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.

Which is your favorite show on “Life OK” channel….

It’s a tough question and answer to it is even tougher. You might ask “Why” !!! Lets dig in deep to understand what this channel is all about and what kind of shows are being aired on it.

Life OK is an Indian cable and satellite television channel, owned by STAR TV. It was launched on 18th December 2011. The channel replaced STAR Network’s youth-oriented STAR One.Yes it the same STAR ONE that you thinking of. We all remember it primarily for Sarabhai vs Sarabhai, probably one of the best comedy serials on TV in recent years, and for its hit reality shows, Nach Baliye and The Great Indian Laughter Challenge. Currently “Sacch Ka Saamna” is the most popular show on Life OK. This is the only serial that had 40 mins of space and rest all the shows have just 20 mins each to broadcast.
Following is the list of shows that are currently been aired on Life OK :

Main Lakshmi Tere Aangan Ki (Do read our review about this show):  ‘Main Lakshmi Tere Aangan Ki’ is about a middle class girl called Lakshmi, her inspirational journey towards realizing her dreams. Lakshmi has led a very nominal middleclass life since her childhood, yet she always felt that money is important. Hence she always motivates people to think higher, to rise up in life. The story revolves around her unique love story and how she is perplexed and unable to choose between true love and wealth. Watch ‘Main Lakshmi Tere Aangan Ki’ on Life OK daily at 9.40 pm.
Meri Maa: Meri Maa’ is the story of Jhilmil, a street kid, who is on a mission to look for her real mother. The story revolves around the tryst that Jhilmil has to undergo just to survive alone; and how Pratibha, her mother, faces depression and social stigma for losing her daughter at a local event. The show leads on into how Jhilmil meets different people, some kind and some hurtful, towards her in her journey to locate her real mother while Pratibha too never stops looking for her missing child. Will Pratibha and Jhilmil ever meet again? Be a part of Jhilmil’s journey, to find out more watch ‘Meri Maa’ on Life OK daily at 9 pm.
 
Devon Ke Dev… Mahadev: ‘Devon ke Dev…Mahadev’ is the story of Shiva, the most powerful God within the Hindu culture, as a sansarik or householder. The show portrays his journey from a hermit to a house holder. Sati who is the daughter of Daksh, a staunch Lord Vishnu devotee, is drawn to Shiva against the wishes of her father. Experience the mesmerizing journey of Sati falling in love with Shiva, her point of view of the Mahadev…the most charismatic God of Hindu mythology only on Life OK daily at 8 pm.
Zindagi Kahe… Smile Please : ‘Zindagi Kahe… Smile Please’ is a family show on a lighter note. It is the journey of a rich family who learns the value of relationships from its servants. The story explores what would happen if there is a role reversal between the master and servant. Watch it on Life OK daily at 8.40 pm.
Tum Dena Saath Mera: ‘Tum Dena Saath Mera’ is about a newly married romantic couple Abhilasha and Manan, who move to Mumbai from a small town and have opposite aspirations from life. While on one hand, Abhilasha, a meek, dependent woman who looks towards others to make her decisions, desires love and a simple life; on the other hand, Manan, her husband is stubborn and ambitious in chasing material success. A hardworking professional, Manan has forgotten to stop and enjoy the simple pleasures that are all around him. The show revolves around the romance of the couple and what it takes to survive in a city like Mumbai, while trying to catch the small joys that life has to offer. Come, share Manan and Abhilasha’s experiences, watch ‘Tum Dena Saath Mera’ on Life OK daily at 8.20 pm.
Dil Se Di Dua… Saubhagyavati Bhava? : ‘Dil se di dua…Saubhagyavati Bhava?’ is about the struggle of Jahnvi, who is faced with any girl’s worst fears – an over-possessive and abusive husband, Viraj. To the outside world, Viraj is suave and charming, at home he is a different man. Viraj, who has had an abusive childhood, is irrationally dominating while being sweet, polite and nice. While everyone sees Viraj as the perfect husband, it is only Jahnvi who knows and deals with the manipulative and irrational side of him. Will Jahnvi be able to bear Viraj’s atrocities or will she be able to find a way out of her pain? Come, share Jahnvi’s onward journey, watch ‘Saubhagyavati Bhava?’ on Life OK daily at 10 pm.
So now that you have an idea about the kind of shows that are telecasted on “Life OK”, it might be easy for you to decide your favorite show. Do let us know your views about this new channel. Is it here to stay or it’s just a pass ? Can it make a special place in the hearts of Indian Television audience. We’ll wait and watch.

Happy Viewing.

Where is the humor? (Comedy shows drying up on Indian TV)

If you are also not able to find humor in our comedy shows then you are definitely in the category where people are waiting for good and ‘clean’ comedy on Indian television and if you have already find it then please share what I am missing. Oh yes… and if in case you ask me to switch on to latest shows on SAB TV then I agree there are two or three good shows which are worth giving time like Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta Chashmah and recently launched R.K. Laxman Ki Duniya. However all the remaining shows fail to impress even a bit.

Apparently the Indian Television industry was expected to grow over 500 billion by the end of 2011 and currently it has over 500 channels broadcasted. But I still find dearth of substance in our tv shows. For example comedy shows which are my all time favourite are definitely way too below the level of good comedy or sitcom shows. Let us take a look at the journey of Indian television in terms of comedy shows in last 28 years.

Yeh Jo hai Zindagi was India’s first sitcom aired in 1984 on Doordarshan. The show written by comedy writer Sharad Joshi was such a huge hit that even box-office openings in cinemas were affected due to the airing of the show because it aired on Friday nights. Then came the ‘era’ in 1993 of two most widely admired comedy shows ever in the history of Indian television: Dekh Bhai Dekh and Zabaan Sambhalke. I am sure that these two names certainly brings a big smile on everyone’s face and those unforgettable characters like Balraj Diwan (Navin Nischol), Samir Diwan (Shekhar Suman), Gareema (Deven Bhojani), Mohan Bharti (Pankaj Kapoor) and many other became an integral part of our lives. Within two years Doordarshan launched another hilarious comedy Srimaan Srimati in 1995 that gave India one of its favourite characters ‘Dilruba’. Simultaneously Zee TV launched its most popular comedy show till date Hum Paanch in 1995. Another hit show Padosan was launched on DD Metro in 1998. All these have left a legacy behind them and I can’t find any show matching up to their level currently or in these all years.

In modern day classics i can count Office Office easily which was launched in 2001 on SAB TV. This hugely popular and admired sitcom was based on corruption and bribery in public offices. The story revolved around Mussadilal (Bollywood actor Pankaj Kapoor) who was often harshly greeted by the corrupt officials. “Mussadilal” was the favourite character of viewers for a very long period and we remember him fresh as ever even now.

Now coming back to today’s topic of this post “Why comedy shows are drying up on Indian television”? Honestly after all these years finally in 2005 I thought that there is a chance that Indian comedy can get back to track when a new reality comedy show “The Great Indian Laughter Challenge” was launched. The Star One’s laughter show won millions of hearts and before we knew there were four seasons in their kitty. The laughter challenge gave way to all these shows on “Comedy Circus” that are aired on Sony TV regularly. However the quality of the comedians and their so called “punches” has deteriorated immensely. In terms of another blogger whose post I read the other day “the contestants of these shows grew up with time and became big-time perverts”. The reality comedy shows today are nothing but a sign toward the hypocrisy of Indian television that call these laughter shows full of double-meaning jokes family shows.

So what is the exact reason? Are we short of good comedy writers, or we are short of good character artists who can do good comedy or it is just the mindset that is not able to accept some clean and good talent? Tell us your views if you have answer to these questions. 🙂