11th Indian Telly Awards – Telly World ka ‘Tally Nama’

Why Blue Carpet?

Attendees of the 11th Indian Telly Awards would have been surprised to note a blue carpet rather than a red one when they entered the venue of India’s leading television performance recognition ceremony. Not many knew what it was about.

The decision behind having a blue carpet came about to bring to people’s minds the increasing degradation and pollution of India’s rivers and the government’s apathy towards this rising menace.

Founder of The Indian Telly Awards, Anil Wanvari tweeted: “Why was the red carpet at the 11th Indian Telly Awards blue? Because it was moaning the polluted state of India’s holiest river – Ganga.

The initiative clearly indicated how even trademark and leading events can be used to highlight certain social issues and causes.

Lets find out who turned out to be the Winners:

Best Child Artist (Female)– Anchal Munjal (Parvarrish – Kuchh Khattee Kuchh Meethi, DJ’s A Creative Unit, Sony Entertainment Television)

Best Child Artist (Male)– Raj Mange ( Jai Jai Jai Bajrang Bali, Sagar Arts, Sahara One)

Best Anchor– Amitabh Bachchan (Kaun Banega Crorepari season 5, Big Synergy Media Ltd, Sony Entertainment Television)

Best Actress in a Comic Role– Kavita Kaushik (FIR, Edit II, SAB TV)

Best Actor in a Comic Role– Dilip Joshi (Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltha Chashma, Neela Telefilms, SAB TV)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role– Rupal Patel (Saath Nibhana Saathiya, Rashmi Sharma Telefilms, Star Plus)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role– Anoop Soni (Balika Vadhu, Sphere Origins, Colors)

Television Personality – Male– Ronit Bose Roy (Adaalat, Contiloe Entertainment Pvt Ltd, Sony Entertainment Television)

Television Personality – Female-Ankita Lokhande (Pavitra Rishta, Balaji Telefilms Ltd, Zee TV)

Actress in a Negative Role– Kanika Maheshwari (Diya Aur Bati Hum, Shashi Sumeet Mittal Productions Pvt Ltd, Star Plus)

Actor in a Negative Role– Karanvir Bohra (Dil Se Di Dua… Saubhagyavati Bhava, UTV Software Communications Ltd, Life OK)

Fresh New Face (Female)– Aakanksha Singh (Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha, Sunshine Productions, Colors)

Fresh New Face (Male)– Kushal Tandon (Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai, Cinevistaas Limited, Star Plus)

Actress in a Lead Role– Giaa Maanek (Saath Nibhana Saathiya, Rashmi Sharma Telefilms, Star Plus

Actor in a Lead Role– Ram Kapoor and Samir Soni (Bade Acche Lagte Hai/Parichay, Balaji Telefilms Ltd, Sony Entertainment Television/ Colors)

Ensemble– Parvarrish Kuchh Khatti Kuchh Meeth (DJ’s A Creative Unit, Sony Entertainment Television)

Programme with a Social Message– Afsar Bitiya (Village Boy Production, ZEE TV)

Daily Serial– Diya Aur Baati Hum (Shashi Sumeet Mittal Productions Pvt Ltd, Star Plus)

Weekly Serial– Adaalat (Contiloe Entertainment Pvt Ltd, Sony Entertainment Television)

Continuing TV Programme– Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, (Director’s Kut Production, Star Plus)

Drama Series– Balika Vadhu—Kachchi Umar Ke Pakke Rishte (Sphere Origins Multivision Pvt Ltd, Colors)

Thriller Programme– C.I.D and Crime Patrol (Fireworks Productions/ Optimystix Entertainment India Pvt Ltd, Sony Entertainment Television)

Kid’s Programme -Bournvita Quiz Contest (Derek O’Brien & Associates Pvt Ltd, Colors)

Sitcom/Comedy Programme– Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah (Neela Telefilms Pvt Ltd, SAB TV)

Reality Show– Bigg Boss (Endemol India Pvt Ltd, Colors)

Game Show  Kaun Banega Crorepati – Season 5 (Big Synergy Media Ltd, Sony Entertainment Television)

Dance Talent Show – Dance India Dance – Season 3 (24 Frames, ZEE TV)

Singing Talent Show – X – Factor India 2011 (Fremantle India Television Productions Pvt Ltd, Sony Entertainment Television)

Comedy Talent Show– Jubilee Comedy Circus (Optimystix Entertainment India Pvt Ltd, Sony Entertainment Television)

Mythological Series – Veer Shivaji (Contiloe Entertainment Pvt Ltd, Colors)

Judge panel on a TV Show– Dharmendra, Kiron Kher, Sonali Bendre (India’s Got Talent Season – 3, Fremantle India Television Productions Pvt Ltd, Colors)

Youth Show – Fiction – Dil Dostii Dance (Cinevistaas Limited, Channel V)

Youth Show– Non Fiction– MTV Hero Honda Roadies 8 Short Cut To Hell (Viacom 18 Media Pvt Ltd, MTV)

Televised Awards Show – STAR Parivaar Awards 2012– (Sol Production Pvt Ltd, Star Plus)

Televised Entertainment Show– Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil Champ Finale (Big Productions, Zee TV)

On Screen Couple– Barun Sobti & Sanaya Irani ( Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam DoonPanglosean Entertainment Pvt Ltd, Star Plus)

Production House of the Year– Optimystix Entertainment India Pvt Ltd

Gary Bhinder Most Promising Young Director– Shoojit Sircar

Special Award (breaking into films)– Ekta Kapoor

Well, seems like there was a lot of FUN and hoo-haa at the grand event! And the hosts were none other than the 2 popular hottest men of Indian Television – Ronit Roy and Ram Kapoor.

Almost everybody from the Telly land marked their presence with of course few Bollywood biggies too! Every year, everyone exclusively waits for the Indian Telly Awards. Fans vote for their favorite stars and make them win. Jury spends a lot of time watching almost all shows, to just give out the award to the most deserved candidate. Well, at the end, it’s all about the Telly game. Or how about call it a “Tally” game!

Cheers to all the winners! And do catch the event on Colors TV channel soon.

(Sources: Tellychakkar.com and @Colors TV on twitter)

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

It’s a unique relationship, sometimes Sweet and then sour 😉 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 😉 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’t talk about Amitabh Bachchan 🙂 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 🙂 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’s 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 🙂 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’s 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 🙂 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’s opened to moderate success.

– Time for some action 🙂 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 🙂 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 🙂 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 “Satyamev Jayate” 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.

Happy Viewing 🙂

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 🙂

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..

Is the Indian audience ready for “Ring Ka King”??

Indians must have been familiar with the concept of Akhaada, and the Wrestling competitions, known as dangals, held in villages. But soon this will take the center stage and will soon come into your living rooms. Don’t worry, it’s totally safe 😉 Colors channel has launched a new sports entertainment reality show called ‘Ring Ka King’. It consists of 30 wrestlers (Indian and international). Most of us have grown up watching WWF and TNA (Total Nonstop Action Wrestling). We are very well aware of the concept, but as this is a new show, let’s get to the details 😉 The reality show is set to debut on Colors Network on January 28, 2012, and guess what; Harbhajan Singh has been signed on as goodwill ambassador.

Ring Ka King” will spread over 13 weeks and will end just before the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches begin. (perfect timing) In the first four weeks, viewers will see some exciting matches that will crown a heavyweight champion and a tag team champion. And in the subsequent weeks, the champions will get a chance to save their title and fight against the other contenders, who will come their way and throw open challenges to claim their belt.

Well, you might say what’s new about this show!!!

Don’t you think that it’s kind of outdated content? No doubt that WWF and TNA were a huge hit, and also had some amazing wrestling stars that we all remember even today. But as time has gone by, the audience is aware that it’s all scripted and the fights are as good as fake. It will have the same drama, almost same action and stunts. So, why does Colors want to get back this old horse back in the limelight?. May be they are trying to promote the Indian Wrestles and trying to give them the exposure that they deserve. Also it might be an attempt to give the Indian wrestlers an International exposure.

So will you watch “Ring Ka King”? The show has been produced by Endemol, and no doubt that it has created shows like “Indian Idol“, “Bigg Boss” and “Fear FactorKhatron Ke Khiladi“, but will “Ring Ka King” take them to the next level…. Well, only time will tell…. 13 weeks to be precise!

Face the Reality!!

Today’s blog is not about Bigg Boss, Roadies or any other reality tv show in India. It is about the level to which show makers and promoters can stoop to, so as to gain TRPs (Television Rating Points) and see their shows’ gaining top position. Today’s front page news of Hindustan Times’ supplement paper “HT City” took me by shock when I read-

A contestant was raped on a reality show by another contestant while she was apparently asleep and this was shown on live television. The night cameras of the show Big Brother (Brazilian version) covered the entire episode where Model Daniel Echaniz forced himself on Monique Amin who had passed out after having alcohol in a party. When Amin was asked next day about the incident she had almost no clue what happened.

Back home in India all reality show makers have condemned this act and have given statements like “the rules are much stricter on our show”, “we don’t allow alcohol on our show to avoid any such happening” and many other. But the question is still the same. How far can these reality shows go to gain so called ‘TRPs”. Bigg Boss Season 5 that recently ended depicted a lot of violence between the contestants even though it was not in physical form too much. Other shows like Roadies and Splitsvilla on MTV are ill-famous that the contestants who are aggressive, violent or abusive are given a chance above other contestants who want to participate in the show.

The problem with today’s reality shows is that it is ok for the producers to show anything until you get under the knife of censor board or other active bodies that control the content show on television. We can easily see loud and violent behavior, nudity, crime and many other negative aspects of our society on television mostly through these reality shows.

Also are we as audience getting too easy as to what our younger generation especially kids watch on television? Can we let them watch a male hurling demeaning accusation on a female’s character? Can you let your kids watch violence to the most inappropriate level? Is there a shortage of freely available porn on internet that we need to see a female getting raped on live television?

Let me ask you a bigger question instead- Do you think even in Indian reality shows incidents like this might have happened but producers might not have guts to telecast them yet? Do you think this incident will make TV producers bolder?

Top 10 shows on TV during 2011

We are just two days away from 2012. So in this special blog post iDubba brings you the 10 most popular shows/events of 2011. The ranking and popularity has been taken in consideration on the basis of activities done for these shows on iDubba in 2011.

  1. ICC Cricket World Cup 2011: There is definitely no surprise to see this event on top because 2011 as year is the biggest for India as we witnessed Indian team winning World Cup after 28 long years. Sports channels had the highest TRPS ever.
  2. MTV Roadies (Season 8): The longest running reality show with eight seasons in its kitty it is already in news for its ninth season starting next week. There has been a lot of speculation about the show being scripted but it still remains one of the most watched and favourite among the younger lot.
  3. Indian Premier League 2011: Another cricket event. So that makes the score 2 in total and that is definitely not astonishing in our country where second God is cricket despite being hockey as the national game.
  4. Splitsvilla (Season 4): Another reality show of MTV channel that targets youngsters. This reality show based on dating certainly knows how to turn heads. Bunch of hot girls and boys put together in a house to woo each other. What will you expect? 😉
  5. Koffee with Karan (Season 3): This chat show is my personal favourite and the only chat show that I can sit and watch without getting impatient. This one undoubtedly has a fresh and witty appeal to it. The show began to air in 2004 and has been a huge success since then.
  6. Bade Achhe Laggte Hain: Produced under Ekta Kapoor’s banner of Balaji Telefilms, who is undoubtedly the queen of Indian soap operas, “Bade Ache Lagte hai” which was launched in second half of the year, has Saakshi Tanwar and Ram Kapoor in the main lead. This show has millions of viewers across the country glued to the shows.
  7. Bigg Boss (Season 5): Another controversial reality show that is in news always for wrong reasons but manages to gain one of the highest TRPs. It is full of masala and entertainment.
  8. Man vs. Wild (Season 3): Finally a documentary cum travel based show in the list :). Discovery Channel’s Man vs. Wild is hugely popular especially because of its daring presenter Bear Grylls who is seen at ease at the worst places possible in the world.
  9. Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta Chashma: This sitcom is based  on the column ‘Duniya Ne Undha Chasma’ (which loosely translates into “Seeing the world through upside-down glasses”) written by Indian columnist and journalist Taarak Mehta for the Gujarati weekly magazine Chitralekha. In August2010, it beat one of the top shows to become the most watched TV show in India.
  10. Kaun Banega Crorepati (Season 5): This game show has been a massive success since it was first launched on Star Plus in 2000. However Sony TV bought its rights from third season onwards and the recent season 5 that had its first ever contestant winning the prize money of 5 crore rupees.

Keep watching your favourite shows! 🙂

What it takes to be Bigg Boss house inmate?

Colors launched its most awaited reality show of the year, Bigg Boss (Season 5) with the punchline as “Double Vaat” (sounds more like Roadies punchline). This season promises to be 5 times more exciting as they have roped in Sanjay Dutt and Salman Khan as hosts with 13 female and only 1 male contestant as house inmates (only time will tell). BigBoss with its famous controversies since last 4 seasons has not left any stone unturned this time as well to make it equally hyped.

The chemsitry of Sanjay Dutt and Salman Khan guarantees “Double Dhamaal”. The first premiere has definitely managed to get good TRPs with the introduction of Shakti Kapoor as the only male contestant with other 13 female inmates which have names such as Pooja Bedi, Nihita Biswas (Wife of serial killer Charles Sobhraj), TV anchor Mandeep Bevli, 6-months pregnant wrestler Sonika Malik, Gulabo Sapera, Laxmi Narayan. Twitter’s top two trending keywords were #biggboss and #BB5 for two straight days.

So what do you expect with 13 beauties and 1 beast trapped in one house…more Drama and more controversies and arguably more TRPs for the channel. Just recently read on twitter @India Today that Nihita’s mother has lashed out at Mandeep as the latter ignited the conversation by asking “Did you have sex with Sobhraj?” to which Nihita was dumbfounded and tried to escape it but the next question was why did she marry him then. The first episode was 12 hours old when I read it.So one can think about the gravity of sensationalism the complete season will bring with it.

According to an insider, Sonika Kaliraman, the woman wrestler who is 6 months pregnant is going to be in the show for only 1 week! Is that true or just another cheap gimmick to gain popularity? We will have to wait for this one to check.

Yes right, we heard a lot bigger names like Jonty Rhodes, Mike Tyson, Shakira but seems will have to settle with overwhelming presence of girl power inside this mad house this time. Moreover, this also proves that much of money was already spent on Sanjay Dutt and Salman Khan and producers might not have left with much steam to bring in these heavy weight contestants. Channel later on defended itself by saying that they never claimed these names.

Remain hooked to this space for more updates about the gossip, catfights, back-biting sessions, horrid fights and flirtatious encounters (if Shakti Kapoor manages one) happening inside BiggBoss’s house.

So finally “What it takes to be Bigg Boss house inmate?” – Our answer to the question is:

  • One needs to be out of work self proclaimed celebrity.
  • Or, married to a serial killer who is undergoing trial. Or a thief itself (remember Bunty who was disqualified in the first episode itself)
  • Nobody knows your name but you have been working for upliftment of women in India.
  • Or, if you can bitch endlessly or create a lot of drama leading to controversies.
Do you know some other qualities too?