What can be better than sitting with a basket of popcorn in front of your TV, and witnessing a remarkable moment on your favourite show that forces you to say “Oh my God, did this just happen?” Yes, TV moments –sweet, sour, tickling, hot – make our lives colorful. 2011 was a great year for Indian television. This year can be tagged as the “golden” one as viewers exercised diverse shows with varied content. Here’s Tellychakkar.com’s list of top 20 moments on Indian TV this year. Enjoy!!!
Gay relationship in Star Plus’ Maryada
Indian television has come a long way and today’s viewers are more mature and open when it comes to shows that deal with diverse, poignant and even those issues which the pseudo-moralists of the society term as “taboo”. Kudos to the makers of Maryada
, DJ’s A Creative Unit, who took the splurge ahead and first time came up with a storyline that deals with gay relationship between Gaurav (Dakssh Ajit Singh) and Karan (Karan). The world watched the emotionally charged scene wherein Gaurav broke his relationship with Karan as he was scared of his family. Thousands of gay men across the world could relate to the scene. But thankfully, later things did shape up. We can proudly say that Maryada
infused a new lease of life to the Indian television industry.
Sushant Singh quitting Pavitra Rishta
So much was written about Sushant Singh Rajput quitting Zee TV’s Pavitra Rishta
. In the show, he played the character of Manav and his chemistry with Archana Lokhande (Archana) made people sweat in front of their TV screens. Tellychakkar.com
was the first to break the news of him facing the camera for the last time for the show on 23 October 2011. Sushant did talk to us and went on to say that he decided to move on to try out new things in life. Well, we hope the handsome hunk touches greater heights in life!!!
Susheel Kumar winning Rs 5 crore in Kaun Banega Crorepati 5
Well, Rs 50 million or Rs 5 crore is a lot of money. And you have to go through – rounds against a very tough quizmaster Amitabh Bachchan in Kaun Banega Crorepati
. The Big B can make you nervous with his baiting style which makes you think you are making a mistake when you actually are correct. But all of Big B’s tricks did not work with computer operator and tutor from Bihar Susheel Kumar, who held his nerve to get the grand prize of Rs 5 crore.The man, who is humble and ambitious, made history and in an interview with Tellychakkar.com
he told everyone to read newspapers and magazines religiously to win the jackpot money on KBC. Well, we agree!!!
Romance is back on TV with Balaji’s Bade Achhe Lagte Hain
The golden days of romance are back on television with Ram (Ram Kappor) and Priya (Sakshi Tanwar). Their natkhat
fights, and warm chemistry is not only touching but have sent TRPs soaring. The show is a great success and TV viewers can’t get enough of it. In an exclusive interview with Tellychakakr.com
, Ram confessed that Bade Achhe
has made him more popular than ever. He is enjoying so are its viewers!!!
Lady Gaga on Simi Selects India’s Most Desirable
Simi Garewal flew off to Singapore and shot an exclusive episode with “outrageous” Lady Gaga. As a sign of appreciation Simi gifted Gaga a 10kg lehenga
and a DVD of Bollywood chartbusters choreographed by Farah Khan. And Simi went on to say that Gaga was more than happy to receive the gifts. The show rocked and people loved it. Lady Gaga coming on an Indian chat show exemplifies the rising dominance of Indian television all over the world.
Porn star Sunny Leone entering Bigg Boss
Media went crazy and reported extensively on a porn star entering the Bigg Boss
house. People thought that Sunny will flaunt her meat everywhere and anywhere to draw viewers’ attention, but she acted graciously and her cute and lovable histrionics earned her respect and popularity. Ever since her entry in the house of scandals, Sunny has been hypnotizing India with her cute sexy girl act. Sunny Leone rocks!!!
Launch of Ra.One’s music on Star Plus
Shah Rukh “King” Khan chalked out innovative and effective ways to promote his film Ra.One
. The movie, which introduced a new leaf to the history of Indian cinema, was liked by critics and the masses alike. Now, for the first time ever, a movie’s music launch took place on national television. In a glamour-coated event titled “Chammak Challo
”, Shah Rukh launched Ra.One
’s music on Star Plus. It started a new trend altogether!!!
Bollywood invasion on television
Supremacy of Bollywood over television is over. Over the years, as the reach and influence of television have increased, more and more Bollywood celebrities have thronged the small screen off late. Be it Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Sanjay Dutt or Madhuri Dixit, everyone has used the small screen medium to rake in the moolah and woo millions of viewers. Furthermore, film-producers are using TV shows to promote their films. Recently, Busty Vidya Balan came on Bade Achhe Lagte Hain
to promote Dirty Picture
, so did Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma to promote Ladies vs Ricky Bahl
, and many others. Finally, Bollywood has realised the power and impact of television.
Sakshi Tanwar and Vidya Balan dancing together on Ooh La La…
TRPs shot sky high and fans did not dare to change the channel when Sakshi Tanwar aka Priya of Bade Achhe Lagte Hain
and Vidya Balan danced on the number Ooh La La
from the movie Dirty Picture
. Vidya made an appearance on the show in order to promote the movie. They both looked gracious, beautiful and melted hearts of many. We loved it!!!
Music is back on TV with Coke Studio and The Dewarists
Off late, music lovers kept complaining that MTV and Channel V played anything and everything but music. The channels had less VJs but more reality show contestants (Roadies, Splitsvilla
on MTV, Footloose
on Channel V and more). But with MTV’s Coke Studio
and Channel V’s The Dewarists
, the scenario has finally changed and we can proudly say that music is back on television. Superb!!!
Mishal Raheja quitting Laagi Tujhse Lagan
Fans loved him as Datta in Colors’ Laagi Tujhse Lagan
. He gained immense popularity via her good looks and superb acting, but hearts broke when he decided to quit the show. Mishal told the world that he moved on as he wanted to act in films. Well, whatever be it, Mishal opting out of Laagi
…certainly created ripples in the Indian television industry.
First peep reality show on Indian TV-The Khan Sisters
Audiences always love knowing more about their favourite celebrities, more so about their personal life. And UTV Bindass’ offering the Khan Sisters
is doing just that. It gives a sneak peek into the life of celebrity sisters Model-turned-actress Gauhar Khan and TV actress Nigaar Khan. Though this format has been used worldwide; in India this show is one of its kind. Through this series, the sister duo has invited the audiences into their daily lives. The viewers have seen them doing a host of things on the show like Gauhar opting for a lip augmentation process, Nigaar going through the matchmaking process, and many more. And the audiences love what they are seeing.
Ammaji playing double role in Laado
Colors’ Na Aana Iss Des Laado
is a show based on female infanticide and atrocities against women. And the character of Ammaji
has played a crucial role in the daily right from the beginning. Though the series took a leap some time back, Ammaji
’s character still holds the prime position in the household. And just recently the audiences received the shock their lifetime when they saw the character in a double role. While Ammaji
was busy preparing for election campaign, she was kidnapped from the podium in a political rally. The family was shocked and started to search her but they were surprised to see that Ammaji
already at the home, who was not the real Ammaji
but her, look alike Anjali Chaudhary.
Anand Chopra’s death in Parichay
Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji Telefilms’ is known to bring in wicked twists and turns in its serials and Parichay
aired on Color’s witnessed that when the loving Anand Chopra died in a bomb blast. Everybody was in the mood of celebration in the Chopra household. Everyone was busy preparing for Siddhi (Keerti Nagpure) and Anand’s (Saurabh Raj Jain) marriage. Just on the day of their marriage, the would-be groom Anand died in a bomb blast. And what followed was a series of dramatic situations. But the most important event was Siddhi getting married to Kunal Chopra, eldest brother of Anand and the protagonist of the daily.
Launch of Sanjeev Kapoor’s FOOD FOOD channel
For Indian TV audiences, a food based show meant a show which would teach them a new recipe in every episode. Over the years, the concept altered and the viewers got acquainted to varied concepts such as travel based food show, celebrity food show, food lifestyle series, etc. Sadly, all these culinary series were aired on specific days only and the viewers would have to wait for the next episode to increase their gastronomic knowledge. But, luckily celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor launched a dedicated channel for food this year. Named FOOD FOOD, the channel is a food lifestyle channel and has the Dhak Dhak girl
, Madhuri Dixit as its the brand ambassador.
Sony overtaking Colors in the battle of TRPs
General Entertainment Channel, Colors had been holding the number two position in TAM ratings, all thanks to its path-breaking shows like Balika Vadhu, Na Aana Iss Des Laado
, etc. Sony Entertainment, on the other hand, had been desperately trying to get back into the TRP race for quite some time, and regain the prime position that it enjoyed a few years ago, but had slipped down since other channels gained more viewership. And luckily for Sony its new shows did the needful. Sony Entertainment replaced Colors’ second position as per TAM data for the week ended 20 August 2011. This is attributed to its popular game show, Kaun Banega Crorepati
hosted by Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan and the mature love story, Balaji Telefilms’ Bade Achhe Lagte Hain
Common man coming back on TV with SAB TV’s R K Laxman Ki Duniya
For nearly five decades, award winning cartoonist R K Laxman brought out the issues the common man faces through his cartoon strips. And millions of people grabbed a copy of the newspaper only to know which problem has been addressed in the cartoon strip today, which was called The Common Man. Though many have been missing the living legend R K Laxman’s comic strips, SAB TV gave them an opportunity sit back and enjoy the same at the comfort of their home. Its show R K Laxman Ki Duniya
is based on the works of the famous cartoonist and illustrator.
Vansh returning in Uttaran
has always wooed its audiences with its dramatic script. Be it Tapasya (Rashmi Desai) getting married to Veer (Nandish Sandhu) in place of Ichcha (Tina Dutta) or Tapasya claiming to be pregnant with Veer’s child, when in fact their marriage was never consummated, the daily has managed to shock its viewers every now and then. Continuing with the trend the recently shocked the viewers, bringing in the late Vansh (Rohit Khurana) back into the Bundela house. Though this character is a lookalike of Vansh, Uttaran
’s ardent fans received the shock of their lifetime.
Formation of BCCC
Off late, the Indian audiences have been raising hue and cry because of the indiscriminate use of foul language and increasing vulgar content on Indian TV. Taking a cue from this, The Indian Broadcasting Federation (IBF) formed self-regulatory guidelines and a complaints redressal mechanism through the Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC) in an effort to establish self regulation on all non-news channels.BCCC come into effect from the first week of June, this year. During every show that is provided to Indian households, a scroll appears below which urges the audiences to complain if they find the content shown in the program objectionable.
Gauri breaking Anandi-Jagya’s love life
Colors’ Balika Vadhu
is a daily that deals with the sensitive issue of child marriage. And its protagonists Anandi and Jagya got married in their childhood. But they were separated for a few years, so that they can live together after attaining the legal age of marriage. But when that happened, Jagya went to the city for his medical studies. There he fell in love with his classmate Gauri. Incidentally, Gauri is the same girl, whom Jagya aka Jagat had got married in his childhood, on his grandmother, Dadisa’s insistence, thus making Gauri Jagat’s second wife. Jagat’s infidelity came as a shocker to the ardent fans of the daily.