TV 2012: Five defining moments on the small screen

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    Aamir Khan promotes his first television project Satyamev Jayate on the sets of Diya Aur Baati Hum, a daily soap on Star Plus.

  • Aamir Khan

    Aamir Khan arrives on the sets of Diya Aur Baati Hum.

  • Aamir Khan

    Starting Wednesday, the title song of the Star Plus show will be shown in 300 screensacross the country for a week.

  • Aamir Khan

    The song will appear after the national anthem and aims to get visibility for the show. In addition, an on-ground activity is being planned at ...

  • Aamir Khan

    Other than airing simultaneously on eight Star channels from May 6, Satyamev Jayate will also be shown on Doordarshan — a first for any TV ...

  • Aamir Khan

    Aamir Khan poses with the actors on the sets of Diya Aur Baati Hum.

TV came a long way in 2012 with new concepts, a superstar entering the arena and shows being pulled off air when a lead actor quit

Aamir Khan and a show with a difference 
What: Superstar Aamir Khan made his TV debut with a difference. With his chat show, Satyamev Jayate, he put reality back into TV, highlighting issues like female foeticide, child sexual abuse, medical malpractice and honour killings.

AamirThe 13-episode show, well-received by viewers, also made TV history for being aired simultaneously on eight channels of the Star network, dubbed in several languages, as well as on the national broadcaster, Doordarshan.

“I worked on the show for two years and it was an enriching experience. I did it because I am a sensitive man because of my upbringing,” Aamir had said, when the show ended.

What’s next: “Satyamev Jayate 2 is in its research phase and we’ll start shooting after I am done with Dhoom:3 and P.K.,” says Aamir.

Simulcasts of the show
What: When Aamir Khan approached Doordarshan to simulcast his show Satyamev Jayate so he could utilise DD’s reach in the interiors of the country, he started quite a trend.

The national broadcaster began simulcasting other shows from other channels as well, including MTV’s Coke Studio, Zee TV’s Ramayan and the Colors reality show, Sur-Kshetra. Director general of Doordarshan, Tripurari Sharan, told us, “It makes sense to bring in selective software to the channel as most of our audiences don’t have satellite connections. We don’t want to deprive our audiences of good content. It also makes good business sense.”

What’s next: Doordarshan says that other simulcasts are in the pipeline and will be announced soon.


Ram Kapoor, Sakshi Tanwar get intimate  
BALHWhat: On television, mainly meant for a family audience, intimacy isn’t very explicit. It has always relied on age-old symbolism to get the point across. But this year, producer Ekta Kapoor took a bold step in her hit show Bade Achhe Lagte Hain (BALH).

Actors Ram Kapoor and Sakshi Tanwar dropped the symbolism and (briefly) did a lovemaking scene. The intimacy got mixed reactions from viewers and didn’t boost the TRPs much — which was the goal. Manuj Aggarwal, former CEO, Balaji Telefilms, said, “Ekta thought a proper kiss would be an appropriate expression of love. It would have been a let down to portray the intimacy in a fictitious manner.”

What’s next: Many other shows now do elaborate suhaag raat scenes.

Anil Kapoor’s TV debut with international show 24
: When film actor Anil Kapoor bought the rights to remake the international fiction show 24 for Indian television, he created history — this is the first time a fiction show is being remade for India. And he’s also acting in it — again a first for a film star who’s still popular on the big screen.

The show will air on Colors, will be directed by Abhinay Deo and written by Rensil D’Silva. When he announced the show, Anil had said, “I am not nervous about doing television because I know what it entails. The exposure is massive and films can’t give you that. It will be a game changer.”

What’s next: The show will air in mid 2013; Abhinay is currently casting for the characters for the first season.

Barun SobtiBarun Sobti quits, so channel shuts show 
What: When actor Barun Sobti decided he wanted a break and quit the popular Star Plus show, Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon, fans were outraged by the thought of another actor playing Barun’s role, or even the introduction of a new character.

They protested so vociferously that Star Plus was forced to end the show altogether and run tickers explaining that they had tried convincing Barun to stay on, but to no avail.

This was the first time in the history of Indian television that the audience truly called the shots. On the last day of his shoot, Barun had said, “I thank my fans for all their love and support.”

What’s next: Barun will promote his debut film, Main Aur Mr Right, and, in April, shoot for his next with director Mitali Ghosh.


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