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Channel surfing year ahead

  • January 7, 2012
  • By A.L. Chougule
Channel surfing year ahead

If 2011 was a challenging year, with the rate of failure of fiction and reality shows much higher than ever before, 2012 promises to be equally challenging and exciting. While the battle for eyeballs will continue, everyone will be looking for fresh themes, in both fiction and non-fiction, which will reflect in some of the early launches of 2012. Here is an overview of the shows to be launched on all channels:

STAR PLUS: Survivor India
Leader of mass entertainment, Star Plus, will be the first to launch its New Year special with Survivor India. The show will include celebrity participants such as Payal Rohatgi and Shilpa Agnihotri.

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/showbiz/tv-guide/channel-surfing-year-ahead-471

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Sangram Singh was offered Veena's Swayamvar

Saturday, January 07, 2012 | 5:58:23 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)   Comments 1 Comments
Sangram Singh was offered Veena's Swayamvar

Currently seen in Star Plus' Survivor India-The Ultimate Battle,the actor believes Swayamvar... isn't meant for him...


Sangram Singh, one of the contestants on Star Plus' Survivor India-The Ultimate Battle was offered to be a part of Imagine's Swayamvar Season 4 - Veena Ka Vivaah, as one of the contestants.

Sangram told Tellybuzz, " Yes, I was offered the show and also a huge amount to participate. I have done a show with Rakhi Sawant and Veena Malik and they are my friends and that's the reason I was offered the show. But I refused as I am with Payal and I don't think the show is meant for me. I have done reality shows in the past but this show is not meant for me."

But which contestant in such a type of reality show is real,"I can't be fake, if you see Survivor you'll know. I am frank about my relationship with Payal. And so, frankly speaking the Swayamvar is not meant for me."

Sangram has done a couple of reality shows like Khatron Ke Khiladi and 100% De Dana Dan.


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Now TV serials shot in foreign shores

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From the famous Sydney Opera House in Australia to beautiful exotic locales in Switzerland and Macau, small screen fiction as well as reality shows are being increasingly shot in foreign locations, much to the delight of viewers.

The newly married onscreen couple Ram and Priya go to Sydney for their honeymoon in "Bade Achhe Lagte Hain", the protagonist in "Hitler Didi" travels to Macau in search of her sister and the new reality show "Survivor India" has been shot on an island in the Philippines.

Niret Alva, co-founder of production house Miditech, told IANS that foreign locales gives shows "a larger than life feel".

"They certainly add to exotic appeal and an unusual viewing palette. They also have an aspirational value, given the large numbers of Indians who are increasingly looking to travel abroad," he added.

Sony's popular TV show "Bade Achhe Lagte Hain" saw Sakshi Tanwar and Ram Kapoor extensively shoot for their honeymoon sequence in Australia. They were seen visiting the famous Sydney Cricket Ground, Opera House, the rock formation popularly known as Three Sisters among others.

"Also, it gives the viewer a chance to sample a brand new location through the eyes of their characters. For example, a honeymoon trip or a visit to an international cricket stadium (in Sydney). In reality shows, sometimes a foreign location is just the best place to execute a tough project," said Alva.

One can also lure new viewership by shooting abroad, feels Virendra Shahane, fiction of head of Sony TV.

"Shooting in foreign locations provides the audience an entirely different experience. At times newer locations and settings attract more audiences, moreover since it was a honeymoon sequence the show had to be shot differently. Such collaborations help in both ways," said Shahane.

Sukesh Motwane, head fiction programming Zee TV, admits that shooting in foreign locations is appreciated if it fits the story.

"The tie-ups with foreign locations will only work when it suits the content or the story of the show. It is important to have a credible story as it automatically arouses curiosity in people. There's no use of putting in so much effort if the sequence doesn't fit in the story," Motwane said.

He refused to cost of production while travelling abroad, but said they get help from tourism officials abroad.

"Of course, the cost of production increases as we had to fly down the actors to Macau and other logistical issues are involved. The tourism officials indeed offered us support in accommodation and other things."

Star Plus' popular show "Saath Nibhana Sathiya" had a weeklong shooting schedule in the beautiful locales of Switzerland like Lake Geneva Region, Ticino and Lucerne.

Some of the shows that have previously been shot abroad are "Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijio" (Nepal), "Des Mein Nikla Hoga Chand" (London), "Kayamath" (Turkey) and "Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi" (Australia).

Reality shows like "Khatron Ke Khiladi", "Roadies" and most recently "Survivor India" have tapped foreign locations like South Africa, Malaysia and the Philippines respectively.

Alva, who is involved in the production of "Survivor India", said the shooting cost goes up to 15 to 25 percent while travelling abroad.

"There are air travel costs. Stay can be expensive in comparison for a long schedule and there are the vagaries of foreign exchange. It's difficult to pin point a precise figure, but typically there is a 15 to 25 percent cost escalation," he added.

"The Philippines is very welcoming. The governor of the province where 'Survivor India' has been shot was personally involved in smoothing out issues. There was support for the project from all levels of the Philippines government, who also sensed a good opportunity to promote their country to a large Indian audience.

"The Philippines is an incredible tourism destination that unfortunately isn't as well known to Indian tourists as other countries in the region like Thailand and Malaysia," he added.

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It's survival of fittest on Indian reality TV

IANS | Jan 8, 2012, 02.14PM IST
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Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt on the sets of 'Bigg Boss 5'

Be it the spicy "Bigg Boss 5", "Spitsvilla" and "Swayamvar" or the adventure-based " Survivor India", "Roadies" and "Khatron Ke Khiladi" -- Indian reality television is laden with survival-based shows which are giving viewers a good dose of voyeuristic content.

There are the "real survivor" shows like the international " Man Vs Wild", where humans fight their surroundings to stay with the wild, and then there are "pyramidical shows" like "Big Switch", "Superstud" and "Bigg Boss", which are about winning against a changed environment, explains Keith Alphonso, UTV Bindass' business head.

And both are a hit.

"Survivor shows challenge the survival skills of contestants, when put in a different terrain. Whereas pyramidical shows are typically about people being put in an atmosphere with a certain amount of change in their lifestyle, and topped with PDA - Politics, Drama, Action! That's what makes these shows engaging," Alfonso told IANS.

"Every person in a competition -- whether on-screen or off-screen, has an indomitable spirit to win, be it by winning against your environment or against another person. And because people love to watch struggles, and enjoy voyeuristic viewing, these shows get the popularity they enjoy," he added.

The underlying idea is survival - by hook or by crook.

So no wonder on a show like "Bigg Boss", backbiting, gossip and arguements, apart from the way celebrities adjust to limited resources and amenities, are what keep the TRP clock ticking. Or a "Roadies", where one does have to perform dangerous tasks, but unless you are smart enough to crack the plotting and scheming, chances are you will lag behind in the race.

Now comes in Star Plus' "Survivor India", where 22 contestants -- 11 celebrity and 11 non-celebrity participants, are shown marooned on an uninhabited tropical island of the Philippines where even basic minimum amenities aren't available.

"The show will be the ultimate game of physical and mental endurance. Its well encapsulated tagline -- 'Kya Jee Paoge?' is a testimony that only the fittest, the grittiest and the ruthless will survive and will be the ultimate winner of this show," said Nitin Vaidya, business head, Hindi Channels, Star India.

In most of these shows, barring the likes of "Roadies", "Superstud", "Big Switch" and "Splitsvilla", which depend on the general public for participation, what adds to the spunk is the celebrity quotient.

Whether it is "Survivor India", which went on air Friday, or others like Colors' "Khatron Ke Khiladi", Sony's "Iss Jungle Se Mujhe Bachao" and "Sarkaar Ki Duniya" involving tough tasks in difficult terrains, most of these shows have cashed in on celebrities for additional eyeballs.

But it also pays to have the common man, according to Niret Alva, co-founder, Miditech.

"Indians are celebrity obsessed but they also love the underdog and want to see the best win," said Alva, also the executive producer of "Survivor India".

"You need to cast a mix of characters that people can relate to across the socio-economic matrix. You need people who fit in and stick out. You need people to love and people to dislike...In short you need a microcosm, a mirror to your own world as a viewer," he added.


http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/tv/Its-survival-of-fittest-on-Indian-reality-TV/articleshow/11412006.cms

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"The foundation of Survivor as a concept hasn't been compromised"

By Arati Rao on Jan 9, 2012 (4 hours ago)
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A Q&A with Niret Alva and Nitin Vaidya on Survivor India





Survivor India premiered on Star Plus on 6 January 2012; we asked Niret Alva, co-founder, Miditech, and executive producer, Survivor India, and Nitin Vaidya, business head, Star Plus, about the making of the show and its marketing:

CI: What made you bring the show to India after so many years?

Niret Alva (NA): Miditech was able to license the format from Castaway just last year. Before that, I presume they were trying to get it to India. To be fair, Star took a decision very quickly on it and had the guts to do it in its realness, roughness and rawness, which is really key. Survivor India needed this mix of production partner and broadcaster who understood it.

CI: What appealed about the show to pick it up?

Nitin Vaidya (NV): It was time for us to present another breakthrough concept on the Indian television and hence Survivor India is the perfect New Year gift for our viewers. The series will showcase a life-changing journey of 22 individuals battling for survival without basic necessities that we always take for granted, in a do-or-die situation. Viewers will live every moment of this journey with our participants as most of us like to be a part of such challenges ourselves. It's the contestants' need and fight for survival that will generate viewers' interest and hold them onto their television screens.

CI: How is this show different from other action- or task-based reality shows?

NA: There is no other show like this because the action takes place across seven or eight different islands; it's like a whole production universe across 40-50 square kilometres. The challenges move from island to island, the tribes are on two different islands. It's pretty harsh there rats and snakes passing through the camps and so on. It's really the most authentic thing in terms of experiences.

CI: Has the show been softened for Indian audiences?

NA: The foundation of the show hasn't been compromised which is that if you don't win something, you don't eat, except for what you can scrounge off the land. If that gets compromised, the show falls apart. The only compromise, at some level, is that the contestants have a few more clothes than they do in the international editions, simply because of the sensibilities of our audience. Other than that, there is the same scale of difficulty and drama unfolding.

When the French do Survivor, it's based on the moral quotient; in the US it's a pure strategy game; in Denmark and other countries, it's done in terms of pure physical endurance. We were faced with the same question, because while Indians can be strategic thinkers, they do it in groups, with someone pulling the strings from behind. On the show, we were pleasantly surprised because the participants were much sharper than we expected, they could see what was coming, they were guarding themselves and making alliances brilliantly and the audience will see all of that.

CI: What has gone into the marketing of the show?

NV: Besides promoting the show through radio, print, outdoor and digital mediums, we have lined up innovations like the Survivor house at In Orbit mall in Mumbai with a view to bring alive the Survivor concept.  One of the contestants of the show - Abhinav Shukla attempted to survive an entire day without the basic essentials for life at a shack created 20 feet above the ground at In Orbit. Other contestants, along with him, performed various show related challenges at the mall in order to help Abhinav win his basic necessities. We provided a live webcast on Facebook.com/starplus.in and Starplus.in of the same. Online viewers were able to help the contestants complete tasks and win prizes. The activity was hosted live on radio on Big FM.

Meanwhile Delhi saw participants from the show at various hotspots mall, streets, restaurants, in their Survivor look.

CI: How has advertiser interest in the show fared?

NV: Garnier Fructis is the presenting sponsor of the show while Airtel and Sure Men are the associate sponsors. 

CI: What are the learnings for Miditech from the production process?

NA: One, the broadcast partner is absolutely key and their understanding of the format. Casting is vital, because you can have the best production values but without the right kind of people who you can relate to and whose stories you want to follow, it won't work. In today's day and age, people don't want to invest too much time in following stuff, so two hours a week is the right time. The last thing is to really be able to explain the format to people as they're watching, it needs to be simple.

CI: What are your expectations from the show?

NA: While reality television is a genuine storytelling art, it has been destroyed and become a bad word. I'm praying and hoping people believe in the authenticity of Survivor India, and it brings back their faith in the genre.

http://www.campaignindia.in/Article/286300,8220the-foundation-of-survivor-as-a-concept-hasn8217t-been-compromised8221.aspx

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Indians not open to adventure, says Mathejia

IANS | Jan 9, 2012, 05.33PM IST
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J.D.Mathejia

Television actor-producer J.D. Mathejia, who is currently seen in the reality show "Survivor India", feels that Indian people are not adventurous and as a result, there aren't too many adventure shows on television.

"Our country is not adventure prone. So that's why we don't get such original concepts. But television industry has been growing since past 10-12 years and such formats are being created," Mathejia told IANS in an interview.

"It will take time for our industry to come up with such unique concepts, so we have to depend on international concepts and I don't think it is wrong. We eat so many international cuisines but never think that the formula has come from abroad. I think, everything is going global and we should also think of globalisation," he added.

"Survivor India" is the Indian version of US adventure reality show " Survivor". Payal Rohatgi, Shilpa Agnihotri, Sangram Singh, Abhinav Shukla, Karan Patel, Timmy Narang, Priyanka Bassi, Rajesh Khera and Munisha Khatwani are the celebrities in the show.

Mathejia tickled audiences with his famous sitcom "Khichdi" and also produced comedy shows like "Sarabhai v/s Sarabhai", "Baa, Bahu and Baby" and most recently "R.K. Laxman Ki Duniya". He hopes to make an adventure show very soon.

"I would love to make something like this in future. One of my purposes of entering into 'Survivor' was to understand what goes behind making such a show. But I will do a show that I understand. It's not just about business, it should interest you also. It is important to adapt in the right way for the Indian audiences," he said.

In "Survivor India", the actor-producer is competing with nine celebrities and 10 commoners on Caramoan Island in the Philippines.

Mathejia said he hasn't taken a plunge to earn name or fame. "I have been in the industry for sometime and also earning well. Money, name and fame I have it all. I took the show as I wanted to test myself."

"I wanted to know will I be able to survive? How can I physically beat other contestants? It was about individual challenge as well as mental and will power. It was also a way to get out of work routine and analyse myself."


http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/tv/Indians-not-open-to-adventure-says-Mathejia/articleshow/11425102.cms

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It's survival of fittest on Indian reality TV

Sunday, January 08, 2012 | 1:18:45 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)   Comments 7 Comments
It's survival of fittest on Indian reality TV

Be it the spicy ''Bigg Boss 5'', ''Spitsvilla'' and ''Swayamvar'' or the adventure-based ''Survivor India'', ''Roadies'' and ''Khatron Ke Khiladi'' -- Indian reality television is laden with survival-based shows which are giving v

Be it the spicy 'Bigg Boss Season 5', 'MTV Splitsvilla 3' and 'Swayamvar Season 4 - Veena Ka Vivaah' or the adventure-based 'Survivor India-The Ultimate Battle', 'Roadies' and 'Khatron Ke Khiladi' -- Indian reality television is laden with survival-based shows which are giving viewers a good dose of voyeuristic content.

There are the 'real survivor' shows like the international 'Man Vs Wild', where humans fight their surroundings to stay with the wild, and then there are 'pyramidical shows' like 'Big Switch', 'Superstud' and 'Bigg Boss', which are about winning against a changed environment, explains Keith Alphonso, UTV Bindass' business head.

And both are a hit.

'Survivor shows challenge the survival skills of contestants, when put in a different terrain. Whereas pyramidical shows are typically about people being put in an atmosphere with a certain amount of change in their lifestyle, and topped with PDA - Politics, Drama, Action! That's what makes these shows engaging,' Alfonso told IANS.

'Every person in a competition -- whether on-screen or off-screen, has an indomitable spirit to win, be it by winning against your environment or against another person. And because people love to watch struggles, and enjoy voyeuristic viewing, these shows get the popularity they enjoy,' he added.

The underlying idea is survival - by hook or by crook.

So no wonder on a show like 'Bigg Boss', backbiting, gossip and arguements, apart from the way celebrities adjust to limited resources and amenities, are what keep the TRP clock ticking. Or a 'Roadies', where one does have to perform dangerous tasks, but unless you are smart enough to crack the plotting and scheming, chances are you will lag behind in the race.

Now comes in Star Plus' 'Survivor India', where 22 contestants -- 11 celebrity and 11 non-celebrity participants, are shown marooned on an uninhabited tropical island of the Philippines where even basic minimum amenities aren't available.

'The show will be the ultimate game of physical and mental endurance. Its well encapsulated tagline -- 'Kya Jee Paoge?' is a testimony that only the fittest, the grittiest and the ruthless will survive and will be the ultimate winner of this show,' said Nitin Vaidya, business head, Hindi Channels, Star India.

In most of these shows, barring the likes of 'Roadies', 'Superstud', 'Big Switch' and 'Splitsvilla', which depend on the general public for participation, what adds to the spunk is the celebrity quotient.

Whether it is 'Survivor India', which went on air Friday, or others like Colors' 'Khatron Ke Khiladi', Sony's 'Iss Jungle Se Mujhe Bachao' and 'Sarkaar Ki Duniya' involving tough tasks in difficult terrains, most of these shows have cashed in on celebrities for additional eyeballs.

But it also pays to have the common man, according to Niret Alva, co-founder, Miditech.

'Indians are celebrity obsessed but they also love the underdog and want to see the best win,' said Alva, also the executive producer of 'Survivor India'.

'You need to cast a mix of characters that people can relate to across the socio-economic matrix. You need people who fit in and stick out. You need people to love and people to dislike...In short you need a microcosm, a mirror to your own world as a viewer,' he added.


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