Hosting shows with elegance
a surprise to regular viewers of Sohani Saver (Zee
Punjabi) when the erudite Balwinder was missing from the anchor’s
seat and a PYT was chirping about the festival’s glories.
Dismissing it as a one-off, Dasehra induced, happening, one
waited for the subsequent Sundays, only to realise that the
change has been permanent. One misses the weekly dose of
gravitas, courtesy Balwinder’s interactions with various
artistes, litterateurs, administrators and educationists. One
earnestly hopes that, if not Sohani Saver, another
slot for a meaningful show on Punjabi literature, cinema,
education and culture in general would be arranged.
back PTC News, too, had started airing Samwaad (now
defunct), a literary talk show. Although there were
manageable glitches in its format, it introduced viewers to
Punjabi literature’s current icons. Such shows are as
essential for enhancing a channel’s content value as
refurbishing the region’s cultural profile.
Anshu Sahni is a talented and versatile artiste
Contrary to the
popular perception, women have been making substantial
contribution to the growth of Punjabi television as epitomised
by Rajiee Shinde, who is currently the Director & COO of the
G-Next Media Pvt. Ltd. Earlier, she was with Zee group as
Business Head of ETC Punjabi. Onscreen, too, women are doing
quite well. Satinder Satti, the anchor of The Masters
and Galiyaan Pind Diyaan on PTC Punjabi,
has had a long innings as Punjabi television’s diva.
There was a time when she was all over the regional small screen
hosting talk shows, anchoring road shows and emceeing live
musical nites. She set certain standards in television hosting.
Over a period
of time, more and more women began to make their presence felt.
Radha Sahni, noted for her documentary on Punjab’s water
resources, certainly presents an ideal mix of elegance and
intelligence on television. Misha Bajwa Chaudhary, presently
anchor and producer with the Day & Night News channel, had
earned her professional spurs in Canada, and has been a notable
presence on the regional television.
has been another notable presence. Presently, younger generation
of wannabe divas is catching the viewers’ attention. For quite
some time now Jassi has been drawing eyeballs with her anchoring
on ETC Punjabi.
whose Preeto Top Ten (PTC Punjabi) is well into its
second mirthful year, is an immensely talented and versatile
artiste. Her impressive emoting qualities enable her to essay
variegated characters, boosting the show’s entertainment and
glam quotients. Unsurprisingly, she has bagged assignments for
hosting popular live programmes like those of the rising singing
star Satinder Sartaj, and is being offered roles in movies, too.
Baljit Johal is another female
anchor who is on the move. Apart from hosting Zee Punjabi’s
popular Pindaan Vichchon Pind, she has got
star billing in Dolly Singh’s latest video album apart from a
role in a Punjabi movie. Baljit emceed five live shows
celebrating World Tourism Week at Rock Garden and Sukhna lake in
Chandigarh that included performances by Aslam Sabri, apart from
the popular Punjabi Hangama Nite. She also
hosted Bollywood Nite in Chandigarh’s Sector 17.
The CWG proved to be another stepping stone for her career where
she anchored Bollywood Nite on October 8 and 9.