Posts Tagged ‘Amar Upadhyay’

Is quitting serials becoming a way of garnering TRP’s?

It seems that quitting serials is becoming the new age concept of gaining popularity? Many leading TV male artists have quit the serials in the past and also doing the same currently. Can it be a stunt to inch those dipping TRP’s or could it be a genuine Bollywood calling?

Amar Upadhyay aka Mihir Virani was the first to generate a furor over his scripted death in ‘Kyunki saas bhi kabhi bahu thi’. The audience went berserk and created a huge chaos, charting the TRP’s to a new scale, and soon the makers had to bring him back. Since then the concept of male stars quitting shows is seen quite prominently, to inch those falling TRP’s.

However, there are many male actors, who are calling it quits owing to some meaty roles offered to them in Bollywood movies. For instance, lately Barun Sobti or Arnav Singh Raizada had to end the popular show, ‘Iss pyaar ko kya naam doon’, because of his busy schedule in Bollywood. He will be seen opposite Shehnaz Treasurywala in Main aur Mrs. Riight. There is another film called ‘22 yards’ up his sleeve, which is under pre-production.

Sushant Singh Rajput too had to call it quits from playing ‘Manav’ in ‘Pavitra Rishta’ because of ‘Kai Po Che’, which has grabbed him, huge media hype and star attraction. Although the audience craved for the original ‘Manav’, they did not complain when they found him in another attractive re-incarnation on celluloid. Sushant will be next seen in some plum roles along with Aamir khan and Anushka Sharma in Peekay and with Parineeti Chopra in Yash raj’s next untitled venture.

Karan Kundra is the next one in the offing too, who has declared that he is calling quits from ‘The serial’, which is shown on Channel V. However, he will continue to be on ‘Gumraah-the end of innocence’. He has grabbed a role in a film opposite Kangna Ranuat, where he will be shown in a rockstar avatar.

Despite male actors quitting silver screen, there are actors, who are veteran artists and continue to beautifully balance both their silver screen and celluloid careers with panache. Actors Ram Kapoor and Ronit Roy are known to be contemporaries, both on silver screen and celluloid. The actors have played meaty roles on silver screen and yet, do substantial roles in Bollywood films. Though they take a break, it has never been a permanent good bye to either.

Actor Ronit Roy will once again be taking a break from ‘Adaalat’, but it will only be for a month, to manage his schedule for an upcoming Bollywood movie.

Whether it’s for TRP or a genuine Bollywood project in hand, male actors are calling quits from leading male protagonists’ role every now and then. We just hope that the audience sees their favorite male actors in some lovable performance elsewhere, if not on their favorite shows and save all that heartache.

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TV actors in B-town – has the perception changed over time?

There was a time when beauty pageants titles were considered as a ticket to Bollywood. Perhaps now Television has taken that place. Rightfully so, as today TV is no longer a media just for kids, housewives and retired. With advent of categorized channels like music/ news / youth based/ for kids / general entertainment, TV has emerged as a media for all masses. It’s popularity and penetration is unmatched.

We have seen so many TV actors / personalities who had found a foothold on television and still took the biggest leap to foray into Bollywood. All these TV celebs had humongous fan following and that is what transpired them for the jump.

The list has no end to it. Be it Sushant Singh Rajput of Pavitra Rishta; Amit Sadh of Guns and Roses; Prachi Desai of Kasamh Se; Yami Gautam of Yeh Pyar Na Hoga Kam; Ayushmann Khurrana of MTV Roadies season 2 fame; Rajeev Khandelwal and Aamna Sharif of Kahin To Hoga; Amar Upadhyay and Pulkit Samrat of Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi etc. etc. etc…

And how can one forget Vidya Balan and Shah Rukh Khan. We also saw Ram Kapoor, Ronit Roy, Mona Singh, Renuka Shahane, Rohit Roy doing significant guest roles.  Latest to join the bandwagon is Hussain Kuwajerwala and ASR aka Barun Sobti whose debut movie are lined up for launch this summer. News of Karan Kundra signing a three movie deal is also doing rounds.

This emerging trend of transition from small screen to big screen signifies that today in terms of popularity, TV actors are second to none. Does that mean B-town’s perception about TV actors has changed over time? I guess not really. There is no dearth of talent on TV today and just like our movie stars, TV actors are also expected to exhibit their skills in drama, dance and action.  Their screen popularity adds to the list of positives. Yet why is it that still most of the movie debutants are from non-TV background? Why do we have only a handful of TV actors getting an opportunity to test the waters?

Even post the transition, why their success story is not precedent to their TV performance? The names above were at the peak of their TV career and still had the guts to call it quits knowful that only few have been enviably successful in this media. There are some who are yet to enjoy the fruits of commercial success and most had to settle for cameos.

Will our popular TV actors get a fair chance for making big in B-town and not just settle in for cameo? Will they be able to make it large in cinema as well? While the latest success of Kai Po Che has set the road but it is still too early to say if indeed our beloved TV actors will be able to break free from the TV actor tagging and get to share similar stardom as non-TV movie stars.

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Ek Thhi Naayka to bring many veteran actors back; Ekta, Vishal to make acting debut

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We have seen old shows being packed up and new shows coming up for entertainment and TRPs. We have seen Bollywood actors’ coming to our daily soaps for promotion of their upcoming movies. But have you ever heard of a mini television series being launched exclusively for promotion of an upcoming film. Well, indeed a novel concept and from the one who is known to do the unexpected, Ekta Kapoor.

Be it for creating history with shows like Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and Kahanni Ghar Ghar Kii which broke all TRP records or be the one to occupy top 4 slots in Television’s 1000 episodes elite club and have 6 shows to appear in this list out of the 13. Be it filming the most expensive shot in the history of Indian Television (death scene of Ansh Virani in Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi had costed approximately Rs. 5,00,000 of a single shot) or being the first one to bring most sensuous scenes on Indian Television through her show Bade Acche Lagte Hain or be it redefining love stories with her shows like Kahiin To Hoga, Kasautii Zindagii Kii, Kasamh Se, Pavitra Rishta, Pyaar Kii Ye EK Kahanni. Be it re-introducing the concept of leap and implementing the same in style in her shows or be it introducing concept of season 2 for her shows on public demand (shows like Hum Paanch, Kutumb and Kitani Mohabaat hai) Ekta Kapoor of Balaji Telefilms has done it all for Indian Television and every time in a style that is par excellence.

Adding yet another feather in her cap, Ekta Kapoor has tied up with Vishal Bharadwaj, ace music and movie director, to launch a promotional 16 episode series titled Ek Thhi Naayka for their upcoming thriller movie Ek Thi Daayan. The movie stars Emraan Hashmi, Konkona Sen Sharma, Huma Qureshi and Kalki Koechlin in lead roles. The movie is scheduled to release on April 18, 2013. The movie is produced by Ekta Kapoor, Shobha Kapoor, Vishal Bhardwaj and Rekha Bhardwaj. As per Ekta, the movie is folklore and is not a true story.

EK Thhi Naayka is a big ticket promotional series and will have 8 different horror stories based on the witches from the film. In each story we will see televisions and Ekta Kapoor’s 8 favourite mahanayika’s. They are Smriti Irani, Sakshi Tanwar, Shweta Tiwari, Ankita Lokhande, Kritika Kamra, Aamna Sharif, Mouli Ganguly and Pooja Gaur. In each story these TV actress will be seen waging war against demons reinstating the learning good wins over evil.

We will get to see haunted stories from different city or state in our country. Smriti will be representing Gujarat, Sakshi will be from Rajasthan, Pooja will represent Delhi, Mouli from West Bengal, Kritika from Chandigarh, Aamna and Shweta will represent UP and Ankita will be from Maharashtra. Another well planned strategy from Balaji Telefilms for garnering a pan India appeal.

If speculations are to be believed than we may once again get to see televisions most lovable onscreen Jodi, Mihir-Tulsi aka Amar Upadhyay and Smriti Irani on this show. It will be their first appearance together post Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi.

We understand that all actors from the film will be doing cameo in the show which is slotted to be telecasted on channel Life OK from March 09,2013 on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 pm. Acting skills of Vishal and Ekta will also be put to test as they will also be seen in cameo appearance in the series. We will get to see Vishal in first episode and Emraan in the last episode.

Undoubtedly, this is an innovative marketing plan to create a supernatural series to intentionally instill the concept of evil among audiences so that they are pulled to the theaters for more. On paper, all of it appears logical and works but will this experiment do wonders for Ekta like her earlier endeavors?

Well, we wish luck to both – the promotional strategy Ek Thhi Naayka and the movie Ek Thi Daayan. We are keeping our fingers crossed for success of this joint venture, as it will then be a defining moment for unique merger of small and big screen and will open doorway for more innovations for audiences to benefit from. Don’t miss to tell us your views, reviews and suggestions us on Twitter-iDubba and set reminders about your favorite shows on our iDubba app.

What do Roadies, Bigg Boss, Emotional Atyachaar, Spiltsvilla, Comedy Circus have in common?

Whenever I even think about reality shows in India I can only think about getting embarrassed if I have to watch them with my parents. Yes, that is the bitter reality of reality shows and that’s what I’m going to talk about today [I'll still end up on a positive note about few "healthy" reality shows which are on-air].

The first show that comes to my mind (and eyes, ear, tongue) is obviously Bigg Boss Season 5 as this is currently the most controversial and over-hyped reality show famous for its not-so-famous celebrities (amazing isn’t). The show has recently received lot of flak from its viewers as the 10 days old season have only one male contestant this time with 13 female contestants. Very interestingly one of the female contestants, Sonika Kaliraman recently made a voluntary exit as she couldn’t take the chaotic atmosphere in the show with all the cat fights among other housemates. iDubba also posted a tweet about the same on 3rd October, just after a day Bigg Boss was launched and proved clearly that these shows are indeed scripted to get attention and apparently gain TRPs. The show has now got another male contestant actor Amar Upadhyay to give company to Shakti Kapoor, the solo male member in the house. Of course we can expect more male contestants coming in with its “wild card” entries. The show has always been in debate as they keep or remove any contestant to manage their TRPs.

Emotional Atyachaar is another show that has raised some eyebrows as they have shown adultery and disloyalty to an extent that I can’t remember even one episode where the so called “Suspect” came out clean. It is funny how my couple friends talk about their relationship and say to each other in a rather light manner-

Don’t you dare go anywhere without informing me otherwise I will have EMOTIONAL ATYACHAAR test conducted on you

Roadies (Roadies season-9 coming soon) and Splitsvillaon MTV were few of my favourites that I followed religiously. However these shows have depicted violence, ensuing abuses, inappropriate sexual content so much in the last few seasons that I can’t remember when I switched to MTV Channel last time to tune in to these shows.

Language is another problem that these reality shows have these days. I remember switching to Comedy Circus ka Naya Daurthat is aired on SONY channel currently when I was having a nice Sunday breakfast with my dad. The obscene language and remarks used by the contestants, which is supposedly aim to make others laugh, made me leave the room with a disgust feeling for the show. I missed the clean and wonderful jokes that the original “Laughter Challenge” had, that gave us some incredible stand up comedians like Sunil Pal, Ahsaan Qureshi, Raju Srivastava and Bhagwant Mann.

There was one positive impact that I could find was that there are few dating shows that have helped LGBT community by featuring gay couples and showcasing to Indian society that we need to come out of our mind shackles soon.

In midst of all these shows I could find one show, Axe ur Ex on Channel V that I can enjoy with a great laugh and without worrying about obscenity. This show has concept of irritating (to hell) the ex boyfriend/girlfriend with some great ideas that are harmless and fun to watch.

There are many popular shows that sell and cash on adultery, violence, sex and fraud. Most of the reality shows in India are poor imitation of their foreign counterparts from where the ideas are adopted and used blindly in India. These fail to gain TRPs normally and thus thrive on controversies and scripted plots. However if we look closer we can definitely have shows with less embarrassment for us to watch along with parents or kids.

Any one who wants to play Devil’s advocate here?