Television

×

NDTV channels to air I-Day mega show with Aamir - tribute to Kargil soldiers

MUMBAI: Bollywood biggie Aamir Khan is the star attraction for an exclusive Independence Day show Jai Jawan that will be telecast on NDTV 24x7 and NDTV India on 15 August.



The Independence Day special on the sibling news channels doffs its cap to the Hollywood tradition of stars visiting American troops in far flung regions to boost their morale. NDTV promoter Dr Prannoy Roy thought of the idea and approached Aamir six months ago, say informed sources.

Bollywood Superstar Aamir Khan has done a Lagaan for the soldiers in Kargil.

The two-hour show, which has Aamir teaming up with NDTV news anchor and presenter Barkha Dutt, was shot over five days in the Himalayan heights of the Dras and Kargil sectors on the Pakistan border.

A highlight of the Independence Day event is a cricket match a la Aamir's celebrated film Lagaan and a full-scale live entertainment show by the star to a gathering of soldiers from units all over Kargil.

The cricket match was held at Mogulpura in Kargil - at a height of 11,000 feet. Aamir leads a team of soldiers - the Lagaan XI against the officers - the Ladakh Scouts team. And for the winners - bats autographed by cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and the actor himself.

During Aamir's five days in Kargil, he mixed freely with the soldiers, exchanging anecdotes and bringing them surprise gifts and video messages from their families, informed sources say.

Aamir's visit involved interaction with the soldiers in their daily routines, sharing early breakfast and a night in a bunker at the barracks of a regular unit at the front.

Bollywood stars meeting the troops at the frontlines is not a first. The likes of Nana Patekar (in particular), Suneil Shetty, Raveena Tandon and Shilpa Shetty have done it before, but never on this scale.

The ratings the Jai Jawan show garners will be worth tracking, for this is the kind of show that could have as well been pitched on a mainstream entertainment channel. Whatever it delivers on the ratings scale, there is no denying that this is a one-of-a-kind event and a first for Indian television.

Latest Reads

https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/08/24/KASHIR.jpg?itok=Yra6mb6C
DD Kashir sees 50% increase in viewership from J&K between 5-16 August

After the abrogation of article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, there have been speculations all over the media about communication blackout in the valley. Commenting on the issue, Prasar Bharati CEO Shashi Shekhar Vempati said between 5 to 16 August, Kashmir’s TV channel DD Kashir saw 50 per cent...

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/08/23/barc_0.jpg?itok=D9gPIX65
BARC week 33: Vimal Elaichi Pan Masala top brand

MUMBAI: The Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) India has released its data for top advertisers and brands for the period between 10 August 2019 and 16 August 2019. The data reflects top 10 advertiser and brands across genre on Indian television, including OOH screen, (U+R): 2+, Individuals...

Television TV Channels Viewership
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/08/23/sony.jpg?itok=ndXr-dy1
Football fans gear up for Serie A, the top-tier Italian football league on Sony Pictures Sports Network

MUMBAI: The upcoming season of Serie A will be the 118th season of top-tier Italian football and fans can expect nothing less than non-stop nail-biting action from August 24, 2019 to May 24, 2020 live and exclusive on SONY TEN 2 and SONY TEN 2 HD channels.

Television TV Channels Sports
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/08/23/VH1.jpg?itok=Jb0IBHao
Witness the women in music dominate the 2019 Video Music Awards, exclusively on Vh1

MUMBAI: The 2019 Video Music Awards couldn’t get bigger, as Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift vie for the prestigious ‘Moon Person’ statue with nods in 10 categories each, Jonas Brothers make a grand return to the VMA stage, a sparkling stage debut of sensational Camila Cabello and Missy Elliott...

Television TV Channels Music and Youth
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/08/23/hasbro.jpg?itok=tFJOehPN
Hasbro to acquire Entertainment One for approx $4 bn

Hasbro is set to acquire Entertainment One (eOne) in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $4 billion. The deal enhances Hasbro’s brand portfolio, which includes My Little Pony, with the global preschool brands Peppa Pig and PJ Masks, as well as a slate of additional brands under...

Television Production House Fiction
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/08/23/Kesari.jpg?itok=19J9cwD9
Zee Cinema's 'Kesari' is highest-rated premiere on Independence Day

The World Television Premiere of Kesari on 15 August on Zee Cinema has set a new benchmark across the Hindi movies cluster making it No.1 in the category. The historic war drama garnered 15.6 Mn impressions as per BARC data for Week 33 for 2+ audiences in HSM Urban + Rural markets and is one of the...

Television TV Channels Movie Channels
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/08/23/alic.jpg?itok=IxfzlSQI
Sony SAB celebrates 'Khushiyon Ke Sab Sizes' with its latest show 'Tera Kya Hoga Alia'

Sony SAB broadens its slate of shows with its exclusive brand-new offering, Tera Kya Hoga Alia. This one-of-a-kind yet highly relatable story traces the insecurities and concerns faced by the protagonist, Alia and showcases the journey of the married couple, Alia and Alok, who were high school...

Television TV Channels GECs
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/08/23/BARC_800_0.jpg?itok=2SC8Edra
BARC week 33: Sony SAB moves to second position on pay platform

Sony SAB has grabbed the second position in week 33 of BARC India ratings on pay platform with 614,772 weekly impressions (000). Last week Zee TV was seen at the second position which has moved down to third position. Even Sony Entertainment Television has moved at fourth position from fifth in...

Television TV Channels Viewership
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/08/23/BARC_800.jpg?itok=j8b-uOJr
BARC week 33: Zee Bangla Cinema replaces Colors Bangla

In the regional space, Colors Bangla which had entered the list of top five Bangla channels in week 32 got replaced by Zee Bangla Cinema this week. Even in Telugu segment, Star Maa movies replaced Gemini Movies at fifth position.

Television TV Channels Viewership

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories