Bollywoord Stars and Television – iDubba tries to find out the real winners

It’s a unique relationship, sometimes Sweet and then sour ūüėČ Don’t worry we are not talking about any link-up between actors. This relationship is about Bollywood Stars and Television.¬†You might agree that¬†Bollywood stars have given a helping hand to the TV industry in widening its horizons. But at the end of the day Television has been a major platform that the Bollywood Stars are using, some are successful while some have failed at the Box… oops… TV Office ūüėČ Television was considered as an second innings for the actors and was considered to be the home for retired actors only. But times have changed. Many of the super hit, upcoming actors and actresses have joined that bandwagon and have taken up television shows.

iDubba is on a journey to find out the stars that have been successful / not so successful on television :

– Television will be incomplete if we don‚Äôt talk about Amitabh Bachchan¬†ūüôā He made his debut on television in 2000 with Kaun Banega Crorepati. Since then, every show he has graced has turned out to be a¬†super hit.¬†Those shows include Kaun Banega Crorepati, Kaun Banega Crorepati Dvitiya, Bigg Boss Season 3, KBC season 4 and 5

– Talking about KBC, who can forget Shah Rukh Khan ūüôā But he had made his TV Debut way long back in 1988 with “Fauji“. He went on to appear in other television serial, such as Aziz Mirza’s Circus in 1989, which depicted the life of circus performers. And then there was no looking back, the television star was a movie star. But his real calling in television came when Amitabh Bachchan stepped down from KBC in 2007 and SRK took over. The initial TRPs of SRK‚Äôs KBC were promising but interest slowly started dipping. Then came the show Kya Aap Paanchvi Paas Se Tez Hain? Well again, initial TRPs of the show were promising but the show and it never managed to go past its first season. King Khan did manage to¬†return to hosting a reality TV with Zor Ka Jhatka but did not impress much

– Done with one Khan… Now lets get back to Mr Dabangg ūüôā Salman Khan¬†did make his TV debut¬†in 2008 with Dus Ka Dum. As they say if Salman is hosting a reality TV show, it‚Äôs bound to garner high TRPs. And this was true for both the shows – Dus Ka Dum and Bigg Boss Season 4

– Now its time to focus our attention on the Dancing King of Bollywood ūüôā Yes you guessed it right – Hrithik Roshan. He made his¬†TV debut with Just Dance in 2011. Soon after this was announced, there were reports in the media about Hrithik signing on for a sum of Rs 2 crore per episode. Since then, the show‚Äôs opened to moderate success.

– Time for some action ūüôā Yes we have Mr Khiladi next in line. Yes Akshay Kumar did make his TV Debut 2008¬†with¬†Khatron Ke Khiladi.¬†He went on to host the 2nd season of Khatron Ke Khiladi too. Reportedly, the TRPs of both seasons were fantastic. However he was absent in the 3rd season as Priyanka Chopra was the new host. But soon the TRP’s were not in favor of Miss Chopra and hence Akshay had to return in the 4th Season of Khatron Ke Khiladi. Well he did not stop there and was soon present in every household ie Kitchen ūüôā Yes he hosted the first Masterchef of India, a show based on cooking. His Master Chef India show did receive moderate success

– And finally this post cannot be complete without talking about Mr Perfectionist ūüôā Mr Aamir Khan. He is all set to make his Television Debut with the show “Satyamev JayateThe Truth Alone Prevails“. The talk show will tell stories of real people across India” You can read more about his show over here¬† – Will ‚ÄúSatyamev Jayate‚ÄĚ bring about change in the Indian Television¬†scenario?

If you note carefully, there would be around 10 or 12 well-known actors doing shows on TV in one year. And most Bollywood actors come as either anchors or judges. So there is a good presence of our Bollywood stars on Television. Do let us know which is your favorite star that you would like to see on Television. and also it would be interesting to know if you think that this is a healthy trend.

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Akshay Kumar is back in Action!!

You might say that Akshay Kumar was always present in the Industry and has been recently seen is Houseful 2. Well, you are right, he was always in the limelight. But this time the Real Khiladi  is Back in Action.

This time Akshay will be back to do what he is best known for…¬†ACTION, ACTION and ACTION. He will be soon seen in a¬†power packed¬†action movie named¬†“Rowdy Rathore”.¬†This¬†Bollywood¬†action film is¬†directed by¬†Prabhu Deva¬†and produced by¬†Sanjay Leela Bhansali¬†and¬†Ronnie Screwvala.¬†Akshay Kumar¬†and the¬†Dabangg¬†fame¬†Sonakshi Sinha¬†will be the main cast of the film.¬†The film is a remake of Telugu film¬†Vikramarkudu¬†and¬†is scheduled for release on 1 June, 2012.

So what is this movie all about? Here you got a little sneak peak of the story:

Shiva (Akshay Kumar) is a small time conman in love with Priya (Sonakshi Sinha), a pretty girl whom he met at a wedding he wasn’t invited to. Into this picture perfect world enters six year old Neha who inexplicably believes Shiva to be her dad! And if this wasn’t bad enough, Shiva also becomes the object of a series of life threatening attacks by a gang of deadly criminals who seem to know something he doesn’t. While trying desperately to save his life and love, Shiva stumbles upon a deadly secret. A secret that will take him to a small town in Bihar state in India; a town terrorized by its ruthless MLA and the mafia he controls; a town whose inhabitants’ only hope for redemption is…Shiva!

Do check out the Official Trailer of  Rowdy Rathore :

Akshay Kumar was born in Amritsar, in a Punjabi family. His father was a government employee. Kumar was raised in Delhi before moving to Mumbai where he studied at Don Bosco School and then Guru Nanak Khalsa College. He studied martial arts in Bangkok and worked as a chef. He then came back to Mumbai, where he started teaching martial arts.

Following are some of the actions movies that Akshay has successfully delivered:

‚Äʬ†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Khiladi

‚Äʬ†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Sabse Bada Khiladi

‚Äʬ†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Main Khiladi Tu Anari

‚Äʬ†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi

‚Äʬ†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Mohra

‚Äʬ†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† International Khiladi

‚Äʬ†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Khakee

‚Äʬ†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Aan: Men at Work

So will this movie get Akshay his title back of “The Real Khiladi”? Or will the audience have to wait for¬†Khiladi 786? Yes you read it right…This film marks the return of Akshay Kumar to his famous¬†Khiladi¬†film series after 12 years since he acted in¬†Khiladi 420. This movie will hit the cinema halls by¬†November 2012.

So get ready for an Action Packed Year ahead ūüėČ

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Can 19 Actors make a movie “Housefull”?

Yes 19. Not 4 not 10 not 15… There are 19 actors on the screen who will try to make a movie ”¬†Housefull¬†“.¬†¬†Housefull¬†2: The Dirty Dozen¬†is an upcoming¬†Indian¬†action comedy¬†film directed by¬†Sajid¬†Khan¬†and produced by¬†Sajid¬†Nadiadwala.¬†It is the sequel to the 2010 hit,¬†Housefull.¬†Well we all know that¬†Housefull¬†received mixed to negative reviews upon release, but was a huge success at the box office. This film was a remake of Tamil Blockbuster¬†Kaathala¬†Kaathala¬†with changes in the plot.¬†¬†It is the story of four fathers, four daughters and four prospective son-in-laws and as the second half of the title suggests, they are the dirty dozen.

So can these 19 actors make¬†Housefull¬†2 a bigger HIT that the 1st movie?¬†As they say “If Two Actors can’t do it… then 19 might make it worse”. So do you really think that 19 actors can pull it off on the silver screen? You might be eagerly waiting for find out who these 19vgb fine actors would be. Well, here you go:

  • Asin¬†Thottumkal¬†as Henna
  • John Abraham¬†as Max (Jolly)
  • Jacqueline Fernandez¬†as Bobby
  • Ritesh¬†Deshmukh¬†as¬†Jwala¬†(Jolly)
  • Zarine¬†Khan¬†as¬†JLo
  • Shreyas¬†Talpade¬†as¬†Jai¬†(Jolly)
  • Shazahn¬†Padamsee¬†as¬†Parul
  • Mithun¬†Chakraborty¬†as JD a.k.a¬†Jagga¬†Daaku
  • Rishi¬†Kapoor¬†as¬†Chintu
  • Randhir¬†Kapoor¬†as¬†Daboo
  • Boman¬†Irani¬†as¬†Batook¬†Patel
  • Chunky¬†Pandey¬†as¬†Aakhri¬†Pasta
  • Johnny Lever¬†as¬†Vishwas¬†Patil
  • Neelu¬†Kohli¬†as Dolly¬†Kapoor
  • Ranjeet¬†as Dr¬†Ranjeet
  • Virendra¬†Saxena¬†as Mr.¬†Babani
  • Malaika¬†Arora¬†Khan¬†in a Special appearance in Item song “Anarkali¬†Disco¬†Chali”
  • Vindu Dara Singh
  • And Mr Khiladi ie Akshay Kumar as Sunny (Jolly)

This is¬†truly¬†an¬†exhaustive¬†list of actors for one movie. ¬†The sequel was confirmed by producer¬†Sajid¬†Nadiadwala¬†on September 30, 2010.¬†Filming of the movie started on 9 June 2011 in London &¬†Peterborough.¬†The second schedule started from late October 2011.¬†Housefull¬†2¬†hired a¬†Hollywood¬†action-set for¬†Akshay¬†Kumar’s character, which is announced to be a comic inspiration of¬†James Bond.¬†Malaika¬†Arora¬†Khan Features in an item-number song and the music is composed by none other than¬†Sajid-Wajid.

So are you excited to watch these 19 actors on the screen? Are you ready for a mega star, multicrore movie?¬†Don’t worry; you will not have to wait for long. The film is scheduled for release on 6 April 2012. Do send in your views and feedback about this movie.

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What makes a reality show work?

With so many “Reality” shows in today’s time (both nationally & abroad) it’s very important to understand why and how a reality show clicks. There have been so many mega-successful shows in US/UK and their counterparts in India (and so many flops) that it is necessary to learn what works and what doesn’t. In this post we try to analyze deeply as to what are the different elements of a reality show and what should be taken care of while creating a new reality show.

Almost all of the reality shows in India or elsewhere are localized versions of already popular US or UK shows. Here are some of the shows which have worked (in India) and some which haven’t. We’ll then analyze all the aspects to understand what it takes to make a successful Reality Show:

  • Mega-successful shows-
    • Kaun Banega Crorepati (Who wants to be a millionaire)
    • Indian Idol (American Idol)
    • Dance India Dance (So you think you can dance)
    • Bigg Boss (Big Brother)
  • Successful Shows-
    • Fear Factor India (Fear Factor)
    • Jhalak Dikhla ja (Dancing with the stars)
    • Sa Re Ga Ma Pa
    • Boogie Woogie
    • Masterchef India (Masterchef US/Australia)
  • Flops-
    • Zor Ka Jhatka (Wipeout)
    • India’s Minute to Win it (Minute to Win it)
    • Survivor India

Contestants: No doubt contestants are single biggest asset of a reality show. Wrong selection of contestants can make or break the entire show. Contestants can be broadly categorized as- “Common man” and “Celebrities”. Depending upon the format of show creative team may decide to have common man or celebrities or a mix of both as contestants. For pure talent based shows like KBC, Dance India Dance, Indian Idol etc it’s ¬†imperative to have common people as main contestants otherwise it looks too dramatic and unreal (remember how we feel when a celebrity wins 50 lacs in a KBC episode?). Celebrities as contestants work very well for reality shows in which drama quotient needs to be high. Questions have been raised about such reality shows being truly “real” but now audience have kind of understood that reality shows involve either good “editing” or good “drama” to look exciting on TV. Some such shows are Bigg Boss, Survivor India, Zor Ka Jhatka. Example of shows having combination of both “common man” and “celebrities” as contestants include Fear Factor (India) and Jhalak Dikhlaja.

Drama:¬†Television is all about drama and not having any drama in a reality show is a sure shot way to kill it. An emotional story can become an important part of show’s success. KBC is known for creating dramatic situations based on a contestant’s profile or based on the question “What would you do if you win a Crore?“. Shows like Bigg Boss rely too much on drama which is demanded by its format. “Zor Ka Jhatka” couldn’t impress audience even with Shahrukh Khan because it lacked both good contestants and drama quotient. If you actually see original “Wipeout” it’s one hell of a funny show and it does it without SRK type host.

Host:¬†Even though host is 3rd most important thing it indeed plays an important part in taking the show to next level i.e. from success to mega-success (like Amitabh in case of KBC), Khatron Ke Khiladi (with Akshay Kumar as host) or from utter failure to moderate success (Dus Ka Dum could have bombed badly if Salman wasn’t there). But in case a show lacks above 2 important characteristics chances of it failing increases- SRK could never save Zor Ka Jhatka and even KBC with SRK couldn’t attract audience as much as Big B. My tip: Get a host with good sense of humor or with lot of character- Raghu/Rajiv and Rannvijay are known for their tough/macho characters and they don’t need Akshay Kumar.

Plot:¬†Borrowed or not, plot does play an important part in a reality show’s success. How? Well first thing is it identifies your target audience. KBC had a national appeal, Roadies & Bigg Boss have youth appeal, Dance India Dance is liked by a specific set of audience and so is Masterchef. Plot helps a production house lay its marketing plan and execute it. Beware! If top 3 things are not in place, plot will never help you win your audience.

Editing: Editing is an important part of any reality show, specially of those shows in which cameras roll continuously. In my opinion India’s Minute to Win it suffers from really bad editing as against its US counterpart. Dance India Dance is edited very well despite it being a talent reality show. There is always a connection between the contestants, Mithun da and 3 judges (Remo, Terence and Gita). Good editing is evident from a show which keeps you glued during the program, bad editing gives you enough reasons to switch ūüôā

Connection:¬†Well this is second last part of “what it takes to create a good reality show” but trust me, unless your audience feel “connected” with your show, you CAN NOT make it work. Connection happens if you get all of the above things “just” right for your show. There is no formula for this, it just happens!

Audience:¬†Audience may include either studio audience or audience watching at home or both. In KBC, studio audience is well trained before shoot- they are told when to clap, how much to clap, when to laugh, who sits in front, who sits in background, what should be your facial expressions.. everything! It’s like a controlled backdrop scenario which is very important taking into consideration the plot of the show. In case of shows like Minute to Win it studio audience is supposed to be very energetic (which sadly doesn’t happen in Indian version). In talent based shows like DID or Indian Idol studio audience makes singing or dancing more enjoyable by clapping and dancing along with the contestants. Shows like Wipeout expect audience sitting at home to be their real audience and the host directly tries to talk to that audience. Audience is important because it makes or breaks your show- understand your audience!

These are the key elements of a reality show, there are many other like sound, camera, direction which are important but they are common to all TV shows.

Do you think there are other important aspects? Please comment..

Are you missing Double Roles in Hindi Cinema?

When was the last time you saw a movie with double role? Finding it difficult to recollect right?? Well, double role used to be the most popular formula of filmmakers. The trend of double role movies is as old as 1960 and today almost every top actor has acted in at least one movie where they played double role.

The trend is so popular if we look at stats we will be amazed to learn that from 1960 till 2009, that is 50 yrs., there has not been a single year without at least one movie in this category. But somehow I feel that in the past decade, the double role formula fizzled out and not many filmmakers exploited twin characterized scripts. As compared with 1998 when there were 11 movies in this category in single year.

As kids we used to loves such movies,¬†the curiosity of these double characters use to leave us amazed and we always¬†ended asking our elders “How can there be two characters who look the same¬†acting together” Audiences were always happy to see two heroes (in the form of two different characters) at the price of one ticket.¬†It was a treat to the fans and a total paisa vasool to watch their favorite actors in twin role‚Ķ‚Ķ.

There have been loads of such examples that have dazzled on the silver screen. Let‚Äôs go down the memory and relive such amazing movies that have ensured you get your money’s worth‚Ķ. Double the amount ūüėČ ¬†

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Dilip Kumar in¬†Ram Aur Shyam,¬†Daastan,¬†Bairaag,

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Raj Kumar in¬†Karamyogi

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Sanjeev Kumar in¬†Naya Din Nayi Raat

Р      Amitabh Bachchan in  The Great Gambler, Don

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Dev Anand¬†in¬†¬†Hum Dono

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Kamal Haasan in Chachi 420, Appu Rajja and¬†Hindustani

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Dharmendra¬† in¬†Yakeen

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Sharmila tagore¬†in¬†Mausam¬†and An Evening in Paris

Р      Sridevi in Chaalbaaz

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Hema Malini¬†in Seeta Aur Geeta

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Govinda in¬†Aankhen

Р      Anil Kapoor in Kishen Kanhaiya

Р      Akshay Kumar in Aflatoon

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Salman Khan in Judwa,

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Sunil Shetty in Gopi Kishan

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Hrithik Roshan¬†in¬†Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Priyanka Chopra in Love Story 2050

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Shahid Kapoor in Kaminey

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Shahrukh in¬†Duplicate¬†,¬†Don and¬†Om Shanti Om

Well, the list of Double Role movies is endless… with more than 226 Double/triple role movies being released since 1951 we wish to see more of these kinds hitting the theatre. Hope that the filmmakers treat their audience with more of such movies. Though not all Double role movies were successful, but it does attract a good crowd. So let’s wait and watch how this age old formula of Bollywood works in the present times.