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Sixteen professional chefs — eight each from India and Pakistan — will battle it out for culinary supremacy on a new food reality show Foodistan.

Kitchen War

Sixteen professional chefs — eight each from India and Pakistan — will battle it out for culinary supremacy on a new food reality show Foodistan. The chefs will represent their country’s rich and exquisite cuisine,and will be seen competing with each other in the 26-part series,going on air on NDTV Good Times on January 26. They will have to prepare new dishes within a stipulated time. These dishes will be judged by food critic Vir Sanghvi,actress and food enthusiast Sonya Jehan,and popular British celebrity chef and presenter Merrilees Parker. “We have been in love with the food genre. This new show is extremely exciting for us because India and Pakistan are two nations that share a common passion for food. Sitting in India,we would only hear about how they make their burra kebab and biryani. Now,we can see it for ourselves,” said Smeeta Chakrabarti,CEO,NDTV Lifestyle. The show is hosted by actors Ira Dubey and Aly Khan.

Primetime Punches

AFTER its huge success in the 1990s,professional wrestling had nearly faded from the consciousness of the Indian television viewers. However,Colors is making an attempt to bring it back with the new sports reality show,Ring Ka King. A 26-episode series,it goes on air on January 28. To do so,the channel has brought down some big names in international wrestling such as Jeff Jarrett,Matt Morgan,Scott Steiner and Monster Abyss. While one may wonder if the show will find audience on this general entertainment channel,the channel officials are confident of its success. They feel wrestling is as much about the drama as the game.

For Adults Only

Despite his limited role in Mere Brother Ki Dulhan,Pakistani actor Ali Zafar left an impression on the audience. Now,the promo of his first film as the solo lead,London Paris New York,has created a buzz. His fans find him charming,suave and endearing. And his pairing with Aditi Rao Hydari considered to be “cute”. The promo of the romantic comedy,which became a huge hit online,however,has come under the Censor Board’s scanner. The on-screen kiss between the lead actors has resulted in an adult certification and the makers of the film are now working on a fresh cut. For all those who missed it on television,it is still available online.

Fresh Find

Debut director Arbaaz Khan is making a few interesting casting decisions for Dabangg 2. For the sequel of the popular Salman Khan blockbuster,Arbaaz did away with Sonu Sood,the main villain in the first part. He then signed on Prakash Raj for the role. Now,even as he has signed on Deepak Dobriyal to play the second villain,we hear the hunt is on for a second female lead,apart from Sonakshi Sinha. As is common with a Salman film,it is likely to be a fresh face and Sallu’s new discovery. Will the new girl be the next Sonakshi?