Television

Karishma Kaa Karishma debuts on Star Plus Friday

MUMBAI: Friday will be a day of reckoning for Star Plus as it unveils two new shows -Karishma Kaa Karishma at 8:00 pm and Shararath Thoda Jadu, Thodi Nazakat at 9:00 pm respectively.

Karishma Kaa Karishma ( KKK)the latest sitcom has a cute girl in a red polka dotted frock who speaks like an android as protagonist. Does that ring a bell?

Fortunately, the channel confesses that the concept has been 'inspired' by Small Wonder ,the Metromedia Producers Corp and 20th Century Fox Television production of 1980s and insists that the similarity ends there.



KKK , a maiden television venture of Alliance Media & Entertainment, is about an urban, educated Punjabi family of Vikram and Sheetal (Ted and Joan Lawson ) and their young son Rahul (Jamie). Vikram, a computer engineer who invents a robot called Karishma who is programmed for good and positive values of life. An epitome of a well-bred child, the sitcom goes on to show how the robot helps the family from major crises. The comic situations centre around the family's attempts to keep Karishma's real identity a secret from the rest of the world especially their nosey neighbours.

"We realized that there is nothing for 'young adults' on television. We wanted to cater to this neglected bracket. Though the concept is the same as Small Wonder , the treatment of characters and the context in which they will be shown is different and very much Indian," says Alliance Media & Entertainment CEO, Sunil Doshi, when questioned about what prompted them to opt for a show which has not only had its usual run in English but Hindi dubbed version as well.

The programme is not slated to be a slapstick or rib tickling comedy but an emotional sitcom with stand alone episodes, confirms Doshi. " We want the audience to enjoy the show the same way they would relish reading a Tin Tin , an Asterix or perhaps a PG Woodhouse," he asserts. The special effects of the show has been done by Ketan Mehta's Maya Entertainment.

With this show , Doshi hopes to enhance viewership penetration and present contemporary situations which the Indian audience would be able to relate to. " Every show is in its original context," he asserts.

"The soul and nerve centers of the programme are its writers " says Doshi. It has been entirely their endeavour to give a whole new perspective to the serial and etch out the characters to perfection, such that they identify with the Indian audience, ethos and characteristics of Indian culture. The episodes have been penned by three writers - Mukesh Ramani, Mukesh Agarwal and Rajiv Agarwal .



Interestingly,the show also boasts of having many 'guest directors' to ensure that each director brings in a new perspective to an already done to death series on television .Rahul Kapoor and Lilliput have directed the first few episodes.

Karishma, the protagonist is being played by six year old Jhanak Shukla who is best remembered for ICICI , D-Cold and Tata Salt commercials. "I act the way I am asked to", says the young girl who rote learns the dialogues read out to her by her father and staff.

"Her cute endearing innocent looks made her the obvious choice for the role," says Doshi. The little girl has been signed by Karan Johar for his next film Kal Ho Na Ho.

Rahul, Karishma's brother, played by Mayank Tandon, is not a new face on television. He has acted in serials like Kittie Party, Hu Bahu and Khushiyaan.

Sanjeev Seth of Campus and Mehndi Tere Naam Ki fame plays Karishma's father and Eva Grover who has acted in serials like Hum Saath Aath Hain ,her mother.

Jamnadas Majedhia a well known theatre artist and producer of Kchihdi plays the incorrigible Mr Brindle and popular sitcom actress Bhavana Balsaver of Zabaan Sambhal Ke and Dekh Bhai Dekh fame plays the nosy parker , Mrs Brindle. However to give it an Indian connotation the two have been shown as a Gujarati couple.Sweta Prasad (of Makdee and Kahanni Ghar Ghar Kii plays the role of Harriet.

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/01/22/hungama.jpg?itok=h0eusU2k
Hungama Music starts original audio programming in Tamil ‘Endrendrum Punnagai’

Hungama Music has announced its foray into original audio programming from 22 January. Starting with Endrendrum Punnagai, a Tamil audio original, Hungama Music will soon launch additional shows in other key Indian languages including Hindi, Telugu, Punjabi, Bengali and Marathi, among others.

Television TV Channels Music and Youth
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/01/22/mnx.jpg?itok=goDtYfPe
Times Network salutes the spirit of heroism with its Republic Day movie line-up

Times Network, India’s leading television broadcasting network, celebrates the 70th Republic Day of India by taking its viewers on a remarkable journey of valiance on its channels MOVIES NOW and MNX.

Television TV Channels English Entertainment
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/01/22/air-force.jpg?itok=5F3BNmWJ
National Geographic to celebrate the spirit of the Indian Air Force on India’s 70th Republic Day with ‘Extreme Flight: Indian Air Force’

National Geographic is marking the 70th Republic Day celebrations by paying tribute to the selfless heroes of the Indian Air Force.

Television TV Channels Factual @ Discovery
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/01/22/sun.jpg?itok=16iUFfMP
Sun Bangla to rise on 3 February

In 2018, it was reported that the Southern broadcast behemoth, Kalanithi Maran-owned Sun TV Network intended to travel to new regions of the country - Marathi and Bengali.

Television TV Channels Regional
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/01/22/ICC.jpg?itok=jIWYAeai
Ad volume for cricket up by 16% in last 2 years

Sports viewership has undergone a transformation, with the burgeoning interest in sports other than cricket. While the gentleman’s game still commands most eyeballs (69 per cent), other sports contributed around 31 per cent of the overall viewership in 2017. Of this, Star India’s Pro Kabaddi League...

Television TV Channels Sports
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/01/22/zee.jpg?itok=Mmz8ouSj
Zeel channels most watched Hindi entertainment channels across genres

Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (Zeel) Hindi GEC channels – the free to air (FTA) Zee Anmol and flagship Zee TV were the most watched Hindi entertainment – be it GEC or Hindi movies channels, in Broadcast Audience Research Council of India (BARC) weekly list of top 10 channels across genres for...

Television TV Channels Viewership
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/01/21/burkha.jpg?itok=fsKeQsnO
New English news channel Harvest TV to launch on Republic Day

As the general elections are inching closer, media veterans are set to launch several news ventures.

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/01/21/kholi.jpg?itok=j8mN58nH
Star Sports unveils new campaign “Cricket Ka Asli King Kaun” for India’s tour of New Zealand

Star Sports – India’s leading sports broadcaster has unveiled a new campaign for India’s tour of New Zealand.

Television TV Channels Sports
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/01/21/nba.jpg?itok=pVs8SPo2
Start your weekend right with NBA ‘saturday morning live’

The National Basketball Association, unveiled its campaign in India to create awareness amongst existing as well as new fans. Under its global television campaign, ‘This Is Why We Play’,

Television TV Channels Sports

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories