The Tribune - Spectrum

Sunday, October 14, 2001

Giving an overdose of the ‘K’ factor

KALIREN, Kasamm, Kkusum, Kundali, Kavita, Karam, Kalash, Kahin Kisi Roz, Koshish Ek Asha, Kuch Khona Hai Kuch Pana Hai, Kabhi Souten Kabhi Saheli, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki ...the list is almost unending an so is Ekta Kapoor’s obsession to produce serials starting with the letter ‘K’.

Kohi Apna Sa: Moralistic affair
Kohi Apna Sa: Moralistic affair

The ‘K’ factor may have become a bit of a yawn but as long as it brings in the moolah, the lady isn’t likely to give up. As if to prove that point she’s back with another ‘K’ serial, Kohi Apna Sa, Monday to Friday 9.30 p.m. on Zee. It is an all-too-familiar storyline of family conflicts with an excessive dose of morality and righteousness.

It’s a far-fetched tale of three friends and how their lives are impacted after they are married in the same family. The plot may sound a bit unconvincing but Ekta claims it is based on a true story. "The inspiration came from a newspaper article about three friends and their special bonding. I found it absolutely fascinating." It remains to be seen if the viewers share her sentiments.


One from the heart

Never mind if it reminds of Friends, this is a dramatic and funny desi story about young people growing up together — first in school and now in college.

Scene from Dil Se Dosti: When friends become lovers
Scene from Dil Se Dosti: When friends become lovers

Dil Se Dosti on Sony Entertainment Television every Friday, 8.30 p.m. is about Pooh, Soni, Joy, Annie, Pari and Pallavi — three boys and three girls who laugh together, dream together and accept one another unconditionally.

Six friends, with no rules and no terms to their friendship. None, that is, except that they will not fall in love with anyone from within the group. Because, they believe, love could fade away, but friendship is forever.

But when have rules ever stopped hearts from connecting? And as they say, sometimes... the best love stories are between friends. This is when the dramatics begin as friendship starts taking a deeper meaning.

By the makers of the hugely popular Just Mohabbat, this serial too tries to reach out to the youth and their families. A show about very real people and about friendship, growing up, about dreams and aspirations ...and about the upheavals in the lives of young people when it comes to matters of the heart. Hint, hint, Friends are getting married!!

Nari shakti

Meet the contemporary Indian woman — a lady on the go, modern yet traditional, gentle yet dynamic, patient yet a go getter. Someone who is equally adept at the workplace as she is in the kitchen. In the dotcom era, many urban Indian women are re-defining their roles by doubling up as professionals and housewives. And they are successful in both.

Swayam: Women on the move
Swayam: Women on the move

Swayam every Tuesday 2.30 p.m. on Sabe TV features such successful women who have opted for a career, more out of choice than necessity. They talk about their lives and how they attained success and also provide motivation and inspiration to viewers who aspire to be as dynamic as them.

It shows how the modern woman has evolved from a homemaker to a top professional, a caring mother and much more. A woman who can easily juggle between home and a boardroom.

The programme also works as a career window and gives an insight into professional choices available for women both from home and outside. A meaningful show that should appeal to women who want to equal or even out-perform men at the workplace.

Twist in the tail

The focus seems to be shifting. From relentlessly pursuing the dream of airing a clone of Kaun Banega Crorepati, Zee TV now seems to be looking at pastures new.

 Aap Bolein Haan To Haan, Aap Bolein Naa To Naa: Scripting a show
Aap Bolein Haan To Haan, Aap Bolein Naa To Naa: Scripting a show

For one, it has begun airing an interactive show, Aap Bolein Haan To Haan, Aap Bolein Naa To Naa, Monday to Wednesday at 10 p.m. Hosted by adman Suhel Seth it’s a halfway gameshow in that it has viewer participation but no prize money.

The hour-long show starts by airing a story broken up in four parts. After the first part, viewers are asked to reply in just ‘yes’ or ‘no’ what pattern they would want the story to follow. The story keeps shaping up the way people want it to. Since different endings are shot in advance, the one that is shown is the choice of the viewers.

The show is based on a popular American television programme, You Decide, But, the problem here is that like its title the show too goes on and on and risks viewer fatigue.

Says a Zee spokesperson, "This is a powerful show and a strong contender for KBC and Jeeto Chappar Phad Ke. Considering the former has slipped considerably in ratings and the latter is facing the axe, Zee’s obsession with game shows gets curiouser by the day!

Saadah Aladdin

Disney’s ever-popular show Aladdin is back in India. And this time in a Punjabi avatar. Being telecast daily at 6 p.m. on Alpha TV, it is out to hook fans from saadah Punjab. The animated version of this world famous story from Arabian Nights is one of the most successful cartoon series in television.

 Aladdin on Alpha Punjabi: Arabian Nights revisited
Aladdin on Alpha Punjabi: Arabian Nights revisited

The story revolves around Aladdin and his three friends, Ginnie, the little monkey Abbu and his beloved. The trio set in quest of ridding their kingdom of evil forces. The three of them land up in all kinds of troubles but wriggle out with their sense of humour and ready wit.

Laced with wacky situations this cartoon series has been a big draw for kids around the globe. Will it be able to cast the same spell on the kids of Punjab? It would appear so. After all Aladdin is the same all over the world. And so is his magic over the kids.

Celebrating technology

Technology has dramatically changed humankind’s lifestyle in a myriad of ways. Whether it’s transportation or communication or the scientific discoveries that enable detectives to solve seemingly impossible criminal cases, technology is everywhere and it affects everyone.

Discovery Channel presents the new weekly programming lineup that celebrates some of technology’s great advancements and achievements. From high-tech gadgetry to top-notch detective work, viewers witness it all in Tech Tuesday and the captivating Murder Mysteries Tuesdays 4 p.m. and Wednesdays 10 p.m., respectively.

The channel explores the greatest technological developments of yesterday, today and tomorrow — from high-tech spy gadgets to smart bombs to the ever-changing world of computer technology, these special features satisfy tech-savvy viewers of all ages.

Murder Mysteries airing Wednesday is all about intriguing criminal investigations and the people who dedicate their lives to solving them with the help of forensic technology. As the name suggests these are real life stories involving killers and their victims. And is it often happens they are more heart-pounding than fiction.

— Mukesh Khosla

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