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Indian TV news on May 8: Ramayan cast gets award and more

After the lockdown was announced, TV viewership has seen a rise of up to 40 per cent, as per the data provided by Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC).

Written by Sana Farzeen | Mumbai |
Updated: May 8, 2020 9:21:17 pm
Ramayan on Star Plus Ramayan is now airing on Star Plus.

With theatres being shut during the lockdown, television has become the new best friend for many people. Families are once again watching shows together in the drawing room.

In the past weeks, after the lockdown was announced, viewership has seen a rise of up to 40 per cent, as per the data provided by Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC). And most of the numbers came from the re-airing of mythological shows Ramayan and Mahabharat on DD National. Star India and Viacom18 have now acquired the rights of these shows, and are airing the same on its channel Star Plus and Colors.

Speaking to, Pooja Sharma, who played Draupadi in the 2013 version of Mahabharat, decoded what makes these shows still a favourite among the audience. “Mythology has been part of our culture and ethos. Even before we watched these shows, we have heard some part of it, as stories in our childhood. The soul of Mahabharat has lessons that are so relevant in times like these. It gives you hope and the power from within to rise above all crises. I think the people who decided to get these shows back, made a very sensitive decision. In our culture, we have always been dependent on our stories to find means of hope and positivity.”

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21:16 (IST)08 May 2020
What's wrong with Vikas Gupta Instagram account?

Bigg Boss mastermind and ace producer Vikas Gupta celebrated his birthday on Thursday. While his friends from the industry and Instagram fans posted heartfelt messages for him, it's surprising to see Gupta's Insta profile which is empty. The Ace of Space host has deleted all his pictures from the account. He hasn't even been responding to calls and messages. Well, we hope all's well with him.

19:14 (IST)08 May 2020
"How can you refuse treatment?" Kashmera Shah questions hospitals on Sambhavna Seth incident

Sambhavna Seth was recently rushed to the hospital after her blood pressure dropped. She also had a major ear infection. In a video, the Bigg Boss 2 contestant shared her ordeal and also revealed many hospitals refused to check her owing to the coronavirus scare. Now, her friend Kashmera Shah has questioned these hospitals on refusing treatment. She also shared how people are suffering from other ailments and may need emergency medical aid.

Sharing a picture of herself with Sambhavna, Kashmera wrote on an Instagram post, "Firstly I thank God that my friend @sambhavnasethofficial is back home safe and sound. Here where we are applauding a whole lot of our health care workers for their constant fight to save Covid affected patients I am appalled to see what happened with Sam. I can't believe that a few of the reputed hospitals did not allow her in. Are there no other people suffering from other ailments? And if this can happen with a well known person then where shall the poor common man go? Have we as a nation put blinders on and are we only focused on Covid19? What about cancer and TB and the common flu? How do I protect my kids if you won't treat them for a common cold? How can you refuse treatment? Don't get me wrong I do thank the people that are risking their lives for us everyday but please give me an answer to this unfair behaviour. Wake up India."

18:28 (IST)08 May 2020
Rashami Desai makes TikTok debut

Bigg Boss 13 finalist Rashami Desai has finally made her debut on TikTok. Her first video has already garnered more than 4.4 million views. The video sees the actor asking her niece which social media app she uses. The young girl leaves Desai shocked as she says she has none of the apps because she has a life!

17:34 (IST)08 May 2020
Hina Khan has a special iftar recipe
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#SaladByHK A very very simple Ramadan special Salad 🥗

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Bigg Boss 11 finalist Hina Khan has been keeping her audience entertained with her lockdown videos. In the last few days, she has also been sharing her Ramadan experience with fans. She recently shared a video of her praying and even working out while observing fast.

And now Hina has shared a quick fix spicy salad recipe on her IGTV. Using only simple ingredients like onion, cucumber and tomatoes, the actor stirs up a lip-smacking dish for iftar.

17:11 (IST)08 May 2020
K3G's Robbie reminisces his time with Kareena and Hrithik

Television actor Vikas Sethi is known for his role as Robbie in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. After watching the film recently on television, the actor shared, "It’s been almost two decades since the film released. I still have my best memories working with the legends."

Recalling the shoot of "You Are My Soniya" song, Sethi said, "Kareena and Hrithik were so nice to me during the shoot, especially Kareena. Even though I was new, she made me feel at home and comfortable. I still remember my first shot at Filmalaya Studio. The entire team clapped and applauded for me. This memory and experience will always be close to my heart. Wherever I go, whatever I do, this will always be a special experience."

16:51 (IST)08 May 2020
Karan Kundrra turns philosophical

Karan Kundrra in a recent social media post turned quite philosophical. Sharing a picture of himself looking at the sea, he wrote, "Hope is my greatest weakness and my greatest strength.. See the beautiful thing about hope is that no virus, no politics no negativity can stop you! Take history and you’ll realise what feats mankind has achieved on simple hope"

15:29 (IST)08 May 2020
Star Plus announces digital award for Ramayan cast

Ramayan may have first aired in 1987, but it still has fans across the globe. Star Plus recently acquired the rights of the DD National show and has been airing the same every day at 7:30 pm. On Friday, the channel welcomed the team with the 'Naya Sadasya' digital award.

15:04 (IST)08 May 2020
Divyanka Tripathi is being pampered by husband Vivek Dahiya
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Chef ka toh haath chum liya......... #divyankatripathidahiya #divyanka #divyankatripathi #vivekdahiya #vivek #divek

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Divyanka Tripathi and Vivek Dahiya have been making the most of their time during the lockdown. In one of her recent Instagram stories, the Yeh Hai Mohabbatein actor shared that her husband cooked the best pasta for her. Showing her appreciation, Divyanka even kissed his hands.

14:31 (IST)08 May 2020
The other side of Doordarshan's Mahabharat and Ramayan

The rerun of Mahabharat and Ramayan may be keeping families entertained, but it's causing kids to lose their eyesight. Recent reports suggest that after watching these mythological shows, many young kids have been trying to recreate the bows and arrows scenes. Fashioned mostly out of broomsticks, ill-aimed shots have left close to 12 kids in Hyderabad losing sight in one of their eyes. Doctors have confirmed that such cases were common when the show aired earlier. And now during the rerun, they are seeing the same trend.

13:57 (IST)08 May 2020
Siddhant Chaturvedi to grace Starry Nights Gen Y

On Starry Nights Gen Y, Gully Boy actor Siddhant Chaturvedi will reveal that Shah Rukh Khan has been one of his biggest inspirations. Talking about the time he decided to take up acting, the actor will tell host Komal Nahta, “At that time, it was a big dream for me because, at that time, there were no actors making it in. The last I knew was Mr Shah Rukh Khan who inspired me greatly. Every boy would look up and say that if he made it as an outsider, so could we. So, I used to keep telling myself that I could do this.”

The episode will air this Sunday at 10: 30 pm on Zee Café.

13:27 (IST)08 May 2020
We are all experiencing a forced holiday, says Rohitashv Gour

Calling the lockdown a forced holiday, Bhabiji Ghar Par Hain actor Rohitashv Gour in a statement said, "For the last fifteen years, I have been shooting daily. There was a time when I even shot for 50 hours at a stretch. While at work, we often wish for time off, and now we are all experiencing a forced holiday. I have been watching films and web series to spend time."

12:39 (IST)08 May 2020
Kaun Banega Crorepati 12 registration

Kaun Banega Crorepati will soon be back with the 12th season. The registration for the same will kickstart from May 9. Host Amitabh Bachchan recently shot for a video from his home, inviting people to register for the game show. This is the first time that the entire audition process will go digital. The same will be divided into four parts – registration, screening, online audition and personal interview.

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12:17 (IST)08 May 2020
All is well, says Shivin Narang

Beyhadh actor Shivin Narang recently had to undergo surgery after getting injured. The 29-year-old posted a picture on Instagram from the hospital and informed his fans that he slipped at his home, and a glass table broke in the process. The glass shred cut a deep wound on his left hand, and the doctors had to operate to reattach his tendons.

12:00 (IST)08 May 2020
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11:35 (IST)08 May 2020
Devoleena Bhattacharjee on coronavirus scare

Recently there were reports that Devoleena Bhattacharjee has been home quarantined after her cook tested positive for Covid-19. Speaking to, the Bigg Boss 13 contestant shared that her cook had come in contact with a positive case, and hasn't been infected as reported by the media. "Following the precaution protocol, both of us have quarantined ourselves at home right now. We are doing fine," she shared. Bhattacharjee lives in a posh apartment in Goregaon East with her mother and brother. However, her family is stuck in their hometown Assam.

While Ramayan has been wrapped up on DD National, Uttar Ramayan - the tale of Luv and Kush - has now been keeping the audience entertained. As per BARC ratings, it is the most-watched show in week 17 (urban market). It's followed by Mahabharat (DD National), Mahabharat (Star Plus), Mahima Shani Dev Ki (Dangal) and Baba Aiso Var Dhundo (Dangal).

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