Jhalak Dikhla Jaa Season 5 – First Week, First Look!

It was finally time for the Dancing Stars to show their talent on the floor of ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa‘. Yes after a lot of time and publicity, Colors was back with Season 5 of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. It was also time for the audience to see the 3 judges in action, that included Madhuri Dixit, Remo D’Souza and Karan Johar. There were 13 contestants on the show which included, Darsheel Safary, Archana Vijaya, Isha Sharvani, Sanath Jayasuriya, Gurmeet Choudhary, Talat Aziz, Shibani Dandekar, Ravi Kishan, Jayati Bhatia, Pratyusha Banerjee, Bharti Singh, Gia Manek. And there was some suspense that  was created for the 14th participant, and it was none other than KBC Winner Sushil Kumar.

So did you miss the opening episodes of the show? Well dont worry, iDubba is here to give you the review of the opening week. The opening episode of season five was as good as an award function. The huge set did create a larger than life feel along with an impressive line-up of celebrities. A host of TV and Bollywood celebrities like Priyanka Chopra, Shaan, Sonu Sood, Malaika Arora Khan and Ayushmann Khurrana were invited to introduce the contestants. Another highlight of the show was a power-packed performance by Remo and Terence Lewis, who danced together on the “Singham” title track. It was a two-hour, star-studded show and was full of Bollywood masala. But at times there was a feeling that the audience would have got confused as to who were the real contestants. Were you also confused?
Well, lets move on to the second episode of the season 5 of ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa‘. The second episode did present some electrifying performances by Madhuri Dixit, Remo D’Souza and Karan Johar. And soon it was time for the celebrity contestants and their choreographers to impress the audiences with their moves. Well if you thought that there was just dance, well as expected the famous Gazal singer Talat Aziz did end up doing what he is best at – “Singing”.  Well there was more, Stand-up comedian Bharti Singh turned out to be one of the most entertaining celebrities, and also did perform well with her dancing moves. But the surprise package was Sri Lankan master blaster Jayasuriya who took to the stage, the audience and the judges by storm. The judges actually did give him a standing ovation.
Jhalak Dikhhla Ja created a lot of buzz on the social media sites and also a lot of views and feedback was circulated. There were fans who said that ‘Jhalak’ should experiment with some new choreographers as it gets a little boring to see the same faces year after year. Also some are of the opinion that it gets tough to sit through a two-hour television show. Well  the show promises to be bigger and better than the previous seasons. But Is ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa‘ season 5 really bigger and better? Let’s wait and watch what the future episodes have in store for us.
Do send in your feedback and views regarding ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa‘ season 5.
Happy Dancing and Viewing

And the winners are… IIFA 2012

IIFA Awards, so called International version of Bollywood awards was back. As mentioned in our earlier post “IIFA Awards are back at the Lion’s city – Singapore” there were many performances that were lined up to make this event even more special. Are you all set to read more about what exactly happened at the award ceremony? Well iDubba has the details for you. So just sit back and enjoy the post.

Hosts Shahid Kapoor and Farhan Akhtar tried to keep the audience in splits with their wit and humour. Unlike the other awards show, they tried not to make much fun of their fellow actors. Well as they say that SRK only has the rights to do that! Well moving on, the show saw star-studded performances by Sonakshi Sinha, Bipasha Basu, Prabhu Deva, Priyanka Chopra, Shahid, Rishi and Ranbir Kapoor. You might ask where are the other start? Well this year`s IIFA awards was different, and the actors who were missed by all included Hrithik Roshan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, John Abraham, Saif Ali Khan, Anil Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, and Sonam Kapoor. 

As expected, Zoya Akhtar`s ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ and Imtiaz Ali`s ‘Rockstar’ triumphed at the 13th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards, with each winning four trophies. The film industry also paid heart-warming tributes to long timers Ramesh Sippy and Rekha and bestowed them each with the Outstanding Achievement awards. As mentioned earlier that the big stars were missing, it was time for the young guns to take up the responsibility and keep the show alive.

So when will we be able to see the award show on television? Well don’t worry we will also share the details and the dates with you. But till then let’s check out the winners of this prestigious award. Check out the complete list of winners.  

Winners of IIFA Awards 2012

  • Best Film: Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
  • Best Story: Zoya Akhtar and Reema Katgi – Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara
  • Best Direction: Zoya Akhtar – Zindagi Na Milege Dobara
  • Best Performance In Leading Role (Male): Ranbir Kapoor – Rockstar
  • Best Performance In A Leading Role (Female): Vidya Balan – The Dirty Picture
  • Best Supporting Actor (Male): Farhan Akhtar – Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara
  • Best Supporting Actor (Female): Parineeti Chopra – Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl
  • Best Debut (Male): Vidyut Jamwal – Force
  • Best Debut (Female): Parineeti Chopra – Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl
  • Best Performance In A Negative Role: Prakash Raj – Singham
  • Best Performance In A Comic Role: Riteish Deshmukh – Double Dhamaal
  • Outstanding Achievement in Indian Cinema: Rekha
  • Outstanding Achievement in Indian Cinema: Ramesh Sippy
  • Best Music Direction: A.R. Rahman – Rockstar
  • Best Playback Singer (Male) – Mohit Chauhan – the song Nadaan Parinde – Rockstar
  • Best Playback Singer (Female) – Shreya Ghosal – the song Teri Meri – Bodyguard
  • Best Lyrics: Irshad Kamil – the song ‘Nadaan Parindey’ – Rockstar
  • Best Choreography: Bosco Caesar Senorita – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
  • Best Dialogue: Rajat Aroraa -The Dirty Picture
  • Hottest Pair: Ranbir Kapoor and Nargis Fakhri in Rockstar
  • IIFA 2012 Green Award: Dia Mirza
  • Best Action: Jai Singh Nijjar – Singham
  • Best Special Effects: Red Chillies VFX – Ra.One
  • Best Choreography: Bosco-Caesar for Senorita from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
  • Best Cinematography: Carlos Catalan for Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
  • Best Costume Design: Niharika Khan – The Dirty Picture
  • Best Dialogue: Rajat Aroraa – The Dirty Picture
  • Best Editing: Anand Subaya – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
  • Best Makeup: Vikram Gaikwad for The Dirty Picture
  • Best Production Design: Sabu Cyril – Ra.One
  • Best Screenplay: Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar
  • Best Sound Re-Recording: Anuj Mathur and Baylon Fonseca – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
  • Best Sound Recording: Resul Pookutty and Amrit Pritam Dutta – Ra.One

So back to the question, when can the audience watch their favourite stars perform on television? Well, here you go:

Throughout the first week of July, Star Plus will be airing: 

Weekend with the Stars + IIFA rocks: Sunday 1st July
IIFA Weekend Celebrations: Monday 2nd – Friday 6th July
IIFA Awards Exclusive Moments: Saturday 7th July
Green carpet & Main event awards night: Saturday 7th July

So have the deserving won this year’s IIFA awards? Did you miss the Big Stars this year at the awards? Well, do let us know your views with us. You can also tweet about the same at our iDubba twitter account.

Happy Viewing.

IIFA Awards are back at the Lion’s city – Singapore

It’s time for the International Indian Film Academy Awards, also known as the IIFA Awards. They are presented annually by the International Indian Film Academy to honour both artistic and technical excellence of professionals in Bollywood, the Hindi language film industry. It started its journey way back in 2000 and it is known for having it organized in different countries around the world every year. So is it in competition with the Oscars for its International approach? Well we can talk about it may be in our future posts. This post is all about this year’s Awards. This year they will be revisiting the Lion’s City, also known as Singapore.

The first awards were presented in 2000 at The Millennium Dome in London, United Kingdom. IIFA happens to be the largest media event in India with a viewership of almost 700 million, ranking it among the world’s most watched annual events. So what is special at this year’s IIFA awards? Well you don’t have to think much, iDubba has the answers.

– This year, The Dirty Picture and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara have been nominated in many categories. Another strong contender is Rockstar with Ranbir Kapoor being a strong favourite as best actor

– Film to be showcased at IIFA this year: Shanghai (world premiere), directed by Dibakar Banerjee and starring Abhay Deol, Emraan Hashmi and Kalki Koechlin

– The IIFA Awards 2012 ceremony will be held on June 9 and Shahid Kapoor will host the awards for the first time, along with Farhan Akhtar

– The technical awards, which have already been announced and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara has won top honours at the IIFA Technical Awards, along with Shahrukh Khan’s RA.One

– Salman Khan returns to IIFA Awards after two years 😉

– Performers include Shahid Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Sonakshi Sinha and Bipasha Basu

– Actor Rekha will be honoured with the Outstanding Achievement in Indian Cinema award and Filmmaker Ramesh Sippy will be awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Indian Cinema honour. And to add to that Veteran actor-dancer Zohra Segal, who recently celebrated her 100th birthday, will receive the Contribution to 100 years of Indian Cinema award

Are you impressed? Are you excited about these awards? Guess what, Zoya Akhtar’s Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara has received 14 nominations, while Ekta Kapoor’s The Dirty Picture has 13! The excitement does not stop here.

Just have a look at the nominations for the best actor in male and female categories –

Male: Salman Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Ranbir Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan and Ajay Devgun

Female: Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor, Mahie Gill and Kangna Ranaut

So get ready for loads of action, drama, some dazzling performances, not to forget some pj’s and celebration of  Indian Cinema’s 100 years this year.

Happy Viewing.

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 🙂

Are you ready for a power packed IPL-5 Opening Ceremony?

Asia Cup is also over and it’s time for IPL 5 to take over our television sets and to add to the excitement this year IPL 5 has roped in loads of Bollywood stars for the Opening Ceremony. The IPL Opening Nite will be held at the YMCA Grounds in Chennai on 3rd April, a day before the matches commence.
Every year the Opening Ceremony has been one of the major attractions and a destination too for Bollywood stars. This year too is no different, but the organisers have gone one step ahead and have managed to convinced the mega superstar Amitabh Bachchan to host the opening ceremony of the fifth season of Indian Premier League (IPL). Yes you read it right, Big B will host the opening ceremony. Do expect millions to be glued on their television sets once Amitabh Bachhan is back on television, who underwent two abdominal surgeries last month. To make things more interesting the organisers have got Mr Dabang aka Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra to be part of this opening extravaganza in Chennai.

Well the audience will not just have Desi stars but will also be able to watch American pop sensation Katy Perry on stage. She first gained recognition with the release of her first mainstream album, One of the Boys in 2008, which spawned three Billboard Hot 100 top-ten songs—”I Kissed A Girl”, “Hot n Cold” and “Waking Up In Vegas”. Perry is the only artist to spend over 52 consecutive weeks in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100, and has since heightened this to 69 weeks. As of 2012, Perry has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards. She was named 2011’s “Artist of the Year” by MTV.

Season 5 of the IPL will feature 76 matches, over a period of 54 days in the month of April and May. Total of nine teams are participating in the cricket league. The opening ceremony will begin at 7:30 pm and guess what? The tickets for the ceremony are available from March 16 and the starting price is Rs.1,500.
Oh yes one more thing…Cricket fans need not get disappointed, as the show will also feature all nine team captains taking the MCC Spirit of Cricket pledge, which has been on display since the competition’s inception in 2008.

So get set for the grand opening of IPL – 5 and also do keep your pop corn stock ready for this amazing event.

Happy Viewing.

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…….

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

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

–       Raj Kumar in Karamyogi

–       Sanjeev Kumar in Naya Din Nayi Raat

–       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

–       Sridevi in Chaalbaaz

–       Hema Malini in Seeta Aur Geeta

–       Govinda in Aankhen

–       Anil Kapoor in Kishen Kanhaiya

–       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.

57th Filmfare Awards winners are out… Will you still watch the show on 19th Feb??

Now that the 57th Annual Filmfare Award Winners (Check the Winners here) are out in the tabloids, I was wondering whether it would really interest the audiences anymore. Will people be keen to watch the show, scheduled to be aired on 19th Feb!! You might wonder what kind of question is this!! It’s Filmfare, and people just have to watch it right. .?? True to certain extent. But think about it, there are no surprises left for the audience in the show.

So, what reason do you have to watch a show on television, almost 20 days after the winners are announced?  What according to you will still attract the viewer’s and make them switch their television set in anxiety? Let me help you answer to this strange but valid question!

Here are some of the reasons why you might still watch it on television :

  • All the girls out there might like to see the badshah ‘Shah Rukh Khan’ and the handsome ‘Ranbir Kapoor’ on stage (they will be the hosts for the night)
  • Loads of Naach Gana and some sizzling performances, which come packaged with the awards ceremony & act as highlights. This time, the stage shall be enthralled by Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D’Souza. No prizes for guessing ,”Katrina Kaif” will be the “Show Stopper”
  • The fashion statement, the starry quotient, the designer dresses attract a lot a Fashion fiestas who watch the show just for the fashion mantras. Entire Fashion industry is keen to showcase their talent through the Celebrities after all it’s a “Starry Night” that sure get’s a lot of camera & media attention. It’s Manish Malhotra vs Vikram Phadnis and the list goes on, each one wanting to create the maximum buzz with the dress that the beautiful ladies adorn
  • How can we forget the PJ’s, some light & some tough humor cracked by the hosts on their own film Fraternity and not to forget their arch rivals 😉 (Kantaben was hit amongst the all)
  • Some more Dance performances and jokes that lack any humor. And not to forget the al-laa thank-you speeches by the winners, the anxiety on their faces & the smart acts by the editing team; whereby the audiences is made to believe what it is not

Did I forget something… What about the artists who won the awards, what about the films that were nominated, what about the real reason why this award show exists….. Cinema!! Well who cares about that anyway. You are well aware of the winners in advance, so why worry about them. Some of you might feel that I am taking it too far, but let me ask you this one question… Would you not like to see Filmfare Awards Live on Television rather than recorded and edited version? Are we asking too much of the likes of the superstars to perform live in front of the audience?  You will all agree that they have enough talent to performance live, so why are they not challenging themselves to go LIVE 😉

Do let us know your views on this topic. Don’t the audience deserve to see their favorite stars win awards LIVE on stage? Or they just deserve to just to see the performances 😉 (The Naach Gana Show)