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Dhruv to be bumped off
Sachin Shroff's character on Sinndoor will die in Hong Kong
Reena Thapar Kapoor
Zee TV's show Sinndoor Tere Naam Ka is finally gearing up for its biggest turning point. With the murder of its protagonist Sachin Shroff alias Dhruv, his wife Vedika, played by Gurdeep Kohli, is ready to go through innumerable hurdles.
Apparently, this special episode will be shot in Hong Kong, where the duo gets attacked. According to the story, Dhruv gets murdered. Producer Kinnari Mehta says, "The story of the forthcoming episodes depends a lot on this track. We went all the way to Hong Kong because that's what the story demanded. If we'd shown the murder in India, a lot of characters from the show could be suspected. But since it will happen in Hong Kong, it will be tough for the audience to guess who the murderer is."
She also insists this murder mystery will not be dragged on for months. "I don't believe in going on and on because I feel after a point the audience gets bored and gives up watching the show." Of course she does not want to give away the identity of the murderer and says, "For a woman to lose her husband in an alien country can be very traumatic and the way Vedika goes through all that is the USP of this track. What will make her more helpless is that she cannot tell her parents-in-law about the death of their son when she returns to India, because one of them has just had a heart attack."
So, Vedika will not don the widow get-up because of her in-laws. She will be shown wearing 'sindoor' and colourful clothes.
We ask Kinnari if the character of Dhruv is permanently eliminated from the show. "I don't want to say much about this as this isn't the right time. Sachin Shroff is a decent actor and I'm very fond of him."
She reveals that if at any point the character is bought back it will not have any plastic surgery or any frivolous angle to it. Kinnari concludes by saying, "This is only the beginning. There is a lot more in store!"
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Saath Phere's hero wants to leave
Anand Suryavanshi, the protagonist, plans to opt out of the show even before it has taken off
Reena Thapar Kapoor
It's only been a few days since the show went on air and Zee TV's much publicised Saath Phere already had its first controversy. Apparently Anand Suryavanshi, who plays Samar, the main protagonist on the show, has decided to opt out. This news came as an absolute surprise because one didn't expect drastic changes in a big show like Saath Phere at its onset.
Everything was hunky dory till the show's script started changing. Soon Suryavanshi realised that his role wasn't shaping up as it was described. "He doesn't wish to continue with the show as it doesn't offer him any scope to perform," informed a source.
As it turned out, the disheartened actor stopped showing up for the shoots. This problem led to a conflict between him and Sunjay Wadhwa (the producer of the show). "It's true that there are certain issues that Anand and I need to talk about," revealed Wadhwa. However, the producer said that Anand hadn't officially informed him about his desire to not continue with the serial anymore.
"I know that he isn't very happy with his role. I understand his point but there is nothing that cannot be solved." The producer says that he has always kept a low-profile in his career that has spanned a decade. "I wouldn't have spoken about all this but it will clear the air between my actors and me once and for all," Wadhwa says.
With television's growing demand, every day hundreds of actors come to Mumbai looking for work. "It's very difficult to put up with the demands of an actor and I'm not just referring to Anand. A script is a script. It cannot be changed as per one's whims and fancies. I'd love to have Anand on my show but if he unhappy working with us, then I'll have no choice but to replace him. Replacements have been happening in television and it's also accepted by the audience," snaps Wadhwa.
Despite repeated attempts Anand Suryavanshi was unavailable for his comments.
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Tanvi Azmi dropped from Sinndoor...
Kiran Juneja will be the new Kavita Raizada on the Zee show
Kunal M Shah
Replacements in tellydom happen faster than one can bat an eyelid. The latest to be dropped like a hot potato (phew!) is actress Tanvi Azmi who will no longer be seen on Zee TV's daily Sinndoor Tere Naam Ka. Reportedly, Azmi was throwing tantrums on the sets and had creative differences with the producers as well as the director of the show.
Kinnari Mehta, the producer of the show confirmed the news, "Yes Tanvi Azmi is not with the show anymore but we have no hard feelings. Maybe she was not cut out for a daily soap. So, we decided to have someone who is used to doing television. We amicably conveyed the news to her and there are no bad feelings."
On delving further into rumours about Tanvi's doing only one scene a day, hence delaying the show, Mehta said, "There were certain issues but I do not wish to get in to all that. I would rather not comment about it."
Tanvi said, "Yeah I won't be doing the show and there were just a couple of things and date problems. We were not able to sort those things and they were asking for more dates which I did not have."
When asked if there were any problems with the producers, she said, "I don't want to get into any controversies. I don't like discussing these things at all. I don't know what they are saying but as far as I know there was nothing more than dates hassles."
However, sources on the sets informed that Tanvi was very problematic and she had issues with everyone, be it interfering in the scenes or having creative differences with the director and the writers.
Kiran Juneja has been roped in to carry the show forward from where Tanvi has left. Mehta finally said, "Kiran Juneja has replaced her and will come on air from November 8 onwards. We basically wanted someone who could live up to Tanvi Azmi's stature and perform with same aura and dignity. Who better than Kiran Juneja then?"
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Hindi mass channels gear up for a quiet war in the 7.30 pm slot
November 03, 05
Noor Fathima Warsia
Competition in the television space has always been hot. But for Hindi mass entertainment channels, the battleground is only getting bigger. If primetime wasn't enough, the mass channels are now working out a little war in the early primetime or, as Deepak Segal, Executive Vice-president, Content and Communication, STAR India, puts it, "nearly core primetime slot" in the 7.30 pm band.
In this state of affairs, the slot sees Zee TV reigning with its soap 'Sinndoor' which is giving it a stable nine per cent channel share. In comparison, STAR Plus gets only a six per cent in the slot and Sony is barely at three per cent.
However, things are set to change considering that Sony is moving its long-time driver property 'Kkusum' to 7.30 pm and STAR Plus is also gearing for a new 8.00 pm show which means 'Mum, Hum aur Tum' would move to the 7.30 pm slot.
Segal explained that contrary to what the slot looks like now, 7.30 pm has been a high-yield band with shows like 'Shaka Laka Boom Boom'. Said Segal, "Given a family viewer's lifestyle and the fact that India is predominantly a single TV household, the slot has seen a substantial amount of mother and child viewing.
The 8.00 pm show we were planning was taking time in production, and it made sense to begin with 'Mum…' in the 8.00 pm slot. But the show has high potential for the 7.30 pm slot as well."
Sony has begun the promotions for the time change of 'Kkusum. Channel officials are not divulging much on this at present, but executives in the know inform that the show is set to go off-air after a while. However, considering that 'Kkusum' has some loyal following, the slot is expected to bring some numbers for Sony, and 'Mum…' should do the same for STAR.
Zee TV has a head start here and is already geared for competition's activities. Said Ashvini Yardi, Head, Programming, Zee TV, "With 'Sinndoor', it is a slot we created. Prior to this not much was seen in this time band. We are prepared for the activities that will soon begin from other channels here."
She divulged that the forthcoming storylines on the channel have been worked in such a way that 'Sinndoor' will be able to maintain its viewers. Media experts believe that for the genre on the whole, this is a good direction with more slots being converted into deliverables.
"The slot is not very active right now but 'Sinndoor' has shown that it can bring in some numbers with the right programming," said Manish Porwal, Executive Director, Starcom. "The primetime on the whole is extended and development of new time bands like this is a positive step for Hindi mass channels."
Pradeep Iyengar, National Buying Head, Carat Media, agrees: "Channels are looking at this slot because of the availability of content. This implies that there is more that can be used than just the core primetime. You have that many more options and this is very good for advertisers as well.
For the channels, they have something more to talk about and generate revenue and for the viewer, yet more choices – quite a win-win situation for all."
A thing that media experts are clear about is that 7.30 pm is not going to be a high delivery band for quite some time but what matters is that it brings choices for both the viewer and the advertiser and allows channels to present variety. Not really a time band to discuss but with channels taking some steps on the slot and Zee TV actually benefiting from it right now, it is a band that can offer Hindi mass channels some scope to show overall channel growth.
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'We worked in soaps that were aesthetic and progressive'
Kiran Juneja clears the air on replacing Tanvi Azmi and draws parallels between the sopas of yesterday and today's saas-bahu sagas
Kiran Juneja has maintained a low profile for the past few years and has had an on and off relationship with TV. She admits that the rigorous regimen of doing soaps unnerves her and she has decided to make a comeback of sorts only because she found the character, "Extremely interesting and intrinsic to the storyline."
All set to take over the mantle of Kavita Raizada (formerly played by Tanvi Azmi) in the popular soap, 'Sinndoor - Tere Naam Ka', Kiran vehemently asserts that she did not perceive the risk of replacing another actor as daunting. She further goes on to state that her interpretation of Kavita will be completely different.
"I got drawn to the character when the producers narrated the role to me and it was only later on that I came to know that I would be replacing Tanvi." She did not bother to cross-check with Tanvi as the producers assured her that the episode had been resolved amicably.
Kiran wants to create a new style statement for the character. The producer for the show Kinnari Mehta adds, "The character is going through a metamorphosis. Hence the style change was intrinsic to the storyline." Kinnari further adds that "Since Kiranji is more accustomed with the way TV works it would be easier for her to fit into the scheme of things." With the producers by her side Kiran feels, "It is entirely up to the audience to accept me."
Kiran who played Veerawali in 'Buniyaad' admits that the scenario has changed completely with the emergence of daily soaps. "We used to work in soaps that had a more moralistic, aesthetic and progressive attitude." She admits she finds it hard to relate to the saas-bahu sagas. "My own life is far removed from all this. I have a very progressive mother-in-law and I have never gone through all the complications of joint family politics. But I am sure they exist."
In a lighter vein Kiran concludes, "I would also love to play a vamp on TV". So will 'Sinndoor...' have a Ramola Sikand like saas? That's anybody's guess
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Jayati undergoes image makeover
Over-the-top Titli of Sinndoor to play matriarch in Virasat
She plays the loud, playful butterfly smitten Titli in Zee's Sinndoor Tere Naam Ka. However, Jayati Bhatia is now in for an image makeover as she readies to play a mother of three Ravi Chopra's upcoming show Virasat.
Bhatia says, "I play a mother of three grown up sons in this serial. My character is called Meera Lamba and Kiran Kumar plays my husband. We are a rich family who have a huge business. Problems raise their head when the husband treads on the toes of his wife. Aman Verma and Rohit Roy will play my sons."
Talking about her looks on the show she says, "I have been given the look of Jaya Bachchan as she looked in Kabhie Khushi Kabhie Gham. I portray similar poise, elegance and dignity in my role."
Initially, Bhatia was not convinced about playing an elderly character and says, "When I first heard of it, I was silent for sometime. I didn't know how to react for at being offered this role. But then I thought that most actors my age are playing mother to actors their age, or in some cases the on-screen sons are elder to their on-screen moms in real life. So, I thought I should go ahead with the role. Also, I realised my theatre background will come in as great help to essay this role. I played Kasturba in Mahatma vs Gandhi for 128 shows. On a lighter note, I think Aman and Rohit will have a problem calling me mother than I having a problem calling them my sons."
Bhatia is currently doing Mahabanoo Mody Kotwal's Vagina Monologues and will also be a part of Mahesh Dattani's forthcoming play.
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