Posts Tagged ‘Bade Achhe Laggte Hain’

Happy 12.12.12: A night to remember on Zee TV and Sony

12 12 12…... The most awaited date of the year, and why not its not always that your calender shows three 12′s simultaneously……as it is said that once gone, time never returns so technically this phenomenon will just happen today so enjoy the feel of it while u can.

How can it happen that our television channels do not offer something special to us all. Zee TV and Sony has brought something special on this day.

Since it’s a weekday both the channels are bringing special episodes of there prime time shows…

Zee TV:  The villain special

Starting from Rab Se Sona Ishq the villains are having a upper hand and are doing what they do best…. Plotting against the innocent leads and making their already messed up life more messier.

Sony TV: Not being to keen on their villains, this channel has decided to bring some special twists in the show whether good or bad depends on the show itself.

Anamika secret might be out of the bag for Jeet, Love Marriage Ya Arrange Marriage would also have some secret’s out and definite trouble, Rohan is starting to remeber someone presence in his life will he figure out who she is in Hongey Judaa Na Hum, Rocky is getting under wrong influence will Sweety be able to save his son in Parvarish, with the leap in place how will the life of Mona change in Kya Hua Tera Vaada, Bade Acche Lagte Hain the custody case of Pihu will begin Today, Nidhi and Ashutosh are fighting again in Kuchh To Log Kahege.

So this special date is all set to become all the more special by your favorite channels…. Make it special for them by watching their special shows and make this date special for us by sending us your Views, Reviews, Comments and Suggestions…..Till then Keep Watching,

Happy 12 12 12

What TV viewers think about lack of creativity in Indian GEC content

This is a very prominent comment we hear from GEC viewers these days- “After initial 4-5 months or 100 odd episodes, all GEC soaps start looking similar and boring”. Till now the producers were complacent and thought “all-is-well”, but not anymore..

Well one of the reasons why TV channels do not care about this is because they think once they build a fan-following for a show, the fans are going to remain loyal and drive the TRPs in anticipation of a fresh storyline (which seldom happens). So for past 4-5 years this trick has been working, but as show makers got smart, audience has become smarter. With more and more choices these days in so many genres and with smart TV guides, the audience is getting so many options to switch. And once they switch they realize that it’s not that hard, because when they try to get back to their favorite serial they find that the story has hardly moved ahead. This makes their decision of switching to a new program even stronger.

iDubba ran a survey on this and found very alarming results (100 people filled it in one day)-

  • Have you recently switched from your favourite serial just because it’s content was boring and story was not moving ahead?


  • If Yes (to above), how many serials you switched recently (please name some)?

  • Top shows switched:
  • Did you switch to a completely new Genre or tried something in Hindi GEC only?

Let us take the example of some TV shows and try to dig deep:

Set in rural Rajasthan, ‘Balika Vadhu’ traces the arduous journey of child bride Anandi from the brink of childhood to womanhood. It recently completed 1000 episodes; which is outstanding! From day one till date, it has been maintaining its position in top 10 shows. The show started with a very fresh and a different storyline which made colors TV what it is today.

But let’s see what viewers think about the show these days:

  • Do you think the track is still interesting?

  • What do you like most about the show?

Results: People switching. Track is not interesting

It also completed 900 episodes which is outstanding! When it was launched, it had a simple story of a couple indulging into an arrange marriage and their life post marriage. The USP of the show was its ‘simplicity’ and ‘no negative’ character which turned out to be a new flavor for the show. And undoubtedly, the show has maintained its position in top 10 shows but now it just feels like been there done that.

Viewers’ POV:

  • Do you think the track is still interesting?

  • What do you like most about the show?

Results: Not many people switching yet. But half of viewers think the story is now boring.

Uttaran on Colors TV is again a good example of a show which enjoyed its share of high ratings as well as low share of ratings. It has not been consistent! And now it’s totally going haywire! The show started on a high note with high ratings which touched 10.0. But over a period of time it started declining and how! Again, there has been a leap in the show, plus, out of the 3 lead actors, 2 left the show. 

Viewers’ POV:

  • Do you think the track is still interesting?

  • What do you like most about the show?

Results: People switching. Track is not interesting. Worst affected show.

The show is going on since 2 years and the story is moving even on a lesser speed than a turtle! Initially it enjoyed awesome ratings of 6-7, but now, it has decreased to 3-4.

Viewers’ POV:

  • Do you think the track is still interesting?

  • What do you like most about the show?

Results: Sticky audience. Track is still acceptable.

Although people still watch some shows like Saas Bina Sasural (was in our survey) or Saath Nibhana.. but they do agree that story-line is now boring. Similar results were found for shows like “Bade Achhe Laggte Hain” (was in our survey) which people has recently started disliking because of leap in the story (same old formula).

Mrinal Jha of Undercover productions says that the time has gone when there used to be “sagas” i.e. stories with multiple characters with different trades, which viewers took time to understand and relate to. That way the stories could go on for years- original sagas include “Bold and Beautiful” and even “Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu thi” which is considered as mother of Indian soaps. But as per Mrinal these days most of the stories lack depth and have just 2-3 main characters, which viewers easily get bored from.

But when we asked her why production houses still do not care, she replied- “It’s ok people are cribbing but there is less data to suggest that they are shifting (for lack of options on TV)”.

Our survey proved the hypothesis that users’ are not shifting for some shows yet, but they may start doing it soon as they do not like the track anymore.

Mrinal also talks about an interesting analogy- these days best TV shows are getting 3-5 as TRP ratings and average shows like Bade Achhe Laggte Hain is getting around 2-3 which means less than 1% of Indian population is watching it. Not very impressive, right?

Indian TV Screen coming off age – Really?

Were you ready to watch your first ever lip lock scene on Indian Television? Honestly I wasn’t, may be because I was watching it with family. Also it wasn’t just a lip lock but almost a 20 minute ‘love making’ scene which was way too bolder for Indian audience. Yes we are talking about the much hyped “love making” scene between Ram Kapoor and Sakshi Tanwar, the lead pair on a popular soap ‘Bade Ache Lagte Hain’ currently aired on Sony Entertainment television.

Sony tv had been airing steamy promos of this episode since last 2 weeks before they actually aired the episode and gave a shock to the ‘regular’ people, and by regular I mean family who sit together to watch something sensible and definitely less controversial. Many of you might not agree with us and call us hypocrites for not accepting something which is so natural. However I would definitely want to ask this question to our loyal audience that was it really necessary to show the on screen couple consummate their wedding by showing what actually happens between two people when they have sex. And that too with complete 20 minutes (that is whole one episode minus the advertisements) coverage just to show that how happily they accomplished their marital relationship. What are the channel’s producers exactly trying to prove here?

We really believe in progressing and strongly believe that Indian television is certainly coming off age breaking the shackles of monotonous soap opera concepts with same old saas-bahu sagas. But there are many other sane ways to do it rather than showing something on tv which puts you in an embarrassing situation in front of people with whom you watch it.


I have nothing against the show and definitely want to mention it that I follow the show ardently because of the freshness it brought from the usual soap operas of Indian television. Also I am not condemning the idea of showing ‘love making’ between the on screen couple, in fact I agree that it was the requirement of script and the show to take a major turn now. But what I am trying to prove here is that it could have been portrayed in a way which was more aesthetically comfortable for the audience.

As soon as the episode was over the next thing we knew was that the lead couple Ram and Sakshi were trending on the social networking site ‘twitter’. Mostly made jokes about the weight issues of Ram Kapoor which is more disheartening to see. Many poked fun asking for the link for the video of ‘Ram and Sakshi having sex’. Do we really need all this cheap drama or a good show which was admired anyway before this over hyped scene?

We will leave you with this thought and would definitely love to know your opinion about the same.

Top 10 shows on TV during 2011

We are just two days away from 2012. So in this special blog post iDubba brings you the 10 most popular shows/events of 2011. The ranking and popularity has been taken in consideration on the basis of activities done for these shows on iDubba in 2011.

  1. ICC Cricket World Cup 2011: There is definitely no surprise to see this event on top because 2011 as year is the biggest for India as we witnessed Indian team winning World Cup after 28 long years. Sports channels had the highest TRPS ever.
  2. MTV Roadies (Season 8): The longest running reality show with eight seasons in its kitty it is already in news for its ninth season starting next week. There has been a lot of speculation about the show being scripted but it still remains one of the most watched and favourite among the younger lot.
  3. Indian Premier League 2011: Another cricket event. So that makes the score 2 in total and that is definitely not astonishing in our country where second God is cricket despite being hockey as the national game.
  4. Splitsvilla (Season 4): Another reality show of MTV channel that targets youngsters. This reality show based on dating certainly knows how to turn heads. Bunch of hot girls and boys put together in a house to woo each other. What will you expect? ;)
  5. Koffee with Karan (Season 3): This chat show is my personal favourite and the only chat show that I can sit and watch without getting impatient. This one undoubtedly has a fresh and witty appeal to it. The show began to air in 2004 and has been a huge success since then.
  6. Bade Achhe Laggte Hain: Produced under Ekta Kapoor’s banner of Balaji Telefilms, who is undoubtedly the queen of Indian soap operas, “Bade Ache Lagte hai” which was launched in second half of the year, has Saakshi Tanwar and Ram Kapoor in the main lead. This show has millions of viewers across the country glued to the shows.
  7. Bigg Boss (Season 5): Another controversial reality show that is in news always for wrong reasons but manages to gain one of the highest TRPs. It is full of masala and entertainment.
  8. Man vs. Wild (Season 3): Finally a documentary cum travel based show in the list :) . Discovery Channel’s Man vs. Wild is hugely popular especially because of its daring presenter Bear Grylls who is seen at ease at the worst places possible in the world.
  9. Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta Chashma: This sitcom is based  on the column ‘Duniya Ne Undha Chasma’ (which loosely translates into “Seeing the world through upside-down glasses”) written by Indian columnist and journalist Taarak Mehta for the Gujarati weekly magazine Chitralekha. In August2010, it beat one of the top shows to become the most watched TV show in India.
  10. Kaun Banega Crorepati (Season 5): This game show has been a massive success since it was first launched on Star Plus in 2000. However Sony TV bought its rights from third season onwards and the recent season 5 that had its first ever contestant winning the prize money of 5 crore rupees.

Keep watching your favourite shows! :)