Television

Big money riding on shows launching this month

MUMBAI: It's BIG show time folks. With themes ranging from India's partition, through to tales developed around the strife torn state of Kashmir, to blockbuster soaps, Hindi entertainment television is witnessing some monster budget action. And it's all coming together at the same time. Star, Zee, Sahara, Sony and national broadcaster Doordarshan are all rolling out high-cost productions this month.

With budgets of some of the shows in the Rs 3 to 4 million per episode range, there is some serious money the channels are throwing behind these January launches. Additionally, no one seems unduly worried that the upcoming cricket World Cup, which kicks of 8 February and runs till the end of March, will make these shows non-starters.

As far as the big ticket shows that Zee, Star and Sahara are launching go, the common thread running through them is that they all have nationalistic sentiments as a backdrop. Take Zee's mega budget show Mulk. It is set in Lahore in the pre-partition era. One wonders what took Zee so long to come up with such a concept considering the super success the group's 2001 blockbuster movie Gadar achieved at the box-office. Gadar was also set in partition India. Mulk, which goes on air on 12 January at 10:30 pm is directed by Chandar Behl and is about friendship during the partition of India.

Star Plus has two mega scale one-hour weekly shows ready for launch. The first, Kashmeer, is a saga of 'love and hatred with the backdrop of militancy' and begins its run on 16 January in the 9 to 10 PM slot. The second one, set to debut shortly is the Miditech production, Saara Akash. The story of Saara Akash revolves around a young flight lieutenant and three other officers in the Indian Air Force, two of whom fall in love with the same girl.

Sahara has Mission Fateh, which will commence on 24 January and highlights the emotional side of soldiers on the front. The weekly serial based on Indian war heroes is also a large budget project.

But in terms of sheer scale, Sahara TV's mega project with Bollywood A-list actress Karisma Kapoor surely takes the cake. Karishma The Miracle of Destiny has Karisma in a double role and is shot in Mumbai as well as locales abroad. It's not exactly a musical saga, but music too plays an important role as an integral part of the story with as many as 52 songs composed by well-known music director Anu Malik. Produced by Sahara TV, the serial's creative head is Akash Deep whose production banner Cinetek is the assigned producer of the serial which is directed by Anurag Basu. While Karisma plays the main protagonist, the serial has several big league Bollywood names in its starcast which include Arbaz Khan, Sanjay Kapoor, Jugal Hansraj, Tinu Anand, Sheeba and Arshad Warsi. Besides there are also well known television stars in key roles which include Ayub Khan, Harsh Chaya, Resham Seth and Shahrukh Bharoocha, to name just a few.

Sahara has also got another big-budget show with former queen bee of Bollywood Sridevi in the lead. This one is a sitcom though, and Sridevi reportedly plays an Indianised version of an old US show titled Lucy.

Sony Entertainment has opted to keep off the "nationalist" bandwagon and has instead gone in for a big budget soap Kahani Teri Meri produced by Balaji Telefilms. KTM, which replaces another Balaji offering Kutumb in the daily 9:30 PM slot is being billed by Balaji as "much larger and far more lavish than any serial currently airing on television."

According to the information available with indiantelevision.com, the most expensive show that is currently on air as far as Hindi entertainment C&S channels are concerned is Kismey Kitnaa Hai Dam on Star Plus, which costs Rs 2.5 million per episode. Kismey is taking a "seasonal break" and its slot is being taken up by Kashmeer.

The New Year has already seen the launch of two mega-serials on Doordarshan, both produced by Sanjay Khan's Numero Uno International Limited (NUIL).

Maharathi Karna, a portrayal of the Mahabharata from the viewpoint of Karna, throws light on the life of this unsung hero adding a new perspective to this epic tale. The other serial, 1857 - Kranti, tells the story of India's first war of independence.

Maharathi Karna started on 1 January and airs every Wednesday and Thursday between 9 and 9:30 PM and 1857 - Kranti launched on 29 December and airs every Sunday between 11 and noon.

It is quite likely that some of the new shows on air will rival the kind of budgeting that was envisaged for Zee TV's stillborn reality show PoW (Prisoner of War).

When Zee announced in March 2001 plans to launch a POW modelled on the UK Channel 5 game show Jailbreak which ran in 2000, the talk was that the per episode cost was in the region of RS 5 million. The show, which was to be shot on location at a specially constructed 40,000 sq. feet area set at the Zee Group's EsselWorld theme park in Mumbai, never saw the light of day.

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/12/06/steve1.jpg?itok=Z86RBizl
MN+ celebrates Steven Soderbergh this month!

MUMBAI: 'Director's Cut', the flagship property of MN+, is preparing to treat its viewers with an exhilarating line-up of gold class Hollywood movies by the Oscar Award winning director 'Steven Soderbergh'. The ongoing property will air some of the finest works of Steven from 10 December, 2016,...

Television TV Channels English Entertainment
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/12/06/Dance%20Singapore%20Dance_0.jpg?itok=m5uCpty4
Sheriden, Sufri emerge winners of Dance Singapore contest

MUMBAI: The second season of Dance Singapore Dance on Zee TV APAC comes to an end with a spectacular grand finale. Sheriden Newman, 29, danced her way to victory after emerging as thewinner of Season 2. Sheriden, 29, a dance graduate from Queensland University of Technology outperformed over 200...

Television TV Channels GECs
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/12/06/Discovery-800x800.jpg?itok=zedEwSn7
Discovery's 'Jawai: India's Leopard Hills' wins at Asian Television Academy

MUMBAI: Discovery India’s production Jawai: India’s Leopard Hills has won the Best Natural History / Wildlife Programme at the prestigious Asian Television Academy Awards 2016, held in Singapore. Produced by Robin Roy Films, Jawai: India’s Leopard Hills combines state-of-the-art technology and...

Television TV Channels Factual & Documentary
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/12/06/NaomiCampbell-800x800.jpg?itok=R2oPtlGa
Fox Life brings supermodel Naomi Campbell in 'The Face' series

MUMBAI: Fox Life is all set to become the latest destination for high fashion as it launches a thrilling reality TV series The Face. The show is filled with passion and race to win which has never been seen with this intense and real before. The series began on 5 December and airs every Monday and...

Television TV Channels Specialised and Niche
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/12/06/Niharika_0.jpg?itok=aaA4Ozxj
Star Suvarna to air new show ‘Niharika’ from 12 Dec

MUMBAI: Star Suvarna is all set to air its new show Niharika. A new concept which is not just a “Atte-Sose” (Kannada) or a kitchen drama. Starting from 12 December, the show will be aired at 8pm time slot.

Television TV Channels GECs
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/12/06/Pankaj-Raghav.jpg?itok=m17NTSIr
Cracking Chrome DM-Da Vinci code as legalities take over

MUMBAI:  When business partners --- erstwhile or otherwise--- part ways acrimoniously, dirty linen gets washed in public. Almost a year after parting ways, Da Vinci Learning (DVL) TV channel, through its Indian JV partner Quintillion Media Pvt. Ltd, has served a breach of contract notice to...

Television TV Channels Kids
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/12/06/Jungle-Book-800x800.jpg?itok=XwXvbkYw
Govt defends UA certificate to 'Jungle Book' (3D)

NEW DELHI: Even as it is still studying the recommendations of the Shyam Benegal Committee on film certification, the Government has justified the U/A certification to the English film “Jungle Book” (3D).

Television TV Channels Kids
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/12/05/Westworld-800x800.jpg?itok=m_N6g12p
Star World Premiere HD to air 'Westworld's' 90 minute finale

MUMBAI: Star World Premiere HD is all geared up to broadcast the season 1 of science-fiction drama Westworld. The season finale will be a super-sized 90 minute long episode titled The Bicameral Mind. Created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, the season stars Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, James Marsden...

Television TV Channels English Entertainment
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/12/05/Christopher-Slaughter.jpg?itok=kAJSRrJT
Multichannel TV, digital video growing in Myanmar: CASBAA report

MUMBAI: Multichannel TV and digital video markets continue to grow exponentially in Myanmar. Around 12 months ago, the TV household penetration touched 5.8 million homes, or 55%.

Television TV Channels GECs

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories