Parichay…Lekin kiska? [viewer’s section]

iDubba is back with its Viewer’s Section blog for this week. Enjoy this second post from one of our ardent viewer Nausheen Raja about Parichay, a popular show on Colors TV.

Balaji’s synopsis: Parichay is a tale of a Mumbai based middle class Punjabi Family that portrays love, care, struggles, challenges and bonding amongst its members. The story revolves around the eldest son of the family, Kunal Chopra (Samir Soni), who has lost his zest in life due to his failures. Dejected, he begins to feel as a failure amidst his family and the society at large. Watch the story unfold as Kunal finds his way in life.’

Parichay…Nayee Zindagi Kay Sapno Ka is a new and a unique show Ekta Kapoor has created. We have seen a male centric show after really long time. This type of show has never been tried before and therefore was very exciting for the audience to see a show with the story based on a male character. We were promised a new show with a central character known as Kunal Chopra (Samir Soni). But did we REALLY get what we were promised?

Well, we did get to see Kunal’s struggles him not having a job, his girlfriend leaving him, his younger brother dying on his own wedding day, having to marry his dead brother’s bride, a number of times getting a job losing a job and so on…

The story became more interesting when Kunal and Siddhi started to develop feelings for each other but didn’t know how to tell each other…the consummation scene was appreciated and was said to be one of the best scenes from many fans. The fans call them the “SiNal” lovingly. But the kidnapping track made them realise each other’s importance in their lives. However, their continuous arguing was and is still great to watch as it is just harmless fun. 😛

They also have had a great run at the TRPs! YES these are important for any show and Parichay is no different. Their ratings have been very good from the beginning but last couple months or so have shown a drop and are continuing to fall as the weeks go by. Why so?

Well, after the kidnapping scene, Kunal seemed to have less screen space which fans are not happy about.

Example of Kunal’s screen space in a recent episode for about 2minutes ONLY!!!

Kunal is the main lead and if audience see him in the show for this short space of time it is definitely not accepted! 

The focus shifted from Kunal to Siddhi, where she was trying to handle and deal with the problems the family had encountered on her own which Kunal should have solved.

After all it’s a male centric show NOT female! Isn’t it??

So where is Kunal’s Parichay? What are his ‘Nayee Sapne’? Why has Kunal has lost so many jobs?

The typical saas-bahu track had started when Siddhi was revealed being pregnant. This trend didn’t last very long. PHEW!! *sigh of relief*

However, this ridiculous track doesn’t make sense because a consummation scene that was shown months ago. How on earth did the doctors during the kidnapping track not know Siddhi is pregnant? Siddhi herself didn’t get any symptoms of being pregnant and when she did NOTHING had happened! So why when everything was going well and they expressed their love for each other this track was put in place with a village ‘dai jaan’ giving the verdict.

We are getting the occasional good scenes but just hoping to get a lot more of Kunal and tracks to do with Kunal. I’ve noticed that Siddhi have had two birthdays whereas Kunal had none. WHY WHY WHY??

The character of Richa which was played by Mona Vasu has been replaced by Sonia Singh but I don’t like the new Richa. Mona played her so well. Also, this Rohit, her brother is walking in her footsteps and there’s absolutely no need for it!

Going by the new promo Siddhi driving and runs over someone which is Rohit who dies and is behind bars, not sure what to expect…separation is already happening, divorce is a possibility because of the separation but what next? I guess we have to wait and watch for the upcoming Saturday special at 9pm.

Enough of complaining is done. WE the FANS are not happy with the amount of screen space Kunal (Samir Soni) is getting but I’d like to congratulate the entire Parichay team on recently completing 200 episodes which is very commendable. May you have great new storylines for the show to increase its viewership and success! It’s been on air for 10 months.

Congratulations to Samir Soni on winning Best Actor (Popular) jointly with Ram Kapoor (Bade Achhe Lagte Hain), also a Balaji show in 11th Indian Telly Awards! Very well deserved! 😀

Samir ji has made me his fan because of his character Kunal. He does it with such ease, looks so natural and real. Sir, you do full justice to Kunal and I wish you get more appreciation and recognition for being the actor that you are.

A message out to Ekta ji, fans including myself complain a lot about the tracks that happen in Balaji shows as the same ones are used in all your shows. For example the divorce/separation track already used in Kya Hua Tera Vaada – Mona and Pradeep, its currently in the process in Bade Aache lagte Hain – Ram and Priya. Already the divorce track has been used in Parichay – and now again separation is happening between Kunal and Siddhi. Why is this so?

There are many fans who write fan fictions who would LOVE to write tracks/stories and that too for FREE! 😀

[Note: This post was written by our TV viewer Nausheen Raja and was edited by Mehak]

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11th Indian Telly Awards – Telly World ka ‘Tally Nama’

Why Blue Carpet?

Attendees of the 11th Indian Telly Awards would have been surprised to note a blue carpet rather than a red one when they entered the venue of India’s leading television performance recognition ceremony. Not many knew what it was about.

The decision behind having a blue carpet came about to bring to people’s minds the increasing degradation and pollution of India’s rivers and the government’s apathy towards this rising menace.

Founder of The Indian Telly Awards, Anil Wanvari tweeted: “Why was the red carpet at the 11th Indian Telly Awards blue? Because it was moaning the polluted state of India’s holiest river – Ganga.

The initiative clearly indicated how even trademark and leading events can be used to highlight certain social issues and causes.

Lets find out who turned out to be the Winners:

Best Child Artist (Female)– Anchal Munjal (Parvarrish – Kuchh Khattee Kuchh Meethi, DJ’s A Creative Unit, Sony Entertainment Television)

Best Child Artist (Male)– Raj Mange ( Jai Jai Jai Bajrang Bali, Sagar Arts, Sahara One)

Best Anchor– Amitabh Bachchan (Kaun Banega Crorepari season 5, Big Synergy Media Ltd, Sony Entertainment Television)

Best Actress in a Comic Role– Kavita Kaushik (FIR, Edit II, SAB TV)

Best Actor in a Comic Role– Dilip Joshi (Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltha Chashma, Neela Telefilms, SAB TV)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role– Rupal Patel (Saath Nibhana Saathiya, Rashmi Sharma Telefilms, Star Plus)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role– Anoop Soni (Balika Vadhu, Sphere Origins, Colors)

Television Personality – Male– Ronit Bose Roy (Adaalat, Contiloe Entertainment Pvt Ltd, Sony Entertainment Television)

Television Personality – Female-Ankita Lokhande (Pavitra Rishta, Balaji Telefilms Ltd, Zee TV)

Actress in a Negative Role– Kanika Maheshwari (Diya Aur Bati Hum, Shashi Sumeet Mittal Productions Pvt Ltd, Star Plus)

Actor in a Negative Role– Karanvir Bohra (Dil Se Di Dua… Saubhagyavati Bhava, UTV Software Communications Ltd, Life OK)

Fresh New Face (Female)– Aakanksha Singh (Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha, Sunshine Productions, Colors)

Fresh New Face (Male)– Kushal Tandon (Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai, Cinevistaas Limited, Star Plus)

Actress in a Lead Role– Giaa Maanek (Saath Nibhana Saathiya, Rashmi Sharma Telefilms, Star Plus

Actor in a Lead Role– Ram Kapoor and Samir Soni (Bade Acche Lagte Hai/Parichay, Balaji Telefilms Ltd, Sony Entertainment Television/ Colors)

Ensemble– Parvarrish Kuchh Khatti Kuchh Meeth (DJ’s A Creative Unit, Sony Entertainment Television)

Programme with a Social Message– Afsar Bitiya (Village Boy Production, ZEE TV)

Daily Serial– Diya Aur Baati Hum (Shashi Sumeet Mittal Productions Pvt Ltd, Star Plus)

Weekly Serial– Adaalat (Contiloe Entertainment Pvt Ltd, Sony Entertainment Television)

Continuing TV Programme– Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, (Director’s Kut Production, Star Plus)

Drama Series– Balika Vadhu—Kachchi Umar Ke Pakke Rishte (Sphere Origins Multivision Pvt Ltd, Colors)

Thriller Programme– C.I.D and Crime Patrol (Fireworks Productions/ Optimystix Entertainment India Pvt Ltd, Sony Entertainment Television)

Kid’s Programme -Bournvita Quiz Contest (Derek O’Brien & Associates Pvt Ltd, Colors)

Sitcom/Comedy Programme– Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah (Neela Telefilms Pvt Ltd, SAB TV)

Reality Show– Bigg Boss (Endemol India Pvt Ltd, Colors)

Game Show  Kaun Banega Crorepati – Season 5 (Big Synergy Media Ltd, Sony Entertainment Television)

Dance Talent Show – Dance India Dance – Season 3 (24 Frames, ZEE TV)

Singing Talent Show – X – Factor India 2011 (Fremantle India Television Productions Pvt Ltd, Sony Entertainment Television)

Comedy Talent Show– Jubilee Comedy Circus (Optimystix Entertainment India Pvt Ltd, Sony Entertainment Television)

Mythological Series – Veer Shivaji (Contiloe Entertainment Pvt Ltd, Colors)

Judge panel on a TV Show– Dharmendra, Kiron Kher, Sonali Bendre (India’s Got Talent Season – 3, Fremantle India Television Productions Pvt Ltd, Colors)

Youth Show – Fiction – Dil Dostii Dance (Cinevistaas Limited, Channel V)

Youth Show– Non Fiction– MTV Hero Honda Roadies 8 Short Cut To Hell (Viacom 18 Media Pvt Ltd, MTV)

Televised Awards Show – STAR Parivaar Awards 2012– (Sol Production Pvt Ltd, Star Plus)

Televised Entertainment Show– Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil Champ Finale (Big Productions, Zee TV)

On Screen Couple– Barun Sobti & Sanaya Irani ( Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam DoonPanglosean Entertainment Pvt Ltd, Star Plus)

Production House of the Year– Optimystix Entertainment India Pvt Ltd

Gary Bhinder Most Promising Young Director– Shoojit Sircar

Special Award (breaking into films)– Ekta Kapoor

Well, seems like there was a lot of FUN and hoo-haa at the grand event! And the hosts were none other than the 2 popular hottest men of Indian Television – Ronit Roy and Ram Kapoor.

Almost everybody from the Telly land marked their presence with of course few Bollywood biggies too! Every year, everyone exclusively waits for the Indian Telly Awards. Fans vote for their favorite stars and make them win. Jury spends a lot of time watching almost all shows, to just give out the award to the most deserved candidate. Well, at the end, it’s all about the Telly game. Or how about call it a “Tally” game!

Cheers to all the winners! And do catch the event on Colors TV channel soon.

(Sources: Tellychakkar.com and @Colors TV on twitter)

Which one is your favourite Indian Soap in prime time slot?

Our today’s blog is short and simple guide for you if you are a fan/addict of Indian soaps that air on prime time. I got this idea from regular fights with my mom over what to watch between 9 and 10 pm daily (weekdays) as that is my favourite time too like many others to hook to television along with dinner. Here is a quick synopsis of 4 top prime time channels that airs some of the best soap series in the same slot.

Let’s take a look at all these shows and what they have to offer its viewers:

Star Plus

Starting from my personal favourite, Star Plus has “Diya aur Baati Hum” that airs at 9pm Monday to Friday. This is one of the new shows that the channel has added to its brigade of some really good shows. It is about ‘Sandhya’ and her husband ‘Sooraj’. Sandhya belongs to a well educated family and she always dreamt of becoming an IPS officer but under strained circumstances after her marriage she lands up in a family where education is banned, especially for the “bahus” of the family. ‘Sooraj’ on the other hand is 10th standard pass out and owns a sweet shop. This story is about Sandhya’s struggle to fulfill her dream and a journey where she finds help from the most unlikely quarter – her husband who can make it possible.

The second show that airs at 9:30pm from Monday to Friday on Star Plus is “Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai”. The concept is very simple yet excites you to watch a heartwarming story of a young couple who discovers love after marriage. The show is about ‘Akshara’ and ‘Naitik’ and their effort as individuals to fit into the marriage and accept each other’s families as their own. This one is something that you can relate easily to your own life.

Colors

Phulwa”, a new show on Colors airs at 9pm from Monday to Friday. The show has started recently but has gained good viewership as it entails a story of a young and sweet girl who loses her innocence at the tender age of 11 in order to fight the injustice created by Thakurs of her village. It is a saga of lost innocence, of shattered dreams and unfulfilled promises all seen through the eyes of spirited eleven year old, who was forced to grow up much faster than her age due to the societal pressure levied on her.

Colors’ 9:30 pm slot has taken over the viewership of all the major channels with “Parichay” that was introduced few months ago. We also featured this show in one of our previous blogs as it has gained a lot of popularity not just among the regular soap fans but with the males and females of age group 25 and above. This show is a massive hit with masses mainly because of the role portrayed by male lead Samir Soni as “Kunal Chopra”, who has lost his interest in life due to his failures and continues to lead an indifferent life.

Sony TV

Sony TV has added two brand new shows in its prime time slot. However instead of usual 9 to 9:30 the first show starts at 8:45pm. The show “Dekha Ek Khwab” is about the lead character Muniya (Priyal Gor), a simple down to earth girl who wishes for her own princess story. Muniya’s dream of turning into a princess has come true, thanks to Rajmata Mrinalini Devi and Maharaj Brijraj Singh. But will her luck stick around for long?

Parvarrish” which airs at 9:30pm from Monday to Friday is a family drama about two sisters – Sweety Ahluwalia and Pinky Ahuja. They compete as rivals to become better parents. Both families have different sets of beliefs and approach to raise their kids. Pinky believes in becoming friend with her children while Sweety believes in becoming a disciplinary mother. The concept of Parvarrish is simple yet attention-grabbing. The positive point is that this show caters to a lager section of audience in respect to age.

Zee TV

Zee TV has not added any new show to this particular prime slot. “Pavitra Rishta” at 9pm is one of the oldest and popular soap series of Zee. This show is about ‘Archana’ and ‘Manav’ and their continuous and what seems to be endless battle to be accepted by their families. The show doesn’t give a kick to a point when all we can see is that almost every character is trying to put Archana and Manav down with constant conspiracies against them including Manav’s own mother.

The 9:30 pm slot has another oldie “Ram Milaye Jodi” which is about ‘Mona’ and ‘Anukalp’ who fell in love and got married in spite of the inevitable and huge cultural differences between their families. It is an interesting bittersweet tale of coming together of two culturally divergent families – both fiercely protective and assertive about their cultural identities. On a larger canvas, the story represents the dire need for tolerance and co-existence in our society as well.

So pick your favourite and tune in every night!!

How shows like Bade Ache Lagte Hain and Parichay can revolutionize Indian soap opera?

Since it’s inception TV soaps are known to target only home-makers, but not any more! With soaps like “Bade Acche Laggte Hain” on Sony and “Parichay” on Colors this might change (and it’s already changing) very soon.

Recently these two soaps have grabbed our eyeballs (yes, we do not watch any other soaps on TV :D). This is what we have observed –

These shows have dared and been successful so far in catering the audience of age group 25+ Males in addition to the usual 35+ Females, which is the usual benchmark for any Indian soap opera show.

My only question– Was this intentional? Did Ekta actually gave this a thought (that she can hack the minds of nomads like us)? Or is this because youngsters like us are not getting anything worth to watch?

Well it will take some time to really understand the true reason behind this. So why am I talking about this today?

Well, I might have never touched this genre but was compelled when my 30 year old married brother mentioned it last night that even he watches these 2 shows on TV every night. I was shocked. Why? Coz like us he hates all other soap operas.

Coincidentally both these shows have been produced under Ekta Kapoor’s banner of Balaji Telefilms, who is undoubtedly the queen of Indian soap operas. “Bade Achhe Laggte hain” which was launched a little earlier than “Parichay”, has Saakshi Tanwar and Ram Kapoor in the main lead. The show has been in lime-light because of the extraordinary storyline where Saakshi who is in her early thirties and Ram who is in his early forties get married for the sake of their families and then the show depicts their struggle to adjust with each other. Also how they both start developing affection for each other. The show entails a hilarious bickering between these two which is the most interesting part to watch as many couples in the same situation will be able to co-relate themselves.

Parichay” was launched in August which has Samir Soni playing the male protagonist as Kunal Chopra, who has lost his interest in life due to his failures and continues to lead an indifferent life. Life takes a major u-turn when he loses his brother in a bomb blast on the day of his wedding and he is forced to marry his deceased brother’s fiancé, Siddhi Kunal Chopra (role played by Keerti Nagpure). The story has been given very typical treatment but the role essayed and portrayed by Samir Soni is what keeps the viewers glued to the show. The show is a major hit and has already beaten some of its competitor shows in the same time slot on other channels.

Both the shows have lead couples with awesome chemistry and that is one of the most compelling reasons for millions of viewers across the country to get hooked to these shows. Either they will create a niche for them and will be one of the few shows that cater to a larger audience. However we also feel that if they continue to be in the same league they will survive otherwise if they introduce the regular drama/ or not required turns then they will also fail with the new created audience just like any other soap opera shows in India.

Are we going to see more of such soaps targeting youth?