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Rajeev Khandelwals hairy politics!

Bureau News
September 17th, 2009
By Subhash K Jha

Rajeev Khandelwals hairy politics!

Rajeev Khandelwal has a lot of preparation to do for his next two films, Sourabh Narang's Return Gift and Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Chenab Gandhi. While for Bhansali's film he needs to get fluent in Urdu and familiar with the pre-Partition era, the preparation for Narang's film is even more complex and elaborate.

Rajeev can't wait for his reality show to end so he could embark on his big-screen preparations. Interestingly in spite of the show's popularity there's no mention of a second season for Rajeev. "For now, this is it," he says tersely.

For Return Gift in which Rajeev plays an Indian bureaucrat on a mission to Pakistan Rajeev will have to meet bureaucrats from both sides of the border to understand the intricacies of across-the-border diplomacy.

"I can't just go into the part unprepared. It's a character that has far-reaching relevance. I'll be meeting eminent bureaucrats to understand the workings of the Indian bureaucracy and the complex issue of Indo-Pak relations."

For all of this, Rajeev needs time off. Sach Ka Samna hardly gives him that space. In fact it now threatens to crowd him even more. Rajeev Khandelwal has a problem. And it's got to do with his hair. Before he goes into Sanjay Leela Bhansali's production of Chenaab Gandhi Rajeev has allotted dates to Sourabh Narang's Return Gift, which requires him to play an Indian civil servant on a diplomatic mission.

And everyone knows IAS officers are supposed to sport close-cropped hair. But Sanjay's film requires Rajeev to have very long hair.

Says Rajeev, "In fact one of the reasons why Mr. Bhansali selected me was because of my hair. I had grown it really long and curly for my role as a Goan beach bum in Peter Gaya Kaam Se. Mr. Bhansali saw that look and thought it was what he wanted for his assistant Vibhu Puri's film. That's how I was considered."

Having bagged the coveted role Rajeev was clearly told the hair remains.

Says Rajeev, "I was in a dilemma since Sourabh's film needed me to keep my hair short. And there was no time to cut my hair and grow it back. So I was left with no choice but to ask Sourabh to work his way around my hair."

Apparently Rajeev will now wear a cropped wig to look the Bureacrat's part.

Says Rajeev, "All I'll say is, I won't look wrong for the part."

Laughs Rajeev, "For the privilege of working with Mr Bhansali, I'd happily go bald. He's one of the best filmmakers of our country. Although he isn't directing Chenaab Gandhi his involvement with the project is full-on. I'll wrap my work in Return Gift and move on to Chenaab Gandhi. The thought of sharing screen space with Mr. Amitabh Bachchan so early in my career gives me goosebumps."

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Colors gets record ratings among Hindi GECs in one year
Ashish Sinha / New Delhi September 17, 2009, 0:18 IST

For the first time in six months, the Hindi general entertainment genre has got a decisive leader in Colors. According to the latest ratings data provided by audience measurement firm TAM Media, Colors has got a record gross ratings points (GRPs) of 325 for the previous week — the highest since its launch in July 2008 and also the highest among all Hindi general entertainment channels (GECs) in over a year.

This is significant because, in the past six months, the top-three spots in the Hindi GEC space has seen a frequent shift between Colors, STAR Plus and Zee TV. Now Colors is leading the Hindi general entertainment genre with 325 GRPs — a lead of 50 GRPs over its nearest rival STAR Plus and 70 GRPs ahead of Zee TV. Also, in the last 10 weeks, Colors has occupied the top position six times among the dozen Hindi GECs, a segment that attracts over Rs 3,000 crore of advertising revenue yearly.

Also, based on the TAM data, the second season of stunt-based reality show Fear Factor-Khataron Ke Khiladi on Colors has been ranked the second-most watched reality show of 2009, with the first episode generating a rating of 4.4. Over 10 reality shows have been launched on Hindi GECs this year. Sach Ka Saamna, a reality show on rival STAR Plus, has so far been the top-ranked reality show in 2009 with a rating of 4.6 for its first episode which was aired in mid-July.

On Colors, its flagship drama series Balika Vadhu has emerged as the highest rated serial in the previous week with the maximum television ratings of 6.4, according to the latest TAM data for week 37.

Relevance of TAM data
The TAM data form the industry benchmark for deciding various parameters affecting the broadcast business, including channel rankings, advertising rates and reach & popularity of television channels, among others. And, on the basis of TAM data, the advertisers spread their Rs 8,500 crore of advertising budgets across various genres of television, like Hindi GECs, sports, news and movies channels.

Colors is a Hindi GEC launched by Viacom 18, a joint venture company of Network 18 and US-based Viacom Inc. On the day of the launch on July 21, 2008, Colors had emerged as the number two ranked Hindi GEC while, within nine months of its launch, it had become the genre-leader, dislodging STAR Plus for the first time in eight years.

However, STAR Plus has been dominant in the first half of 2009, having crossed the 300-GRP levels eight times compared with just three times by Colors so far this year. Colors is slated to launch the third season of Bigg Boss soon, with Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan as anchor.

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Roopa Ganguly on Sach ka Saamna finale
DIVYA PAL , TNN 18 September 2009, 12:00am IST

The 50-episode show Sach ka Saamna that threw up a lot of controversies and dazed all with its boldness is finally coming to an end.
Rajeev Khandelwal and Roopa Ganguly

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But not without a surprise. In the last episode of this reality show, none other than actress Roopa Ganguly will be seen on the hot seat. So what made Roopa take a decision to appear on the show? "I was in two minds after watching the first two episodes. But later, I realised it isn't just about digging the past. It influences the human mind. Even if truth can be humiliating and sad, I knew I could justify my answers," Roopa said.

However, she's disappointed that she couldn't reveal as many secrets as she would have loved to about herself. She said, "Post Mahabharat my experience was shocking. I got the biggest jolt of my life. Thankfully, I wasn't too ambitious to have stooped to levels wherein sexual favours alone could have got me success. In all these 24 years of my career, I haven't asked anyone for work."

When asked about her bond with Diveyendu, a 30-year-old Bengali singer, Roopa said, "He was the one who got me back to Mumbai. He asked me to work again so that people remember me for my hard work," she said.

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Roopa Ganguly to face 'Sach Ka Samna' today

Mumbai: The controversial TV reality show 'Sach Ka Samna', is now heading towards its final destination. The show 'Sach Ka Samna' wore a lot of criticism and controversies and threw up a lot of hungama. Amid all the controversies SKS still succeeded in making a place for itself among the audiences.

The TV actress Roopa Ganguly will be its last guest for the season one.

To make the turbulent journey of this bold serial more memorable, Roopa Ganguly will be seen on the hot seat unearthing the harsh and bitter truths of her life on September 18.

The actress is well known for her character 'Draupdi' in B.R.Chopra's Mahabharat.

According to Roopa Ganguly, the show is not just about digging the past but it influences the human mind.

She said though the truths of her life may be appalling but she is sure that she will be able to justify her actions and decisions. After so many celebrities confronting the truth it will be exciting to see the emotional phase of actress Roopa Ganguly's journey.

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Roopa's Sach.......Article
- Roopa Ganguly reveals home truths on Sach ka Saamna
Roopa Ganguly. (Aranya Sen)

As someone who is always game for a challenge, Roopa Ganguly faced Rajeev Khandelwal's probing posers on Sach Ka Saamna. The episode airs tonight at 11pm on STAR Plus. A t2 chat after the tell-all...

How did the show happen?

Well, the makers of Sach Ka Saamna approached me and I agreed.

Weren't you afraid of the outcome?

Yes, I was afraid. I was pretty afraid (laughs). But I was also curious about the polygraph test... what it is and the way it works. And being on the show has been an amazing experience for me!

An amazing experience?

Yes, I enjoyed the process. I came to know myself better. I won't say I agree with everything about the polygraph but it has been an eye-opener.... The polygraph test was the best part of the show. I was asked about 50 questions and it helped resolve a lot of issues that were on my mind. Here was a team of people who had researched my life and they were making me think about several incidents and events from my life, right from childhood till now.... You know, sometimes there's a difference between what is actually the truth and what you perceive to be the truth through your social conditioning.

What was your state of mind during the show?

Being on Sach Ka Saamna can be a devastating experience. It can be refreshing and beautiful at the same time. I went through all these stages. But I would say it's an experience worth trying.

Are there some uncomfortable truths that you have revealed on the show?

Yes, there are a lot of uncomfortable truths that I have revealed... it might be uncomfortable for some people.

Do you think this tell-all may affect your personal relationships?

No, I don't think so. I believe that the people who are close to me know who I am and that's the most important thing for me. Let them know the truth. I don't have a problem. I am not tense.

What will you do with the prize money?

Well, I help some underprivileged children stay and study in Rajpur, near Narendrapur. With some of the prize money, I want to build them a proper place to stay.


credit goes to koyel who posted the article in the sks forum..
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Nobody told the 'whole truth' to win Rs 1 cr
Priyanka Srivastava
New Delhi,  September 20, 2009

Actress Roopa Ganguly's confessions marked the concluding episode of Star Plus's hit reality show, Sach Ka Samna, on Friday night.

The controversial show, in news ever since it started airing three months ago, saw some startling revelations by Roopa in the final episode. The actress, best remembered as Draupadi in B.R. Chopra's Doordarshan serial Mahabharat, shared secrets about the world of showbiz and admitted being promised roles in return for sexual favours.

The 43-year-old Roopa, who gained acclaim for memorable roles in such films as Antarmahal and Chowrasta, also talked about her tough divorce and current relationship with a man 14 years younger than her.

"I have never hidden anything from the world. My life has been an open book. Thus, speaking the truth on the show was not that difficult," she said. Besides speaking about her tough childhood, Roopa said she regretted giving up her acting career twice for the sake of marriage.

Roopa appeared on the show along with her mother, two sisters and actor-friend Surendra Pal.

She spoke about her strained relationship with her husband of 14 years and how differences of opinion arose in her marriage mainly because of her erratic lifestyle and late shooting schedules.

She also spoke of her insecurities when her husband prevented her from meeting her son. Despite all this, she admitted, she was still in love with her ex-husband.

Incidentally, Roopa was one question away from winning Rs 25 lakh when she lost out, leaving the show without any cash prize. The question that proved to be her bane was if she really loved her live-in boyfriend Dibyendu. Roopa answered 'yes' but the polygraph test said otherwise.

Over the past three months, Sach Ka Samna, an Indian adaptation of the British reality show The Moment Of Truth, created a storm almost every week with shocking revelations common people made about their private lives, in a bid to win the coveted Rs 1-crore grand prize.

No one won a crore and the highest winner was Sunil Singh, a part-time yoga instructor with Bollywood Dreams, who won Rs 25 lakh by revealing everything from having sex for money to supplying boys to prospective clients and feeling up female yoga clients the wrong way.

The shocking tone of the show was set in the first episode itself when a school teacher-researcher named Smitha Mathai admitted harbouring desires to kill her alcoholic husband at one point in life.

It didn't come as a surprise that Sach Ka Samna invited criticism in Parliament.

Several women's organisations demanded the show be banned because they felt it distorted Indian family values with the revelations made on the show.

Star Plus, however, is resilient. The channel plans to bring it back next year.

Courtesy: Mail Today

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True Lies: Polygraph Ka Sach
Satish K Sharma21 September 2009, 12:00am IST

"Kya aapne aapke mangetar ke saath bewafai kee hai" (Have you cheated on your fiance), asked the anchor. The contestant a young lady weighed the

question for a while and then said, "Yes!" The answer was correct and she crossed one more hurdle to winning a crore, even as the fiance absorbed the shock of the unsavoury revelation. Actually, once the question had been popped, it was in her interest to tell the truth for a lie could be nailed by the polygraph machine. To be sure, the reality TV show 'Sach Ka Saamna' had its positive side. It encouraged contestants to tell the truth and the rewards were not only monetary, but also psychological and social. For airing one's dark motives, infidelities and hurts buried deep inside can take a load off one's conscience and put the relationships on firmer ground. However, the flip side is that the crucible the polygraph test on which the show relies, is far from being foolproof. The test is based on the premise that when a person tells a lie his physiological responses are different than when he speaks the truth. However, its reliability remains questionable. Various studies have put its accuracy between 80 and 95 per cent. But what is worse, in its 2003 report on the subject, the National Association of Sciences of the USA found that the majority of polygraph research was 'unreliable, unscientific and biased'.

Even the most ardent supporters of the polygraph test concede that it is possible to cheat the machine. Aldrich Ames, the CIA counterintelligence officer who was convicted for spying for Soviet Union and later Russia, passed several such tests. There are several such examples. In other words, the machine can also lie. Not because it isn't smart but because, one, different people react differently to lying and two, the physiological responses that are identified with a falsehood can also be triggered by a host of other reasons nervousness, anxiety and stress. It doesn't help that in the end the examiner's interpretation is subjective. Surfing on the Net, one comes across many personal cases in which a false polygraph test verdict ruined perfectly sound relationships. Is it a good reason to ban the show from ever returning for a second season? Certainly not, but considering that the spirit of scientific enquiry is hardly the forte of our society, no harm would be done if a cautionary warning about the limitations of the polygraph test was displayed before each episode.


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