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IN TELLYLAND: Shah Rukh Khan, AkshayKumar and (top) Rani Mukerji with guest Shahid Kapoor, Salman Khan and Karisma Kapur on their TV shows
How worthwhile has it been for channels putting Bollywood stars on TV?

ROSHNI K OLIVERA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; January 4, 2010)

Abhishek Bachchan is stepping into his father’s shoes by hosting a game show on TV. What prompted Bachchan Jr. to give a nod to the small screen? Was it a lucrative offer? Perhaps, because it’s money that draws film stars to television. Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Rani Mukerji, Karisma Kapur… the list is endless of Bollywood stars who made the big crossover.

Akshay, reports said, was paid a whopping Rs 2.5 crore per episode to host the second season of Khatron ke Khiladi. And Salman Khan was apparently given Rs 89 crore for the first season of Dus Ka Dum! It’s big money all right for the stars, but is it worthwhile for the channels to shell out such big bucks for the star value?

Statistics prove that shows with Bollywood stars have never topped the overall Television Rating Points (TRP) charts. Only Amitabh Bachchan’s Kaun Banega Crorepati, that changed the face of Indian television years ago, saw TRP success. All other shows hosted or judged by stars have raked in average or dismal TRPs. Yes, there is a fair amount of curiosity and people are bound to watch the show at least once for the star’s sake, but after that it’s content that sells. Meanwhile, TV actors are unhappy with the ‘filmi’ invasion but will not complain openly for fear of antagonising the channels. “Does it make any sense to pay film stars in crores? No show has zoomed up the TRP charts,” said a popular TV actress. “The TRPs that these stars have got, after the initial few episodes and special episodes, is the same that any other anchor has got! Did Rani’s presence lift the show up so much… wouldn’t it have been the same if it was somebody else? And what big difference did Karisma make?” Another veteran actor added, “In the name of recession TV actors had to go through paycuts, but film stars on TV continued to rake in the moolah!”

Channels have their reasoning. Programming head Ashvini Yardi explained, “We go in for film stars for three reasons: It boosts perception… the brand image of the star rubs on to the channel. For instance, having Akshay’s show gives the channel a fresh, adventurous and risk-taking image. Second, reality shows help bring in a fresh audience, especially the men and youth, who are not regular soap watchers. Also, shows with film stars rake in huge money in terms of advertisements.” What’s important though, pointed out Ashvini, is to make the right choice while choosing a film star. “The show has to go with the star’s brand,” she said. TV serial producers, however, believe that since it’s serials that hold the top slot in the number game, more attention should be paid to them. “Instead of cutting down on our budgets, channels should cut down on paying so much to film stars,” grumbled a TV director. Producer-director Rajan Shahi’s glad that top film stars are now also TV stars. “I hope TV stars get the same treatment in films,” he said. Talking about B-town’s foray on the small screen, he added, “I’m sure taking film stars has some benefit that channels see. In the past film stars have given huge TRPs… may be the magic will work again. For me, Rakhi Sawant has been the most successful film actor in terms of success on TV.”

BIRTHDAY BOY: BT caught Dharmendra in a relaxed mood at home
Dharmendra on his 75th birthday and start of a new innings in Bollywood

ROSHNI K OLIVERA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 8, 2009)

Yoga, 30 minutes of cycling, and some free form exercises… that’s how Bollywood’s original he-man and endearing actor Dharmendra will start his day today. It’s not just another day. It’s Garam Dharam’s 75th birthday, and while his family and well-wishers are excited, for the man himself it’s only another “beautiful day” that he might spend at his farmhouse in Lonavala.

Life, as a whole, is a celebration for Dharmendra. ‘Be happy and spread cheer all around you’ has always been his mantra. “I am a very emotional person. I love people. I want to see genuine warmth in human beings where there is no artificiality, only true care and concern. There should be harmony all around,” is his birthday wish.

Talking about celebrations, he says it’s a personal choice not to celebrate his birthday. “I stopped doing so after my mother passed away in 1985. She used to be very excited about my birthday… bahut chahel pahel machati thi,” he fondly recounts. But, wishes from across the globe are going to pour in today, as they have over the years. He’s just received a beautiful t-shirt from a girl in New Zealand and a call from a group of 80 boys from Gwalior, who will be donating blood in his name today. Overwhelmed by the affection, Dharmendra says, “It’s this love from my well-wishers that keeps me going. In fact, recently after I appeared on Dus Ka Dum, I received so many letters from people asking me to do more films and make more appearances on TV.” Audiences’ response to Apne, Johnny Gaddar and Life in a Metro has given him tremendous motivation and he’s all set, looking forward to his next innings. “I want to do more films and do good films. I like to see myself on posters. Who doesn’t?” he smiles. A career spanning 50 years in Bollywood (this is his 50th year) and with a number of hit films to his credit, Dharmendra’s seen it all. He’s played the diehard romantic, action hero, and also done comedy. But ask him about his favourite genre and he says he loves every form of acting. He was born to be an actor and will continue to pursue his passion with as much gusto.

On his birthday, as he goes into flashback mode, when he first came to this city of dreams, when he signed his first film and faced the camera for the first time, one can see the same excitement and charm that he may have exuded then. Nothing’s changed… he’s as fit and handsome, his face radiating the same exhilaration even today when it’s ‘lights, camera, action’ time.

Bharati Dubey | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; September 5, 2009)


Singapore: He’s going from ‘lock kiya jaye’ to unlocking the minds of contestants in India’s version of Big Brother. Amitabh Bachchan returns to the small screen in Season 3 of Big Boss, to play “pop psychologist’’ to those in the house. The Big B’s intention is to add “the human element’’ to the reality show.

“We need to analyse the minds of those on the show and reach out to as many people as possible through it. On eviction day, I will discuss the thought process of that particular contestant,’’ Amitabh Bachchan told TOI. “I don’t claim to give gyaan or suggest that I can calm things down. My job is only to analyse why people behave in a certain
manner in the house.’’

About the celebrity inmates of the house, Bachchan only says, “The audience will vote for who they want to see inside the house.’’ Shooting will take place every Friday in Lonavala. Family Bachchan, of course, is thrilled at the idea. “They are happy with whatever makes me happy,’’ he says.
TV’s reach attracts more film stars
Singapore: Amitabh Bachchan will make a return to TV with Big Boss 3. Explaining his choice, Colours CEO Rajesh Kamat said, “Big Boss last season was hugely popular. This time we wanted to make it more broadbased and pan-India so it appeals to people from the ages 4 to 64. Once we decided on Amitabh Bachchan, we worked out the pop-philosopher role for him. The idea was to deconstruct the emotions of those in the house and initiate discussions where we can keep the audience engaged.’’
Rumour has it that Abhishek Bachchan too has been approached to host a game show. Industry sources said, “Abhishek Bachchan has been offered to host a game show on the lines of the American show Bingo. The matter is still under discussion and likely to finalised by the end of the year.’’
More and more film personalities are looking at doing television programmes. While SRK did a season of KBC, Akshay Kumar has returned with Khatron Ke Khiladi 2 and Salman Khan’s image got a makeover with Dus Ka Dum.
“It’s the huge audience base and the ability of television to reach out to the lowest common denominator that is drawing big film stars to small screen,’’ says reality TV writer Manoj Muntashir. “Also, television is no more inferior to cinema. The stars were wooed by some great money and the desire to do something out of the box. Get set to be surprised by many superstars turning to this most popular medium of entertainment in the near future,’’ he adds.
After the great Salman-Shah Rukh fallout, the warring Khans will finally be seen together in a forthcoming reality show. When powerful common friends failed to broker peace, will a reality show do the trick?
By Ruhail Amin (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 03, 2009)
When Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan fell out during Katrina Kaif’s birthday bash last year, it was an outright war. It put the industry in an uncomfortable position, where people were forced to take sides. Very few managed the tightrope walk and maintained their relationship with both the warring Khans. Now, the possibility that the industry can breathe a sigh of relief is imminent as SRK and Salman will be seen on a reality show together.

The fallout over certain remarks about Salman’s ex-girlfriend, Aishwarya Rai, was very public and it led to the Khans taking potshots at each other at every given opportunity. Recently, Salman said that Shah Rukh used to be nice, but now is he is insecure. In the past, Salman has also claimed that SRK was jealous because his show, Kya Aap Paanchvi Pass Se Tez Hain?, was a flop, while Dus Ka Dum was very popular. Salman also pooh-poohed SRK’s US detention ordeal recently. And these are just a few instances.

Though stars like Rani Mukerji and Farah Khan have tried to play peacemaker between the two proud Khans, finally it may take a reality show where the stars are paid hefty sums to appear on the same platform. The reality show is called Dance Premier League and has participants from different zones battling it out with each other. Stars will cheer their teams and if Salman and SRK’s team clash, of course, both stars will have to come face to face. Though the makers of the show are trying to keep the names of Bollywood participants under wraps, Mirror has learned that SRK and Salman have already been approached to be part of this show.

Danish Khan, VP Marketing, Sony, says, “It’s too early to talk about specific stars. We have approached many actors and are still deciding on the names.” When asked about SRK and Salman specifically, he does not deny their involvement and says, “I can’t comment at this stage. It’s better if you wait for a formal announcement.”

But our source confirms, “SRK and Salman have been approached already. Katrina, Bipasha, Kareena and Prabhudeva will be the other participants in the show.”

Katrina, though, denies it. She says, “I have not been approached for any reality show.”

Though the channel might chooses to be tight-lipped about this new development, we are surely looking forward to the fireworks.

Salman Khan and Himesh Reshammiya, who had fallen out in 2006, decided to not let their egos get in the way of their reconciliation
By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 01, 2009)
Salman Khan and Himesh Reshammiya were good buddies once, but in Bollywood ego usually plays the villain. But like friendships, enmities in the fickle world of films don’t last long either. Yesterday morning, they kissed and patched up on the sets of Dus Ka Dum at RK Studios, Chembur, indicating a thawing-out for the first time since their problems peaked in 2006. Salman and Himesh hugged four times on the sets and they met like long lost friends. Shenaz Treasuryvala and Sonal Sehgal, Himesh’s co-stars in the forthcoming film Radio, accompanied him.

The age-old saying ‘time is a healer’ seems to have worked in the Salman-Himesh relationship, which had gone sour. Salman, who is very clear about his choices, had no issues when the channel invited Himesh to participate in the show. A source from the channel said, “Salman is consulted before sending out any invitation. Only when he showed no apprehensions about inviting Himesh, was he invited.”

Himesh Reshammiya

Salman Khan

Seeing Salman’s warm reception, Himesh was overwhelmed. Another source who was present at the shoot said, “Salman and Himesh were very comfortable with each other. Unlike the past, Salman did not take any digs at Himesh. The shoot wrapped up much sooner than expected.”

Anita Basu, who was present at the shoot with her husband (producer of the show, Siddharth Basu), confirmed that there were surprisingly warm vibes between the two. She said, “Salman and Himesh definitely shared very good chemistry and the show went off very well.”

It may be recalled that Salman had suddenly stopped playing godfather to Himesh and no longer insisted on featuring him in all his films, and Himesh no longer referred to Salman as God, in gratitude for his help. The friction began at a Nagpur show, where Salman and Himesh had an ego clash. After that, they stopped talking to each other completely. But in true Salman style, the star often took digs at Himesh, making fun of the trademark nasal quality of Himesh’s singing.

Anyway, all’s well that ends well. A smiling Salman left RK Studios and Himesh too has been very happy since then.

The very reticent, former superstar Sridevi will appear on Salman’s quiz show with her husband Boney Kapoor
By Meena Iyer (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 18, 2009)

Boney Kapoor and Sridevi

He romanced her in Chaand Kaa Tukdaa way back in 1994 and now, she’s his producer. Salman Khan and Sridevi have always shared a good rapport. So when Salman requested the reticent actress to make an appearance on his television show, 10 Ka Dum, she couldn’t refuse.

Insiders say that Sridevi and filmmaker husband Boney Kapoor spent close to five hours on the sets earlier this week and though portions of the show were meant to publicise their film Wanted – the emphasis was on the fantastic rapport between Salman and his former co-star.

Boney Kapoor, who is an ardent fan of Salman, said, “Sri has been asked to appear on Koffee with Karan, on Vir Sanghvi’s show and has also been invited by several other prominent talk show hosts. However, she politely refused the offers because she is shy. But when it came to appearing on Salman’s show, Sri didn’t have to be persuaded. Like me, she also shares a good rapport with Salman.”

Salman Khan

Apart from acting, Sridevi and Salman also share another common interest – painting.

In fact, some of Salman’s paintings are put up in  Kapoor’s residence alongside paintings by Sridevi. When Salman got to know about her talent, he requested Boney to sneak in two of her paintings to the sets of the show. Much to Sridevi’s surprise, Salman also showed her paintings to the viewers.



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