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The Age of Shiva

The Age of Shiva: Shiva becomes the God of Cool for young urban Indians


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He has a calm exterior, but Arjun P. Kishore, 24, a software professional with Cognizant in Bangalore, can fly into one heck of a rage when provoked. And there's only one god for all rages: Shiva. Kishore already has two tattoos of the deity, and is zeroing in on the design for a third. He is currently reading the Shiva Purana Retold by author Ramesh Menon and while there are some who wonder what is wrong with him, many more, he says, come by to borrow the book. "I couldn't for the life of me sit for a pooja, but with Shiva there are no rules. The unorthodox works," he says.

Nataraja has gone from mandatory bronze souvenirs gifted to visiting foreign delegations to dude of the hour and deity superhero. Fandom is the new devotion and it's going viral via television, pulp fiction and film.

The serial Devon Ke Dev Mahadev on channel Life OK has current television viewer ratings of 2.1, and has hit highs of 8.2 for key episodes. Lead actor Mohit Raina, 30, calls it the effect of Shiva's 'superhero' quality. Grown men fall prostrate at his feet at promotional melas in Haridwar, women seek him out as son-in-law for their daughters. and young girls chase him like Mr Right. Tulika Dubey, 26, in Mumbai, Anjali Singh, 23, in Pune and UK-based Shruti Trivedi, 31, became Twitter friends and set up the Mohit Raina_FC in March 2012. They spend nights discussing Shiva, their Mills and Boon hero, with hundreds of followers.

"People don't say I look divine, they say I look sexy. They are not devotees of Shiva, they are his fans," says Raina. The Michael Jackson-like frenzy for Shiva makes for compelling marketing. The Shiva trilogy by author Amish Tripathi has sold over one million copies, forcing Amitabh Bachchan to comment that he never thought he'd see the day when a book is celebrated with a movie-worthy party. Dharma Productions, which bought rights to the first book, sends it to the production floor in late 2014 promising an epic of Harry Potter-like proportions.

An author struggling to be published in 2010, Tripathi's advocacy of Shiva has made him one of India's most visible writers today. His writing, born of a complete enthusiasm for how cool Shiva is, reshaped public perception by making mythology acceptable.

From tattoo artists to parents who are glad their children are reading at all, many attribute Shiva mania to his single-minded effort.

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Mahadev To Kill Apasmar & Mahadev To Ask KartikeyTo Prepare For War In Devon Ke Dev Mahadev


Nikhil Sinha's Devon Ke Dev Mahadev is going to bring forth yet another interesting episode for its viewers. In Its Upcoming Episode Mahadev Will Kill Apasmar & Fight Between Devta & Asur will took place.As Shown  In Its Last Episode Mahadev  Calls Apasmar But He Teases Mahadev.  

Now In Its Upcoming Episode Apasmar will  teases Mahadev for not being able to kill him. Mahadev will  takes the 'Natraj avtar' and  will kill Apasmar. Jalandhar wants to leave but Vrinda will stops him and asks him to rest.All 'devtas'  will visit the cave to see Natraj as he kills Apasmar. Jalandhar will  get upset when Vrinda tries to stop him from planning a war.Jalandhar will gets livid when he sees Vishnu's idol and leaves. Vitrasur will impresses Jalandhar with his fighting skills and is included in the war against the deities.Parvati will  succeeds in doing the first 'aasan'. Jalandhar is still angry with Vrinda but asks her to stand by his side. Mahadev will asks Kartikey to prepare for war and also meets Parvati.


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"Mohit Raina is the best Lord Shiva on TV"

Says Santosh Shukla who has played the role of Lord Shiva in Mahua channel's 'Jai Jai Shiv Shankar'


Wednesday, April 17, 2013 | 11:45:57 AM IST (+05:30 GMT)   |  Copyright:   |  Comments 9 Comments  |  367 Views

Many of us are unaware of the news that Santosh Shukla, who is currently busy in shooting for Salman Khan's upcoming venture 'Mental' played the role of Lord Shiva in Mahua channel's 'Jai Jai Shiv Shankar'.

Until now the actor portrayed various deities from Lord Ram to Lord Krishna and gradually became face of mythological sagas. He was quite fortunate because he got the opportunity to participate in Colors' biggest controversial show Bigg Boss, which gave him a new lease of career. "It's really difficult to portray divine roles but sometimes it's even more difficult to break the image because once you do a mytho, the chances to get type cast are much higher. I am triumphant enough to get the image makeover, "says Santosh Shukla.

If given an opportunity will he play Lord Shiva again? The actor asserted, "Lord Shiva? Na baba na. Television par Shiva ke roop mein ab sirf Mohit Raina achche lagte hai (No ways,Mohit Raina looks the best as Lord Shiva on Television). He is an amazing actor."

According to Santosh, Mohit is playing a very important role in making the show such a massive hit apart from the huge production values, sets, amazing costumes and writers. "I was quite shocked when I saw him as Bhagwaan Shankar. Playing Lord Shiva in such a huge mythological show that is larger than life is not a joke. In 'Devon Ke Dev... Mahadev', Mohit carries himself so gracefully that one can't even expect someone else to play Lord Shiva in any other show. I actually want to meet him and congratulate him for doing such a fantastic job. He is best Shiva till date," quips Santosh.

 




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Success of 'Devon ke dev-Mahadev' proves that India has a strong mythological audience

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After silver screen portrayal of long running epics like Ramanand Sagar's 'Ramayan' andB.R Chopra's 'Mahabharata', Indian channels are again witnessing a surge in mythological audience, especially after the launch of the mythological tale of Shiva and Sati on Life OK.

Populalry known as 'Devon ke dev… Mahadev', the show was launched in December, 2011, but it has been garnering popularity since then. Whether it's the maha episodes,
which shoot the TRP charts or the regular episodes of the show, the epic drama of
Shiva and Parvati keeps the audience glued to their seats.

The drama is said to be based on the renowned works of the mythologist, Devdutt
patnaik. The show bears stories of Shiva, referred as Mahadev here, taken from
legends, including Veds and Puranas.

Man's eternal fascination and inclination towards mythology is once again clearly
evident through the huge fan following of the well scripted show. The popularity is
primarily owing to the eventful plot, coupled with the authenticity of the story
line, with respect to the written legends in the puranas.

Right from the marriage of Shiva and Sati, the birth of Parvati from King Himavan,
Samudra manthan, birth of Kartikeya, finding Ganesha to the much destructive
'tandava', every tale is etched from the stories, penned by famous mythologists.

Along with genuineness of the storyline, the elaborate sets, costumes and the star
chemistry between the on screen Shiva and Parvati, Mohit Raina and Sonarika Bhadoria
respectively, keep the story line captivating enough for the audience.

The show has become so popular that now the serial has been dubbed in other regional
languages like Malayalam and Telugu, to cater to the regional audience. In fact, an
entire range of DVD's of the show is also available at various online stores, for
purchase.

The show makers have done a wonderful job in keeping the show authentic, creative
and above all very creative. It's the perfect masterpiece in the mythological genre,
which is bound to captivate the audience for a long time. After all, like all good
stories, the story line has drama, action, fantasy, devotion and above all love, which complements all.

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I have no Bollywood aspirations: Mohit Raina

Meera Vohra, TNN | Apr 18, 2013, 12.00 AM IST



The poster boy of Indian televison on what it takes to be Mahadev on screen

He plays the Hindu god Shiva onscreen, but he's endowed with the proverbial good looks of a Greek god. Yet Mohit Raina is in no hurry to switch from TV to the silver screen. "I am happy playing Mahadev at the moment, there are still lots of stories to be told, so my loyalties are towards the serial first. There are no Bollywoodaspirations as of now. In fact, after playing God, nothing remains on my wish list," says the actor who was in Varanasi recently to create awareness about a clean Ganga.

But doesn't this godly act limit the actor? There are examples from the past, like Arun Govil and Nitish Bharadwaj, who were extremely popuar as Ram and Krishna respectively, but disappeared from the scene once their shows went off air.

"Times have changed," replies Raina, "Television as a medium is much much more stronger now than it was at that time. Every top Bollywood actor is keen to make an appearance on TV, and the success of television actors in Bollywood has been phenomenal, the most recent example is Sushant Singh Rajput. So, the small screen is no longer small."

He adds, "Moreover, the character of Shiva has different shades, like romance, action..., so for an actor there is great scope to perform. Till now, he (Mahadev) was confined to calendar art, I am happy that through the serial we have been able to present those aspects of his personality that had remained unexplored so far," says the poster boy of television.

However, playing Mahadev has not been a cakewalk. "There was a lot of pressure as the makers of the serial were keen to come up with something different, something which had not been created till now. I sat with the research team to understand what strategy they had in mind, but what really helped me was the day-to-day feedback from the viewers, which helped me to grow and evolve. It did not happen overnight. There were certain scenes that involved dancing, so I made sure that I had done proper rehearsals, since I am not a natural dancer. Even the kind of dancing those scenes demanded required some training, which I undertook," he says.

However, the celebrity status comes with its share of controversies. Buzz is that all is not well between him and Sonarika, who plays Parvati on the show, to the extent that both of them are not on talking terms with each other. "Can you ever believe that all this is possible with the kind of work we are doing? I guess it started with the two of us not spending much time together on the sets. The reason being she is very quick with her lines, while I take some time. I need my own space to rehearse my lines. So, when people see us sitting separately, they misinterpret it. She is Adishakti, so how can she be ignored?" jokes Mohit.

Rumours of him dating Mouni Roy who played the part of the Sati in the serial, were also doing the round, we remind him. "This is not true, people had misunderstood seeing us together. We are just good friends, there is nothing more to it. When you are working round the clock, there is no scope for a relationship," he replies.

He even laughs off being considered the perfect match for Priyanka Chopra, according to the actress' family. "I have heard about that. Perhaps the reason is that Mahadev is too irresistible for any mother who is in the quest of a husband for her daughter, because of the qualities he represents," he reasons.

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Kids make prime time TRPs soar
Amrita Mulchandani, TNN | Apr 19, 2013, 12.00 AM IST


Kids make prime time TRPs soar
Bhavesh Balchandani in Veera


While many established names on TV are struggling to pull a show on their own, kids are raking in the TRPs. Be it reality, mythology or fiction, irrespective of the format of the show, kids are ruling the charts. And the audience sure doesn't mind seeing the little ones weaving an adorable world on screen through their innocent charm. 

Sample this: be it mythologicals like Jai Jai Jai Bajrangbali (Raj Bhanushali as Bal Hanuman), Devon Ke Dev Mahadev, (Sadhil Kapoor as Ganpati), or fictional shows like Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah (Bhavya Gandhi as Tappu), Ek Veer Ki Ardaas - Veera (Hrishita Oja as Veera and Bhavesh Balchandani as Ranvijay), Bade Acche Laggte Hai (Amrita Mukherjee as Pihu), fantasy show Baal Veer (Dev Doshi as Baal Veer) and reality shows like India's Best Dramebaaz and Indian Idol Junior are focusing on the child power. 

The focus is surely on the kids, but do they really make a difference in the TRP game? "Kids are a big factor for attracting audiences," says producer Shiv Sagar of Jai Jai Jai Bajrangbali. He adds, "They are natural in expressing themselves and I think that works with the audience. Children have been at the center of efforts to create an audience connect in films as well as in commercials for a long time. TV is all about having a habit to watch a show regularly and in most cases, the kid becomes a habit for the audience, so TRPs shoot up." 

"Kids attract attention because they add freshness to the show. Since TV viewership mainly comprise women, kids never fail to create an instant connect. But I feel kids should be introduced as a part of the story and should not stand out like a sore thumb. In India, any family story on small screen is incomplete without kids," says producer-writer Asit Modi ofTaarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah

And it's not just daily soaps, TV commercials have been riding on child power for years. While depending completely on a child artist is a risk, showmakers seem to be fine with it. "We wanted to show the life of Bal Hanuman which no one has explored so far and had planned to keep the track for three months. But since the response was tremendous we continued with it. Shooting with a child is not easy, but we decided to take the risk and it has proved to fruitful," says Shiv Sagar.

Some showmakers feel the content that is the king. "Kids have an emotional connect with audiences. Though there is no clear cut formula to garner ratings, what works is honest storytelling and believable characters. Younger actors sure bring some novelty with them," says producer Yash Patnaik of Ek Veer Ki Ardaas - Veera. 

And in between all this hoopla about the TRPs and the competition, kids on TV are having a good time. Amrita Mukherjee, who plays the role of Pihu in Bade Ache Lagte Hai loves all the affection and attention she gets. "I love being with Sakshi aunty, Ram uncle and Sameer uncle. I enjoy acting a lot. My entire unit pampers me a lot. Initially, there was a problem when my school mates and other people would come to click pictures with me, but now everything is settled," says Amrita.

It seems, these kids will never cease to garner attention and if they can fetch the TRPs, then the channels/producers can enjoy their adorable antics and innocent endeavours with renewed enthusiasm too!
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What makes Devon Ke Dev-Mahadev work is the perfect balance of drama, action and fantasy.


The saas-bahu drama has been ruling the TRPs on Indian television for over a decade now. Yet, there's another genre that has managed to match up to their success — mythological shows. With yet another version of Mahabharata coming up, it's a good time to take a look at why some shows in this genre work (while some don't).


The starting point of mythologicals on Indian TV is an obvious one. It goes back to the time of two wildly popular shows — Ramanand Sagar's Ramayan and BR Chopra's Mahabharat. More recently, the show that's found widespread popularity is Devon Ke Dev-Mahadev, based on the life of Lord Shiva. It says a lot about the show that it airs on a channel that's barely a year old; besides, it has catapulted the actor playing Shiva — Mohit Raina — to an iconic status.


However, this genre can be tricky, and not everyone has managed to get it right. The new version of Ramayan and Maa Durga haven't worked. Ekta Kapoor's Kahaani Hamaaray Mahaabhaarat Ki sank without a trace. The audiences didn't quite accept the show, the starting point of which was the Draupadi vastraharan; the oddly Greco-Roman costumes didn't work either.


On the other hand, what makes Mahadev work is the perfect balance of drama, action and fantasy. It does not, however, ensures that the sentiments of hardcore devotees are never hurt.


In all, mythologicals work only if the audiences find something fresh in the story. Such shows must also appeal to audiences of all age groups, especially kids. That's something a saas-bahu serial need not do. It's tricky then to stay away from clichs, yet create dramatic plot points that make the story engaging.


And while most shows stick to the 'superstar' — RamSita, Krishna, Ganesh, Shiva and Durga — perhaps they would find new stories to tell if they looked beyond them.


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Top Most Beautiful Actress Of Indian Television In Current Time.


                              

Jennifer Winget Grover: She Is The Real Diva Of Indian Television & Real Mix Of Cuteness With Sizzling Smile,Jennifer first appeared in a very popular show Kasauti Zindagi Kay as Prerna's daughter Sneha. Then she bagged a lead role in a popular serial Dill Mill Gayye on Star One as Dr. Riddhima. She also did some minor roles in many serials. She also worked in a dance show Zara Nach Ke Dikha and Zor Ka Jhatka as a contestant and Comedy Circus as a host.Curently Ruling The Heart Of Many As "Kumud" In Saraswatichandra.   

Sanaya Irani:  The "Queen" Of Beauty Of Indian Television, World Sees Her Fame In Current Time.  she Ruled the heart of all by her role as "khushi" In daily soap Iss Pyar Ko Kya Naam Doon on Star Plus. She also did a cameo in the movie Fanna. Currently,Doing "Chanchan" In Sony.

Krystle Dsouza: Krystle Is One Of The Master Piece Of God's Creation, Her Smile Worth a Million Dollor.She With her Sensational Performance As "Jeevika" In Star Plus Ek Hazaaron… Has Already Robbed The Heart Of Many.She Is In Few Selective Actress Of Indian Television With real beauty.

Nia Sharma: "Sexiest" Girl Of Indian Television We Had. Nia Climbed The Height Of Success In A Very Short Time Of Period, she looks absolutely stunning as Maanvi  in Ek Hazaaron Mein…. She Is The Only Actress With "Sexiest" Figure In Indian Television, she definitely deserves a mention here. 

Drashti Dhami: Drashti Dhami  the bubbly and vivacious Actress Of Indian Television Debut As  Dr.Muskaan Chadda in Dill Mill Gayye.Her Next Show Geet- where she plays the protagonist of the show, opposite Gurmeet Choudhary. The role brought her both recognition and popularity. Since May 2012 she is seen as Madhubala in Madhubala – Ek Ishq Ek Junoon opposite Vivian Dsena on Colors TV.

Sonarika Bhadoria : Sonarika Is Well known for her role of Parvati on TV show Devon Ke Dev Mahadev that airs on Life Ok. She debuted with the role of Abhilasha in the show Tum Dena Saath Mera (2011). She is talented, gorgeous & Rock with her Superb Performance as "Paravati" .A true diva and a queen of charm, Sonarika rules both hearts and minds of TV fans.

Tejasvi Welingker : The New Beauty Diva Of Indian Television . Her Simplicity ,Smile,Innocence Is A deadly combination that can make anyone to fall in love with her.Currently, she is a part of 2613.

Asha Negi: Asha Is Beautiful There Is No Doubt On It. Yes, she looks absolutely stunning as Purvi in Zee TV's Pavitra Rishta. Asha's face is finely structured, her smile bewitches the youth of India and she is comfortable in her skin as the diva.

Kritika Kamra : Kritika landed her first television role in 2008 as Arshiya in Yahan Ke Hum Sikander. However, her big break came when she was chosen to play the role of Arohi Sharma in Balaji Telefilms' Kitani Mohabbat Hai. The show became extremely popular. After it went off air in 2009, it was brought back for another season. Kitani Mohabbat Hai Season 2 went off air in 2011.Kritika Kamra plays the lead role of "Dr. Nidhi Verma", a bubbly woman who falls in love with a doctor 18 years older than her, in the SET Show, Kuch Toh Log Kahenge.

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