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By Sudhir Batalvi

Suhaasi Goradia is the new face to watch out in Ek Chaabi Hai Pados Mein. The perky girl speaks about her background and the new show.

First tell us something about yourself?
My father was posted in Libya and I studied there up to class 9. But we kept coming to India for our  vacations. I like music and singing and always wanted to be on screen. And here I am.
 
When did you decide to become a TV actress?
My mother has been doing Gujarati theatre and I used to go and watch her shows. And even though I didn't participate in any of her plays, I definitely got inspired and decided to become an actress.
 
But have you done any television before?
Yes, I did a parallel role to the main lead of the serial Shakti on DD. In fact, it was the starting point of my career. At present I am playing a character in Antariksh also.
 
How did you get this show?
One of my friends told me about the auditions and I went over there. By God's grace, I got selected and here I am. When opportunity strikes at your door at the right time you call it luck; and I think I am lucky enough as I am just 20 years old.
 
How special is this show?
I feel as if it's a part of my life. I had never been to these kinds of mohallas, but now realise how happy life is over there, I feel really nice. People are so concerned and helpful towards each other. They  share their joys and sorrows. They have their dreams to be fulfilled and they try their best to make them come true.
 
Tell us in detail about your role in Ek Chaabi Hai Pados Mein?
I am playing the character of a Gujarati girl who is full of life, loves music and her music teacher. My character falls in love with Varun Badola in the serial. I like him, but I don't dare to confess my feelings to him.
 
In a serial which has so many seniors artistes how was your experience as newcomer?
I can't explain this in words. I never felt that they were behaving like seniors with me even for a single moment. We are like one big happy family and this gives a thrust to show as we are trying to do the same by showing a strong bonding between the people of our mohalla.
 
You are also working in Antarikhsh. How different is the experience working in both the serials?
In Antariksh, there is not much to do as most of the sequences and the work is done through animation. In Ek Chaabi… there is much to do as there is more interaction with the characters. In fact, the whole mohalla is always active.
  
What else are you doing apart from this?
Nothing at all, and I don't want to take on any more work. I want to concentrate only on this role to be able to do justice to my character and perform well here.

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Kahaani special effects ki!


From seemingly unreal action to virtual reality, special effects on Indian television have come a long way

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   Put on a DVD of Ramanand Sagar's Ramayan and chances are, you will find yourself smiling at the special effects used in the serial, made in 1986. Two decades later, the technology used in television serials is almost as good as that used in Bollywood films. What's more, almost every other serial today, uses some or the other form of special effects, in order to enhance the production value of the show. Says Jyoti Sagar, who's in-charge of special effects for serials like Haatim, Star Plus' Antariksh, Lucky and Prithviraj Chauhan, "Earlier, budgets for television production wouldn't allow for such effects. Today, with the help of cost effective tools, we can create sizable amount of work." So how does that help the show? "With the help of special effects, we can create locations like huge palaces and castles, as it would be impossible for TV shows to be shot there. For a war scene in
Prithviraj Chauhan, we had to show an army of soldiers. So we shot with a few people and with the multiplication effect, we could show an entire army," he explains.
   Kushal Punjabi, who enacts the character of Chalang in Antariksh, says that if real life action comes in conjunction with some animation or graphics, it just adds to the scene. "Then it becomes a blend of what people can relate to and the supernatural. Of course, it depends on the special effects guys to make it look good or bad," he adds.
   Going by the audience reactions, they seem to be lapping up these shows, especially the kids. Says Madhur Chanana, a standard four student, "I love watching Lucky and Antariksh. The special effects are just awesome!"
   Jyoti Sagar adds that even though special effects shown on television might not be at par with the kind shown in films, the audience are liking it, which explains the number of serials dealing with them. "The quantum of special effects work in films is less, therefore there is a lot of detailing but definitely some work on TV is equally good," he adds.
 

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Ram rescues his Sita


Actor Ganesh Venkatraman, who plays a character inspired by Ram, rescues Nikita, who plays a character based on Sita, as she faints on the sets of serial

SHARIN WADER Times News Network

Want to know how Ram rescued Sita? Ask the crew members of Star Plus' Antariksh — Ek Amar Katha! Ganesh Venkatraman who plays Amar, the protagonist based on Ram, recently came to the rescue of co-star Nikita Thukral, who plays Shliya on the sets of the serial.
   "We were shooting for seven days non-stop. The afternoon heat had started taking a toll on us. Nikita was feeling dehydrated. Suddenly she fainted and fell on her face," says Ganesh. "I immediately lifted her up and took her to the van. I then sprinkled water on her face. She regained consciousness but then fainted again. I noticed that her body was turning cold so I started massaging her palm and forehead." Nikita says that she really felt like Sita in distress. "The sight was hilarious," she recalls the incident. "There was not just Ram but also Laxman and Hanuman present when I fainted! Kushal Punjabi who plays Hanuman started shouting, 'Bachao, bachao,' when I lost consciousness and then Ram and Laxman (played by Mohit Raina) came running to save me. It was really like a scene of the Ramayana."
 

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Ganesh Venkatraman aka Amar of the futuristic series Antariksh seems to have taken his action role quite seriously. So inspired was he by the action sequences in the show that he has gone in for full-fledged training in Wushu and kickboxing. "Wushu is a completely stylised Chinese martial arts form," he informs enthusiastically.

"Amar is a superhero and he is always around to save the world. And when I play such a character it kind of rubs off on you. I felt the need to go in for some self defense martial art forms," he says. Ganesh states that for the character, body language and flexibility is important and martial arts can only help him do just that. With Antariksh not scoring high TRPs, looks like Ganesh is trying out every trick in the trade and is already looking at a future as a martial arts trainer! (Sampurn)

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There is bad news for Star Plus sci-fi series Antariksh. The channel has decided to axe the show in order to make way for Karam Apna Apna in the 8 pm slot. Sources close to the channel have confirmed this new development. Karam… is being shifted from its 9:30 pm time spot to accommodate KBC which starts in January.

Antariksh though isn't the only show shutting shop. Viraasat too is being asked to wind up. Although rumour has it that the show will return in a couple of months time for a second season. Unlike Viraasat, Antariksh is shutting shop for good as the show has not been able to get high TRPs and is being regarded as a flop serial. The serial was supposed to be inspired by Star Wars and was launched with great fan fare three months back.

It is alleged the show's leading man Ganesh Venkatraman was very upset with this news. But when contacted he said he wasn't sure that the serial was ending. " I have heard about the show going off air, but we don't have any official confirmation as yet. I guess because of KBC there is a lot of reshuffling going on. But I can't comment about my show ending till I get confirmation from the channel," says Ganesh.  Can't blame the actor for not confirming the news because people have been speculating about Kahin to hoga ending in January. Some believe that Karam… will replace it.

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Who kissed Ganesh? 

   Recently when Ganesh Venkataram (Amar of Star Plus' Antariksh) decided to go out shopping, little did he know that he would get mobbed by a group of teenage girls outside a mall. "One of them approached me and asked for an autograph and the others stood around me," says Ganesh. "When I asked for an autograph book, she put her hand out and asked me to sign on her palm. I was surprised but then relented. The moment I signed, she immediately gave me a peck on my cheek and they all fled from there," he laughs.

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Aisa Des Hai

Sony had chosen Aisa Des Hai Mera to fill in the vacuum created by Indian Idol- 2 with a hope that the serial would keep the prime time viewers glued to their seats. It is said that in an attempt to give a taste of Yash Chopra's Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge and Veer Zara, the channel zeroed down on veteran writer Lekh Tandon's story and even went to London in order to shoot the initial few episodes. But even that could not attract the viewers.

Resham Dank

As for Resham Dank, the scriptwriter Atish Kapadia was made the scapegoat and was  accused of changing the track of the show which resulted in diminished viewership of the serial. Initially, when the serial started, producer J.D. Majithia claimed that the serial will run for 12-14 months; but it's not even five months old now and its time to say good bye.

Akela

Fireworks Production's high profile and off beat show Akela had the hunky Sudhanshu Pandey possessing special powers of interacting with the dead. It's so called Hollywood feel couldn't save its fate and it has literally lived up to its name.

Antariksh

Similar is the case of Antariksh which was launched just three months back. The production company even affirmed that after seeing the special effects in the serial, people will forget the movie Krish. The programming people of Star Plus had high hopes from the so called modern Ramayan, but in vain. Though the channel claims otherwise, insiders have confirmed the news of its axing.

Viraasat

Another setback was Viraasat. Very few people are ready to accept that the biggie has bitten the dust. "Viraasat is going off-air for three months and they would bring back the serial on a new time slot," says Aman Verma hoping for the best but it's still not clear whether its in safe territory or not.

Vaidehi

Aruna Irani tried to use all the tricks in the trade to make  Vaidehi sizzle but failed miserably. It began as a weekly then became a daily.

Johny Ala Re

And Johny Ala Re got low ratings in spite of a big budget, countless revamps and the big Bollywood ace, Johny Lever.

Kahin To Hoga

It's also noteworthy that  Ekta Kapoor too couldn't keep the magic alive in Kahin To Hoga. Seems, the serial did well only due to Amna Sharif and Rajiv Khandelwal's hit jodi. Because after Kahndelwal left in a huff, the TRPs were never the same again.

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Karam stays, Antariksh gets axed!


And that's all KBC's doing!

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   When Kaun Banega Crorepati goes on air from January 22 on Star Plus, the fates of some of the other serials will get sealed. While it was earlier speculated that Karam Apnaa Apnaa might go off air along with Virasat, the channel has clarified that in fact, it is Antariksh and not these two serials that are being booted off. Says Shailja Kejriwal, Senior Creative Director, Star India, "The ratings of Karam have been touching 11 and it's one of the most successful shows in the past one-and-a-half years. There was absolutely no way we were going to axe that. It was highly irresponsible to report that it was going off air. The serial is being shifted to the 8 pm slot and Antariksh will be going off air instead," she clarifies. But after Iqbal Khan quit Karam, has the serial not gone through a slump? "Not at all, Yash Tonk has just recently replaced him and whenever an actor gets replaced, we give them a couple of weeks to see how things are working out," she says.
   As for Antariksh going off air, Shailja says that it was not performing as per expectations and Karam was too precious a serial to let go off. "In the face of competition, this was the decision we had to take," she adds. As for Virasat, it will be shifted to Star One to the 8.30 pm slot. "We're hoping some of the loyal viewers will shift to watching it on that channel," she adds.
 

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