BBC World lines up celebrity duo for Face to Face

MUMBAI: BBC World, the BBC's 24-hour international news and informational channel, has announced a new list of guests on its weekly chat programme Face to Face.

Starting Saturday, 10 May 2003, the show presented by host Karan Thapar will showcase a special series of interviews with celebrity partners. This special series of Face to Face will bring viewers a chance to know some of the top names from a variety of fields such as music, dance, film, theatre and medicine.

Some of the famous partnerships who will feature in the series include music directors Jatin Lalit, actor and director Pooja and Mahesh Bhatt; author and businessman Shobhaa and Dilip De; classical dancers Radha and Raja Reddy; well-known entrepreneurs Rajan and Ritu Nanda; and the renowned sarod players Amaan - Ayaan Ali Bangash, to name a few.

A press release states that the new series will be sponsored by Oriental Insurance and can be seen on BBC World on Saturdays at 10 pm with an additional appointment to view on Sundays at 12 noon.

The new series of Face to Face begins with an 

in-depth interview with the music composer duo Jatin Lalit, who have composed the music for several blockbuster Bollywood films. The interview highlights their humble beginnings and charts their path to success. With films such as Jo Jeta Wohi Sikandar, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Khamoshi and Kabhi Khushi Khabi Gham to their credit, they are known to have set the trend for a completely new genre of Hindi film music.

On Face to Face, Jatin Lalit talk about their childhood and how they came to work together, the success of their partnership and their experience of working with actors like Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan.

When asked by Karan Thapar what makes a good song, Jatin said:"Melody is the main thing and in melody there has to be soul. This combination can make a song immortal and everything else falls in the right place. The singer will get inspired, the musician will get inspired by the melody and everything falls back in the right place."

Commenting on this special series Karan Thapar said: "This new 'partner' series of Face to Face is a special initiative to add a fresh flavour to this popular programme. The programme brings our loyal viewers seldom seen aspects of these distinctive personalities."

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