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TV news on May 15: Star Plus axes three shows, Sidharth Shukla remembers Balika Vadhu days and more

As per BARC ratings, during the lockdown, TV viewership in India has increased by 40%.

Written by Sana Farzeen | Mumbai | Updated: May 16, 2020 6:54:45 am
Nazar 2, Dadi Amma Dadi Amma Maan Jao, Dil Jaise Dhadke...Dhadakne Do Nazar 2, Dadi Amma Dadi Amma Maan Jao and Dil Jaise Dhadke…Dhadakne Do are no longer airing on Star Plus.

Television has once again become a family affair in India. As per BARC ratings, during the lockdown, the viewership has increased by 40%.

The credit for the rising number goes to the reruns of mythological and old shows which the audience has taken a liking to. Doordarshan started the trend of getting back its great shows, and soon other GECs followed suit.

Vandana Pathak, who played the role of Meenakshi in Hum Paanch and Jayshree in Khichdi, told that the rich content of these past shows plays an important factor. “I think today people don’t have that connect with TV shows and characters. Also, being a weekly, we had ample time to work on our content. Ekta Kapoor (producer of Hum Paanch) would come on set and ask us if we have read or seen any play that can help us create new stories. Who does that today? We used to work as a family, and sometimes the director would even ask for suggestions when it comes to casting. I won’t blame the writers of today, because the culture of daily shows puts them in pressure. It was a different time altogether back then. Content was the ultimate king,” Pathak said.

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19:15 (IST)15 May 2020
Karanvir Bohra extends support to Mumbai Police

Actor Karanvir Bohra has been actively helping people around him during the lockdown. Along with his family, he has been feeding home cooked food to the underprivileged. The actor will also be supplying more than 1000 face masks to the entire police personnel.

Speaking about the same, Bohra shared, "The police force in the city right now are doing more than their bit to try and keep people indoors and safe. Everyday I see so many of them patrolling the streets day and night to ensure that nobody is out and about when they don't have to be! And just doing their duty in this way poses such a big risk to them all, because of the amount of people they are exposing themselves to on a daily basis, but duty calls and they have been absolutely outstanding in these past couple of weeks!."

So as part of a social responsibility at the moment, I really want to do something for them right now, so thought that there could be nothing better than giving them something to protect themselves. Hence I am with help from a friend who makes these masks, getting around a 1000 pieces delivered to police officials all over the city, starting today," Bohra added.

18:58 (IST)15 May 2020
Hina Khan remembers her time at Cannes

Hina Khan relived her Cannes experience by sharing a special video- ‘A Year to Cannes’. Last year, the Bigg Boss 11 finalist walked the red carpet at the film festival, while promoting her film 'Lines'.

The Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai actor remembered her time at the festival and also thanked her fans for their support. She wrote, "She thanked fans for recognising her talent and applauding her hard work. “But, I can never have done or achieved anything without the acknowledgement and recognition of my work and my attempts. You out there ! You made it possible! You walked along with me. You accepted the Change wholeheartedly, you embraced my risks lovingly and you inspired me to keep doing it. And I promise to continue…just like the day I walked for my first audition.. just like the day I walked a year back in Cannes .. I will keep walking .. I will continue…” Read full story here

18:43 (IST)15 May 2020
Kinshuk Vaidya picks up the guitar after eight years

Lockdown has given people a chance to pick up new habits or pursue forgotten ones. Kinshuk Vaidya, who usually is tied up with shoots, has also managed to pick up the guitar after eight years.

Speaking about the same, the Shaka Laka Boom Boom actor said, “I am super glad to be playing the guitar after eight years and I am thoroughly enjoying it. As days pass by, I have been trying to play new tunes, a medley of songs, and have also been making videos and sharing them on social media platforms for my fans. I'd like to thank my fans for appreciating my efforts. Hope to continue to entertain them during this lockdown."

Kinshuk is currently seen in Star Bharat’s RadhaKrishn.

17:59 (IST)15 May 2020
Sidharth Shukla reminisces his Balika Vadhu days

Bigg Boss 13 winner Sidharth Shukla is fondly remembered for his performance in Balika Vadhu. He played Shiv, who marries Anandi post her divorce from Jagya. A progressive and loving husband, the character was loved by the audience.

Shukla took to Instagram to share a compilation of his best scenes from the show.

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. . . Thanks to you guys I realised that today was the birth of the character Shiv Raj Shekhar on screen.

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17:26 (IST)15 May 2020
Here's your chance to interact with Arjun Bijlani

Popular television star Arjun Bijlani will be live on the Indian Express Facebook Page at 6 pm.

16:58 (IST)15 May 2020
Niti Taylor and Parth Samthaan recreate 'FRIENDS' scene

Kaisi Yeh Yaariaan actors Parth Samthaan and Niti Taylor recently recreated a scene from popular series Friends. The actors enacted the scene with Joey and Rachel when they come to know about Monica and Chandler's affair.

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Do you know something? @the_parthsamthaan Take2 that was for me!! 🙈

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The on-screen couple is quite a favourite of fans, and seeing them together has made fans quite excited.

15:48 (IST)15 May 2020
MTV Beats to launch two new shows

MTV Beats is all set to launch two new shows- MTV Beats Sessions From Home and Dil Beats with Darshan Rawal.

MTV Beats Sessions from Home will give a chance to our music lovers to indulge in unplugged versions of Bollywood’s most popular songs and groove along with their favorite artists like Jonita Gandhi, Lisa Mishra, Nikhita Gandhi, Shashwat Singh and many more.

Dil Beats with Darshan Raval will have musical heartthrob Darshan Raval present real-life lockdown wali love stories and discuss challenges of keeping love fresh and exciting, in the current scenario. Viewers will also be asked to share their real-life love stories on social media and talk about their ‘lockdown’ relationships.

14:55 (IST)15 May 2020
SAB TV actors celebrate ‘International Day of Families’ through a fun music video

On International Day of Families, SAB TV has launched a fun music video featuring some of its most loved characters. The song aims to send across a positive message to families to stay strong, united and smile together through such difficult times.

The video features Sony SAB’s old and current actors like Kavita Kaushik, Hussain Kuwajerwala, Siddharth Nigam, Sumit Raghavan, Kiku Sharda, Avneet Kaur, Deven Bhojani, Dev Joshi among more.

13:26 (IST)15 May 2020
Asha Negi opts for social media detox

Asha Negi has opted for a social media detox. In an Instagram post, the Pavitra Rishta actor shared that she will be 'gone offline', she also informed that she will be 'back in a week'. Negi's latest web series Baarish 2 is currently streaming on ALTBalaji and ZEE5.

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Switch off to switch on💡 See you all in few days🤍🌼 . . #socialmediadetox

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In an interview with, Asha Negi recently spoke about being a loner, and how she enjoys her time being at home. Read full interview here.

12:45 (IST)15 May 2020
Mythological shows continue to rule TRP charts

What started as a means to keep the audience entertained during the lockdown, has become a number churning decision. The flavour of the season seems to be mythological shows, as they continue to rule the ratings charts. As per the latest ratings, Uttar Ramayan (DD National), Mahabharat (DD Bharti), Shri Krishna (DD National), Mahabharat (Star Plus) and Devon Ke Dev Mahadev (Star Plus) are the top five shows in the urban market.

12:08 (IST)15 May 2020
Star Plus axes three shows

With no clarity regarding when shooting will resume, Star Plus has decided to axe three of its shows. Nazar 2, Dadi Amma Dadi Amma Maan Jao and Dil Jaise Dhadke...Dhadakne Do have been pulled off air. While the shows were all finite, sources say that with them being high-budgeted shows and not garnering enough ratings, the makers decided to pull the plug. Earlier, Sony TV decided to pull the plug on Beyhadh 2, Ishaaron Ishaaron Mein and Patiala Babes.

Varun Badola told that the reruns of mythological shows are being watched by those who were part of the section of the audience that watched it during their first runs. He said, “If Ramayan can garner such big TRPs even after so many years, something must have been good then. The fact is if you have created good content, it will never go waste. These shows have definitely survived the test of time.”