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Posted: 26 August 2012 at 4:06am | IP Logged

Gaurav Chopra and Mouni Roy break up

Constant verbal spats as well as ex Narayani Shastri's presence in his life takes a toll


The latest buzz from the small screen world is that Gaurav Chopra and Mouni Roy have split. Though their friends were expecting them to tie the knot, the couple has called it quits.

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Says a source, "Their common friends are aware that it is over between them. There are hushed whispers among television folk, too, about their break up. Mouni prefers to be tight-lipped and not talk about it." What's interesting is that Gaurav's ex telly actress Narayani Shastri who was with him for a long time before Mouni came into his life continues to be close to him.

Adds the source, "Narayani always maintained contact with Gaurav. Though she may say that there is another man in her life, she still remains part of Gaurav's life. This is something that people could not fathom as on one hand Gaurav would say Mouni was his girl, but at the same time allowed Narayani to be close to him as well. Though Mouni was cordial to Narayani, she didn't approve of her man's relationship with his ex-flame at all. This is what led to arguments between them."

After Kyuni Saas Bhi Kabhi Thi, Mouni's career got a boost when she became part of the mythological show Mahadev. At that time there was buzz that she was close to co-star Mohit Raina which ended when she was out of the show. Gaurav apparently wasn't happy with her being friends with a co-star. Adds the source, "On some occasions she was seen crying to a friend on the sets of the show. In the last couple of months, a lot of differences developed which led to ugly verbal spats between them. Now it looks like both have decided to steer clear from each other." 

link : http://www.mid-day.com/entertainment/2012/aug/230812-Gaurav-Chopra-and-Mouni-Roy-break-up.htm


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Daily soaps, otherwise said to be the female protagonists' ruling ground, are now witnessing winds of change. With good looking male protagonists casting a spell on viewers, the tables are turning for sure as the TRPs of these shows are soaring too.

Ram Kapoor with his powerpacked performance in 'Bade Achche Laggte Hain', telly heartthrob Barun Sobti's emphatic screen presence in 'Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?', Mohit Raina as Mahadev (in Devon Ke Dev Mahadev), new entrant Siddharth Shukla in 'Balika Vadhu 'Kacchi Umar Ke Pakke Rishte', Gurmeet Choudhary's good performance in 'Punar Vivah', Karan Tacker and Kushal Tandon in 'Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai', Vivian D'sena in 'Madhubala...Ek Ishq Ek Junoon' as RK and Ronit Roy as the maverick lawyer KD Pathak in 'Adalaat', are examples of how strong male protagonists can play a significant role in helping shows climb popularity charts.



So what exactly is the reason why the male stars are being given more screen time all of a sudden in predominantly women-oriented shows? Producer Saurabh Tewari explains, "Earlier, shows would only focus on kitchen politics. Now soaps are trying out fresher subjects. There have been exceptions like Ronit Roy as Rishabh Bajaj in 'Kasautii Zindagi Kay' or Ram Kapoor as Jai Walia in 'Kasamh Se', who were prominent soap characters some years ago. Now a whole lot of shows are primarily love stories, so the male protagonist obviously has a bigger role to play."

Rajan Shahi puts it this way, "While a goodlooking hero is a huge plus, it's the character that's important and not vice versa. The star is the character and he might have a signature style and screen presence, but his popularity is because of the role he's essaying and that gets us the eyeballs."

Do male superstars enjoy their new found prominence (read: meatier role) in the daily soaps? Siddharth Shukla modestly says, "A good supporting cast, strong script and story-line fetch TRPs. As an actor my fan-following might get more viewers, but what matters is the storyline."

Of course the small screen hotties are more than content with the larger screen attention that the scripts are offering them. Says Barun Sobti, "Trends on TV keep changing. Earlier saas-bahu stories ruled, then small town girls were the focus and currently love stories are the flavour. That's why the male protagonist becomes so important. Luckily, I've been part of projects that have given me equal prominence as that of my female counterpart in a show."

With telly's droolworthy dudes burning up the screens and making the audiences go weak-kneed with their sheer presence, the TRPs are only soaring north, much to the collective delight of showmakers and channels.

Small screen hunks gaining high TRPs

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Period dramas are the flavour of the season

Shruti Jambhekar, TNN | Sep 7, 2012, 12.00AM IST
Period dramas are the flavour of the season
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If it's prime time, then you can get set for some visual poetry in your living rooms, via mythologicals/ costume capers — majestic palaces, harsh battlefields, gods and goddesses in elaborate costumes and hair dos, and a storyline that many of us have grown up on, with some very basic modifications! In the 80s streets in urban India used to wear a deserted look on Sundays when Doordarshan used to telecast serials like 'Mahabharat' and 'Ramayana'. Even now, things are no different on small screen — that magical charm of costume drama still lingers. 

That explains why GECs are dishing out soaps like 'Ramayan', 'Devon Ke Dev... Mahadev', 'Jai Jai Jai Bajrangbali' and forthcoming 'Mahabharat' for the audiences. Even in the recent past, shows like 'Mahima Shani Dev Ki', 'Krishna', 'Dwarkadheesh — Bhagwan Shri Krishna', 'Ramayan' (2008) managed to strike a connect with viewers.

Why are these period soaps suddenly so popular? Nikhil Sinha, producer, says, "People always connect to characters who have been a part of their lives. And these epics are a vital part of our Indian culture." How has advancement in technology enhanced mythological soaps? Does that attract the audience too? "Technological advancements have made 'Devon Ke Dev... Mahadev' look contemporary and has generated interest among young audiences too," shares Sinha.
Do mythological shows really help GECs get more TRPs? Sukesh Motwani, fiction head of a GEC says, "A mythological/period show offers stories with many layers and it's also an interesting narration/retelling of our rich and diverse culture. We can recreate an epic without adding extra element of drama. Its originality is what attracts the audience."

Of course, a historical/ mythological show means a lot of research goes into the scripting. "Earlier shows used to portray important nuggets from the epic. Now, we add emotional moments in the show because our audiences love the emotional connect with the screen characters. So, this makes us to do an intensive research. Besides, mythological/period flicks mean lots of investments. The sets depict a particular era in the past, lavish costumes, jewellery and locations have to look authentic to strike an element of connectivity. And, these shows are targeted towards all age-groups and that is why they are popular even now," says Sukesh.

And how do actors who take part in such shows feel? Neha Sargam shares, "I never thought that I would ever get to play Sita. It came as a pleasant surprise when I was offered the role. I feel blessed." Mohit Raina agrees, "I'm happy that audiences have accepted me as Lord Shiva and the show has become so popular. The show is based on the Shiv-Puran and is authentic."

Considering these costume dramas are garnering above average TRPs, for now this is a formula that's working.
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I had refused Mahadev: Mouni

The writer has posted comments on this articleMANMOHAN SINGHMANMOHAN SINGH, TNN | Sep 8, 2012, 11.31AM IST
 
Though she's spent close to six years in the TV industry, actress Mouni Roy feels that 'Devon Ke Dev Mahadev' has given her the fame she always dreamt of. "I had initially refused to do the 'Devon Ke Dev...' as I didn't want to do a mythological show. But the producers promised that the show will be made on a grand scale. So, I thought it'll be a lifetime opportunity and I'm happy I made this choice," says Mouni, while on a visit to Lucknow.

And was she apprehensive about getting typecast, by doing a deeply religious role? "I didn't see it that way. Everybody has a professional life and a separate private life. I don't feel my personal life would be affected by what I do in my professional life," says Mouni.
Currently playing the lead in 'Apne Toh Apne Hote Hain', a show on Life OK, Mouni is happy the way her career has shaped up. "I feel lucky that I have never been out of work, ever since I came in the industry. I did 'Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi' for a good two and a half years, before doing reality dance shows. In fact, I would say that TV gave me opportunity to do everything I love to do, whether it was dancing or singing or acting. I enjoyed it all and learned new things at every step," she grins.
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Triangle Film Company's Devon Ke Dev Mahadev has been successfully entertaining viewers for quite some time now and the upcoming episodes of the show is expected to grab more eyeballs.

The audiences will get to see a new avatar of Parvati. The gentle and calm Parvati (played bySonarika Bhadoria) and Shiv ( Mohit Raina) have moved to Kailash, but are faced with Rakhtabeej, a demon who's single blood drop fallen on Earth produces more demons like him.

Shiv very clearly understands only an aadishakti can destroy the demon. He convinces Parvati to attain the Mahakali roop. Upon attaining the rudra roop as Mahakali, she destroy's Rakhtbeej and slays everything that comes her way. Such is her anger and ferocity that she cannot control it and Mahadev in a bid to control her comes under her feet.

It will be interesting to see Parvati's new avatar of Kali and what happens as Mahakali, in her state of anger, steps on Mahadev's chest.


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With market experts calling it a clear case of good programming with a basic storyline, Mahadev has clearly carved its way to the top.

The Hindi general entertainment genre has been having a tough time finding the correct offering on the 8 pm band since the launch of Colors. The channel's flagship property, Balika Vadhu, has maintained a strong foothold on the time slot right from its launch.



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While Star Plus' Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon has been able to hold a stronger position with an average 2.7 TVRs, Zee TV and Sony are continuously fighting for the slot. Against this, Life OK's Devon Ke Dev Mahadev has posed as a stronger contender, its ratings increasing from 0.9 TVRs to 2.7 TVRs in the 10 months since its launch. The show is called one of the biggest gainers of the slot.

Mahadev has reached out to about 38 million viewers in July 2012, while in August 2012, it reached 48 million viewers. Marketers predict that this performance will grow further.

Balika Vadhu was launched in 2008, along with the launch of Hindi GEC Colors by Viacom 18. Since then, the show has created buzz in the fiction programming genre. One of the market experts, on condition of anonymity, says, "This was the first TV show that weaved the social issues of the country into a family-based typical soap-like storyline. That's why it has gripped the audience till date."

Vidhu Sagar, executive vice-president, Carat Media India, says, "Balika Vadhu started with a social issue base and has continued to inculcate the same in the plot of the show. Moving on from one social problem to another, the show has travelled a longer distance and has even shown leap of time, while it's all the same."

Mahadev was launched during the revamp of the channel from Star One to Life OK in December 2011, with an opening TVR of 2.0. Later in that week, the ratings fell and the average TVR after the first week of launch was 0.9.

On the 8 pm slot in the past five weeks (Week 31-35), Balika Vadhu on Colors has garnered an average of 4.4 TVRs (reaching out to 8.9 million people), while Iss Pyar Ko Kya Naam Doon garnered an average of 2.7 TVRs (with a reach of 6.6 million) for Star Plus. This show too has been gaining good numbers, as per marketers but they quickly reason that Star Plus has always been a good performer with its daily fiction soaps.

The biggest gainer of the slot, Devon Ka Dev Mahadev, garnered 2.7 TVRs (with 5.3 million reach), against Zee TV's newly launched Rab Se Sona Ishq that clocked 1.4 TVRs (with 4.5 million reach). While SAB TV's Golmaal Hai Bhai Sab Golmaal Hai gathered 0.7 average TVRs (with a reach of 2.9 million), Sony's Byah Hamari Bahu Ka has achieved 0.4 TVRs with 2.4 million reach.

Calling it a clear case of good programming with a basic storyline, the market experts too feel that it is a mystery for a long time as to why there is no stronger competition in the 8 pm slot, while Mahadev has clearly carved its way to the top.

The 'Shiva' theme

Om Namah Shivay is the only instance of a Shiva story being told on television, before Mahadev on Life OK. Om Namah Shivay was telecast on Doordarshan in 1997. As per the marketers, the show did fairly well on television in terms of numbers and popularity.



Media experts also believe that apart from the mythology factor, it is the Shiva theme that is gaining popularity and hence the show, Mahadev. Rahul Jadav of MEC says, "The storytelling is really captivating. The detailed version is what makes the audience remain glued."

While the marketers unanimously spoke about the content value and production value of the show, Devon Ka Dev Mahadev, Sagar of Carat Media India says that the popularity of Shiva as a mythological character is also gearing up these days.

"The theme of Shiva is in the air. This is majorly due to the trilogy of Amish Tripathi and the channel is reaping the benefits. Also, Shiva is a part of mythology which hasn't been done to death, unlike Mahabharat and Ramayana. Each Indian hears these stories since childhood, but a detailed version of Shiva is not so common," he adds.

Marketers also cite the examples of Chandragupta Maurya, Chhatrapati Shivaji and Chanakya, which did fairly well on television due to this less-talked-about factor. Also, they add that though these are more historical than mythological, they are still in the genre of costume dramas.

Mystery of time band

While there is a lot of appreciation for Mahadev, there seems to be no plausible explanation for the time band facing a struggle all this while. Balika Vadhu had ruled the slot for quite some time, while Star Plus' Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon has been the first show to give it a little run for the viewers.

Amol Mohandas, vice-president, Allied Media, says, "Life OK has taken the wise step of tapping the peripheral prime time slot for the mythological series. It must be noted that gradually, the prime time is being pushed to the later hours. In this scenario, working on the initial time-band has definitely helped the channel and the show."

Marketers predict that the monopoly of the time band could be broken now. One of the important reasons quoted by the media experts is the show's fresh content. All other channels have been lately working on soap formats for this time band.

Jadav of MEC also feels that the show must have brought new viewers to the time band.

Cost cutting spree

Experts believe that the market is going through tribulations and broadcasters are on a cost cutting agenda. Evidently, channels need stronger content to fight a strong fiction show such as Balika Vadhu and now, Mahadev. This can be provided by a reality or non-fiction show with associated high production costs, which is not a desirable option for broadcasters right now.

It is interesting to observe that a rather niche channel, SAB TV, is also in the fight for the same time band, though marketers call it a co-incidence since the offering is quite different. Sagar of Carat feels that SAB TV is one of the smartest of the lot. In each area there is a need-gap. The channel fills a need-gap in the Hindi general entertainment genre and is monetising it quite well, too.

What other channels should do to break the monopoly and be back in the reckoning remains unanswered. For now, with finances being a crucial determining factor, it is a complete wait and watch game.


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TV stars dont bank on TRPs 

The popularity quotient of soapbox heartthrobs doesnt depend on the numbers their shows fetch in the TRP charts 

Amrita Mulchandani 


Small screen stardom is not directly proportional to the popularity of the prime time shows.Ram Kapoor,Ronit Roy,Sakshi Tanwar,Barun Sobti,Mona Singh,Vivian Dsena,Mohit Raina,Harshad Chopra,Gurmeet Choudhary,Karan Tacker,Sanaya Irani darling of the masses,favourite with advertisers enjoy enviable fan following and take home hefty pay cheques,but star in shows that are not among the top 10 TRP toppers in the strictest sense (Ram and Sakshi being the odd exceptions when on some weeks when their show climbs the ratings scale).While shows that are high on TRPs Diya Aur Baati Hum,Balika Vadhu - Kacchi Umar ke Pakke Rishte,Saath Nibhaana Saathiya,Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai,Sasural Simar Ka,Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah,CID,Crime Patrol: Dastak and Pavitra Rishta dont have stars in the lead roles.So are stars really required to amp up the TRPs,considering most channels /production houses want to sign them up for their screen offerings 
No star comes with a guarantee that s/he will make a show successful.S o m e t i m e s the stories demand a k n ow n face,and stars are cast.The real star of the show is the content, says producer Sumeet Mittal of Punar Vivaah and Diya Aur Bati Hum,who feels show TRPs are not dictated by starry presence.

Show makers feel that good content and meaningful scripts make shows popular.Producer Rajan Shahi of Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai says,There are certain actors whom we can define as TV stars because of their talent,charisma and connect with audiences.But just casting a star in a show does not mean they will fetch TRPs.Even newcomers can rake in TRPs if the storyline is strong.Content is the king. Producer Nikhil Sinha of the high TRP-puller Devon Ke Dev... Mahadev says,When it comes to television very rarely can a star carry a show on his/her shoulders,but a show with good storyline not only fetches TRPs,but also makes stars. 
Vivian Dsena whose Madhubala - Ek 
Ishq Ek Junoon isnt high on TRPs is 
an established star.Says Vivian,I 
am receiving good feedback from 
my fans,but TRPs can go up only as a collective effort from the entire team. Actor Gurmeet Chowdhary of Punar Vivaah says,Its wrong to say that TRPs and stardom are not connected.TRPs make a star! A star has his/her own fan following and the audience will definitely watch their shows. Its evident that power-packed performances and solid storyline give soaps the necess a r y push and a heavy duty star cast is i n c i - d e n t a l.While TV superstars bring in viewers to a show and help generate hype,in the long run,numbers do matter because they dictate the survival of a show!


Clockwise from top: Barun Sobti,Gurmeet Chowdhary,Ram Kapoor,Sakshi Tanwar and Mona Singh 






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DKDM ,  ' The King . '

 Prakash mishra ,  17/09/12
' Devo ke dev...Mahadev ' the name is enough . Often praised for The Perfect Casting , Divine Music  , Speacial effects , Costumes and ... , this show has been setting records and trends . Remote People considering Mohit as real Shiva , Mohit's picture at a temple , etc . suggests the ardent popularity he has gained through the mythological show .  Another Field This show is expert at is of taking Leaps . Yes you heard it right . The mythological Daily holds record number of taking leaps and that too of years ranging from 2 to 20 .Some of these include , 'Mahadev at Amarnath gufa ' , Parvati's childhood " , ' tantra vidya ' , ' matskanya avatar ' , the latest ,' parvati at his mothers home ' . Inspite of these much leaps and progresses in the story the show has very well kept the audiances glued to there screens . When Quized about the same , mohit raina ignores passing a smile which can make anyone faint . So at the end of the day devo ke dev ... Mahadev is truly a King and We are sure none can surpass Devo ke ... .



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