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Posted: 10 March 2006 at 8:17pm | IP Logged
Feb. 07, 2006


Many 'Factors' to consider on Asian TV


By Janine Stein
SINGAPORE -- Localized versions of "Fear Factor" have TV audiences gripping their seats and mounting up ratings for broadcasters across Asia. But while the competitors face nail-biting challenges, the real drama is taking place behind the camera as the producers gingerly navigate the sensitivities of Muslim and Hindu religious values.

Pork and pigs were, for example, kept well away from the Malaysian and Indonesian teams, while no cows or cow parts were used in the stunts for the Indian team, said Leng Lai, group executive director of Malaysian production and media conglomerate Juita Viden Sdn Bhd.

Exacerbating the cultural challenge, teams from those markets were shot simultaneously at the end of last year at the new "Fear Factor" facility in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.

Out, too, were snakes, which can't be on a Muslim menu, said South African stunt consultant Francois Grobbelaar, who worked on the "Fear Factor Malaysia," "Fear Factor Indonesia" and "Fear Factor India" shoots. He has worked on more than 100 "Fear Factor" episodes around the world.


"We also had to be very careful about what we made the contestants wear," Grobbelaar said. "Lots of the stunts were water-based. Because of censorship and the time slot, contestants wore full swimsuits instead of bikinis. And if the girls weren't comfortable, they could wear tracksuit pants as well."

This posed particular problems with the body-contact stunts. "If you are wearing a bikini with 50 rats on you, it's a completely different feeling than wearing a full swimsuit because there is a lot less contact with the body," Grobbelaar said.

Strict programming codes also restricted scenes that would fly in other markets. "It made it a lot more challenging for us," he said.

The solution was to ramp up the fear factor by casting contestants with bigger fears than might otherwise have been cast, Grobbelaar said. In addition, the crew created a more scary atmosphere with lighting and other effects.

The local versions of "Fear Factor" are part of Endemol's rapid ramp-up in Asia. These include "Big Brother" in Thailand and the Philippines, where the series was national network ABS-CBN's highest-rated show last year. The latest "Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity" edition debuted Saturday on ABS-CBN in the 9 p.m. slot.

The "Fear Factor" Asia series were the biggest co-productions Endemol had done in the region, said Ed Sharples, Endemol's Bangkok-based managing director for Southeast Asia.

"Fear Factor Indonesia" is being broadcast on free-TV network RCTI; "Fear Factor Malaysia" airs on free-tv station ntv7. Sony's pay TV channel, Sony Entertainment Television India, will air "Fear Factor India."

"Fear Factor Indonesia" currently is atop its Sunday 9 p.m. slot. In Malaysia, where the show airs Fridays from 8:30-9:30 p.m., the series is on average the No. 3 show for the week after Japanese cartoons, though some of the episodes have attracted more than 1 million viewers, according to data from Endemol and Juita Viden.

Second seasons of "Fear Factor" are being discussed with Asian broadcasters, though none have committed yet.

With the ongoing support of the Malaysian Ministry of Tourism, plans are to take the second series to locations across Malaysia. Season 1 was confined to the Klang Valley area around Kuala Lumpur.

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Fear Factor comes to India

Patcy N | March 07, 2006 20:01 IST


Sony Entertainment Television has launched two new shows, the desi version of Fear Factor and a show called Kandy Floss, both of which will start from March 10.

At the launch, which also announced the changed timings of two other shows Deal Ya No Deal and CID, the organisers put up a live version of sorts for each programme.

For Fear Factor, a young man gulped down cookies filled with worms.

For Deal Ya No Deal (which will now be telecast at 8 pm on Fridays), Divya Palat hosted a Rs 1,000 prize money event -- the original anchor Mandira Bedi being unwell. The CID team enacted a short play about a murder.

Archana Puran Singh explained what Kandy Floss is about -- a fun show about gossip and controversies in the television industry. Singh will host the show, and it will feature television stars as themselves.

Fear Factor -- which has been shot in Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia -- will be hosted by Mukul Dev, and the contestants will range from television actors to ordinary people. Some of the actors to be featured are Mandira Bedi, Achint Kaur, Rohit Roy, Vikas Bhalla, Chetan Hansraj and Ameen Sreen. Each episode's winner will take home Rs 1 million. It will be aired at 9 pm every Friday.

CID will be telecast at 10 pm on Fridays, followed by Kandy Floss at 11 pm.

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Narayani Shastri can't conceal her excitement as she readies to test her endurance levels to the maximum — as a participant in the AXN show Fear Factor. "This is something which I have never done before," says Shastri.

Always ready for adventure

The actress will shoot for the episode of Fear Factor in Malaysia in the first week of September. "It has everything that I look for. There is the element of thrill, adventure, and shooting in a new place." She doesn't know exactly what feat of endurance she will perform.

"But I am game for it. I am quite adventurous and will go for it. It could be just anything from bungee jumping to overcoming some obstacles. I can't wait to know what it is." Shastri will be a part of Fear Factor, which occasionally has celeb participants.

She was invited

"The offer came from them. They asked me if I was willing to be a participant in it," she adds. "I was ready and willing," adds Shastri who was in the news recently for her decision to stay on in Piya Ka Ghar despite creative differences. As for her role as Taashu in Kkusum, she says, "When Taasu resurfaces in the drama, they will call me."


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Posted: 11 March 2006 at 5:21pm | IP Logged
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Fear fracas!


Fear surely has taken on a whole new dimension for our glam brigade! Sony's desi version of Fear Factor definitely is interesting...but one hopes that in the forthcoming episodes of the show, the celebs show more guts and courage than what was on display in the last two weeks.


The celeb brigade's on their way!

But this is easier said than done! To be locked in a box full of snakes (so what if they are not venomous!); to be handcuffed inside a coffin like box with millions of worms crawling all over you! or to dive inside a pool, while holding your breath -- these tasks are tough enough, but perhaps tougher to do sans makeup!

Jokes apart, it is commendable to see TV actors having the guts to shed their 'macho hero' image and try something that challenges their physical and mental strength. A case in point is Rohit Roy, who couldn't make much of a mark against the likes of Chetan Hansraj and Amit Sareen. Shweta Salve was quite a revelation, she displayed guts truly expected of a participant of a show like Fear Factor.

As is the case with the original version, the show has a huge setup and it has been shot spledidly at the Endemol facility in Malaysia. The pace is nicely built with great shots and wonderful packaging and that makes Fear Factor India worth watching.


Vikas Sethi: richer by 10 lakhs

But one thing's for sure, there lurks the danger of the show becoming a damp squib if celebs bow out of challenges, without given them a try! This way, the one million rupee jackpot is served on a platter to whoever goes through the motions without a care for the time taken for the feat!

Muskaan Mehani and Mansi Verma failed to put up a fight even as host Mukul Dev tried to make them get on with the challenge in last week's episode. Thus, while the first episode was quite exciting, the second one failed to impress! Mukul Dev is thanda as an anchor and fails to keep the tempo going!


Vinod Singh: happy to participate

The USP of the show is not only celeb participation, but participation with the sole aim of victory! The final reward should hold a tad more importance and it's only then that the will to win will reflect on the performance of the celebs. Lines like "It doesn't matter, if I don't win" just take away the spice from the show and the excitement fades away and then the remote does its job.

Overall, Fear Factor India needs to pull up its socks...Sony has a tried and tested formula on its hands...it's time they find celebs who can stand up to challenges thrown at them!

Tough luck, celebs...it's time to toughen up!

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Posted on 20 March 2006 2:30 pm


Edited by monika.goel - 20 March 2006 at 1:27pm
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Going Fearlessly without make-up
   By: A hitList Correspondent
   May 20, 2006
Inches away from creepy crawlies or clinging on to dear life on a rope, these stars don't bother with the greasepaint.

Sony's weekly reality show, Fear Factor, has not only proved which stars have steely determination (the winner nets a cool Rs 10 lakh) but also the way they look in real life.

Here's a dekko at the real person behind the layers of foundation …
Mandira Bedi

Without her trademark noodle straps and sequinned saris, we don't give Mandy a second look. But in this lycra suit, Mandira looks even more slim and trim than in her strappy numbers. And considering she went on to win the episode, Mandira's kohl-lined eyes (waterproof eyeliner?) are all that we recognised, besides her cool winner determination.
Riva Bubber

Looks like that teeth-tingling smile comes handy when the
face paint is absent. That's the only giveaway to Riva's face.
But even that high-voltage smile can't brighten up a
that pheeka face.
Aashka Goradia

That crack of a smile can't hide the no-make-up look. She certainly looks starkly pale without the powder and liner. Aashka sure needs lots of paint to camouflage her real look.
Narayani Shastri

Aai guh!! She looks all set for a marathon but minus her ammunition (read: makeup) — she won't go anywhere far.
Shraddha Nigam
She appears calm before the kill — but what about her face? That no-rouge look makes us blush with astonishment.
Swetta Keswani

This bare-dare girl does a cover-up act, but without the concealer, Swetta looks as dull as the colour beige.
Gurdip Kohli
She looks pretty set to take on the challenge but sans the deft strokes on her visage — we are as astonished (with mouth wide open) as she is.
Tassnim Sheikh

Red alert! This is one face that is totally unrecognisable without the paint. Now you know the real Tassnim. Help!!
http://ww1.mid-day.com/hitlist/2006/may/137637.htm

Edited by monika.goel - 20 May 2006 at 7:37am
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Fear Factor-Celebrity Special


This weeks episode of Sony's Fear Factor hosted by Mukul Dev is a a special one.

This Friday watch out for most sizzling couple on the small screen, Manav Goel and Shweta Kwatra battle their fears with Bakhtiyar Irani, and Sai Deoadar for company. oWho will overcome their fears to take home a lakh?

Watch the final episode of Fear Factor on Sony on 2 June

 

 

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Posted on 31 May 2006 4:10 pm


Edited by monika.goel - 31 May 2006 at 7:48am

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