Indian TV Screen coming off age – Really?

Were you ready to watch your first ever lip lock scene on Indian Television? Honestly I wasn’t, may be because I was watching it with family. Also it wasn’t just a lip lock but almost a 20 minute ‘love making’ scene which was way too bolder for Indian audience. Yes we are talking about the much hyped “love making” scene between Ram Kapoor and Sakshi Tanwar, the lead pair on a popular soap ‘Bade Ache Lagte Hain’ currently aired on Sony Entertainment television.

Sony tv had been airing steamy promos of this episode since last 2 weeks before they actually aired the episode and gave a shock to the ‘regular’ people, and by regular I mean family who sit together to watch something sensible and definitely less controversial. Many of you might not agree with us and call us hypocrites for not accepting something which is so natural. However I would definitely want to ask this question to our loyal audience that was it really necessary to show the on screen couple consummate their wedding by showing what actually happens between two people when they have sex. And that too with complete 20 minutes (that is whole one episode minus the advertisements) coverage just to show that how happily they accomplished their marital relationship. What are the channel’s producers exactly trying to prove here?

We really believe in progressing and strongly believe that Indian television is certainly coming off age breaking the shackles of monotonous soap opera concepts with same old saas-bahu sagas. But there are many other sane ways to do it rather than showing something on tv which puts you in an embarrassing situation in front of people with whom you watch it.

I have nothing against the show and definitely want to mention it that I follow the show ardently because of the freshness it brought from the usual soap operas of Indian television. Also I am not condemning the idea of showing ‘love making’ between the on screen couple, in fact I agree that it was the requirement of script and the show to take a major turn now. But what I am trying to prove here is that it could have been portrayed in a way which was more aesthetically comfortable for the audience.

As soon as the episode was over the next thing we knew was that the lead couple Ram and Sakshi were trending on the social networking site ‘twitter’. Mostly made jokes about the weight issues of Ram Kapoor which is more disheartening to see. Many poked fun asking for the link for the video of ‘Ram and Sakshi having sex’. Do we really need all this cheap drama or a good show which was admired anyway before this over hyped scene?

We will leave you with this thought and would definitely love to know your opinion about the same.

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The Movers and Shakers of Indian Television is Back

Guess who is back… Indian Television’s very own Movers & Shakers – ‘Shekhar’ Suman. Yes, he is back with arguably the most memorable and popular Television Chat shows ever. Movers and Shakers is making a comeback after a decade. And this time it will be aired on SAB TV which will try to be on top of the Chat Show race in Indian Television. SAB TV is considered the Best Indian comedy channel, as it guarantees to be a complete family entertainment with Hindi comedy shows for all ages.

So where were we…? Oh right…Mr. Shekhar Suman! We all remember him as one of the judges of ‘The Great Indian Laughter Challenge’ show along with Navjot Singh Sidhu. This was first of its kind of stand-up comedy challenge shows on Indian television. However, he quit after the end of the third season apparently due to differences with his co-judge, Sidhu. He soon became the judge of a rival comedy program Comedy Circus. And he also had an association with SAB TV, when he hosted the show ‘Jab Khelo SAB Khelo’ on SAB TV. Also who can forget his dancing moves on Sony TV as a participant in ‘Jhalak Dikhla Ja’.

News is that Movers and Shakers will see Shekhar Suman focusing on the human aspects of the celebrities and their stories along with a set of ‘must see elements’, ‘street segments’ and a ‘common man’ segment at the end of each episode. No doubt it’s a cult show and a great platform to reconnect with the people as well as be the common man’s voice. There are also rumors that Anna Hazare might be one of the celebrity guests on the show. Well time will only tell if this is true or not.

So are you ready to move and shake your funny bone with Shekhar Suman !!! MOVERS AND SHAKERS which will be telecast on Monday to Friday at 10.30 pm beginning March 12, 2012. So send in your comments and reactions once the show goes on air.

Happy Viewing.

Down the Memory Lane : Sarabhai vs Sarabhai

I’m sure those of you who have seen Sarabhai vs Sarabhai would surely remember all the unique & out-of-the-box characters of the show. For those who have missed this amazing show, here is a brief background about it. Sarabhai vs Sarabhai was aired in 2005 on STAR One channel. The story involved an upper class family based in Mumbai. The show revolved around the life of a fictional Gujarati family, the Sarabhais. They were portrayed as a typical family belonging to the class of elite socialites of Mumbai. They did live in a luxurious apartment in Sarabhai mansion located in the upmarket Cuffe Parade area of South Mumbai. Their family consisted of Indravadan Sarabhai and his wife Maya, who used to live in an apartment with their younger son Rosesh. And their eldest son Sahil and his wife Manisha Sarabhai used to live in the flat opposite theirs.

‘Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai’ went off the air long back, but the re-runs of the popular show have been on-air eversince with a huge viewership . But now that Star One is revamped, all we can do is watch the show on YouTube. Buzz was that a sequel to the show was being planned but nothing was heard about it later. Sarabhai vs Sarabhai had an amazing cast with every character having a special place in the hearts of the audience. Who can forget the sweet fights between Maya and Manisha. Oops.. It’s Monisha. 😉  Actually Maya had changed her name to Monisha before marriage as she thought it was a middle class name.  And the great Indravadan and his two sons, Roshesh and Sahil. You would also recollect those cute moments when Indravadhan would make fun of Roshesh, left right and center ;). And how can we forget  Sahil and Monisha’s non stop arguments.

There were also other characters who have made this show memorable. Those include Dushyant (played by the director Deven Bhojani). He was Maya’s son-in-law, married to her daughter Sonya. When the rest of the family was busy discussing some serious matters, he would create a lot of chaos by quoting facts about gadgets and their technical details. He always used Roshesh as a live example during this stage. Do you remember Madhusudan kaka aka Madhu who would refuse to use a hearing aid and this would add a new flamour of humour. Indravadan did really have a tough time explaining Madhu Bhai about the incidents that occurred in the family via enacting them.

Did I forget something.. I Know I Know, you are eagerly waiting for Rosesh’s wonderful Kavita’s. This was one of the major attractions of the show and I am sure that the audience still remember some of his poems.  So let me take this opportunity to take you back to those Mind-blowing poems. Here is one of those masterpieces..

Asman mein uud raha hai kabutar ….
Aasman mein uud raha hai kabutar ….
FLUTTER ….. FLUTTER….. FLUTTER…… 

Hawa mein hain khushi ki aroma
jeet gayi momma, jeet gayi momma
say hi to happiness n tata to trauma
jeet gayi momma, jeet gayi momma

Lagul lagul lagul lagul
laal laal lagul lagul JELLY
jelly ke cabre dancer jaise shareer mein chhupi hai
anjaani ankahee paheli

Jelly hai moma ka mann
narm mulayam meetha
pasand hai ise har koi
sangeeta rita mita aneeta

Khatar khun khatar khun khatar khun
Sun mere dil ki dhun
Tere pyaar ki oiling mil gayi isey
Toh khatar khun ka ho jaayega gun gun

Sarabhai vs Sarabhai is one of the best and the most sophisticated comedy show you will ever see. So let us know if you would like to have it back on Television with new eposides. Do share your favorite Roshesh Poems 😉

What does Television mean to you?

For some of you this must be a very “Easy to answer” question while for some others it might be difficult. Fortunately or unfortunately no one has ever asked me this question. I often wonder, if someone came up with such a question -what my answer will be! At the very first instance you might end up saying that a TV is a TV (an idiot box is what it is also referred to). You switch it on; you switch it off, surf channels and then watch your favourite shows or movies. Some get glued to the News Channels, kids to their cartoon shows and some to the latest music channels. In short it’s an entertainment tool that helps you to pass on time.
What does Television mean to you??
Well, to answer this question, I will have to take you back in time when there used to be just 1 or 2 television sets in our entire building. I mean just imagine just 1-2 TV set and we all used to try our best to get a glimpse of it. There was only one channel “Doordarshan”. Trend  that time was that people used to finish their work well in advance just to ensure that they don’t miss their favourite show (the culture of repeat telecast was not present in those days). Especially on Sundays the entire family and the neighboring kids used to just spend their mornings in front of the television. Somehow I feel that there was a sense of emotional attachment towards television. It was a proud moment for the families who used to buy a television and specially if it’s a color TV then one was considered super cool ;). And people would actually visit once to see what it looks like. It was more like a family member than just being an idiot box (as it is considered today).
Television in those days was a medium to bring the entire family under one roof and have a gala time (My personal opinion)
Today, things are totally different, television is a common thing in every household. You can also see an army of Dishes on the terrace and balcony’s, as Cable Television / Satellite has completely changed the viewing experience. Now at the touch of a button, you can order a Movie on your screen, watch news 24/7, enjoy your favourite shows with repeats. Some how I feel that the importance and the value of television is lost as there are so many options available in terms of content. Now you will not find that excitement and emotional quotient towards television. Also you might find that families and kids like to watch television in their separate rooms. The culture of watching it together is somehow lost. Well as times have changed, we too have to move on with it.
What are your views on this, what does television mean to you…. Looking forward to your wonderful and golden memories that you had for television in those days, or for that matter in the present times too.
 Happy Viewing.

Movies: Pick Of The Week

Two Bollywood movies got released this week from big banners. One is Madhur Bhandarkar’s JAIL, and other is Rajkumar Santoshi’s Love Chemistry “AJAB PREM KI GAJAB KAHAANI”. Both the movies came with loads of promises but eventually Raj Kumar Santoshi Failed to deliver again, while on the other hand Madhur has delivered as expected.

MOVIE REVIEW: AJAB PREM KI GAJAB KAHAANI

AJAB PREM KI GAJAB KAHAANI is about A boy Prem (Ranbir Kapoor) who is a school drop out and runs the local club, who fell in love with JENNY(Katrina Kaif) who is new in town but unable to express his love. Ranbir has delivered again a good performance after his recent release Wake Up Sid. The movie has some really good moments with some great pranks but apart from those few scenes rest of the movie leves no Impact on audience.

I am going 2/5 for this movie and rate this as an AVERAGE MOVIE. This is just a one time watch if you really do not have anything to do.

MOVIE REVIEW: JAIL

On the other hand JAIL delivered the content it promised. Parag Dixit ( Neil Nitin Mukesh) do justice to his role and looks like the best fit for it. Madhur has emphasize on his central character a lot and didn’t moved away from the storyline. Like his previous films FASHION etc. here also he has shown the struggle of a person in the world. Some part of film are really slow especially towards the end. Excess of emotion leaves the film to bore a little but they can be ignored. As an actress Mughdha Godse has nothing much to deal with the character.  A little small in length and a little fast climax could have made this movie a treat to watch this weekend.

I am going 3/5 for JAIL and rate this as an GOOD MOVIE and PICK OF THE WEEK. This could be the  movie you would love to watch this weekend.