On May 24, IPL gets over. On May 25, nearly a dozen TV shows launch...35 new shows open over the coming weeks. Your TV starts running again. Rachana Dubey finds out...
One spell ends and another begins. Post IPL, here’s the kind of action that follows on the top general entertainment channels:
Among the dailies, Mitwa - Do Phool Kamal Ke, featuring Splitsvilla 2’s Mohit Malhotra, is the most immediate on the channel’s list. The promos are already on air. The show is expected to arrive in the first week of June.
Next on the list are shows like Shradhha and the second season of Aap Ki Kachheri with Kiran Bedi. While Bedi will once again resolves conflicts, the details of Shraddha are under wraps right now.
Rajeev Khandelwal is expected to return with the chat show Moment of Truth, in which he would be quizzing celebrities on embarrassing moments and situations. It’s an adaptation of a western show.
Farah Khan will also be doing a chat show...typically for an ardent movie buff because she will chat up Bollywoodians in a lighter vein. The details are still being finalised.
A reality show featuring the Deccan Chargers is being planned. The details are being worked out. India’s Got Talent, with Shekhar Kapur, Kirron Kher and Sonali Bendre will go on air in the first week of June. An adaptation of the show, America’s Got Talent was reported to have Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Preity Zinta co-judging the show.
Different talents will be showcased and the most extravagant and ‘different’ talent wins the contest. Daredevilry will be at its peak since stunts are also part of the contest. The time slot for the show is yet to be finalised.. but it will be a weekender.
Khatron Ke Khiladi
will return with Akshay Kumar as the host once again. The time slot could be the same as the last season...ditto the venue. This time, the stunts, it’s learnt, are much tougher than the previous season. Army officers have been replaced by common men. Shamita Shetty and Shveta Salve are among the star contenders on the show. Shveta Salve was overheard ranting at a party that she could have won the show.. because she was quite close to the winning point.
Chhote Miyaan 2
will also fill the vacuum in the weekend slot. It’s expected to go on air in June. Once again little ones will pass ribtickling comments.. Sachin Pilgaokar and Rahul Mahajan will laugh for sure.
Amitabh Bachchan will reportedly be doing a game show for the channel.. the tentative name is Once in a Million.
Saroj Khan will also be seen on a reality show. Needless to say that dance will form the core content. The slot is yet to be decided.
Rakhi ka Swayamvar expected to kick off mid-June. Meerabai is another heavy duty drama series which is being produced by Sagar Art. The show talks about Krishnabhakt Meerabai and her devotion. Shriya Sharma, who was last seen in Kya Aap Panchvi Paas se Tez Hain?, will play the role. Buzz is that it will be a weekend show.
Moneyben.com will go on air on June 1. The show brings back Smriti Irani after a hiatus of over eight months. It’s a comedy in which Smriti plays Maniben, a wannabe mom married to a diamond merchant. Shekhar Suman and Jaspal Bhatti will have their non-fiction shows too. Suman’s show will start rolling this month and is expected on air by June 30. Juhi Parmar will be seen in a courtroom comedy.. a first of its kind.
The channel has been quietly working on some more young shows like Dill Mill Gaye and Miley Jab Hum Tum. In the pipeline, it’s believed is Hum Dono Hain Alag Alag, a young daily. Also, Hans Baliye, a stand-up comedy show, is underway.
Apparently, Juhi Chawla, Raveena Tandon and Daler Mehndi had been approached to judge the show whereas couples like Jaspal and Savita Bhatti, Ali Merchant and Sara Khan, and Juhi Parmar and Sachin Shroff to contest. The programming details are still being worked out.
Aapki Antara, initially supposed to go on air on May 25, will now move to June 1 in the 8:30 pm slot. The show has been delayed apparently because the child actress who was to play Antara has dropped out.
Jhansi ki Rani Laxmibai is another big ticket show on the channel, with an ensemble cast. While Ulka Gupta essays the childhood version of Rani Laxmibai, Kratika Sengar will play the young warrior princess.