STAR Plus presents : Pyaar Ka Dard Hai Meetha Meetha Pyara Pyara

What is common between  Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, Hum Saath Saath Hai and this new show on STAR Plus? Well its Rajshri productions that will bring to you a new show, Pyaar Ka Dard Hai Meetha Meetha Pyara PyaraTo know more about it you will have to tune into Pyar Ka Dard Hai Meetha Meetha Pyara Pyara from 18th June, Monday at 10 PM on Star Plus. So are we not going to tell what this show is all about? Don’t worry, you will not have to wait for long to find it out.
This show is about how family environment during childhood deeply affects a person’s ability to cope with relationships in their adult lives. You might have guessed to some extend based on the promos. Aditya comes from a broken home and Pankhuri is raised in a joint family. This show depicts two extremes in family environment and how that shapes each of these characters’ perception of love and relationships. Pyar Ka Dard Hai Meetha Meetha Pyara Pyara believes “kal ki parvarish pe tike aaj ke rishtey” and adopts the philosophy ‘Rishta Wahi Soch Nayi’.

Pyar Ka Dard Hai Meetha Meetha Pyara Pyara, is a fresh look at family life in context to the youth. The focus is how mind-set towards relationships are altered unknowingly due to a tense family environment. So now that you know the plot of the story, let’s focus on the Cast of the show 

  • Mukesh Khanna
  • Mansi Salvi
  • Nakul Mehta
  • Ashlesha Sawant

Mukesh Khanna will make come back in television by this serial. He will appear on small screen after a long period of time. Lead character will be played by Nakuul Mehta in the serial. Nakuul Mehta was seen in the movie Haal-e-Dil starring Imran Hashmi. Ashlesha Sawant was last seen in Zee TV’s Dil Se Diya Vachan. In Pyar Ka Dard Hai Meetha Meetha Pyara PyaraAshlesha will play the male lead’s maasi (aunt). She will play a single woman involved in her family business. Though her character will not be entirely negative but will have a tinge of grey shade.

So now that you know almost everything about the show, the story and the cast, are you all excited to catch it on STAR Plus? Do send in your views and feedback about this new show.

Happy Viewing.

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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.

IIFA Awards are back at the Lion’s city – Singapore

It’s time for the International Indian Film Academy Awards, also known as the IIFA Awards. They are presented annually by the International Indian Film Academy to honour both artistic and technical excellence of professionals in Bollywood, the Hindi language film industry. It started its journey way back in 2000 and it is known for having it organized in different countries around the world every year. So is it in competition with the Oscars for its International approach? Well we can talk about it may be in our future posts. This post is all about this year’s Awards. This year they will be revisiting the Lion’s City, also known as Singapore.

The first awards were presented in 2000 at The Millennium Dome in London, United Kingdom. IIFA happens to be the largest media event in India with a viewership of almost 700 million, ranking it among the world’s most watched annual events. So what is special at this year’s IIFA awards? Well you don’t have to think much, iDubba has the answers.

– This year, The Dirty Picture and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara have been nominated in many categories. Another strong contender is Rockstar with Ranbir Kapoor being a strong favourite as best actor

– Film to be showcased at IIFA this year: Shanghai (world premiere), directed by Dibakar Banerjee and starring Abhay Deol, Emraan Hashmi and Kalki Koechlin

– The IIFA Awards 2012 ceremony will be held on June 9 and Shahid Kapoor will host the awards for the first time, along with Farhan Akhtar

– The technical awards, which have already been announced and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara has won top honours at the IIFA Technical Awards, along with Shahrukh Khan’s RA.One

– Salman Khan returns to IIFA Awards after two years 😉

– Performers include Shahid Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Sonakshi Sinha and Bipasha Basu

– Actor Rekha will be honoured with the Outstanding Achievement in Indian Cinema award and Filmmaker Ramesh Sippy will be awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Indian Cinema honour. And to add to that Veteran actor-dancer Zohra Segal, who recently celebrated her 100th birthday, will receive the Contribution to 100 years of Indian Cinema award

Are you impressed? Are you excited about these awards? Guess what, Zoya Akhtar’s Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara has received 14 nominations, while Ekta Kapoor’s The Dirty Picture has 13! The excitement does not stop here.

Just have a look at the nominations for the best actor in male and female categories –

Male: Salman Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Ranbir Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan and Ajay Devgun

Female: Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor, Mahie Gill and Kangna Ranaut

So get ready for loads of action, drama, some dazzling performances, not to forget some pj’s and celebration of  Indian Cinema’s 100 years this year.

Happy Viewing.

Jhalak Dikhla Jaa Season 5 – Time to meet the Dancing Stars!

It’s time for the celebrities and well-known faces to perform with professional dance partners on a highly competitive stage. This time Colors is back with Season 5 of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. As mentioned in our earlier post “Dhak Dhak Girl is back on television with ‘Jhalak Dikhla Ja’ season 5″  Madhuri Dixit will be one of the judges for this show. So who are the other two judges?  Well, guess what? Karan Johar and Remo D’Souza will be judging the contestants on this dance reality show. So now that you are aware of the 3 judges would you like to know the 14 participants that they will be judging? Are you excited to know all the celebrity participants?

Here are the top 14 contestants for you:

Isha Sharvani: She is a dancer and actress. Well known for her stylistic and difficult dance performances. She has also starred in some Bollywood films such as Kisna: The Warrior Poet, Darwaza Bandh Rakho and Rocky: The Rebel. She does have a strong chance to bag the top position this year, based on her strong command on this art form.

Talat Aziz: We all know him as a very popular ghazal singer and is also known to perform in front of large audiences. But will he be able to charm the audience with his dancing moves? Well only time will tell if he is able to do that.

Bharti Singh: Bharti Singh aka the “Lalli” of Indian television has certainly made an impact and is also all over Comedy Circus. It will be interesting to see her dance to the tunes of the choreographer.

Ravi Kissen:  Popularly known as Ravi Kishan, is an Indian film actor, voice actor and television personality, who works in Hindi cinema and Bhojpuri cinema. In 2006, he participated in Bigg Boss, the Indian version of Big Brother. This show might not be a tough task for him as he has done many films and dancing should come easily to him.

Sanath Jayasuriya:  Is a former Sri Lanka cricketer and was an all-rounder, who had an illustrious international cricket career that spread over two decades. He is also a politician in Sri Lanka. So will he be able to pull it off on this dance arena?

Darsheel Safary: He is best known for his acclaimed portrayal of a dyslexic child in the 2007 film Taare Zameen Par. It must be noted that Darsheel was selected for his debut film from a Shiamak Davar class, so needless to say that the 16 year old will be quite a force to reckon with on the show!

Gurmeet Choudhary: He has made his debut in the 2008 television series Ramayan as Lord Rama and was also know for his role in one of the most successful and popular show on STAR One Geet – Hui Sabse Parayi. Currently he is playing the role of Yash in Punar Vivah on Zee TV. So are you excited to see him put on his dancing shoes!!!

Karan V Grover: He is best known for his portrayal of Arjun Goenka in Saarrthi that aired on STAR Plus, establishing him as a household name. He is also currently working for Rajshri Productions’s show Yahan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli opposite Suhasi Goradia Dhami. Will he be the dark horse?

Meghna Kaur (Gill) Malik : She is a TV and film actress, who is popularly known as the high-handed Ammaji of Na Aana Is Des Laado, a show focusing on female infanticide and other atrocities against women. Will she be able to rock this show with her woman power?

Manish Paul is an Indian television actor who gained recognition after he hosted singing and dance reality. He also hosted Dance India Dance Li’l Masters on Zee TV and he is currently hosting Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Singing Superstar on Zee TV.  Before getting into anchoring, manish paul has acted in many serials like Radhaa Ki Betiyaan Kuch Kar Dikhayengi on NDTV Imagine, Zindadil (ZeeNext), SsshhhhPhir Koi Hai on Star One.

Avika Gor: Our very own Anandi. Yes the child actress, famous for playing Anandi in the show Balika Vadhu will also be part of this show. Will this Child Actor be able to win the hearts of the audience with her dancing moves?

Pratyuksha Banerjee: Also know as Sr Anandi. Yes she is the one who had stepped into the shoes of Avika Gor will be seen in this show. Can she beat Jr Anandi? It will be interesting to see the two fight it out on the dancing arena.

Hina Khan : She plays a lead Protagonist role in the Indian TV drama series Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai on Star Plus. No doubt that she has won numerous awards as Favourite Bhabhi, Favourite Patni and Favourite Beti. But will she bag the title of Jhalak Dikhla Jaa Season 5?

And finally we have Giaa Manek, she is currently playing the lead role in Star Plus‘s serial Saathiya. She too is a popular household name, but will she be able to stand out on the dancing arena?

So who do you think has a bright chance to bag the title of Jhalak Dikhla Jaa Season 5? Do let us know your views on these top 14 contestants who will fight it out and take away your hearts with their dance moves. You can also follow us on Twitter (@iDubba) for more updates about this show as and when it occurs.

Happy Viewing.

Bhai, Bhaiya aur Brother – Sab Tv to launch another Cross-Cultural Family Comedy!

Bhai, Bhaiya Aur Brother! The moment we here this there would be loads of memories that you might have about your Bhai, Bhaiya aur Brother. Some of you might have also gone in flashback to relive those amazing moments that you might have had with your brother. SAB TV which is know as a comedy-centric channel, is back again with a Comedy show, a Cross-Cultural Family show to be specific. The Promos are all over SAB TV and looks very interesting as well.

So are you excited to know more about this upcoming serial?

As the title suggests, it’s about a family that unites after almost 20 years. Three brothers , who have been living separately with their own individual families, meet at middle brother’s house in Mumbai. Sounds interesting? Wait till you read what follows next. ‘Bhai Bhaiya Aur Brother‘ centers around Vohra’s character “Bhaiya” who is a family man residing in Mumbai with his wife and son. He is a serious and peace loving character, Vohra aka bhaiya will soon find it difficult to retain his composure when his other two brothers come visiting. No prices for guessing that the show is produced by Vipul Amrutlal Shah and Deven Bhojani. And this time they are back with a cross-cultural family comedy and it heavily stresses on the disparities that co-exist in the society. Also it will be interesting to see the chemistry between the 3 bothers and their family as all have been raised in three absolutely contrasting cultures.

Let us now introduce you to the cast of the show. Sooraj Thapar will be playing the character of Chirag Vohra’s Elder Brother in the serial. His role is of person who has been settled in a remote village of Gujarat called ‘Pihurwadi’ for the last 20 years. He is normally very slow in all the matters, even in case of emergency. Vrajesh Hirjee plays the character of Chirag Vohra’s Younger Brother. This is a unique character like the others in the show, as he has spent last 20 years in New-York and is very particular and precise about everything. He always remains presentable, irons handkerchief and socks too.

So are you ready for more characters? Chirag Vohra plays the Protagonist – Narrator who is born and brought up in Mumbai and owns a big super stationary store. As you might have seen from the promos that he is the peacemaker in the family but is usually ‘sandwiched’ between the family members. Dimple Shah who is making her come back will play the character of Sooraj Thapar’s wife. Her character is very hilarious. Shweta Choudhary who has acted in many TV shows will play the character of Juhi, Chirag Vohra’s wife in the show and Muni Jha who was last seen in Dharampatni, will play the father’s role. His character will be shown dead in the show but he will talk to his three sons through his photo frame on the wall. Wait there is more, Swati Chitnis will be playing the role of head of the family, who handles the entire household and brings the family together.

So now that you know about the background and the cast of the show, “Are you ready for a Cross-Cultural Family Comedy – Bhai, Bhaiya Aur Brother?” Well you will have to wait till June 4 to find out this answer.

Happy Viewing – SAB ke Sath 😉

TV ‘shows’ must go on!!!

Ever wondered, how many TV shows have shut in past 2 months? Let’s put some light on it and see who replaced who!

Off Air Shows Replaced By
Maryada (Star Plus)
Sasural Genda Phool (Star Plus) Ek Dusre Se Karte Hain Pyar Hum
I Love My India (Sab TV) Bhai, Bhaiyya aur Brother
Ram Milaye Jodi (Zee TV) Phir Subah Hogi
Choti Bahu (Zee TV) Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke
Havan (Colors) Kairi – Rishta Khatta Meetha
Laado (Colors) Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha
Zindagi Kahe.. Smile Please (Life Ok) Aasman Se Aage
Meri Maa (Life Ok) Amrit Manthan

Above all shows ended with very low ratings, except Sasural Genda Phool. But Sasural Genda Phool team along with Star team felt it’s good to end up a show on a high note rather than unnecessarily dragging it. But, one just cannot blame ratings for the same. There are a lot of other issues to be dealt with while making a TV show. And to shut it, is a big decision for channel as well as the producers. Soaps are such, one track doesn’t work and the story is changed. After a while, the original plot or the crux of the show is lost. This has been witnessed in a lot of shows. And that could be one of the major reasons for them to shut. Moreover, creatives can’t experiment a lot these days as they all have to work with lot of limitations.

Also, as Imagine TV shut, its all 5 shows shut too! 14 shows being shut in a span of 2 months and a few new ones have already replaced them. So, what happens next? A few new ones are in pipeline which will be launched post IPL; such as, Byaah Hamari Bahu Ka, Indian Idol and post that KBC on Sony TV. Also, Jhalak Dikhla Jaa’s next season is around the corner, but this time on Colors.

There are rumors about Mann Ki Awaaz Pratigya (Star Plus) and Shubh Vivah on (Sony) soon to go off air. Nothing has been official about it, but there have been talks about it. As they say, there is no smoke without fire. So, which shows will replace them? Will the new shows be able to garner the same ratings for the channel or prove to be otherwise?

My question for you all is –

What kind of shows you’d like to watch? What kind of quality would you prefer? Do you want any sequels? If, yes, which ones?

Till then, do enjoy watching your own favorite shows with their own twists and tadkas in it! 🙂