The Tribune - Spectrum

Sunday, February 11, 2001

The longest-running comedy is a winner

BACK in the eighties when television was still in its nascent stages, a comedy serial, Yeh Jo hai Zindagi made viewers sit up with delight. Marked by fine performances and a slick script, it notched up ratings higher than the first DD soap, Hum Log.

Tu Tu Main Main: More fun and laughter.Ever since then viewers have been craving for intelligent comedy on the small screen. What they have got are dumb scripts and dumber performances. But whatís stood out among the mediocrity is Tu Tu Main Main, the longest running comedy on Indian TV.

The hilarious series revolving around a dominant and boisterous mother-in-law (Reema Lagoo) and her equally feisty daughter-in-law (Supriya Pilgaonkar) captures their moments of generic bickering and their unique love-hate relationship.

The series has won awards for three consecutive years. Now, starting February 9, 8 p.m., the sizzling Saas-Bahu chemistry goes into its fourth year on Star Plus. Donít miss the new series which runs in an episodic fashion creating more bizarre situations the two land themselves in.

Woman power to the fore
February 4, 2001
Another run-of-the-mill serial
January 28,2001
An engrossing tale of relationships
January 21,2001
A familiar, predictable family drama
January 14,2001

Mistress of the mind
January 7,2001

And now Neenaís third avtaar
December 24,2000

A tale from the hills
December 17,2000

The second coming of Zeenat Aman
December 10,2000

The Mallika of many roles
December 3,2000

Chandigarh children on a winning spree
November 26, 2000

Breaking a misconception
November 19, 2000

And now mythology from the feminine perspective
November 12, 2000

Focus on family fortunes yet again
November 5, 2000

A tale of two sisters
October 29, 2000

Face to face with Madhuri
October 22, 2000

Triumph of the mind over matter
October 15, 2000

Intertwined lives and their story
October 8, 2000

Making their dreams come true
October 1, 2000

How to cope with two wives
September 24, 2000

Story of revenge and retribution
September 10, 2000

Being a saheli to women viewers
September 3, 2000

Papa donít compete!
August 27, 2000

Hotspots: A treat for armchair travellers
August 20, 2000

A sermon that drags on
August 13, 2000

Kader Khan is here to make you laugh
August 6, 2000

Game shows

So, itís official now. The threat perception has become a reality. For the first time ever since it began, Kaun Banega Crorepati and other game shows are beginning to feel the heat of competition.

Govinda in Jeeto Chappar Phaad Ke: instant popularity.Two weeks into the show and Chhote Mian with his Jeeto Chappar Phaad Ke on Sony, Friday through Monday 8 p.m., has set the cat among pigeons. Besides being slickly produced, one of the main attractions of Jeeto Chappar Phaad Ke is Govinda.

Its instant popularity is sending producers back to the boardrooms re-examining their content and re-defining their strategies.

Though the classes may find Govinda crass and unsophisticated, he enjoys a near-cult following among the masses. Which translates into a dream viewership for Sony ó and a nightmare for other channels.

Brave heart

Itís back. A decade after it set the screen alight with its powerful theme, The Sword of Tipu Sultan on Star Plus every Sunday at 8 a.m. is poised to bring back the times when serials were made like quality films.

Sanjay Khan in Tipu Sultan: watchable.Marked with excellent production values and acting, the serial traces the life and times of one of Indiaís most charismatic kings whose conquests are stuff of cunning, bravery and extraordinary courage.

Believe it or not, even Sanjay Khan has given a rivetting performance as Tipu Sultan. In fact not just that, itís the only performance of his lifetime he can be proud of.

Marked with controversies during its making when a fire on the sets killed a few people and seriously burnt Khan himself, The Sword of Tipu Sultan is worth viewing even if it means waking up a trifle early on a Sunday morning.

Miss India

Havenít you always wondered why some girl gets crowned Miss India and why a more deserving one ó in your opinion ó loses out. We all have our own opinions where beauty pageants are concerned.

My Miss India contest on Sonyís website.Would you like to choose your Miss India? Sony TV gives you just that opportunity. Log on to to participate in the My Miss India contest and cast a vote for your favourite girl. If you are lucky you stand to win a dinner with the winner.

Each contestant gives her likes, dislike, aspirations and ambitions. You can select categories like age, vital statistics and height and find the girl that fits your choice perfectly.

Thereís also the "Make Your Calendar Section" where you can choose the pictures of your favourite contestants from 30 beauties to print your own calendar for the year ahead.

So log on to and cast your vote and even as these beauties walk away with their glittering crowns one of them could be your Miss India!

ó Mukesh Khosla