiences with their moves. Well if you thought that there was just dance, well as expected the famous Gazal singer Talat Aziz did end up doing what he is best at – “Singing”.  Well there was more, Stand-up comedian Bharti Singh turned out to be one of the most entertaining celebrities, and also did perform well with her dancing moves. But the surprise package was Sri Lankan master blaster Jayasuriya who took to the stage, the audience and the judges by storm. The judges actually did give him a standing ovation.
Jhalak Dikhhla Ja created a lot of buzz on the social media sites and also a lot of views and feedback was circulated. There were fans who said that ‘Jhalak’ should experiment with some new choreographers as it gets a little boring to see the same faces year after year. Also some are of the opinion that it gets tough to sit through a two-hour television show. Well  the show promises to be bigger and better than the previous seasons. But Is ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa‘ season 5 really bigger and better? Let’s wait and watch what the future episodes have in store for us.
Do send in your feedback and views regarding ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa‘ season 5.
Happy Dancing and Viewing

“Satyamev Jayate” 7th episode video, reviews and reactions – “Domestic Violence”

Aamir Khan and his TV show “Satyamev Jayate” is gaining momentum week after week.

On iDubba this show has seen Tune ins: 221, Ratings: 5.0 /5 from 135 users, Reviews/Comments: 70+.

Based on the social issues that were raised, many of the state governments have started to implement some of the solutions that were shared in the show. The latest being Maharashtra Government implementing Generic Medicine shops that the common man can afford. It seems that people have started to raise their voices against the basic needs that they should be given by the government. Well now it was time for the 7th episode, and time for a new social issue. The earlier 6 episodes were about Female foeticideChild sexual abuse , Marriages and dowry harassment , Does Healthcare Need Healing? “Where is the love?”  and “Persons with Disabilities” So what will be the 7th episode about!! Well here you go.

This time when the show started Aamir said that there are only men in the audience today. And the topic that would be raised today as about Women’s Safety. The first question that was asked was “Where do you think Women are more unsafe”. And most of them said that they are most unsafe in public places. But as always we were wrong. They are most unsafe at home, and this was evident when they showed a report about some Hospitals. The govt survey revealed that 40% women are victim of domestic violence.  Satyamev Jayate team also did visit Bhabha Hospital in Mumbai and they revealed that nearly 40% of the women admitted were for cases of Domestic Violence. Shocking!!!  Wait there is more. According to a survey done by Yugantar Education Society almost 84% women are victims of Domestic Violence Is this a shocking figure?

The first story was about Snehalata Jadhav and her life. Her story was an eye opener about the kind of society that is present around us. Snehlata said that today she repents going through Domestic Violence for more than 15 years. She advises women to walk out of the torture. Domestic violence faced by women is yet another reflection of our society. The second story was about Rashmi and the trauma that she had to go through. She says most women don’t walk out because of insecurity & lack of courage. Both the women just wanted to get their freedom, and did not even ask for any money for any financial support. This evil of Domestic Violence is not confined to the poor families only. Writer Rashmi Anand is an example.

Soon there were some video clips that were shared by men who have actually gone ahead and committed Domestic Violence. And some of them were proud of their act. Really shocking to see they talk about it and not repenting about it.  The concept of Domestic Violence is based on the notion of patriarchy, which needs to be converted into equality.  Researchers have proved that Women have the capacity to work for longer duration than men, so one cannot justify that Men work hard and bring home frustration. Dr Kamla says the concept of Patriarchy is dehumanizing the men of this country. Do you agree? There was a very valid point that was raised by Kamla ji that Families should keep a property in the name of their daughter, rather than giving dowry. Also Parents should tell their daughters to walk off from Domestic Violence and not adjust to it.

Mr Balan, SP in Harnaya was also invited on the show to talk about this sensitive topic. Mr Balan did talk about Domestic Violence ACT. It says that no one can throw you out of the house; you have been living in it with your husband after marriage.  But the strange part is that Police & society believe that incidences of Domestic Violence must be sorted within the family. Does this thinking need to change? Some Police say, “Adjust karke raho” when a woman finally gathers her courage to go & file a report. Genetic memory of a patriachal society!

There was a ray of hope when Shanno ji was invited on the show, when she shared her story. Shanno was beaten black and blue by her husband because she took two minutes to open the door. And soon she did try to win back her freedom, the moment she hit back her husband. She gives the credit to her children for new Shanno Driver and her profession and her new strength. Shanno’s daughters worked so that she can train herself as a driver and take care of the family. They stood up against Domestic Violence. Shanno also went on to add, ‘It’s not necessary they should answer violence with violence, but they must stop the Domestic Violence in some way.

It must be said that Aamir khan and his team never fails to impress, today’s episode too was an eye opener.  There is no doubt that it is a clear reflection of the insensitive Indian mental attitude towards the women. Do you think the society is responsible for applauding violence & considering kindness a characteristic of the weak? Masculinity is often measured with three things – risk, violence and performance. Do you think, this is a pseudo belief?

Soon it was time for the 7th song of this series and this time it was the voice of  Meenal Jain and melody of Rama Sampath that managed to take the audiences into a new world.

Do let us know your views about this Show and also do follow us on Twitter (iDubba) for more updates about this show as and when it occurs.

MasterChef Australia Season 4 – What to expect from this new season?

Are you hungry already? Well, get ready for more amazing new dishes, some more fierce competition and the honest and ruthless feedback from the judges. Yes it’s time for MasterChef Australia to come out with it’s latest season, season 4. This show is a competitive cooking game show based on the original British MasterChef. Who can forget the judges; the famous Restaurateur and chef Gary Mehigan, Chef George Calombaris and food critic Matt Preston serve as the show’s main judges?

 

The first episode aired in April 2009, and the first winner of MasterChef Australia was Julie Goodwin, a 38 year old I.T. office manager. Season 2 of MasterChef Australia premiered on 19 April 2010 and the winner of the 2010 series of MasterChef was Adam Liaw, who won by a seven-point margin over his opponent Callum Hann. And the third season of MasterChef Australia went to air in 2011 and the season was won by Kate Bracks, who defeated Michael Weldon in the series final.

So now that you have been refreshed about the background about the show, let’s try to find out more about what to expect from this season. For the first time in this show the Top 50 will begin their magical MasterChef journey in Melbourne, which is also known for its culinary culture. It is here where the contestants will have to utilize every skill in their cooking arsenal as they will fight for a coveted Top 24 apron. And with the deserving recipients heading back to Sydney as the title battle truly begins.

 

Will they include audience favorites like the Mystery Box Challenge and Invention Test? Well guess what, the answer is a yes and news is that it will be better than ever. Immunity challenges will also feature with more fairly balanced opponents facing off against the chosen contestant plus their choice of two contestant helpers. As part of this, both the contestant team and challenging team must prepare three courses using a core ingredient provided, with ninety minutes for the contestants and sixty for the challengers.

The battle is almost ready to begin, so get ready to fill your eyes, hearts and stomachs. MasterChef Season 4 is starting on Star World from 14th June, Monday to Friday at 9pm. Do let us know your views and reviews about this new season.

Happy Viewing.

And the winners are… IIFA 2012

IIFA Awards, so called International version of Bollywood awards was back. As mentioned in our earlier post “IIFA Awards are back at the Lion’s city – Singapore” there were many performances that were lined up to make this event even more special. Are you all set to read more about what exactly happened at the award ceremony? Well iDubba has the details for you. So just sit back and enjoy the post.

Hosts Shahid Kapoor and Farhan Akhtar tried to keep the audience in splits with their wit and humour. Unlike the other awards show, they tried not to make much fun of their fellow actors. Well as they say that SRK only has the rights to do that! Well moving on, the show saw star-studded performances by Sonakshi Sinha, Bipasha Basu, Prabhu Deva, Priyanka Chopra, Shahid, Rishi and Ranbir Kapoor. You might ask where are the other start? Well this year`s IIFA awards was different, and the actors who were missed by all included Hrithik Roshan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, John Abraham, Saif Ali Khan, Anil Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, and Sonam Kapoor. 

As expected, Zoya Akhtar`s ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ and Imtiaz Ali`s ‘Rockstar’ triumphed at the 13th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards, with each winning four trophies. The film industry also paid heart-warming tributes to long timers Ramesh Sippy and Rekha and bestowed them each with the Outstanding Achievement awards. As mentioned earlier that the big stars were missing, it was time for the young guns to take up the responsibility and keep the show alive.

So when will we be able to see the award show on television? Well don’t worry we will also share the details and the dates with you. But till then let’s check out the winners of this prestigious award. Check out the complete list of winners.  

Winners of IIFA Awards 2012

  • Best Film: Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
  • Best Story: Zoya Akhtar and Reema Katgi – Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara
  • Best Direction: Zoya Akhtar – Zindagi Na Milege Dobara
  • Best Performance In Leading Role (Male): Ranbir Kapoor – Rockstar
  • Best Performance In A Leading Role (Female): Vidya Balan – The Dirty Picture
  • Best Supporting Actor (Male): Farhan Akhtar – Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara
  • Best Supporting Actor (Female): Parineeti Chopra – Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl
  • Best Debut (Male): Vidyut Jamwal – Force
  • Best Debut (Female): Parineeti Chopra – Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl
  • Best Performance In A Negative Role: Prakash Raj – Singham
  • Best Performance In A Comic Role: Riteish Deshmukh – Double Dhamaal
  • Outstanding Achievement in Indian Cinema: Rekha
  • Outstanding Achievement in Indian Cinema: Ramesh Sippy
  • Best Music Direction: A.R. Rahman – Rockstar
  • Best Playback Singer (Male) – Mohit Chauhan – the song Nadaan Parinde – Rockstar
  • Best Playback Singer (Female) – Shreya Ghosal – the song Teri Meri – Bodyguard
  • Best Lyrics: Irshad Kamil – the song ‘Nadaan Parindey’ – Rockstar
  • Best Choreography: Bosco Caesar Senorita – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
  • Best Dialogue: Rajat Aroraa -The Dirty Picture
  • Hottest Pair: Ranbir Kapoor and Nargis Fakhri in Rockstar
  • IIFA 2012 Green Award: Dia Mirza
  • Best Action: Jai Singh Nijjar – Singham
  • Best Special Effects: Red Chillies VFX – Ra.One
  • Best Choreography: Bosco-Caesar for Senorita from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
  • Best Cinematography: Carlos Catalan for Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
  • Best Costume Design: Niharika Khan – The Dirty Picture
  • Best Dialogue: Rajat Aroraa – The Dirty Picture
  • Best Editing: Anand Subaya – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
  • Best Makeup: Vikram Gaikwad for The Dirty Picture
  • Best Production Design: Sabu Cyril – Ra.One
  • Best Screenplay: Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar
  • Best Sound Re-Recording: Anuj Mathur and Baylon Fonseca – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
  • Best Sound Recording: Resul Pookutty and Amrit Pritam Dutta – Ra.One

So back to the question, when can the audience watch their favourite stars perform on television? Well, here you go:

Throughout the first week of July, Star Plus will be airing: 

Weekend with the Stars + IIFA rocks: Sunday 1st July
IIFA Weekend Celebrations: Monday 2nd – Friday 6th July
IIFA Awards Exclusive Moments: Saturday 7th July
Green carpet & Main event awards night: Saturday 7th July

So have the deserving won this year’s IIFA awards? Did you miss the Big Stars this year at the awards? Well, do let us know your views with us. You can also tweet about the same at our iDubba twitter account.

Happy Viewing.

“Satyamev Jayate” 6th episode video, reviews and reactions – “Persons with Disabilities”

Aamir Khan and his TV show “Satyamev Jayate” have been dodging the constant bullets from the Doctor’s and the Khap Panchayat too. It seems that both the parties had not taken the issues raised in the right spirit. Well now it was time for the 6th episode, and time for another social issue. There were some tweets about what the 6th episode might be “Is it good looks, talent or something else? Find out what makes you a hero on Satyamev Jayate ” The earlier 5 episodes were about Female foeticideChild sexual abuse , Marriages and dowry harassment , DoesHealthcare Need Healing? and “Where is the love?”  So what will be the 6th episode about? Well here you go.

The show started with two videos and their touching story. The first one was about a 11yr old girl, Shreya Chaturvedi. She was talking about her sweet relation with her mom and how she calls her as a Friend. The strength and the courage she has, very few of us could have had. Although she is not able to walk and live a normal life, she says that she is really happy with her life, and thanks god for what she is. The second one was about Sai and his life. Even though he could not live a normal life, he is living his life to the fullest. He was among the top 5 of his university. Sai also pointed out that the biggest problem in India is infrastructure for the disabled. Soon it was clear that this episode was about the rights for the Disabled.

Aamir had also invited school teachers and principals to have a discussion about this very important topic. There were some shocking videos about how the disabled were forced to live their life and how they travelled to their offices. The lack of ramps was very evident. And you end up saying “Ramp should be Must in All Buildings”! Schools, Colleges, Offices should introduce basic infrastructure facilities for physically disabled people. What are the fundamental needs of the disabled? Is our infrastructure equipped enough?

The third story was about Krishnakant and his life, how he managed to live his life and live it in the true sense. Krishnakant Mane, reveals, “World is going to be kind & cruel to everyone and that is how it should be for the disabled too“. There was a moment when he said “Call me KK” 😉 It was like AK interviews KK and soon KK was joined by his wife, Sayli. And guess what, KK’s handicap is not at all a handicap; it is an Eyeopener for us, who have almost every facility in our lives.

Now it was time to face more facts and to ask ourselves this question “What about the Right to Free Education act”? The Right to Education ACT says that each and every child, able or disabled has equal rights to get education.  But as this show is always known to surprise you and show you that there is HOPE alive. It was time to take a tour of Amar Jyoti School and the kind of facilities that they had for the disabled. We need more schools like Amar Jyoti to treat every child equally. Is it that difficult to replicate these kind of schools? As they say nothing is impossible, all we need to do is just take the first step. Blindness does not mean end of life but it means beginning of another golden life, says Mr. Kothari.

Aamir Khan disclosed that in the past 12 months, no case of polio has been reported. Well there is still a ray of hope and hope we all make the most of the lives that we have. To take the show to a new level Nisha was also invited to talk about her life. Her parents did say that we also complain about every thing in life, but Nisha never complains. The story of Nisha and her parents had touched the audiences in the show and I’m sure that those watching the show on television too were touched. Touching and unforgettable!

Strangest part is that Disabled people were not even included in census report. Almost 50% of people in India think that people get disabilities because of sins committed in last life. Strange!! Well don’t be, Javed Abib also shared some more shocking statistics such as “The first 10 of India’s five-year plans did not find any mention for the Disabled. Are we wrong in asking for our rights?”  He went on as also said “Just a strict circular from the HRD Ministry can make Universities disabled-friendly”.

Now it was time for a power pact performance by Joginder Saluja who started his own disabled-friendly, inclusive gym. There were amazing visuals of his Gym and soon Aamir Khan too was in action to match up to Joginder’s power. It must be said that Aamir khan and his team never fails to impress, today’s episode too was an eye opener. Satyamev Jayate is no doubt a clear reflection of the insensitive Indian mental attitude towards the disabled. Soon it was time for the 6th song of this series and as always melody of Sona Mohapatra and Rama Sampath managed to thrill the audiences. To add to that amazing melody there were some awesome acrobatic performances by the kids from “Unlimited Ability”.

Do let us know your views about this Show and also do follow us on Twitter (iDubba) for more updates about this show as and when it occurs.