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On television, it has to be the Bachchan family, who may yet establish a monopoly on reality shows in 2010. Ash too has been made an incredible offer

By Subhash K Jha and Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 30, 2009)


Barely has the Big B concluded hosting Bigg Boss 3, we hear that he has been roped in for the next season, apparently at a much heftier fee than the reported Rs 1.5 crore he was paid per episode. The show begins in the second-half of 2010, after Abhishek’s game show Bingo plays itself out.

Amitabh Bachchan says, “There are some other television offers. I’m considering them. It wouldn’t be prudent to mention their names at this point. Yes, the channel has expressed a desire to continue the relationship.”

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Amitabh Bachchan Abhishek Bachchan

They are also going all out to woo Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, apparently to host a chat show. Convincing Aishwarya at this stage of her career when her calendar is full is proving to be problematic.

But as a senior person from the channel says, “We’re on the job. We never planned to get both, Mr Bachchan and Abhishek. But now that they’re on, we’re getting ambitious.” Apparently they plan to rope in the entire Bachchan parivar in one capacity or another.

Meanwhile, Abhishek is gearing up for his debut as a TV host on the show National Bingo Night. He says, “I have been getting quite a few offers in the recent past for television. I loved the show as it has a special connect with the viewers. They can participate, play the game and win sitting at home. I loved the uniqueness of the theme.”

Talking about competing with his father who has just finished hosting Bigg Boss 3, he says, “I don’t think about these things or I will lose focus. Once I am in front of the camera, I am going to be myself. I have always maintained that it is a great honour to be compared to the best. I will do what I have to do which is to go out there, play the game with the contestants and have fun on the show.”

WHAT AN ACT: Kareena Kapoor and Katrina Kaif

A strange dostana is being formed by the actress with Abhishek and John for Karan Johar’s sequel…


SUBHASH K JHA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; November 3, 2009)


This latest development in Bollywood epitomizes the song Kitne Ajeeb Rishte Hain Yahan Par. Kareena Kapoor, who a few years ago was on uneasy terms with Karan Johar, has completed one major film Kurbaan with his production house and is now in the thick of another major project, Stepmom, costarring Kajol. And the buzz is that the actress is all set to take over the leading lady’s mantle from Priyanka Chopra in the Dostana franchise.

katzThis is a serious olive branch exercise for Kareena since it not only makes this her third prestigious film in a row for Karan, but also brings to an end her long-standing strained relations with Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham. With John, Kareena had locked horns after her comments on his acting abilities made on Karan’s chat show. The rift with Abhishek was far more serious. The actors had decided not to work together after things soured between Abhishek and Kareena’s sister Karisma Kapoor. Says a source, “Ironically, Kareena had been dropped from the first Dostana because she couldn’t work with Abhishek. And now she’s back in Dostana 2. Never say never again, at least in Bollywood, where equations change every Friday.”

Incidentally, Katrina Kaif was a serious contender for Dostana 2. In fact, rumours were that she had almost been finalised. However, director Tarun Mansukhani denies casting Katrina. “How could I finalise anyone until I finished the script except John and Abhishek who are an integral part of the Dostana brand,” he asks. About casting Kareena, the director says noncommitally, “We are almost done with the script. At the moment I’m neither confirming not denying Kareena’s presence.” The story of Dostana now moves from Miami where Abhishek and John shared a flat masquerading as a gay couple to London where they continue to play gays.
She has been paid Rs 10 crore for 20 episodes of The Preity Zinda Show

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 05, 2009)

Preity Zinta is all set to make her television debut with a chat show titled The Preity Zinda Show for which she has been paid Rs 10 crore. The show will go on air by mid-December. Preity will be hosting the weekly show in which she will interview celebrity guests.

A source said, “The show is called The Preity Zinda Show and she has been paid a whopping Rs 10 crore for 20 episodes. The deal was finalised last week when the channel officials met her in Los Angeles where she is currently. Preity is quite excited about her television debut. However everything about the deal is hush hush right now and no one is allowed to talk about it.”

When we contacted Preity to know more, her secretary said, “No comments.”

REVELATIONS! Farah Khan
… says Farah Khan, who’s just had a blast shooting for her upcoming chat show with a host of stars and common people

ROSHNI K OLIVERA (BOMBAY TIMES; August 17, 2009)


Shah Rukh Khan is a henpecked husband. Salman Khan’s a mamma’s boy. And Hrithik Roshan had speech problems as a kid. These are revelations by the stars themselves to their buddy and new host on the block, Farah Khan. The actor-turned-choreographer is set to host a chat show on TV for the first time. The show Tere Mere Beach Mein on Star Plus produced by Farah’s production house gives viewers a glimpse into the ‘real’ life of a celebrity. Set on a backdrop inspired by the beaches of Goa, it instantly sets a mood of informal, uninhibited chats with the stars. Farah gets candid with celebrities from various walks of life to discuss what they have in similar with the common man! “The show is not about a celebrity’s stardom, but about life away from the arc lights. They are not on my show to plug their movie or talk about controversies. We take up one interesting theme or issue and talk about that. There are also non-celebs who come on the show and share their
thoughts on the same topic,” explains Farah.

This seven week series comprises 14 episodes and the first celebrity on the show is Salman Khan with his mother Salma Khan, who’s always been media-shy. “It was so nice to have her on the show and she was absolutely candid,” says Farah. Brothers Irfan and Yusuf Pathan speak on sibling rivalry. “Yusuf was an eye opener, he was so funny,” reveals Farah. Karan Johar and Sonam Kapoor on the show talk about their journey from fat to thin and Shahid Kapoor and Genelia on second chances in life. “You see a different side of the celeb. From aspirational, it becomes more inspirational for the audience,” she points out. The show is her baby, right from conceptualising it
to the implementation. “For every episode there’s a lot of research that has been done,” she adds.
Farah may have directed people, been a judge on shows, but playing a host is another ball game altogether. “I was very nervous initially,” she reveals. “We first shot the episode with John Abraham and Yuvraj Singh and the topic was male eye candy, how men are suddenly shedding clothes like never before! As a host you have to be alert, spontaneous and quick with your responses. Here, I realised being a judge on TV was a cakewalk!”

Tere Mere Beach Mein will be aired every Saturday and Sunday at 9 pm on Star Plus
Mom Salma Khan steals the show from Salman as she appears on a chat show for the first time. She even talks about his love life, making Salman squirm in his seat
By Indu Mirani (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 27, 2009)

Salman and Salma Khan

While reality shows are more about a controlled reality than about anything real, here’s a case of a chat show going into the reality zone and how. This happened when Salman Khan and his mother Salma (Salma Aunty to most of Bollywood) went on Farah Khan’s chat show Tere Mere Beech Mein to discuss the subject ‘Mama’s boys’, a subject remarkably fitting for the 40+ Salman who still lives next to her and swears by her cooking.

A member of the audience revealed, “Though it started off as a Salman Khan show, it was soon evident that the star was Salma Aunty. She was candid and natural and stole the show from her superstar son. In fact, halfway through the taping, it felt less like a show and more like we had been invited into their home. She broke so many of Salman’s bhandas that at one point an embarrassed Salman actually didn’t know where to look even as the audience was very amused.” This is the first time that Salma Khan has appeared on any TV show.

The source elaborated, “Salman’s father Salim Khan had taped his byte in which he said that Salman always falls in love with actresses but then wants them to give up everything and stay7 at home much like the most special woman in his life… his mother. He went on to say that Salman had been spoilt silly by his mother.”

Farah Khan

Salman’s mother, dressed as simply on the show as she does in real life and refusing to wear make-up, spoke about his girlfriends without naming anyone and confessed she very much wanted to see him married and have kids. “He will make a very good father,” she said as Salman squirmed. Later, Salman and his mother danced together.

Farah admitted that they had taped the show recently and also called it one of the sweetest and nicest episodes but wouldn’t say more till the show was nearer telecast date.