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Bonding over sports

Car racer Armaan Ebrahim,squash champ,Ritwik Bhattacharya and actor and national level rugby player Rahul Bose are having a great time and forging new friendships on Khatron Ke Khiladi.

A lot of bonding is happening on the sets of Fear Factor Khatron Ke Khiladi 3,especially between sportsmen. Car racer Armaan Ebrahim,squash champ,Ritwik Bhattacharya and actor and national level rugby player Rahul Bose are having a great time and forging new friendships.

Also,when it comes to the dares,the three of them are the first in line to try it out. So far,they have been enjoying an amazing winning streak and impressing the host Priyanka Chopra.

SRK on the sets of Master Chef

Shah Rukh Khan dropped in on the sets of Akshay Kumar’s TV show Master Chef last week. Akshay was shooting for the promos of the show at Yash Raj Studios. SRK spent some time with the khiladi star and asked him about the concept. According to channel sources,he later tweeted Monica Shergill,Senior Creative Director,Star Plus,that he loved the concept and was looking forward to it. The show will begin airing in the second week of October.

Starry encounter

Mahhi Vij is on a high personally as well as professionally. Her character Nakusha in Laagi Tujh Se Lagan is being appreciated by audiences and the serial is fetching good TRPs also. Recently she got engaged to actor Jay Bhanushali in a private ceremony where most of her industry friends also turned up.

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Mahhi’s two favourite actors are Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and her favourite film is Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. She had met Aishwarya at an event few months back where she was the host. According to Mahhi,Aishwarya had complimented her and told her that she reminds her of her initial days.

The lass has now got to meet and shoot with none other than superstar Salman Khan who made a guest appearance on her show to promote his latest film Dabanng. Mahhi feels she is fortunate enough to meet big successful stars as well as share space with them,be it at an event or on television.

Imagine to launch two shows on September 20

Imagine TV is all set to air two new shows Gunahon Ka Devta and Baba Aiso Var Dhundo from September 20 in place of Palkon Ki Chhaon Mein and Do Hanson Ka Joda respectively at 9 and 9.30 pm.

These are the first two shows rolled out by Saurabh Tiwari who has taken over as Head of programming. He was earlier with Colors as Head -Fiction and is the man behind the launch of many shows like Balika Vadhu,Uttaran and Na Aana Is Des Laado.

Says Saurabh,“When I joined Imagine I realised that the channel has done some path-breaking non-fiction shows but when it comes to serials,a few like Bandini and Jyoti,have built a brand for the channel but TRPs have not been high.” Consequently,Saurabh is introducing two hard-hitting concepts with Gunahon..which is about a thief with a heart of gold,a la Robinhood and Baba.. about a girl who is finding it difficult to find a suitable groom because of her looks. The USP of this serial is that instead of an actress,the girl who has undergone the trauma has been roped in to act. Vikrant Massey plays an important role in the serial. Says Saurabh,“Most of the serials on TV are female-centric but Gunahon… will be male-centric.”

The serial has Ashish Sharma who was seen as an aspriing actor in Love Sex Aur Dhoka playing the gun-toting hero Avdesh Singh Thakur and Tanvi Bhatia as Arpita,his love interest. Will the two shows propel the channel to the forefront is something we will have to wait and watch.

Rohit Khurana in Miley Jab Hum Tum

Rohit Khurana,whose character Vansh recently died in Uttaran,has entered Star One’s Miley Jab Hum Tum this week as Dhruv. He will be essaying the role of Nupur’s fiancé in the show. Nupur has seemingly lost her memory and doesn’t remember anything about her past life. She refuses to accept Mayank as her husband and Gunjan as her sister. In the wake of all this confusion comes Dhruv.

However,there is something very mysterious about him,which is disconcerting to all. Is Nupur hiding more than what the eyes can see? That’s what the future episodes of the show will unearth.

Incidentally,Rohit has been roped in for a cameo. Producer Sudhir Sharma confirms,“Rohit Khurana fits in the character well and he even holds certain amount of popularity that was necessary for this role. Miley Jab Hum Tum is being liked by audiences and the feedback is good.”

Happy holidays

We’ve heard of the punishing shooting schedules in the television industry,which is why it surprised us when we heard that Karan Grover was taking a 10 day break from his show Yahan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli to attend a cousin’s wedding in the United States.

It seems that the only reason the actor could take this unusually long holiday is because he had informed the production house six months in advance. So determined was Karan to take his holiday that because of some last-minute changes to the script he had to shoot for 38 hours continuously.

After all this hard work,the actor certainly deserves a break.

Ram Milayee Jodi on Zee

Zee is all set to start a new daily soap Ram Milayee Jodi from September-end. Though the date is yet to be finalised,it is likely to come in place of either Karol Bagh 12/24 or Chhoti Bahu,which will taken off air.

A love story between a Gujarati boy and Punjabi girl,it is pitched as a light-hearted,breezy take on the cultural differences between the two communities. Two newcomers,Nishant Malkani and Priyal Gor,will be playing the lead pair while the supporting cast includes Krutika Desai,Lalit Tiwari,Sunil Sinha,Chitrapama and Reva Babbar.

Nishant plays a shy Gujarati boy while Priyal is shown to be a loud and bubbly Punjabi kudi. Sukesh Motwani,Head-Fiction Programming,Zee TV said,“Ram Milayee Jodi is a show that highlights how sometimes two opposites not only attract each other but also find happiness together for a lifetime. The show captures the magic and the madness of the families,once they begin to interact. The main leads are fresh faces.”

Risky business

Manjot Singh of Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! fame,is the youngest member of the band of boys on Fear Factor Khatron Ke Khiladi 3. We heard that after performing a particularly difficult stunt,he lost consciousness.

The stunt involved diving into ice-cold water that had a temperature of about three degrees in the middle of the night and unlock some locks. Manjot daringly jumped into the water but lost consciousness after the stunt. When he regained it,he started yelling for help in Punjabi,leaving the mostly Brazilian crew members clueless.

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If Manjot was taking the stunts lightly till now,we’re sure he won’t continue to do so in future.