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KKK 3 winner turns TV producer

Khatron Ke Khiladi 3 winner Shabbir Ahluwalia launches a production house with a daily soap with Kabir Bedi as the villain. Read on to know what the daily is about.

tv Updated: Nov 11, 2010 17:01 IST
Rachana Dubey
Rachana Dubey
Hindustan Times

Small screen actor Shabbir Ahluwalia, the winner of the recent season of

Khatron Ke Khiladi

, has launched his production house, Flying Turtles. In partnership with him are two of his friends, who were already into various areas of TV show production. The company’s first show,

Ganga Ki Dheej

, will be on air next week, on Sahara One. The show’s promo went on air in September and was expected to launch much earlier.

“Blame the ‘


’ period for that,” says Ahluwalia. “The period is not considered auspicious by Hindus. Also, there were too many big shows being launched after that. We didn’t want to lose out on visibility.”

Shabbir Ahluwalia

The actor’s company has tied up with film producer Harry Baweja’s production house to co-produce the show. “Baweja was keen on launching the TV production wing of his company. We wanted a strong financial base. So, we decided to tie up with Harryji. Fortunately, there has been no clash of interest. We’ve all been on the same page,” states Ahluwalia.

Ganga Ki Dheej

is also actor Kabir Bedi’s Hindi TV soap debut. Was he difficult to convince? “Kabir was apprehensive,” admits Ahluwalia. “But while brainstorming on our cast, we couldn’t think of anyone else to play the role. So, we approached him. He took some time to decide but after that he was comfortable in Dada Bhai’s skin.”

The show revolves around the tradition of testing a girl’s purity before marriage, followed in remote parts of the country. “It’s strange but it’s still practiced. It’s sexist and unfair but followed religiously. It was unheard of for me. So we thought that it would be interesting to weave a story around it for our viewers,” he explains.

Has friend, soap queen Ekta Kapoor given him a set of dos and don’ts? “No,” retorts Ahluwalia. “It’s commendable how she’s branched out into so many diverse areas in 15 years of launching her company. I’ve learnt my lessons working for her shows. She’s wished me luck. Now, I’m keeping toes and fingers crossed.”

First Published: Nov 10, 2010 13:14 IST