Manav Gohil of “K” fame talks about Indian TV industry and much more [iDubba exclusive]

You’ve known him as a popular Indian TV actor, but there’s lot more to him. A little boy from Gujarat came to Mumbai to fulfill his dreams and managed to create a niche for himself. Read to find out what he thinks of Indian TV today!

Interesting Conversation with Manav Gohil

Ruchi: What do you think about the TV content today? How has Indian TV evolved since a decade?

Manav: TV content has degenerated. It has been catering to the masses. Reality shows made their own way and they offered fresh content, so it worked. While, for soaps, I’d say that TV has evolved over the years; of course for the good. It has become more street smart. Special ‘Salaam’ to CID and its team, it takes a lot to keep a show on-air for more than a decade. It is truly commendable.

RS: Any abroad season you’d want to see on Indian Television in an Indian version? Why?

Manav: 24. According to me, it is a spectacular show. It’s a blend of good concept, suave acting, superb writing and smart editing. International shows have great budgets and are well written, edited smartly and that’s why they work so well, even with Indian audiences. People tend to get addicted to it. When I watched 24, for the first time, I was totally hooked on to it. So, I feel, if 24 is made in an Indian version, I hope that it lives up to its expectation otherwise it will be just another run-of-the-mill show. It has to overcome lot of limitations of Indian Television; execution matters the most! But I’d love to watch it in an Indian version.

RS: Well, Manav, you’re in for major entertainment here, as there is a buzz that famous Bollywood/Hollywood actor Mr. Anil Kapoor will be producing 24 for Indian audience.

RS: Your upcoming projects?

Manav: I’m in talks with a few production houses as well as writer friends of mine. Good things are yet to come and I’m waiting for it. I’m coming across lot of fresh content and genuinely good scripts and I’m sure to make a comeback on Indian TV with some different and exciting show for my audience.

RS: How was your experience shooting for Travel and Living channel?

Manav: Oh it was fantastic! It was more like a holiday or a second honeymoon. And the best part to do those kind of shows where you have to travel a lot; you meet a lot of people, plus the Government of that particular country takes special care. Meaning, they’ll treat you in such a luxurious way which might not be affordable if you’re just on a normal holiday. For me and my wife Shweta, it was a wonderful experience on the COSTA CRUISE travelling through the Mediterranean Sea. Over all, it was awesome.

RS: Would you be in for an educative or informative show?

Manav: Definitely, why not? I’d always like to be a part of something different and smarter; as long as it allows me to do other shows as well.

RS: TV producers and Channel are in a race of TRPs? And you think that is why the content is deteriorating?

Manav: Yes for the first half. And I don’t fully agree with the second half. See, Producers are making the shows for entertainment but we should not be impractical and neglect that it’s their money-making job! And I do not think content has fully deteriorated. It still has room for betterment. And I’m sure; there will be some path-breaking shows which will change the present scenario.

RS: You liked times back ‘then’ or ‘now’ in TV?

Manav: And comes an impromptu answer; ‘that good old times’ when there was nothing dirty about the TV when there was fruitful content in terms of shows like Rishtey, Gubbare, etc. In those times, people were also better. I’ve made such good friends and I’m thankful to God as I’m still blessed with them. In those days, everyone would work as a team ‘more’ for the show and nowadays I see/hear they all work more for themselves. It is really sad to know this. But this is the way it is! Few days back I was just talking to my friend Amit Sarin, and he said “we never realized we were so big.” Agree, that time also, competition prevailed but it wasn’t cut-throat like it is today.TV times back then were really pure and nowadays they are indifferent. Even 0.1 increase or decrease in ratings has an immense effect. I’d really want those ‘good old times’ to be back.

RS: One thing you like to change about Indian TV industry as a whole?

Manav: Content majorly. Once you’ve content without any loophole, rest all things will fall in place accordingly. But you need to have a strong script for any show to be a hit. Or, if you have a bad script and you have phenomenal actors, they’ll definitely make something watchable out of it. I have watched just few scenes of Bade Acche Laggte Hain; Ram and Sakshi are very good friends and I’m happy to know that show is doing well as it has fresh content to offer to audience. But even if the script would have been bad and if you’ve Ram and Sakshi; I’m sure they’d act so nicely that it’d become good. “karwa karwa ke bhi, Ram aur Sakshi se kitna kachra karwa lete” LOL! All the best to the team and I hope they keep the freshness alive in the show.

RS: What do you think of iDubba.com?

Manav: I think it’s a great initiative and I had a fabulous interview. To be very honest, I’ve never given such an interesting interview. I’d like to call; it was more of an interesting chat. 🙂 You guys are making a lot of effort to make a difference and to impart TV knowledge which is fascinating; and make TV watching easy. Let’s promote iDubba.com together.

RS: Thanks a lot Manav, for this wonderful ‘chat’ as you’d call it. And it is definitely good to know your view and I agree that content needs to be changed for the betterment obviously. Last but not the least, we all wish you and Shweta all the best as we know you’re soon going to be proud parents. 🙂

Cheers !!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[TRP Talks] 18 April IPL ka Jhatka Laga re Laga..!!!!

Television shows TRP (this week) TRP (last week)
Diya aur Baati hum (Star Plus) 4.5 4.6
Saath Nibhana Saathiya (Star Plus) 3.6 3.7
Ek Hazaro Mein Meri Behna Hai (Star Plus) 3.3 3.4
Balika Vadhu (Colors) 3.1 3.6
Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai (Star Plus) 2.8 3.4
Mann Ki Awaaz Pratigya (Star Plus) 2.8 3.3
Is Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon(Star Plus)

Pavitra Rishta (Zee TV)

3.0

3.1

3.3

3.2

Parichay (Colors) 2.9 3.1
Sasural Simar Ka (Colors) 2.7 3.1
Uttaran (Colors) 2.6 2.9
Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma(Sab TV)

Punar Vivah (Zee TV)

2.6

2.2

2.9

2.6

Bade Acche Laggte Hai (Sony TV) 2.0 2.4
Sasural Genda Phool (Star Plus) 2.2 2.1
Na bole Na Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha (Colors) 1.9 2.0
Parvaarish- Kuchh Khatte Kuchh Meethi (Sony TV) 1.7 1.7
Veer Shivaji (Colors) 1.5 1.7
Chal Sheh Aur Maat (Colors) 1.5 1.5

Sony Max GRPs are 341 (259). This is an Uber cool hike!

IPL TRPs:

  1. DLF IPL- MI/RR Mumbai Match: 5.26 (RANK 1)
  2. DLF IPL- DC/MI Visakhapatnam Match: 5.20 (RANK 2)
  3. DLF IPL- CSK/PWI Pune Match: 5.14 (RANK 3)
  4. DLF IPL- CSK/DD Delhi Match: 4.55 (RANK 4)
  5. DLF IPL- PWI/KP Pune Match: 4.35 (RANK 5)

All thanks to IPL 5, numbers ko aur gira diya..!!! Yeh toh shuruat hai bhaiyyaa… aage aage dekho hota hai kyaa..??? Set Max has gone up with 82 points in GRPs. It is THE number 1 channel currently. 2 weeks down the IPL and Set Max has risen. I wonder what will happen when the quarter finals, semi-finals and finals will be aired!

Diya Aur Baati Hum rules the TRP chart this week also, followed by Saathiya and Ek Hazaron Mein Meri Behena Hai. As IPL ratings have been higher this week, it has clearly reflected the decline in GEC’s ratings. All shows have gone down. A few of them have negligible increase of 0.1 like Dekha Ek Khwab, Sasural Genda Phool and Adaalat. But this hardly makes any difference as they are not in top 5 shows. On Sony TV, all shows have maintained their last week’s ratings except Bade Acche Laggte Hain. It has declined from 2.4 to 2.0. In 10.30 pm slot, all shows have declined. It is definitely the IPL asar. Because 10.30-11.00 pm is the last pick time for IPL matches! Yeh toh hona he tha. And, Set max is airing BALH promos between IPL matches, still it’s ratings are not improving!

On the other hand, CID and Crime Patrol have also declined. All thanks to IPL.

CIDFri – 3.0 (3.4), Sat – 3.2 (4.4)

Crime PatrolFri – 2.4 (3.1), Sat – 3.1 (4.1)

Adaalat: 1.9 (1.8)

Writers and Production houses are striving to increase/maintain their ratings. But it seems it’s just not working in their favor. I hope, they do not lose hope; and show something really interesting to keep the audiences glued to their channels.

In GECs, Star Plus still rules at number 1 position followed by Sony TV, Zee TV and Colors. There is a tough competition for the second position. Every week it keeps on shuffling. But this week, Sony has managed its number 2 position same as last week.

That’s it for this week! Next week let’s see what jumbling these numbers do! Till then, keep watching your favorite shows and keep supporting your favorite teams at IPL. Stay tuned for more on idubba.com, Say Om Cricketay Namah.

[Note: We have not yet received TRPs of individual IPL matches. Will update the blog if we receive it.]

What makes C.I.D so special !!!

It started way back in Jan 1998, and since then it has been the longest-running crime thriller. I often wonder what makes the viewers glued to SONY TV even after 12 years. Yes, it is the Dramatic and completely unpredictable plot and story line of C.I.D.The complexities faced by the CID team at every stage makes it even more interesting to viewers. It makes me think as well how the smallest of clues can help to solve a case altogether!!! This is one serial which is followed by people from all age group right from children to old people.

C.I.D., whenever we hear of this name we can only think of Sony Entertainment Television. The Series is about a team of detectives working for Crime Investigation Department in Mumbai. It is about the hard-core police procedural stories dealing with investigation, detection and suspense. The team is lead by ACP Pradyuman (Shivaji Satam,he is a renowned Indian TV serial and film actor).This serial is regarded as the longest running TV series in India. B.P.Singh is the creator and director-producer of CID, and has also produced hit horror series Aahat.

So coming back to the all important question… What makes CID such a huge HIT….? Well it’s often said that the Characters of a serial makes huge impact on the viewers and also ensures that the audience stays connected with its characters. No doubt that story is the backbone, but characters make the story alive.”Dekh kya rahe ho Daya , Darwaza tod do”. I am sure that everyone remembers this famous dialogue and Mr Daya. Many of you might not know that he was the champion of discus throw from State Maharastra in 1994. He plays one of the most important characters in CID and is very well supported by Abhijeet and Fredricks (Freddy). Viewers love the way Abhijeet tries to flirt with Dr.Tarika , Freddie gets so worked up whenever they get a case connected to bhooth/atma and who can forget Dr.Salunkhe who frequently argues with ACP Pradyuman, and Abhijeet, but does have a soft spot for the C.I.D team. There is this unique quality of every character that ensures that the Audience stays connected with the show. 

This Serial has come to a point where viewers discuss and debate on their favorite cases and also repeat their famous dialogues from the show. No doubt that the serial has been there for over a decade, but the Creative team is surely taking it to the next level in terms of content. Every season C.I.D has proved that it’s here to stay for a longer duration and it’s not over till it’s over.  Also one must give credit to the audience who have been following the show and making these characters so popular.

So Are you a true C.I.D fan? If yes do let us know about your favorite characters on the show. You might soon join the C.I.D fan club. Don’t forget to share your views. You can follow us on Twitter – @idubba and also visit our Facebook page – www.facebook.com/idubba.page

Happy Viewing 🙂