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Hindi GECs recoup, Star Plus stays No. 1
 

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(11 December 2008 11:00 pm)

 

MUMBAI: Hindi general entertainment channels (GECs) have bounced back on the very week that they sprinkled their prime time programming with fresh content.

The genre has seen a 11.6 per cent spurt to pocket a share of 33.6 per cent for the week ended 6 December (according to Tam data, C&S, 4+, HSM), after ratings nosedived for three consecutive weeks as viewers were fed on stale shows.

Armed with fresh content, Star Plus has gained tremendously. After slipping to the third spot with only 98 GRPs in the week ended 29 November, Star Plus has regained its leadership position with 263 GRPs (gross rating points) in the week ended 6 December.

Colors gets back to its second position with 213 GRPs, after taking the top spot with 124 GRPs (for week ended 29 November) during the spell when there was no new content.

Zee TV stays in the third position with 189 GRPs (last week 102 GRPs), followed by Sony Entertainment Television with 82 GRPs (earlier 67 GRPs).

Star Plus' Bidaai is the most watched show pocketing 7.97 TVR followed by Colors' Balika Vadhu at 7.18. Jai Shri Krishna is on the third spot with 4.99 TVR.

Star Plus' newly launched infotainment show Aap Ki Kachehri, which has Kiran Bedi as the presenter, pocketed 3.98 TVR while Kis Desh Mein Hain Mera Dil had a TVR of 3.94. Colors newly launched fiction-based show Uttaran, on the other hand, captured a TVR of 3.25.


Down the ladder, Star One (73 GRPs) is at the fifth place while NDTV Imagine (62 GRPs) is next, followed by Sahara One (46 GRPs) and Sab (45 GRPs).

9X, which did not introduce fresh content and is in the hunt for investors, shrank to 44 GRPs.

So how did the Hindi entertainment channels fare? The genre, as is evident from Tam data, is however yet to get back to its old position when it held audiences under their grip before they were impacted by the TV workers strike as producers refused to give way to higher wage demands.

Hindi GECs held an average share of 46.1 per cent for the four weeks beginning 12 October, and prior to the phase of programming blackout.

The genre was doubly affected first by the three-week "zero fresh content" period and then by the rise of the news channels during the Mumbai terror attack.


During the week (23 to 29 Nov), news channels took away eyeballs from the Hindi GECs. Tam data shows that Hindi GECs were hit hard, sliding to 22 per cent for the week, from a previous four-week average of 32.4 per cent.

Earlier the dispute between the TV producers and workers union, which resulted in programming re-runs from 10 November, had eroded viewers from the genre.

For the week ended 15 November, prime time viewership for Hindi GECs shrank 13.9 per cent to stand at 32.1 per cent.

The genre also shed 6.8 per cent across all-day parts to have a share of 29.7 per cent, down from an average of 36.5 per cent for the last four weeks.

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Notices to TV shows featuring children

State Govt questions producers about working environment of child artistes, following 'reports of children performing even when they were tired and stressed'


By Santosh Andhale
Posted On Monday, December 15, 2008 at 02:11:19 AM

Avika Gaur in 'Balika Vadhu'. TV has seen a spurt in serials featuring children
The state government has sent notices to producers of TV shows featuring children, asking if they are providing the youngsters with a comfortable work environment.

"There have been several reports of children performing even when they were tired and stressed. We want to know if there is any violation of laws while shooting with children," sources in the state government said.

Sources in the state Labour Commissioner's office said, "Notices under the Child Labour Act were sent on Friday to several channels for shows that have children as performers.

These include Colors for 'Balika Vadhu', 'Chhotey Ustaad' and 'Uttran', Zee TV for 'Chhota Package Bada Dhamaka' and 9X for 'Chak De Bacche'."

Labour Minister Nawab Malik said notices have been issued but insisted he didn't have the details. "Action will be taken if there are any violations," he said.

'Balika Vadhu' producer Sanjay Wadhva, however, denied getting any notices. "They may have sent notices, but we haven't received anything yet. I can't comment  beyond this," he said.

Sparsh Khanchandani in 'Uttran'

Santosh Shinde, project director of Bal Prafullata, an NGO working for children's rights, is happy that the government has finally woken up.

He said, "We are not against children performing in school gatherings. They need to express themselves artistically. We are against commercial exploitation of young minds and bodies.

The state government's action has come after the National Commission for Child Protection took a tough stand on this issue."

The issue of children featuring in films or television was discussed at a two-day workshop on labour laws in New Delhi last week.

Apparently, Union Women and Child Development Minister Renuka Chaudhary was very keen on the issue and, sources said, it is possible the Centre too may independently seek explanations from TV channels.


Source-Mumbai Mirror


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According to many, very young children acting in films and TV serials can be construed as child labour.The labour ministry is looking into it
 
 

Sparsh Khanchandani from Uttran

Avika Gor from Balika Vadhu


Talented child artistes in Bollywood can now dream big and aim for laurels. The growing popularity of these young stars has come to the notice of the Labour Ministry and the Labour Department Commissioner of Maharashtra Upmanyu Chatterjee is currently in Delhi to meet the Labour Minister. During the two day meet on labour laws, they will also discuss if children acting in films or television will be part of child labour or not. 

To know more about this we contacted Dinesh Chaturvedi, Secretary, Federation of Western India Cine Employee (FWICE). He says, "All child artistes are members of Cine and TV Artists association. At present we have members from the age of four to 14-year-olds. If there are younger children and are acting then they have to become members. The association makes sure that all the child artistes are treated well. Till date there have been no complaints about ill treatment since most producers take child artistes very seriously as they become their responsibility. At times, producers even keep one or two spot boys or may be a helper particularly for the child. It depends on the producer or channel if they want to provide any additional facilities."

When contacted, Ashwini Yardi, Programming Head of Colours, says, "The channel has three shows in which children are our main leads.We make sure that the child is not stressed out because of the shoot. We ask one of the parents to be with the child on the sets, all the time. We have also arranged for one teacher and a psychiatrist."

The entertainment industry has embraced the new-age marketing mantra of selling to and through children. Taare Zameen Par is a case in point. Never before had the industry taken films about children as seriously as it did this.

In order to weed out confusion about children being part of child labour we contacted advocate Benny Joseph, who said, "As of now children acting in films and TV is not child labour. It is taken as appreciation of anybody's art and talent."

To know the perspective of a child actor we spoke to Sparsh Khanchandani, an eight-year-old child and the protagonist of Uttran and perhaps one of the youngest lead actresses of the TV world. "I love coming on the sets. I want to be an IAS officer. My doctor on the sets told me that I will have to study for eight years to become one. So whenever I get time on the sets I just study and make notes. My teachers are happy with my overall progress."

 

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Defined by class


While class has long been a determinant of what one sees on Indian television, it is only just making a self-conscious appearance in the Hindi general entertainment genre. For some months now, the shrewd Rajasthani matriarch Masa in "Balika Vad hu" has been belittling the families her daughters-in-law come from. When Anandi returns from a visit to her parents she is told, "oh dear, you've lost your brightness. Don't get the same level of nutrition in your parent's home, do you?" The older son's teenage bride has been "bought", after paying off her father's debts, and she is unfailingly reminded of that. Every now and then Masa will tell a visitor expansively, "all my daughters-in-law are from poor homes". And will then turn frosty when somebody from that humbler universe presumes to visit her improbably grand haveli.

A different formula

Now, emboldened by the success of "Balika Vadhu", Colours has introduced another saga which is somewhat removed from the Ekta Kapoor formula of yore. There is a rich, over-painted woman here too, and a dream mansion untouched by realism. But the story revolves around Little Miss Two Front Teeth, the daughter of a housemaid who cannot understand why some children have large birthday cakes and all the toys in the world, while she has the pavement as her playground.

To make sure you do not miss the message, all subtleties have been tossed out of the window. Early on, the mother asks daughter Ichcha (desire) fearfully, "tu itne bare sapne kyon dekhti hai?" (Why do you dream so big? I begin to feel very small before you, I can never fulfil your dreams. Why can't you be happy with what you have?) She plays a terrified maid stereotype, while the mistress of the mansion sports considerable gold plating in her daily attire, and not a shred of political correctness in her speech. Another stereotype, which belongs to another age.

Ichcha's playmate is the mollycoddled daughter of the Thakurain, named Tapasya (penance) and their friendship forms the basis of a class confrontation which will play out in the next few episodes. Unlike "Balika Vadhu", there is no nuanced acting here. The saving grace is the child actor Sparsh who plays Ichcha, alternating between shrillness, cheerful cockiness, and bewilderment at a world which is beyond her understanding. Her eyes do the acting and occasionally project a terrifying deadness.

There is heavy symbolism in the names of the two young protagonists and in that of the serial: "Uttaran", which means cast off, as in clothes.

Given the success of the film "Slumdog Millionaire" and Aravind Adiga's Booker prize winning The White Tiger, possibly somebody in the industry thought that television's middle class constituency was ready to have its conscience stirred. One is about, well, a slum dog who wins a game show prize, the other is a servant's eye view of India's ruling class.

The irony is that the rest of the fare on television, particularly on the news channels, affirms every day that class defines the India you see on television. It was so glaring a determinant of the news in Mumbai's November attacks that a considerable part of the subsequent analysis focused on it. And the reminders are still coming. A still photograph of the Chhatrapati Shivaji terminal taken in the immediate aftermath of the attack is so evocative with its little puddles of luggage and blood, that you wonder how any news organisation with a sense of moment could have passed up making this picture the definitive visual statement of 26/11, rather than a smoke billowing Taj hotel.

Imbalance in coverage

At the time of writing, NDTV is playing over and over again a tribute to the martyrs of 26/11 and, not surprisingly, only the senior police officers figure. The same day The Hindu has a four column story on page 12 on Assistant Sub Inspector Tukaram Ombale who took a spray of bullets when he rushed to intercept the lone captured terror accused. His wife tells the reporter that she wishes he had got more recognition. You can see why: his picture and name don't figure in the roll call of police martyrs that TV channels play over and over again. Hemant Karkare's wife Kavita, who figures the same day on the Hindustan Times front page, is unlikely to have that complaint.

As the year ends and the reviews begin, television sinking low in 2008 with the Aarushi murder case will doubtless be recalled. But much more for the affront the coverage became to the parents of the dead girl, and the muddying of their reputation. Far less will be written, let me wager, on how months of coverage of a double murder could focus so single-mindedly on TV and in print, on just one of the victims, as if the other did not exist.


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Small Ichhki's Big Plans

It has been just 23 days since she made her appearance on television and Uttaran's Ichhki has already grabbed everyone's attention. Sparsh Khanchandani plays Ichcha in Uttaran is giving a tough competition to Anandi of Balika.


 
"Sparsh is a God gifted child," mom Sarita says, "She is very active and is always very curious to know about things as her character in the show. Ichcha in real life too is very inquisitive and talkative."

Reel life Ichhki is very close to her on screen friend Tapasya played by Ishita and the two have a gala time on the sets together.

"During the breaks, Sparsh is often seen doing masti with her on screen friends Tapasya, Taklu and Baju," says her mom. Similar to the on screen equation which Ichha shares with her mom, the eight year old is very attached to her real mumma too.

Considering the recent furor about child artists being made to work very long hours and not having a proper childhood, Sparsh's mother says that they are very strict about ensuring that she has a proper upbringing.

"Sparsh goes to school regularly in the morning from 7:30am-1:00pm. It's only in the evening she has to go for her shoot and then Saturdays and Sundays are off for her. On the way from home to the sets, she sleeps in the car," informs her mother.

Sparsh has not taken any acting classes but still she doesn't face any problems with her scenes and dialogues.

"There are times when she tells the directorji too that iss line ko main aise bolu toh aur achcha lagega na. It really amazes me!" exclaims mother Sarita.

Sparsh has always been an all rounder as used to actively participate in all extra curricular activities at school. "She used to participate in poem recitations, story telling and various other activities and in academics too, she has always been a topper," says a proud mother.

Sparsh resides in Ulhasnagar and goes to school in Ambernath. The set of Uttaran is in Vikhroli and it's her mom who escorts her everyday from home to school and then later to the sets.

"One of my friends told me about this, Sparsh gave the auditions and with in 2 days we got the news that she is selected," says Sparsh's mother when asked about how her daughter got the role.

This is how ever not her first show. Sparsh Khanchandani was seen in a very small role in a Sahara One daily Mera Sasural and was also seen in a movie called Red Alert where she played the daughter of Sunil Shetty and Bhagyashree.

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It started off well, but now after so many months there hardly seems to be any movement in the story.
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We are talking about the serial Uttaran, which has a story surrounding the life of a little girl, who has big dreams.

The show was among top ten on the TRP charts a couple of months ago, but not anymore. And one of the main reasons, we think, for this is that the story just seems to be revolving around one track.

A show needs a number of tracks or else it can get very repetitive. In the case of Uttaran even if one has to miss two weeks and then come back to watch the show, you'd hardly feel you've missed anything because it's the same old thing happening. Just reminds of another TV show Kayamath, a love triangle, where even if you'd return to watch it two months later you'd realise nothing's changed! It's still the same problems between the couple and the vamp trying to separate them. Oh no!
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Sreejita's scared to step into Sparsh's shoes

Sreejita De's next role is playing teenage Ichchki, taking over from Sparsh Manchandani, in Uttaran. But the actress is worried to take over from an "audience favourite", scared that she won't be able to live up to viewers' expectations.

SREEJITA, the popular Annu of Annu Ki Ho Gayi Waah Bhai Waah (Star One), who was last seen as Roshni in Bandhan Saat Janmon Ka (Colors), will be playing Ichchki next month when Uttaran undergoes a progression.
Sreejita says, "I am very excited but at the same time, I am very scared too. Sparsh, who plays Ichcha now, is excellent in terms of acting. At such a young age, she is so popular and extremely talented. That's why I am scared; she has become an audience favorite!"

Having followed a few episodes of Uttaran, Sreejita is completely impressed by Sparsh's acting. "She's a brilliant actor. I'll have to study her character a lot, especially her mannerisms. She's very innocent and that is clearly reflected in her acting. It will be a very challenging job to portray her character."

The actress only took up the role because it filled certain criteria that she had. She explained, "I was very particular about three things: first that I wanted to do either a Star or Colors show, second was that I wanted to play the lead role and lastly, I wanted to star on a show that had a primetime slot. I got all these things covered with this role; hence I had no reason to say 'no'."

She auditioned for the role of Ichchki but nearly ended up playing Tapasya. Sreejita says, "I auditioned for Ichcha but then they called me and told me that my face resembled Tapasya more. Finally, I am playing Ichcha only."

Talking about Vaishali Thakkar, who plays Ichcha's mother, she says, "She used to play Bharati on Hum Sab Ek Hain. I used to follow the show regularly when I was in Standard 6. I've been her fan ever since then! She's a great actress and I am very obliged to play her onscreen daughter."

Sreejita will start shooting for Uttaran on May 5. Her entry will be telecast after May 10. Rashmi Desai of Pari Hoon Main will be playing teenage Tapasya.

Uttaran airs every Monday to Thursday at 10pm on Colors.

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