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Aditi Gowitrikar signs on as a brand ambassador of a contest, accepts Rs 5 lakh from the organisers and abandons them to get locked in a reality show

By Akela (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 16, 2009)

Aditi Gowitrikar’s popularity has seen a major upheaval since she entered the third season of the reality show Bigg Boss.

This might work wonders for her career, but has definitely put event organiser Musha M Mollick in a tight spot. Aditi signed as a brand ambassador for the event company, The Red Star Network, for a local beauty pageant show. She was paid Rs 5 lakh for it. However, the actress got herself trapped in the reality show, resulting in a lot of alterations in the contest.

The contest, which was initially scheduled for November 8, is now postponed to November 17, solely because of Aditi’s absence. The organisers have suffered huge monetary losses due to this change of plan. The furious organiser Musha tells us, “We paid Aditi Rs 5 lakh as the signing amount, but she joined a reality show, leaving us in a lurch. Her unavailability and non-professionalism has resulted in the event’s sponsors and participants labelling me as a fraud. Later, I decided to go ahead without her. I had no other option.”

The contest has 24 models vying for the title and has a mix of industry people as judges and guests. Singer Anoop Jalota, musician Monty Sharma, actresses Preeti Jhangiani, Aditi Sharma and comedian Navin Prabhakar are among the many who are on the list.

The channel that airs the reality show Aditi is participating in did not revert to our messages asking for Aditi or their take on the story.

UPSET: Sherlyn Chopra
Sherlyn Chopra, still raw from her reality show experience, talks to BT…

REAGAN GAVIN RASQUINHA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; November 1, 2009)

Loose at the seams but not quite ready to come apart just yet, the brave and beautiful Sherlyn Chopra is teary and frayed, betrayed. A theme that she first visits. Fresh out of the Bigg Boss house, after having somehow managed a four-week run there. It’s still too soon, the experience too raw for her. Words come haltingly as she recounts, “The inmates would be so awfully judgemental of me. For two weeks I indulged in gossip with Kamal. Then I realised that I cannot be on both sides and that I couldn’t go on doing this. So I went to each person I gossiped and bitched about and apologised to them. People like Poonam Dhillon said that they enjoyed my act, to go forth and come clean. I don’t want to merely read the Bible, but to live the Word. But then there were others who thought that this was all just a facade. How could they be so cruel? Is this the level at which they think? Must they taint me with the same

The mixed emotion in her voice is unmistakable as a cocktail of feelings put together by the shoddy treatment that was meted to her. It’s something she wants to wash off her hands and move on. “Yes, I came across as a loner on the show and that came across from Day 1. I’m not a good talker, I’m a good listener. Is there anything wrong with that? They, of course, took the liberty of coming to the conclusion that this was because of my ego or that I had attitude! You know, I love doing chores around the house, the dishes… whatever! In fact, I have obsessive compulsive disorder. I have to see my surroundings clean and tidy. If they aren’t, then I will do it myself. So how can they accuse me of not taking part in household activities,” she demands to know, adding, “And when I would get into these tasks, they’d pass bitchy comments to the effect that I prefer to do domestic chores rather than talk to them.” Gossip certainly seems to be the name of the game in the house. But then all is not woe, with the true natures of the inmates coming increasingly to the fore, it’s all down to who is friend and who is foe. “It was a combination of conspiracy and desperation that got me evicted,” reflects Sherlyn. Well, there is always wisdom in hindsight… Moving on, though, she’s now back in the real world from her short exile. A world where she is appreciated more. She is, of course, wildly popular and one of the most downloaded women, her pictures sizzling up many a PC screen. She digs this, and her spirits immediately perk up when she is reminded of this. So how does she feel? “Yes, the response is awesome, and I get a lot of offers for photoshoots, a lot of people would love to connect with me but I keep reminding them that I have an exclusive agreement with the Times.” Atta girl, Sherlyn! The house may be one less without you, but we for sure, are richer for your return.


TV’S SIZZLING AND HOW: Rani Mukerji, Amrita Rao, Eesha Koppikhar, Genelia D’Souza andPreity Zinta. 

Yes, for several actresses now… who enjoy the mass reach and moolah!


AAKANKSHA NAVAL-SHETYE Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; October 28, 2009)


Bollywood may be big, but Tellywood’s small screen is proving to be a bigger lure for our B-town actors and actresses. After a string of Bollymen — right from Amitabh Bachchan to Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan — gave in to the temptation and showed their dum on television, it’s now the turn of the actresses to hog the telly-limelights. Years back, Karisma Kapur, Madhuri Dixit, Raveena Tandon and Manisha Koirala set the trend because they were not exactly hot property at the BO. Now the new brigade is jumping on the TV bandwagon also because of the draw of the mass reach and the moolah. So, while Rani Mukerji is judging a reality dance show Dance Premiere League, Amrita Rao is a celebrity panelist on a reality matchmaking show The Perfect Bride. Not too long ago, Kajol alongwith mum Tanuja and hubby Ajay Devgn had turned judge for a family show Rock N Roll Family, as had Sonali Bendre for Indian Idol, while Soha Ali Khan is hosting a game show Khelo, Jeeto, Jeeyo. Urmila Matondkar, too, had created quite a stir with Jhalak Dikhla Jaa and Waar Parivaar, while Shilpa Shetty wowed viewers with Bigg Boss. Eesha Koppikhar’s wrestling with her reality show 100 Percent De Dhana Dhan and now Genelia too is set to join the fray soon with Big Switch. Even Preity Zinta is reportedly in talks with a TV channel to host a game-show.
Having started her career in the glam world with ads on TV, for Amrita, the small screen has always held a special place. “I have never underestimated the power and the reach of television. In fact, the entire industry depends on it for promoting their films. Besides I believe that there can never be boundaries for talent. Look how the stars have been balancing it abroad. Why can’t we have equal respectability for both mediums here too,” questions the actress, who was drawn to do a reality show because of the unique concept that the show offered.
Genelia is equally excited with her foray on TV and says, “I am really very excited about this, it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
And channel heads are certainly happy to get a dash of Bollywood glam to sizzle up their TRPs. Says Danish Khan, VP Marketing, of a popular channel, “It’s a win-win situation for the actor and the channel. The actor gets to connect with the masses while the channel benefits since the actors bring with them their loyal fans.”
Even as industry watchers continue to debate on the real reason behind the stars’ descent on the small screen — with most industry watchers claiming that it’s all about reaching out to the masses, and some insisting that it’s purely a case of making hay while the sun shines — the stars continue to rain on TV. Viewers are certainly not complaining about getting an extra dose of their beauty queens right in their living
Rajesh Khanna agrees to enter Bigg Boss as a wildcard entry

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 23, 2009)

Rajesh Khanna is destined to be part of Bigg Boss 3. The veteran actor, who will now be introduced as a wildcard entry in the show within the next two weeks, was a strong contender when the channel was finalising the contestants a few days before the show was about to be aired. However, he wasn’t finalised because of dillydallying at that point of time.

“The main  problem with Mr Khanna was he wanted  permission to be allowed to drink  within the house. We  couldn’t  allow him  that,”  says a source from the channel.

Things have changed now. With Kamaal R Khan’s inglorious booting-out on Wednesday, the channel is once again negotiating with Rajesh Khanna. This  time Rajesh Khanna says he’s willing to give up on his hard drinks till he is inside the house because, apparently, he finds the friction, tension and drama on theshow far more  intoxicating than the drinks.

A highly-placed source from  the channel confirms and says, “We’ve  opened up negotiations with Mr Khanna  and he has  agreed to be  on  the show. We  will be introducing   him  in the  show as a  wildcard entry in  the next two weeks.”

Interestingly, rumours have it that Rajesh  Khanna’s superstar son-in-law Akshay Kumar was opposed  to the idea  of  his father-in-law participating in the reality show.

“If  this  is  true  then  Mr Khanna must be  all  the more inclined to  do so. He  doesn’t like to be  told what  to do,” adds the source.

Incidentally, Rajesh Khanna will be paid the highest amount ever  given to  a contestant. Given that Khanna was Bollywood’s first superstar, it will be interesting to see him interact with the reality show’s pop philosopher Amitabh Bachchan who had taken over as the superstar after him.

krkBharati Dubey | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; October 22, 2009)

Mumbai: For the first time in the history of reality television, a participant has been thrown out for violent behaviour. It is learnt that the producers of Bigg Boss took the decision after all the participants threatened to walk out of the house if actor-director Kamal R Khan of Deshdrohi fame was not thrown out.

The show’s producer, Ashvini Yardi, confirmed, “Yes, Kamal R Khan has been ousted from Bigg Boss Season 3.” She added, “His behaviour was not acceptable at all. We don’t advocate the use of violence to settle differences. What Kamal did was completely out of line and against the rules of the Bigg Boss house. So he asked to leave the house.”

A source said, “Khan has been misbehaving with all the participants. What’s appeared on television is only about one-third of his bad behaviour. The last straw was when he threw a bottle at a participant. What began as a verbal spat between Khan and Rohit Verma took an ugly turn when Khan threw a bottle of water at Rohit. Rohit ducked, but Shamita Shetty wasn’t as lucky—the bottle hit her hand. Khan also got into a fist fight with Raju Srivastav.”

In the original version of the show, Big Brother, in Australia, two participants were temporarily removed for allegedly sexually assaulting another participant in 2006. In 2007, UK Big Brother participant Jade Goody was thrown out for racist remarks against Shilpa Shetty.

Indian reality shows too are no strangers to dramatic exits. TV actor Shweta Tiwari walked out of Iss Jungle Se Mujhe Bachao saying she couldn’t cope with jungle life and her co-participants. Politician-actor Rahul Mahajan walked out of Bigg Boss after being asked to apologise for running out of the house. TV actor Chetan Hansraj got into a fist fight with a participant on Bollywood Ka Ticket. Trade pundits say much of the high drama on reality shows is scripted.

Reality show writer Mamoj Munteshir, shocked at the latest episode, said, “I don’t see this as a good sign for India’s global image. With due respect to Khan, I ask if he’s proud of his behaviour in the Big Boss house.” He added that channels and production houses had to be accountable while selecting contestants for reality shows.

KISKA NUMBER AAYEGA: Will the figures add up for Ajay?

Bharati Dubey | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; October 13, 2009)

Mumbai: No, that’s not a typo. Nearly 18 years after he came into the film industry, Ajay Devgan has dropped the ‘a’ from his surname. Ajay’s brand new surname comes before the release of his home production All The Best. Last week the film ran into minor trouble with a copyright infringement lawsuit but its makers say they’re all set to release on Friday.

Celebrity numerologist Sanjay B Jumaani maintains that professional advice needs to be sought if one decides to follow any ‘science’. “Minus an ‘a’ the change in Ajay’s fortunes will be moderate. If he had added an ‘n’ to his surname, his number would add up to six—Shah Rukh’s number—and that would’ve been better for him,’’ explains Jumaani. He does believe, though, that Ajay should have worked on the title of his film. “The title remains untouched and adds up to number 8. This is a karmic number and can go either way,’’ Jumaani says.

Talking of titles, Jumaani predicts the new season of Bigg Boss will be a smash hit because the letters total up to 6—also Amitabh Bachchan’s number and a lucky number by itself.

The K-brigade seems to have run its course on the small screen. Explains numerologist Suniiel Naik, “The alphabet ‘k’ comes under the influence of the moon but that’s just one part of the story. Beginning the title with ‘k’ won’t help. The entire set of words need to be looked into until a powerful figure is arrived at.’’ TV producer Hemal Thakar was down in the dumps before he knocked
out a ‘k’ from his surname. Thakar has produced the popular Jeevan Satthi and will add an extra ‘g’ to the title of his latest serial Hum Dono Hain Alag Alag. Of the younger crop of actors, Kapoor khandan scion Ranbir will have a good year, predicts Jumaani. “He is a number 1 and has entered his 28th year. Also, Boney Kapoor’s Wanted is a big hit because he has turned 56 in the year 2009—both adding up to one.’’

Trade analyst Amod Mehra believes all these numbers don’t add up to much at the box office. “Dropping an ‘a’ or adding a ‘g’ to a name is definitely not going to help a film if it is bad,’’ he says. “All this is done by actors because of their personal insecurities. No science or superstition will help a bad product work at the box office.’’ Go figure.

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.