May 17th, 2013
After the first week of voting saw lakhs of votes pouring in from across the country to see their favorite dramebaaz featured in the Top 6 of ‘India’s Best Dramebaaz’, we now have your favourite Top 6 who have been ‘promoted’ to the next round of the competition on Zee TV’s acting talent hunt show for kids. These Top 6 have endeared themselves to thousands of families across the country as they have acted, danced and sang their way into your hearts.
Here are the TOP 6 contestants of India’s Best Dramebaaz:-
Aditya Singhal – This serious actor from Pune is all of 12 years old but his acting makes him seem a lot more mature for his age. Never one for over-the-top acting, Aditya has slowly but surely made a mark on the audience in the show. Though he began his stint on the show with more comic performances, his recent stints as Lord Ram and Maharana Pratap have established him as a heavy-duty actor. His performances with his team-mate Avni have won him the title of the ‘Dramebaaz of the Day’ twice now.
Anjali Astha – This 10 year old from Mohali first came to the judges’ attention as the possessed ‘Chandramukhi’ with her dance-theatre based act during the auditions. Although the season has seen very little of her dancing, her talent shone through in her performance with DID Li’l Master Shalini in a fusion dance drama that allowed her to bring her Bharatnatyam training to the fore. Throughout the season, though she has played older roles, Anjali’s playfulness often comes out between takes.
Chinmay Deshkar – 12 year old Chinmay Deshkar from Nagpur is an excellent actor and dancer. Known for his impressions of Shah Rukh Khan, Chinmay has impressed visiting celebrities with his takes on various Bollywood actors. A really good actor, his mischievous side often gets the better of him. His upside down act on ‘Kal Ho Na Ho’ earned him a huge hug from Preity Zinta.
Mehnaaz Mann – Just 8 years old, Mehnaaz Mann from Mohali is a veritable powerhouse of talent who was first noticed at the auditions with her moving act about the Jallianwala baug massacre. Being in front of an audience doesn’t faze Mehnaaz who has already performed onstage with her mother who is a theatre actress. She dreams of becoming an actress when she grows up. In comparison with her powerful presence on stage, Mehnaaz is much more quiet once she gets off stage..
Nihar Gite – 6 year old Nihar Gite from Shirdi is the cutest li’l kid that you will find. And this has won him brownie points with his co-contestants, judges and the audience alike. But don’t let his tiny frame fool you. Nihar’s narrative skills and the ease with which he remembers everything from Sanskrit shloks or patriotic speeches leaves the audience and judges alike absolutely spellbound! His most memorable acts have been his version of Narad muni and as Ranbir Kapoor in Barfi. Ask him about the highlight of his journey so far and he says – “Dancing with Juhi Chawla and Preity Zinta!”
Praneet Sharma – 5 year old Praneet Sharma from Jaipur has an uncanny way of making people like him. Whether it is his impression of Shakti Kapoor’s ‘Aao Lalita’ or his ‘Chota Sa Nanha Sa Bacha’, Praneet leaves the judges and viewers wanting to pinch his cheeks! Though he loves eating, Praneet is mostly lost in his own world. He has his own take on the world around him and answers questions with the most random answers. That’s life according to Praneet for you!
The competition is now in the final stages. Don’t forget to watch India’s Best Dramebaaz every Saturday and Sunday at 7.30pm, only on Zee TV, Sky 788.
May 17th, 2013
The channel introduces audiences to an all-new format of television entertainment
Abhay Deol debuts on television as the host of this path-breaking show
Ever considered what it must feel like to hold a camera and record yourself in your house, capturing all that you say and doing this in your own personal space? Would you agree to carry the camera and shoot yourself as you go to work, step out to shop or attend a class? Would you have conversations with the camera about your innermost state of mind and broadcast it on national television? A vast majority of us would gulp down hard and go “What??? NO WAY! I could never do that!” But six courageous women of different ages and at different stages in their lives, have dared to bare it all - their hopes, their worst fears, their insecurities, their mistakes, their triumphs, their joys and sorrow – on national television for the world to see! And what has emerged is a vibrant picture of what being a woman in the year 2013 is all about – a fresh, first-of-its-kind reality series called ‘Connected Hum Tum’ that starts on Zee TV on Monday, 4th June!
Lending a male perspective on all the exciting developments in these six women’s lives will be the celebrity host of the show, Abhay Deol. Touted as the thinking woman’s dream man, Abhay will regale the audience with his sparkling wit, spot-on observations and tongue-in-cheek commentary on all that’s brewing in the women’s lives.
Speaking of his debut on television, Abhay said, “‘We deal with women in such a wide range of roles … be it our own mothers, wives, girlfriends, sisters, colleagues at work … they color the very fabric of our everyday existence. Yet, women are such a maze that we, as men, can never really completely understand. ‘Connected Hum Tum’ is an attempt to demystify women and thereby understand relationships better … The idea of women shooting their own lives and baring their soul on national television is a first. To watch six women deal with the real drama of their lives in their own individual ways, will help us understand them and, in turn, ourselves better. As the host of the show, I intend to leave the audience with how I perceive the women through my lens! I will raise questions that will make them think …”
The core idea at the heart of ‘Connected Hum Tum’ is to bring families together by demystifying relationships. In studying the mindspace of six women at different crossroads in life, Zee TV gives the audiences a chance to understand the psyche of today’s Indian woman, thereby understanding the women in our own lives better. As a format of entertainment, the show is something India has not experienced yet. Zee TV lauds the courage of these six bold women who have agreed to put their mind, soul and space out for everyone to see. Through the cameras, six parallel stories unfold and six lives gradually become connected as each woman experiences transformative life changes. Each of these women embarks on a journey of self-discovery and what the viewers get is a compelling, if not addictive reality viewing experience on television.
Developed originally in Israel, ‘Connected’ as a format has emerged to be a phenomenon on television across countries like Denmark, Holland, France and USA.
Avi Armoza of Armoza Formats, the international distributors of the show format said, “We at Armoza Formats are delighted to have our internationally acclaimed format ‘Connected’ launched in India. We are sure that this will only add to the massive global success of ‘Connected’ as it enters into a land of rich culture and tradition.”
Each of the six women who have embarked on this journey have undergone technical training in terms of using the camera in the most natural manner, coaching in terms of adjusting to the presence of a camera so as to minimize its interference with their behavior, viewing sessions of what they have filmed in isolation and in a group and monitoring changes in their behavior as a result of the filming process.
So who are these six brave women who have taken the plunge? Watch this space for more …
May 1st, 2013
The world’s largest South Asian TV Network - ZEE Network - will be increasing its reach to UK wide audiences with the launch of two more of its channels, Zing and Zee Café, on Virgin Media from 1st May 2013.
By popular demand, UK’s no 1 Asian Lifestyle Channel Zing will now be available to enjoy on the platform on Channel 813. Zing is the one-stop for all round complete entertainment. With local shows, Bollywood entertainment, Hollywood insights, movies, music, drama, reality shows and more, it covers an innovative blend of programmes that make it unique in the British Asian space. The channel aims to go where its audience is, across multiple platforms, including millions of Virgin Media homes, Sky, Freesat, Yamgo Mobile, Youtube, Facebook and Twitter.
Virgin Media viewers will now be able to catch the UK’s first ever British Asian drama Cloud 9 on Zing, Mon-Fri 6:30pm & 10:30pm. Setting a record in the South Asian Entertainment space, Cloud 9 is an English drama series. The series highlights various aspects that make a special town called ‘Cloud 9’, showcasing the important British Asian values of family life, aspirations, tradition and modernity.
Zee Café will be available to watch on Channel 811, catering to the entire family’s entertainment needs, boasting a mix of entertainment for everyone, including soaps, historic dramas, mythology, news, lifestyle, horror, cookery, movies and business.
Both channels will be making high quality content available to Virgin Media’s Pay TV subscribers and will be an addition to ZEE’s subscription channels already on Virgin Media’s Asian Mela Pack: Zee TV, Zee Cinema and Zee Punjabi.
Archana Kanade, Business Head - Free-To-Air Channels, “ZEE has a plethora of quality content with an appeal to a wide range of audience groups and in formats not available on other stations. We are delighted that South Asians watching via Virgin Media will now have access to the full offering of ZEE Network in the UK with the addition of the fast-paced glamorous programming of Zing and the all-time favourite soaps of Zee Café.”
For the latest ZEE updates and the chance to get involved and win goodies, visit www.zeetv.co.uk.
April 30th, 2013
Archie has had to leave the boy’s flat and go back to uni leaving Ben devastated. But watch out for more changes in Ben’s life as he gets caught between his past and present very soon!
Stay tuned to Cloud 9 - Mon-Fri 6:30pm & 10:30pm on Zing, Sky 789.
March 20th, 2013
Holi, the festival of colours, will come to life on channel Zing’s drama series Cloud 9. Join in the fun as the series celebrates Holi in true British-Asian style on Wednesday 27 March at 6:30pm and 10:30pm, Zing.
The series will see gentle tones of family relationships plus drama highlighted as it presents the celebration from different view-points of the various characters of the show. Bright colours, rangoli, bhang, laughter, family, friends – all the fun and colourful aspects of Asian culture will be enjoyed in the Holi special episode.
Workaholic Simran who has recently recovered from a health-scare will be seen sharing her gratitude and appreciation for life and for the support of her family and friends with a pooja at her home. Carefree lad Johnny will see his strained relationship with his grand-mother improving with the fun of the festival as he his persuaded to explore a bit more about his culture. Meanwhile, the other youngsters of the town Cloud 9 – Archy, Peter, Harri, Ben – are seen joining in on the festivities and enjoying the colours and the traditional beverage bhang! But wait to see what effect the bhang can have as the celebration turns to drama and the relationships of the characters takes a twist!
Archana Kanade, Zing Business Head: “Cloud 9 is a British-Asian drama series – which balances the cultural values of Brit-Asians with their Western lifestyle. Family, festivities, culture, religion are an important part of Brit-Asian life but how they are understood and celebrated in the UK is unique. We would like to see the viewers joining in on this celebration of Brit-Asian culture!”
Tune in to the series Monday to Friday 6:30pm and 10:30pm and enjoy the Holi Special on Wednesday 27 March – only on Zing, free on Sky 789 and Freesat 509.
For your chance to visit the sets of the Holi special episode follow Zing TV UK on Facebook and Twitter. Also send through your feedback on the series via a survey at www.zingtv.co.uk
March 19th, 2013
Zing gives you a chance meet with Ali Zafar this Saturday at Cineworld, Feltham.
Watch out for his upcoming movie ‘Chasme Baddoor’ and ask him about it yourself! Enter NOW here: www.zingtv.co.uk
March 19th, 2013
The legendary singer Gurdas Maan starts his UK tour THIS WEEK!
UK Box office and Zee Punjabi present Gurdas Maan’s concerts around the country.
Buy your tickets today to witness the magic of Gurdas Maan Live.
Zee Punjabi gives you a chance to WIN tickets. Enter NOW here: www.zeetv.co.uk
March 6th, 2013
Zing, UK’s No. 1 Asian Lifestyle Channel, is proud to be supporting the Desi Dhamaka 2013 Live Concert – celebrating UK Asian talent.
For the first time ever - the event will see a collaboration of multi South Asian singers and artists perform live on the same platform, on 9th March 2013 at the Hammersmith Apollo, London.
Performances on the night will see a line-up of internationally recognized Bollywood and Brit Asian sensations – including Imran Khan, Raghav, Mumzy Stranger, Tasha Tah, Arjun, Karan Pangali, Nafees, Raja Kasheef, Mohsin Abbas and many more. This will be a tie-up of talents – from singing to dancing – that crosses the South Asian ethnic boundaries and hails the UK Asian community as one.
Zing is committed to supporting UK Asian talent and is a set platform for British-Asian artists, with UK shows such as Rock The Vibe, Brit’s Bollywood and the latest - Cloud 9 – the UK’s first British-Asian drama series. The concert will see lead artists from Cloud 9 also make an appearance and show their support to the mix of Asian acts.
British Asian TV and film personality Asad Shan, who currently presents the UK’s only local Bollywood plus Hollywood show Brit’s Bollywood on Zing, will be seen hosting and front lining the night. He says, “I believe UK Asian Talents have finally got their calling in the market, we are making films, TV shows and talent is being utilised. So come and Join us for a smashing evening.”
Archana Kanade, Zing Business Head: “South Asians are the largest ethnic community in the UK and there is such a vast pool of talent amongst us. It is a case of encouraging it and giving it the right platforms to create awareness of Brit-Asian art and culture. Zing supports this endeavour to celebrate the variety and fusion of skills that the South Asian community has to offer.”
For your chance to win tickets to Desi Dhamaka 2013 visit www.zingtv.co.uk
March 4th, 2013
4 March: It’s going to be one dramatic week on Cloud 9!
- Another woman in Ajay’s life turns up to his flat, but who is she?!
- Will Simran go with Raj to what could become a romantic getaway or does she stay behind?
- Ajay is given the task by Johnny to find the key. Will he find it or something else?!
- Mr Singh is confronted by a long lost relative. Needless to say, he’s not too pleased with the sudden arrival
Mon-Fri 6:30pm & 10:30pm on Zing - free on Sky 789 & Freesat 509.
March 1st, 2013
UK’s No. 1 Asian Lifestyle Channel Zing will be strengthening its schedule this March, giving its audience more of what they want to watch.
Earlier this year, Zing launched the UK’s first British-Asian Drama Series, Cloud 9, giving viewers various slots to sample the new offering, making it easier for them to see it when convenient for them. Two months into the show with it now firmly established within the schedule, Zing will focus on the two main promoted slots at Mon-Fri 6:30pm and 10:30pm, whilst replacing the day-time sampling slots with Bollywood shows.
Continue to watch the story of Ajay as he finds himself through his struggles in his new town and see how the love story develops between him and Simran.
Also watch out for some new joiners on the show. Ajay’s younger sister Archie will soon be arriving at the boys’ flat, spending her university holidays there and keeping an eye on Ajay, much to his annoyance. Watch how this strong fiery girl changes the dynamics between the boys of Cloud 9, with Peter falling head over heels for this lady, whilst Harri sees her as his sister, and Ben is not very happy with a new boss of the house.
The coming episodes will also see Nisha’s ex-mother-in-law staying over. Nisha (played by Niki Walia) is more than happy to keep ties with her ailing relative but her son Johnny has his reasons to hate his father’s family. Watch out for a generational clash here but also a softness that lies behind this.
Valmike Rampersad who plays Ajay in Cloud 9: “Whilst I have played many diverse characters in mainstream and Indie media, this is my first role on an ethnic channel and the level of support I have had for Cloud 9 from my peers in the industry has been amazing. It’s promising to see that they have been following it and are liking the storyline. I am looking forward to seeing the story and my character develop further.”
Rakhee Thakrar who plays Cloud 9’s Simran: “I have loved playing Simran so far and I’m thoroughly enjoying the love triangle she has got herself caught up in. Working with talented and hard working Actors such as Valmike Rampersad and Niki Walia has been an absolute joy - bringing together both mainstream and ethnic experiences.”
Archana Kanade, Zing Business Head, “The show continues to be a rewarding experience and it is constantly evolving with the feedback of viewers; there is no history to take learnings from but we surely are paving a path for others to learn from. We are proud that Zing has created history with this show but more importantly we are proud that we are able to take the risk and make a difference. We are also happy to be able to give an opportunity to British Asian actors, helping them pursue their talent, in a space where there is no such platform. It’s extremely impressive to see such fabulous actors, who otherwise go unnoticed.”
Also new to the Zing schedule this March is Life And Times of a Star - woven around the professional and personal highs and lows of stars and their journey in Bollywood. Watch it from 4th March, Saturdays 6:30pm. Zing will also be increasing the window to its popular weekend shows Trendsetters, Two To Tango and Ten on Ten during the weekdays.
Watch out for various Competitions giving away tickets to the biggest upcoming events, coming this March exclusively with Zing on www.zingtv.co.uk