International formats have been ruling TV shows of late, from Kaun Banega Crorepati via Indian Idol and Sach Ka Saamna to Bigg Boss. Now one more international format leaps on to the bandwagon, though this is somewhat different. All Is Well (AIW), that goes on air on Colors this Sunday, is an interactive chat show focused on health. The programme features Los Angeles-based Dr Sonu Ahluwalia demystifying ailments and lifestyle-related diseases, offering simple solutions and explanations to queries.
The show will also feature celebrities talking about their ailments and sharing their experiences.“The endeavour is to reach out to the masses,” says Dr Ahluwalia, the chief of orthopedic surgery at the Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles. “In the last three years, I’ve been wanting to do more than just my job. In the show, we have balanced dry medical preachy talk with interesting and personal stories of real life experiences to inspire people. For instance, I hope people learn the skills they’ll need for medical emergencies through AIW.”
Catering to all age groups, the show will specially focus on health issues relevant to Indian audiences. Though new to television, Ahluwalia is confident of facing the camera. Interestingly, AIW’s show timing will clash with Aamir Khan’s Satyamev Jayate which is on Star Plus. The latter is an hour-and-a-half long show that will air at 11 am while AIW, going on air at 12 noon, may face tough competition for the half-an-hour slot between 12 and 12.30pm.
Ask Ahluwalia if he’s worried about the TRPs of his show and he laughingly replies, “I think he (Aamir) has to worry a lot!” More seriously, he adds, “I think the time slot is perfect as no one is rushing to work or returning home tired. I am confident that once people watch the show, they will become regular viewers.”
Ahluwalia’s celebrity clientele includes Hollywood biggies such as Brad Pitt, Owen Wilson, Matthew Perry, Mel Brooks, Shakira and Tiger Woods. He has also treated Hrithik Roshan and Sunny Deol among others — which is why his celebrity friends from India will be part of the show.
But Ahluwalia claims his goal in the show was to not have a celebrity element. “The show promotes healthy living and I don’t want the audience to be distracted by celebrities.” And according to him, only one ‘real’ celebrity came on the show. “That’s Salman Khan, who is a friend. And he brought a lot of fun to it.”
AIW’s celebrity list includes Hrithik Roshan’s elder sister Sunaina who will talk about surviving cervical cancer, and tennis champion Sania Mirza, who will discuss her wrist and knee injuries.
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