The Tribune - Spectrum

Sunday, March 9, 2003


Adorable robot girl

Karishma Kaa Karishma: Cyber kid
Karishma Kaa Karishma:
Cyber kid

THOUGH its Small Wonder retold in Hindi it is rapidly picking up viewership Karishma Kaa Karishma every Friday at 8 p.m. on Star Plus is the entertaining tale of an urban, educated family of Vikram and Sheetal and their young son Rahul.

Computer engineer Vikram invents a robot girl Karishma, whom he programmes for good and positive values of life. She is an epitome of what a well-bred child should be — very adorable and obedient and always around to help the family in crisis situation.

While it’s her father’s wish to see if he can get her to react emotionally, Karishma with her endearing and entertaining style charms her way into the family. Her portrayal evokes loads of laughter and some touching moments too.

Popular child model Jhanak Shukla plays the role of Karishma to the hilt. An adorable young girl who has endeared herself instantly to viewer’s hearts. This is an enthralling serial provided you don’t compare it to the original American comedy.

Soapy tales

Scene from Ghar Sansar: Engaging performances
Scene from Ghar Sansar: Engaging performances

Even as the lure of the religious epic diminishes, producers like Dheeraj Kumar who have their ear to the ground are shifting gear.

Nicknamed the ‘King of Mythologies’ after he hit the jackpot with epics like Om Namah Shivay, Jap Tap Vrat and Shree Ganesh, Kumar is gearing up to give Ekta Kapoor a run for her TV clout if Ghar Sansar on DD Monday to Friday at 12.30 p.m. is any indication.

Much like other soaps, this too has a cliched storyline. However, the fulcrum of the drama is Kalyani (Rohini Hattangadi), a social activist who adopts an orphan, educates him and gives him the best upbringing.


Years later, Kalyani’s world comes crashing down when her adopted son is accused of murder. The entire soap revolves around how the lady and her whole family stand like a rock behind the young man and how truth finally triumphs.

As far as soaps go, this one is no better of worse than others. But given the enormous talent of Rohini Hattangadi it certainly scores over competition as far as performances go.

Star show

Kuch Kar Dikhana Hai: New celebrity show
Kuch Kar Dikhana Hai: New celebrity show

They are the new icons of young people. And though you see them on the small screen every week or more many viewers crave for more. Kuch Kar Dikhana Hai every Friday at 8.30 p.m. on Star Plus caters to the demands of such viewers.

The show brings to the fore some of the new faces on television who have become household names like Sumeet Sachdev (Gomzi of Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhie Bahu Thi). Mouli Ganguli (Shaina of Kaahin Kissi Roz) and several others.

Effervescent Husain (co-host of Kismey Kitnaa Hai Dam) and Shonali Malhotra (Ssshhh.. Koi Hai) host the talent show with their two teams. Singers, dancers, performers and all those who can command the spotlight, by virtue of their talent, are invited on the show. Each episode also has a celebrity judge who too will perform.

Made by Optimystix (also the makers of Khullja "Sim Sim & Kismey Kitnaa Hai Dam Aaj Dekkhenge Hum), the show is boisterous and noisy and recommended only for the bravehearts who consider shrieking and screaming as part of entertainment.

Radiant beauty

Riva as Nikki in Kyon Hota Hai Pyarr: Dazzling debut
Riva as Nikki in Kyon Hota Hai Pyarr: Dazzling debut

Name a top ad campaign and chances are you’ll find her name there. And why not? Today Riva Bubber seems to be the first choice of all agencies and photographers. If you find it hard to believe take a look at her recent assignments — Cadbury’s, Ponds, Sunsilk, Rin, Camlin, Lifebouy, Maruti, Johnson & Johnson, Pantene, BPL and more.

But none of these ads excite her as much as her debut serial Kyon Hota Hai Pyarr where she plays the lead role of a college girl. Though this may be her first serial she’s no stranger to television. Apart from her campaigns she has done music videos for albums of Asha Bhosle, Pankaj Udhas, Bali Brahmbhatt and Hisham Abbas.

Says Riva, "Kyon Hota Hai Pyarr is such a vibrant young theme. I am loving every moment of it." So are the viewers watching her play the vivacious Nikki.

Kid stuff

Tiny TV: Fun time for toddlers & moms
Tiny TV: Fun time for toddlers & moms

It is a learning programme packed with fun. Aimed primarily at mothers and pre-schoolers, weekdays 11 a.m. and weekends 10.30 a.m. Cartoon Network has launched Tiny TV a learning destination for kids and moms.

The show features several of the most loved and renowned children’s shows, including Bob The Builder, Kipper, Make Way For Noddy. Oswald and Pingu who are all ready to enthrall toddlers.

"The aim is to establish a positive influence in the lives of pre-schoolers. All shows have been specially developed to familiarize toddlers with social concepts such as cooperation, sibling rivalry, positive ‘can do’ attitude, importance of friends and family, etiquette", say Ian Diamond, senior vice president, Turner Entertainment Networks Asia, Inc.

So, if you want your kid to grow up to be a positive person stay tuned to Tiny TV.

Blockbusters all

The Gladiator: Oscar fever on HBO
The Gladiator:
Oscar fever on HBO

From Ben-Hur to Lawrence of Arabia and from The Batman to The Exorcist, it’s a season of Oscars at HBO. Catch the record breaking multi-award winning, critically acclaimed blockbusters like The Exorcist, The Gladiator, Saving Private Ryan, The Nutty Professor and Bridge on The River Kwai’ every Saturday 9.30 p.m. and every Sunday at 9 p.m.

In addition to the Oscar marathon you can participate in the HBO Pick The Winners contest and nominate a winner each from four most prestigious categories — Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress. Winners will get bumper prizes for getting all correct answers, even the ones who get at least one right answer will get exciting prizes.

Block your weekends for a night out at the movies. Watch Eddie Murphy get ‘bigger’ than ever in The Nutty Professor. Or get your pulses racing with David Lean’s stirring saga, The Bridge On The River Kwai. Or watch The Exorcist, a movie that brought the devil back into vogue. In short the masterpieces of all times.

— Mukesh Khosla

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