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 🙂


MasterChef USA vs MasterChef India

Are you hungry? Wait till you read this post.
Well… this post is not about comparing the two great shows on television, but an attempt to highlight the best parts of these two shows. For readers who are new to this show…let me give you a brief background about MasterChef ..
Reality show..the moment we hear these two words we think of a Dance or a singing talent hunt..But here it is; a show with difference..A cooking show!! This show started in UK and with the popularity of it expanded to many other versions across globe. This show gives opportunity to amateur chefs or food lovers as I may call them a unique platform to test their cooking skills.
Not only does a passionate food lover get an excellent platform to present their creativity this show also gives an opportunity to fame.
How this show does looks like?? Yes like any other reality show this show also have Judges to decide on the good talent around..These judges test the participants skill by making them face tuff challenges like Pressure test, Team challenge and “The Mystery Box” Challenge -one of my favorite challenges where participants have to cook a dish of their choice with the selected (difficult ) ingredients that they are given. There are times when the contestants have not even heard name of the ingredients they got to use..And the judges only taste the top three dishes from this challenge. The Winners of this challenge are safe from elimination and the remaining contestants then have to enter the Pressure Test where the participants are expected to prepare a dish in a particular time frame.
Eventually the top dishes from this challenge are then chosen to be the Team Leader for the Team Challenge. And then the fun begins. Loads of action in and out of the kitchen and they also have to please the customers with their dishes. The customer ranges from kids to top celebrities and top Chefs too. It’s not an easy job, demands lots of concentration, creativity and skill.
So, lets get back to the topic….. What makes these two shows (MasterChef USA & MasterChef India)special and unique from each other !! Well the answer is Judges and Emotions…… You might ask Emotions!!??!! Well, here is the answer.
– MasterChef USA has the most celebrated cook and host, Mr Gordon Ramsay. You might remember him from his most famous show –  Hell’s Kitchen (Gordon has 13 Michelin stars) . He is accompanied by Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot
– MasterChef India has  Vikas Khanna , an award winning Michelin Starred Indian chef and Chef Ajay Chopra and Chef Kunal Kapoor .In the previous season,Akshay Kumar had hosted this show.
Well this might be the most important aspect of both the shows and a major differentiator too! MasterChef USA is a hardcore contest, very strict in terms of the level of perfection and high expectations from the 3 elite judges. There have been dishes which have not even been tasted and been thrown away in the garbage by the judges. Where as in MasterChef India,you might find similar level of competition except the fact that judges in this version of the show are little more lenient in terms of at least tasting the food cooked by the contestants (and not just throw them away). Somehow the Indian version does not contain any extreme steps like discarding the food as this might not appeal well to the Indian audience.
Talking about the emotional quotient, the India version does give importance to the emotions of the fellow contestants, but again some might argue that a competition is a competition, and it should be purely judged on the basis of performance must not give in much for the emotional angel of the fellow participants.
So what is your view about these two shows, let us know which is your favorite show out of this two and who are your Favorite contestants?  Did any of you try preparing those mouth smacking dishes??! Send in some to us 🙂 . Just Kidding. Keep pouring your views on your favorite shows.