Crime Patrol – Does Indian Television need more of such shows?

Crime Patrol, the moment we hear these two words we are hit by the real world out there. More often we ignore the real world and are more than happy to live in our small world, where everything is kind of calm. Crime Patrol is one such show that reminds us that we live in a society that is very dynamic and is not always what we want it to be. This is one such show which presents crime against Indian citizens along with capturing how the Indian police fight against these crimes. 

Crime Patrol is an Indian crime television series airs on Sony Entertainment Television. The series first premiered on May 9, 2003 and since then there was no looking back. The first season was hosted by Diwakar Pundir who later was replaced by Shakti Anand. The second season was broadcasted on January 26, 2010, and was presented by known Indian television actors Anoop Soni & Saakshi Tanwar. And for Season 3 and the current season (4), Anoop Soni has been the presenter of the show.

So do you think that the Indian Television audience needs more of such bold shows, that show us the harsh reality of the society that we live in? Well, there are only two options that we might have, ignore such harsh reality, or know about such things and fight it out. The show brings true stories of crime, where the police have tackled the most difficult cases. It dramatizes real-life crime and events and details how the police went about solving the case. The show also aims to look into the “why” behind a crime. Police action on one hand gives the show the edge of how the law keepers bring the culprits to book or stop a crime from being committed. This is a major boost to the society and the guardians of it, so that there is a reality check done about the society we live in.

Although at times one might feel that the stories are too scary and too violent to be shown on television, but these are real cases and one must report and find out the truth behind these incidents. Indian Television Audience are exposed to a lot of news channels and also to similar cases that are reported, but they are not aware of the end results of most of the incidents. Crime Patrol does end up showing the hard hitting facts related to the events and also shows the process in which the cases have been handled and solved.

Do let us know if you agree that we need such shows, or do you think such shows have a negative impact on your life?

Happy Viewing.

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Is “The Dirty Picture” too Dirty for Indian Television?

“For unavoidable reasons we regret to inform that the film ‘The Dirty Picture’ will not be telecast today. Any inconvenience caused is deeply regretted’.  This is the ticker that was being aired by SONY Television for the audience. Is Dirty Picture too dirty for Indian Television? Well let’s find out the exact story and the real issue for this mess.

The much-awaited television premiere of “The Dirty Picture” was scheduled to be aired at Sunday noon and 8 pm on SONY. But the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting asked for the telecast timing to be revised to a slot after 11 pm. Well The Dirty Picture, which is reportedly based on the life of southern actress Silk Smitha, had undergone 56 cuts before being issued a U/A certification by the censor board. And the irony is that this move by the government comes even as the channel had secured a clearance from the Bombay High Court on Saturday for the airing of the film. Strange, right?

This movie was advertised for close to a month prior to its telecast on television, but it seems that the movie is too dirty for the Indian Television Audience. Did you know that Sony had made 36 voluntary cuts and 26 compulsory cuts to make it suitable for broadcast on television and had obtained a U/A certification for broadcast? So do you really think that the India Television is not yet ready for such a bold movie? Well not long ago there was a lot of debate about “Sach Ka Saamna” and this was made into a political debate. And the channel had to shift the show to 11pm slot. So this might not be new to the audience, and one might have started to live with the fact that the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has the final say in any matter.

You might find it ironical that “The Dirty Picture” has won 3 National awards, Yes 3 National Awards. Best Make Up Artist: Vijram Gaekwad, Best Costume Design: Niharika Khanand Best Actress: Vidya Balan. And one fine day you hear that this movie is not fit to be aired on National Television!! Amazing right!!! Well time will only say who will win this strange battle.

So what do you think about this unique decision and would you like this movie to be aired at Prime Time slot?

Happy Viewing 😉 (Not “The Dirty Picture“)

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 🙂

TV channels at your Comfort and Convenienc​e – 515 Channels in India!!

Surprised? So was I when I came to know that there are currently 515 over-the-air and satellite television channels available in India. You read it right,its 515 Channels 🙂 Most of us have grown up watching Doordarshan and few other DD channels as the only entertainment and news source. But as Television started getting popular and became a household necessity, the number of channels have increased drastically. These days its no more just televisi on, it’s satellite TV. Shows at your fingertips as they call it.

So do you think we really need 500+ channels? If there so many, roughly how many channels do we end up watching or for that matter even surfing on a daily basis? Tough question to answer.. Right?

The point that we are trying to make is the more the number of channels you have, the more variety you might end up watching. On the other hand some might say that the more are the number of channels, more option the audience get which leads to more confusion. It’s a key line “If you can’t convince someone Confuse them :).”

For example Doordarshan has show dedicated to Music (Chitrahaar, Rangoli, Ek Se Badkar Ek and Superhit Muqabla ) and mythological dramas such as Ramayan  and Mahabharat. Now a days there are Channels completely dedicated to Music and Drama serials. We have channels separately for children which airs Cartoon shows 24/7. We have educational channel, travel channel, Channel which airs food show. So now if you have to watch music, you have a long list of options to watch out for. Times have really changed to the extent that now you can sit in your home and order movies (Latest). Thanks to Movies on Demand concept. Not only this, regional channels form a big part of this 515 channels. There are channels practically in every language Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Bengali and lot more…

Let us try to find out some of the stats that might help you to understand this unique phenomenon

– Did you know that hindi television channels have the highest market share and are available throughout the country

– Presently, Doordarshan operates 21 channels – two All India channels – DD National and DD News, 11 Regional language Satellite Channels (RLSC), four State Networks (SN), an International channel, a Sports Channel DD Sports and two channels Rajya Sabha TV & DD-Lok Sabha for live broadcast of parliamentary proceedings

– There are 13 sports channels that are currently active on Indian Television. Sony Six being the latest entry into this category

– 31 News Channels (Hindi and English) and 18 Regional news… The huge 😉

– 12 Music Channels. Sony Mix being the latest entrant in this category

– 12 Movie Channels

– 12 Channels dedicated to Kids

Well the list of categories is endless and would be difficult to accommodate all of them. From Traditional Antennae to Cable box to Dish TV to now Satellite direct (watch TV from your PC) Television has come a long way. Keeping hectic schedule in mind and also variety of choice of channels in Single family technology is coming up with ways to satisfy one and for all. Now all of us love watching television through the comfort and convenience. How do you love watching television On time shows?? Recorded Shows?? On PC via Satellite or on iDubba 🙂 Do share your viewing mode.

(Source for list of channels:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_television_stations_in_India)

Television is only half interesting… without Sachin!

This is by far the most deadly combination that the Media Industry has seen. Sachin – Television – Audience. No doubt that it’s a different and special experience watching him play LIVE at a Cricket Stadium, but television has surely provided a gift to those who cannot watch him play in a Stadium. Very few would have imagined that this Little Master will be the heart of the nation and win our hearts every time he walks towards the stumps to take his batting stance. Sachin Tendulkar’s first ever recorded Television interview was back in 1989 when he was playing for Ranji team. That day and this day…Television and its audience have really been lucky to witness this Great Player.

Following are some of his interesting stories:

– In his childhood he grew his hair and tied a band around it to copy his idol “JohnMcEnroe

– Sachin was given a pair of pads by his cricket hero Sunil Gavaskar when he was a schoolboy and he made his Test debut for India against Pakistan aged just 16-years old in 1989 wearing those very pads

Sachin is ambidextrous. He bats with his right hand but signs autographs and eats or plays table tennis with his left

Sachin Tendulkar had to wait for 79 matches for his first ODI century

– Tendulkar is a person who would never show any disrespect to the national flag .He respects the national flag most and had even sought permission to use the tricolour on his helmet

– Sachin’s record of five test centuries before he turned 20 is a current world record

Sir Bradman did name him in his dream team of all time – A team in which Tendulkar is the only Indian player

– The first ever player to be dismissed by a third umpire in an international game is Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar scored his 100th century against Bangladesh. This was the first ODI Century against Bangladesh for Sachin

Well the list is endless…And the more he plays the list will get bigger and bigger 😉

His passion for the game not only keeps him going, but also gives him the opportunity to reinvent himself. Each time he goes out on to the field he seems to be raising the bar for himself. It is this Television and the audience that has witnessed this GOD OF CRICKET! It is this television that has lived the amazing moments when he scored his 1st 100 in Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester in 1990 against England. It is this television that has relived the moments when India won its 2nd World Cup in Mumbai and when the players gave Sachin a Lap of Honour.

Hope that this deadly combination of Sachin – Television – Audience continues and we are able to live more of such amazing moments.

iDubba congratulates Sachin for this 100th 100!!

Happy Viewing.

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.

How to get through Roadies auditions – Have an emotional story ready!!

Emotion and Drama sells like hot cakes on Television. You might find this strange but that is the fact. There are number of events which have high voltage drama & the people involved don’t leave any space for over emoting. Sometime back, there was a strange incident on MTV Rodies season 8 that had forced us to think “Want to get through Roadies auditions? You just have to get an emotional story ready”. So what was that emotional story all about? And why are we even talking about last season’s episode? Without any Drama, let’s get down to the point.

MTV Roadies is a youth-based popular reality television show on MTV India.  The selected Roadies are provided with Hero Honda Karizma bikes to travel on a pre-decided route. Each episode features a vote-out at the end in which the Roadies eliminate one of their fellow Roadies by an anonymous vote, thereby decreasing the number of Roadies carrying on with the journey. There have been 8 seasons till date and the auditions 9th season are underway. Let me take you through the Audition Form that might give you an idea about the selection process:

 Question 1 – What is your mantra for success – performance or politics?

Question 2 – One thing that you’re the best at.

Question 3 – Have you ever flirted on the internet?

Question 4 – Would you be a part of Slutwalk / Besharmi morcha? Why / What not?

Question 5 – What is the most adventurous thing you have done?

Question 6 – Is the Jan Lokpal bill a boon or a curse.

Question 7 – Do people audition for reality shows only to get famous?

And finally Question 8 – Tell us why you should NOT be selected.

Once you have submitted the form and if you are lucky / unlucky you will be invited to GD – Group Discussions. And then once you get short listed there, they might call you for an Interview (With the craziest panel –  Raghu – Rajiv duo and Ranvijay). And this is where the use of your emotional story might come in handy. As mentioned earlier in Season 8, Suraj aka Nagesh, the “fake” contestant, claimed that he came from a poor family and was working as a dishwasher in Hyderabad. His tale of hardships and struggle won over the judges viz. Raghu, Rajeev and Ranvijay and he ended up being selected as a contestant on the show and also won the viewers’ sympathy, being tagged as the most inspiring Roadie. But the real truth was that he had studied at IIBT (Indian Institute of Bartending) and was apparently quite successful in the domain of bartending as he even took charge at the Bartending Seminar & Workshop. As mentioned in his profile on the institutes’s website, he even worked in a call centre before joining the institute. Towards the end of the show, the Rodies crew managed to find out that his stories were fake and also called him back on the show and humiliated him in front of the whole crew & cast and also the television audience.

The question that arises after all this controversy is whether the contestant cheated the judges and the channel or was the whole incident scripted to gain more TRPs for the show? Also the people who run the show must try to find of the the real truth and be fair to the contestants as well.

So do you think sad stories will really give you an advantage and make the judges fall for it? No doubt the emotional stories have ruled the reality shows and ended up getting a lot of attention and publicity. Most of them today want to be a ‘crorepati’ that is rich and famous soon, and television provides them the medium for the same. A lot of youngsters may think that they are ‘smart’  and that they could get away by lying their way in front of such a smart panel and hence want to try such ways. Somehow people take advantage of this fact that the Indian Television Audience is totally Emotional about these things, and hence end up doing such acts. But does this mean all stories are fake? Well, not really, there are also some genuine emotional stories that have managed to pull in the audience. So would you like to create a story and get your entry pass in Roadies? Well that depends on which story you want to present – FAKE or GENUINE !!

Do let us know your views on this new trend of Emotional Stories to get into Roadies. Looking forward to your views on this controversial topic.