Jhalak Dikhla Jaa Season 5 – Time to meet the Dancing Stars!

It’s time for the celebrities and well-known faces to perform with professional dance partners on a highly competitive stage. This time Colors is back with Season 5 of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. As mentioned in our earlier post “Dhak Dhak Girl is back on television with ‘Jhalak Dikhla Ja’ season 5″  Madhuri Dixit will be one of the judges for this show. So who are the other two judges?  Well, guess what? Karan Johar and Remo D’Souza will be judging the contestants on this dance reality show. So now that you are aware of the 3 judges would you like to know the 14 participants that they will be judging? Are you excited to know all the celebrity participants?

Here are the top 14 contestants for you:

Isha Sharvani: She is a dancer and actress. Well known for her stylistic and difficult dance performances. She has also starred in some Bollywood films such as Kisna: The Warrior Poet, Darwaza Bandh Rakho and Rocky: The Rebel. She does have a strong chance to bag the top position this year, based on her strong command on this art form.

Talat Aziz: We all know him as a very popular ghazal singer and is also known to perform in front of large audiences. But will he be able to charm the audience with his dancing moves? Well only time will tell if he is able to do that.

Bharti Singh: Bharti Singh aka the “Lalli” of Indian television has certainly made an impact and is also all over Comedy Circus. It will be interesting to see her dance to the tunes of the choreographer.

Ravi Kissen:  Popularly known as Ravi Kishan, is an Indian film actor, voice actor and television personality, who works in Hindi cinema and Bhojpuri cinema. In 2006, he participated in Bigg Boss, the Indian version of Big Brother. This show might not be a tough task for him as he has done many films and dancing should come easily to him.

Sanath Jayasuriya:  Is a former Sri Lanka cricketer and was an all-rounder, who had an illustrious international cricket career that spread over two decades. He is also a politician in Sri Lanka. So will he be able to pull it off on this dance arena?

Darsheel Safary: He is best known for his acclaimed portrayal of a dyslexic child in the 2007 film Taare Zameen Par. It must be noted that Darsheel was selected for his debut film from a Shiamak Davar class, so needless to say that the 16 year old will be quite a force to reckon with on the show!

Gurmeet Choudhary: He has made his debut in the 2008 television series Ramayan as Lord Rama and was also know for his role in one of the most successful and popular show on STAR One Geet – Hui Sabse Parayi. Currently he is playing the role of Yash in Punar Vivah on Zee TV. So are you excited to see him put on his dancing shoes!!!

Karan V Grover: He is best known for his portrayal of Arjun Goenka in Saarrthi that aired on STAR Plus, establishing him as a household name. He is also currently working for Rajshri Productions’s show Yahan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli opposite Suhasi Goradia Dhami. Will he be the dark horse?

Meghna Kaur (Gill) Malik : She is a TV and film actress, who is popularly known as the high-handed Ammaji of Na Aana Is Des Laado, a show focusing on female infanticide and other atrocities against women. Will she be able to rock this show with her woman power?

Manish Paul is an Indian television actor who gained recognition after he hosted singing and dance reality. He also hosted Dance India Dance Li’l Masters on Zee TV and he is currently hosting Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Singing Superstar on Zee TV.  Before getting into anchoring, manish paul has acted in many serials like Radhaa Ki Betiyaan Kuch Kar Dikhayengi on NDTV Imagine, Zindadil (ZeeNext), SsshhhhPhir Koi Hai on Star One.

Avika Gor: Our very own Anandi. Yes the child actress, famous for playing Anandi in the show Balika Vadhu will also be part of this show. Will this Child Actor be able to win the hearts of the audience with her dancing moves?

Pratyuksha Banerjee: Also know as Sr Anandi. Yes she is the one who had stepped into the shoes of Avika Gor will be seen in this show. Can she beat Jr Anandi? It will be interesting to see the two fight it out on the dancing arena.

Hina Khan : She plays a lead Protagonist role in the Indian TV drama series Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai on Star Plus. No doubt that she has won numerous awards as Favourite Bhabhi, Favourite Patni and Favourite Beti. But will she bag the title of Jhalak Dikhla Jaa Season 5?

And finally we have Giaa Manek, she is currently playing the lead role in Star Plus‘s serial Saathiya. She too is a popular household name, but will she be able to stand out on the dancing arena?

So who do you think has a bright chance to bag the title of Jhalak Dikhla Jaa Season 5? Do let us know your views on these top 14 contestants who will fight it out and take away your hearts with their dance moves. You can also follow us on Twitter (@iDubba) for more updates about this show as and when it occurs.

Happy Viewing.

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Will “Satyamev Jayate” bring about change in the Indian Television scenario?

No doubt there have been no dearth of Reality Shows on Indian Television, but is the Indian Audience ready for another Reality Show?  Well, let me rephrase the previous sentence. Is the Indian Television Audience ready for THE show “Satyamev Jayate”? Off lately you might have witnessed the promos of this new show on Star Plus. The show marking the television debut of Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan titled Satyamev Jayate. The show promises to be very different from anything that you have ever seen on India television. In the exclusive promotional trailer, Aamir talks about how he wants everyone to watch ‘Satyamev Jayate’ with their hearts and eyes open.

But the real question is – Will “Satyamev Jayate“, bring about change in the Indian Television scenario? Television now days have been really popular and unpopular for the kind of shows that are aired on various channels. Some have good content while some just have lot of noise around it. Daily Soaps have been somewhat replaced by a number of reality shows. But still you might feel that something is missing. That real connect with the audience is missing, those emotions, those feelings are missing.

There are ‘just’ shows and there are shows that have the ability to change the way to watch television. I am sure that both the generations can somewhat relate to these two shows on television, Ramayan (for the earlier generation) and KBC (for the recent generation). Well, we are not trying to compare both the shows, but the point is that these two shows did change the way we watched television. Both the shows did connect with the audience, and touched their hearts, got them to tears and also made them smile. This new show “Satyamev Jayate” does also promises to do the same, but in a different way. So what is this show all about?

Satyamev Jayate is a talk show, and not just another talk show. The guests on the show would talk about the most difficult times in their lives, and talk about issues, the Real Issues. The channel offering seems to be a breath of genuine fresh air, as the show sets out to reveal the India that lives in villages and only sometimes breaks out in the form of a headline. The Live TV audiences will be moved by the issues tackled on the show.

Truth alone triumphs; not falsehood.

Through truth the divine path is spread out by which

the sages whose desires have been completely fulfilled,

reach where that supreme treasure of Truth resides

Do send in your views and thoughts about this new show. Will “Satyamev Jayate“, bring about change in the Indian Television scenario?

Happy Viewing.

Once upon a time…..Nation’s favorite channel “Doordarshan”

Yes, this channel once use to be Nation’s favorite channel….  you’ll be surprised to know that that DD India is broadcast internationally via satellite. It is available in 146 countries worldwide.

Well, Doordarshan has been part of our lives since 15 September 1959, but the regular daily transmission started in 1965 as a part of All India Radio. National telecasts were introduced in 1982. In the same year colour TV was introduced in the Indian market with the live telecast of the1982 Asian Games which were held in Delhi. As on today 90 percent of the Indian population can receive Doordarshan (DD National) programmes through a network of nearly 1,400 terrestrial transmitters.

Let me take this opportunity to ask you a question “When was the last time you switched on Doordarshan” ..Well my answer would have been the same as yours….. ” I don’t remember”. There was an era when Doordarshan had some amazing Serials and some amazing shows. Who can forget  Hum Log (1984) , the voice of Ashok Kumar  and the amazing cast. And and Buniyaad (1986–87), a drama-series that was directed by Ramesh Sippy and Jyoti Sarup. As a kid, i used you always hear people talking about these two serials. Soon it was followed by Nukkad (1986 – 87), staring Dilip Dhawan, Rama Vij, Pavan Malhotra, Sangeeta Naik. Doordarshan not only had a series of some amazing serials, but also had the key India’s favorite show Ramayan (1987–88), written, and directed by Ramanand Sagar. Sunday at 9:30am was prime time.. yes….. It was time for the entire family to switch on their television. The same thing happned with  B. R. Chopra’s Mahabharat (1989–90). You would not believe the streets would be empty once these shows were aired. People used to finish all their work in advance, and be glued to the television. Any my all time favorite serial Surabhi , it was a popular Indian cultural magazine show hosted by Renuka Shahane and Siddharth Kak

Today’s generation might ask, what about musical shows….? Did Doordarshan have such shows in those times….. Well, do you remember  ChitrahaarRangoliEk Se Badkar Ek and Superhit Muqabla. They were a huge hit. Mornings were all about Rangoli and its amazing presentation, simple yet effective. So, we are done with Daily Soups, Mythological shows and Musicals show, so what’s next.  Some of the amazing Crime thrillers like Barrister Vinod (starring Parikshit Sahni), Karamchand (starring Pankaj Kapoor), Aparadhi Kaun, PC 1008 (starring Kanwaljeet), Police File Se, Byomkesh Bakshi (starring Rajit Kapoor), Reporter(Shekhar Suman), Tehkikaat and Janki Jasoos, Suraag (starring Sudesh Berry) we part of Doordarshan’s wide variety of series.

Am i missing something, oh yes, what about kids… did they have a great time watching Doordarshan !!! There were Super Hit Shows that were targeted at children like  Vikram Betaal Malgudi DaysTenali RamaPotli Baba Ki (puppet show), He-Man, Knight Rider, Street Hawk and a horror serial Kile ka Rahasya (1989). Do you recollect the amazing disney cartoons Talespin & Duck Tales. Uncle Scrooge McDuck and his great-nephews and their crazy stories. Did I mention about India’s Original Super Hero – Shaktimaan aka Mukesh Khanna and his enemies Tamraj Kilvish and Dr. Jackal. The dialouge “Andhera Kaayam Rahe” was such a huge hit. No doubt Shaktimaan was one of the most popular and longest-running television series for Indian children on the Doordarshan channel…

I hope that you might be trying to get back to your childhood days and relive those amazing days and the time you’ve spent watching television. Do try to catch some of the shows on YouTube, as they are real classics.

BTW, iDubba is planning to have a VINTAGE section on it’s website. How many of you want it? 🙂