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Star Plus changes 8 pm tactic; brings in sci-fi series 'Antariksh' Team

(18 August 2006 11:30 pm)

MUMBAI: Hindi general entertainment space will soon witness an interesting contest between soap operas and a sci-fi series, as Star Plus has announced the launch its first ever sci-fi series Antariksh.

The show, scheduled to launch on 2 October, has been positioned in the crucial Monday - Thursday 8 pm slot.
Produced by the duo of Ashim Samanta and Jyotin Goel from Wild Fire Entertainment, the concept of the show is designed to interest the younger viewers on the prime-time band. Antariksh, which is set in a modern jet-set atmosphere, will draw its inspiration from the Indian mythology of Ramayana, as the story's basic premise is that of a war between good versus evil, as per an official release.
States Star India EVP Deepak Segal, "Aimed at our younger viewers, Antariksh, is a revolutionary mix of utopian vision of justice and prosperity, which we are launching exclusively in the weekday prime-time band, for our younger viewers. It's a story full of new-age imagination that will see the use of hi-fi gadgets, which is sure to create a cult amongst them."

"With our already established, unmatched leadership in this genre, we are hopeful this show of space-age heroism will prove to be a treat for all the sci-fans, and consequently help us in further consolidating the prime-time slot on the channel," Segal adds.

Antariksh will be an action tale, of fictitious and imaginative characters living in space. This animated drama will be packaged with intense creativity coupled with heavy-duty computer generated graphics and illustrations, by Jyoti Sagar from Sagar Arts Productions and Prasad Ajgaonkar from Interactive Realities Ltd, the release claims. m

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Star Plus' Antariksh has completed two weeks, and I quite enjoy the mix of mytho and hi-tech that the kiddie show offers. The effects are neat, and the language, Hindi interspersed with English words, is better than the archaic Hindi used in other kid's sci fi shows. But it's disconcerting when the frame is split into two close ups of actors actually sharing the same frame. If it's a new techno gimmick, I am left unimpressed. Zee's Time Bomb tried similar camera tricks, among others, and definitely didn't win the viewer over. oxpopuli23.htm

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Antariksh : STAR Plus goes sci-fi

STAR Plus is all set to launch a sci-fi show Antariksh from October 2. The show targetted at kids will air Monday Thursday at 8 pm. With a tag line ek amar katha jise chhote bhool na paayenge, bade sada dohraayenge, Antariksh is based on the age-old concept of war between good and evil, but the battles will take place in a galaxy far away in outer space. Produced by Ashim Samanta and Jyotin Goel under the banner Wild Fire Entertainment, the show promises amazing computer generated graphics created by Jyoti Sagar and Interactive Reality. The idea for the show was concieved by Jyotin who conveyed it to Ashim and together decided to produce it. "Ashim and I have grown up together and it was only right that I approach him," informs Jyotin who is a sci-fi fan and feels that this genre has not really been explored in India. "Though we've had Western shows depicting a futuristic world through shows like Star Trek this will be the first time we will be presenting a futuristic India and its culture ," he informs. The duo apporached STAR with the idea and they were more than willing to give it a try. "Actually they came to us two years ago but we couldn't do it then. Now, technology has grown in leaps and bounds and the idea seemed feasible," informs Deepak Segal, Executive VP, Content, STAR India Ltd. The basic plot of the serial, that of good vs evil is loosely based on Ramayan. "It's plot points are similar to those in the epic," avers Deepak. The story is about Amar, the eldest son of King Shylan who possesses qualities that make him completely fit to be Prithiv's next king. But before that he has to quell Rankaal who is spreading terror in Akashganga. The only one who can stop Rankaal is Amar. He is the chosen one. And the story is about how Amar is trained and equipped in real life situations so that he can match up to Rankaal's strength and also the various twists of destiny and events that take him on the path of his final confrontation with Rankaal. The series has everything a child can imagine from Rankaal's chamber equipped with all the systems and machinery of war to a snake tower which like a giant snake, stabs into the heart of Kaavran citizens. Says Jyotin, "As reference points for the chamber, tower and other tapestries we have sourced from Ramayan, other Indian and western folklore."
Though children are the primary targets, the serial intends to lure the entire family into viewing it with a love story, family values and adventure. As Jyotin puts it, it is three-dimensional. Now, whether it gets lost in space or makes a place in the viewers' mind space is something we've to wait and watch. Saathi Re : Torn between love and duty
Touted as an intense family drama, Saathi Re premieres this October on STAR One. It is the story of Suman, a dutiful daughter, a loving sister, beautiful, traditional and confident. In short, the ideal Indian girl. Her world is her small family with their middle class lifestyle and idiosyncrasies. This little world of Suman would have been perfect if it were not for her recurring nightmares which leave her distraught every time and bring her bad luck! As the story progresses it is learnt that her nightmares have a greater significance in her life...
For Parakh Madan who makes her television debut with the serial, the role is challenging and exciting. But unlike Suman, Parakh is a girl who has a mind of her own and "not at all docile". Actually, the role is completely in contrast with her nature. "In real life, I am this restless, pampered, naughty girl. I am most comfortable in jeans, skirts and T-shirts while Suman never gets out of the salwar kameezs," she laughs. Suman is the kind of girl who abides by her parent's wishes and faces a dilemma when she falls in love with Prem (Arjun Punjj), whom her folks oppose and get married off to Rajeev. "It is a story of love, duty and sacrifices," surmises Parakh who will be also be seen in Jai Santoshi Maa releasing this Friday. She plays the second lead in the film. Parakh is a classical Kathak dancer trained under Birju Maharaj. She made her first trip to Mumbai for a magazine's cover shoot and since then has been a frequent visitor. But this time she has stayed put what with a film and a serial happening simultaneously. "I want to give my best to the serial and also learn as much as I can from the director and my co-actors," she says earnestly. Already she has won brownie points from Arjun who says that the most important thing for a newcomer is that he/she should be focussed "which Parakh is". Arjun who opted out of Woh Rehnewali Mehlon Ki because he didn't want to grey his hair jumped at his role in Saathi Re. "Prem is a today's guy who wears sports and denim jackets. At the same time there is some goodness in him," says the actor who has played similar roles earlier but promises to give this a different look and approach. Prem is shown to be orphan who is brought up by his aunt. He is ambitious yet eternally romantic, an extremist in his beliefs yet courageous enough to stand by them. He is a short tempered guy who is out to prove a point and carve an identity for himself in the world. Most importantly, he is in love with Suman. Arjun, who is rehearsing for Nach Baliye 2, is looking forward to both the shows coming on air around the same time. NB2 will start airing from September 25 while Saathi Re starts from next month. "Already I am finding it very tiring. The rehearsals sap your energy completely and are time-consuming. But it is exciting too 'cause I can spend a lot of time with Gurdip," he quips. The other man in Suman's life, Rajeev, is being played by Amir Dalvi. He is the 'Ram' of the family; sensitive, big-hearted, dotes on his siblings yet sophisticated and broadminded with a charming personality. As the eldest son of the family, he believes in treating everybody with respect but has a naive quality of believing people around him. Armed with an MBA degree, he takes responsibility of everyone in the family and becomes the son in Suman's father's life.

For Amir, the role was a welcome change from his negative character in Jab Love Hua. "Usually when you play the bad man once, you tend to get typecast, so when this offer came to me I jumped at it," he grins. Amir who has done several serials in the past beginning with Nyay, Kabhi Aaye Na Judaai and Awaaz to name a few feels Saathi Re will be by far his best. The other actors in the cast include Kiran Karmarkar and Neena Gupta.

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The newly launched sci-fi series for kids, Antarikhsh is also going through hectic schedules currently. In an incident (not so uncommon on TV sets these days) the heroine on the show succumbed to the pressure and fainted on the sets recently. The Antariksh unit was shooting at the Film City helipad for a particular forest scene when it happened. "The October heat in Mumbai has been stifling and that day the temperature was particularly high. Nikita Thukral who plays heroine Shilya and Ganesh aka Amar were giving a particular shot when Nikita suddenly lost her balance and fainted. Fortunately, in the nick of time, Ganesh leapt forward and saved her from falling down the overlooking cliff, says a close source from the channel present on the shoot.

"Thank god nothing happened to her. Perhaps it was the continuous exposure and dehydration that was responsible for this situation. The entire unit was quite supportive and shoot resumed, only after she adequately recuperated," he said.  However, the good thing about the incident was watching 'veer yodha' Amar turning into a real life hero as well. Ganesh confirmed the incident when we spoke to him. "We were shooting at film city. Nikita was a little unwell as we were continuously shooting for three/four days. She fainted on the set due to sunstroke. After consuming electral powder and resting for a while she was back."

But Ganesh was pretty modest when asked about his real life hero instincts. "She was standing right beside me and any person would have done the same and saved her from falling", he said. Nikita Thukral was in Dubai and therefore unavailable for comment. (Sampurn) ee%20TV%20hunts%20for%20new%20stars%20again

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Kushal Punjabi's tryst with the divine!

Kushal Punjabi was apprehensive about playing a futuristic Hanuman


   From movies to music videos to TV, Kushal Punjabi has done it all. The actor plays futuristic Hanuman 'Challang' in Antariksh on Star Plus. He has also been busy with Nikhil Advani's Salam-E-Ishq besides writing a script for a 100-minute film. Speaking about his character in Antariksh on Star Plus, Kushal says, "I was worried whether people would make fun of me. But when I got to hear of the whole concept, I agreed to do it." And Kushal says he got to play the character, thanks to his physique. "They wanted someone who had a good physique as there are a lot of stunts in the serial," he says.
   Besides acting, Kushal is also a dancer and says that though he hasn't been training for many years, a few workshops have made him a good dancer. "I believe everyone has one special ability. Mine is dancing. I love dancing and have been comfortable with it. In fact, I am one of the few people who don't have to be told to hit the dance floor because I am the first one to do so," he laughs. A self-confessed fitness freak, the actor wants to do something concrete in this field. Speaking about television versus films, Kushal says, "Work is of prime importance, the medium is not really an issue."
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How did you enter the television world?
Friday, November 24, 2006 8:44:21 IST
My mother is a theatre artist. I am a classical dancer and singer

Suhasi Goradia
TV Actress

How did you enter the television world?
My mother is a theatre artist. I am a classical dancer and singer. I used to watch my mother's performances on stage. One fine day, suddenly I thought of trying my luck in acting career and hence made my portfolio. I got a chance in one of the Star Plus serials named

What are your current projects on television?
Right now, I am busy with Antariksha, Ek Chabi Hai Padosi on Star Plus.

How do you relate yourself with the character in Ek Chabi Hai Padosi?
The character of 'Urmi' is same as a girl next door. She is not a perfect girl whom we can proudly talk about. She is a common young girl who is enthusiastic, angry young woman, a liar at times. She is in love with a guy and he wishes to propose but she is shy to express her feelings. The character is so common that any girl would be finding herself in 'Urmi'.  Likewise the character relates to me too.

Did you always thought of becoming an actress?
No. I never thought of it. It just happened all of a sudden.

Happiest moment you have come across?
My happiest moment in my life was when I performed my first Arangetram (Bharatnatyam performance on stage).

Future plans?
I like surprises in my life. I never plan anything. Whatever good opportunities come on my way I will accept them. Whether it is a good role in movies or an ad film. p;am p;subsection=showbuzz&xfile=November2006_closeup_standar d130&child=closeup

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