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HindustanTimes Mon,21 Apr 2014

Television

Charlie Sheen to host relationship quiz show

Actor Charlie Sheen is all set to host a TV show which will test a couple's compatibility. Charlie Sheen's Bad Influence will see the 48-year-old actor testing couples to see how well they know each other in the pilot.

Manoj Bajpayee's Encounter: why do we love villians?

While cinema continues to present often-glamorised stories of underworld kingpins like Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Shakeel, crime shows on TV tend to project a more realistic view. We ask Bollywood actors.

Oscar-winner Paolo Sorrentino plans TV series on the Pope

Italian director Paolo Sorrentino, who won the Oscar for best foreign film for The Great Beauty this year, plans to make his TV debut with a 8-part-50-minute series on the Catholic leader.

Politics will be very entertaining this time: Shekhar Suman

"I will touch upon everything — the candidates Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal; people joining and being expelled from parties; the language used by politicians; politicians stooping to any level and the verbal violence taking place. My show will also be a kind of an exposé," says the actor.

Rannvijay has grown over the past 10 years: Rajiv

Famous for his aggressive onscreen antics, Rajiv Laxman, who is seen on TV show Roadies, has another side to his angry man persona ­—that of a loving friend ­excited for his friend and TV anchor Rannvijay Singh’s wedding. "We all knew he’d get married when he’d find the right ­person."

I’ll address him as Sir even after marriage: Deepika Singh

All set to wed next month, love birds Deepika Singh aka Sandhya of the TV drama, Diya Aur Baati Hum and the show’s director, Rohit Goyal’s relationship started with fights, reveals the bride-to-be.

We need to rise above our mental block regarding TV: Ayub Khan

"The target of an actor is to be seen and appreciated, the medium doesn’t really matter. I think all these mental blocks about television and films are in the minds of the people," says Ayub Khan, who has found huge popularity on television.

Khatron Ke Khiladi was like roller-coaster ride for Rochelle Maria Rao

Model-anchor Rochelle Maria Rao, who was recently eliminated from "Khatron Ke Khiladi - Darr Ka Blockbuster", says all the stunts that she performed on the reality show involved many emotional highs and lows.

Pratyusha Banerjee should grow up: Sara Khan

Sara Khan dismisses the rumour of a fallout with Parul Chauhan, but admits she is no longer on talking terms with former friend Banerjee.

Game of Thrones draws huge ratings, crashes HBO app

The first show of the new Games of Thrones season drew HBO's biggest audience since the finale of The Sopranos, data showed Monday after the broadcaster's online app crashed under the strain.

Reality shows were about good job earlier, now it is just popularity: Gaurav Chopra

Gaurav, who has worked on multiple shows at a given time, believes that actors need a legacy going forward. "Back then, we’d get offers for reality shows because we had done good work. Today, it happens if you are a current hit on TV," says the actor.

Game of Thrones review: darkness has descended and you'll love it

Winter may have been over but for Game of Thrones, darkness and gloom has just descended this season. And Two Swords is one hell of a way to kick-start a much-awaited series. The Season 4 opener is everything that you expect from Game of Thrones - its gory yet beautiful, dark yet riveting.

Political spoofs: laughing all the way to polls

A few years ago, spoofing the netas got you threats and, perhaps, broken bones. Now, the politicos retweet those same videos. Have our netas acquired a sense of humour or is it just the byproduct of a smart media strategy and an omnipotent social media?

Alia Bhatt wants to marry Ranbir Kapoor

The season finale of Koffee with Karan revealed some interesting facts about Alia Bhatt and Parineeti Chopra. While Alia said she wants to marry Ranbir, Parineeti is ready to "do anything" for Saif Ali Khan!

Regressive content on Indian TV? No more

TV serials face brickbats from a lot of urban audiences, who look to the west for entertainment. While there’s no denying that American TV certainly has better quality entertainment, one has to agree that they too have their share of clichés.
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