Sharad Kelkar as Agent Raghav – Crime Branch

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Sharad Kelkar as Agent Raghav on &TV's new show Agent Raghav Crime Branch

By Aryeman Raj

The next weekend blockbuster – a never seen before fast paced crime-mystery thriller titled Agent Raghav – Crime Branch from the house of Contiloe marks another strategic step by &TV to build its weekend programming slate. With a contemporary look and international appeal, the show is certainly the channel’s entry into the crime genre with popular actor Sharad Kelkar in a completely different avatar – that of Agent Raghav Sinha. An expert of body language, mind reading coupled with exemplary observation and deduction skills, Agent Raghav solves the most complex cases that may seem hard to understand. Agent Raghav – Crime Branch is co-powered by Quick Heal Gadget Securance and Quikr Cars.

Mr. Abhimanyu Singh, CEO – Contiloe said, “Crime thrillers have always excited us as a genre. Having done shows such as Ssshhhh… koi hai, Adalat and Fearfiles, Agent Raghav – Crime Branch will help us foray deeper into the crime genre. Agent Raghav will basically solve murder mysteries along with his team at the CBI crime branch. What makes him unique is his ability to read people and look beyond the obvious.  We are looking forward for the audience to have an adventurous time with Agent Raghav and his team”

 

Speaking about his character Agent Raghav, Sharad Kelkar said, “I’m a big fan of the crime genre, and an avid follower of some of the best crime shows in the world. I was very excited to bring alive the dynamic character of Raghav, on screen, as this was my first experience essaying such a role. It’s been a great experience so far and I am sure the audience will appreciate our efforts.”

 

What’s new about the New TV show DEAL OR NO DEAL

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Ronit Roy, Host on &TV's Deal Or No Deal

By Aryeman Raj

Produced by Endemol Shine India, DEAL OR NO DEAL is adapted from a renowned international format, a game show that will see the biggest twist in its Indian edition. 26 family members… 26 briefcases… 1 Banker and 1 crore to be won! The format attempts to bring back the flavour of family game shows in India where one of your family members help you inch closer to your dream. In its true sense, Deal Or No Deal is an Asli family game show that will see the popular, inimitable actor and a favourite with every household –Ronit Roy take on the mantle as the host of the show! Snapdeal is the title sponsor of Deal or No Deal and the show is powered byPayU Money and supported by Syska Total Security.

Mr. Deepak Dhar, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Endemol Shine India said, “Deal or No Deal is a hugely popular format internationally and has aired in almost 130 countries. We are glad that &TV is bringing the show back on Indian television which will be more entertaining and have tempting deals to earn cash prize up to 1 crore. Designed as a family entertainer, the reality game show can be watched and enjoyed by the whole family. A high –energy family game show like this will definitely keep the audiences hooked.”      

 

Expressing his excitement of hosting DEAL OR NO DEAL, Ronit Roy said, “Deal Or No Deal is fun-filled, light-hearted and a refreshing game show that can be enjoyed with the entire family. It’s quite a change for me as a person, because I will not be in character. I will be seen as myself, Ronit Roy, interacting with the contestants on the show and their families – which I haven’t done so far! I am certain that the audience will enjoy watching the family dynamics as much as I am enjoying the game play with them.”

Dekha Ek Khwaab takes over the KBC slot on Sony TV

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Prial Gaur and Aroona Irani

Commenting on the launch Ms Shrishti Arya, Producer Rose Movies said, “This is the story of Monia, who like all young girls dreams of being a princess and finding her prince charming but unlike all the others Monia’s dream does come true. But it’s not anything like she had imagined…Dekha Ek Khwaab is a dream come true for us as a production house too! To tell a story so close to every girl’s heart on a platform like Sony which has always been a leader with its distinct programming is a wonderful opportunity. We’re confident that the coming together of the shared vision at Rose and Sony will result in a memorable show that will ‘rule’ over the audience’s hearts!”

Launch of Zee TV new show HITLER DIDI

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There are some who go through life with a permanent frown plastered on their faces, simply because they are pre-disposed to being grumpy and grouchy. Then there are others who aren’t originally short-fused, stern and cold, but become that way as a result of the trying circumstances life presents them with. Premiering on Monday, November 7, Zee TV’s latest primetime offering ‘Hitler Didi’ introduces you to Indira Sharma, who has forgotten what it means to smile, dream and love somewhere along the path of life. Weighed down considerably by the enormous responsibility of single-handedly providing for her large family, young Indira throws herself into the daunting task and the well-being of her family becomes her sole agenda in life. In facing the daily challenges thrown her way on both the home and work front, she loses her sense of humor, her ability to feel finer emotions and becomes a regimental disciplinarian, a workaholic and a perfectionist who is almost always on the verge of losing her cool. Enter then, Rishi, a tenant whose sunny smile, light-hearted wit and jovial spirit comes like a breath of fresh air for a family that is beginning to feel exasperated under the reign of their Hitler Didi. Will sparks fly when such sharply contrasting personalities cross paths under the same roof? Will Rishi be successful in getting Indira to smile, dream and love all over again? Only time will tell!

Playing the young, steely, career-driven and dynamic Indira with aplomb is the beautiful Rati Pandey. The ensemble cast includes veterans like Rituraj Singh, Sejal Shah and well-known faces such as Sandeep Baswana, Smita Singh and Gargi Sharma. Making an impressive debut on the small screen as the effervescent Rishi is Sumit Vats, a fresh male lead opposite Rati Pandey. The show is written and produced by Ila bedi of Trilogy Krikos Productions and the crisp dialogue of the show is credited to Satyam Tripathi.

 

With the Sharma family staying in the constantly buzzing locality of Chandni Chowk and Indira working at an office in the famous Connaught Place, ‘Hitler Didi’ brings alive the essence of modern-day, middle-class Delhi. The show has been shot extensively in the capital city at famous sites that Delhi is synonymous for such as Karol Bagh, Lal Quila, India Gate, Jama Masjid, Sadar Bazaar amongst others.

Speaking of her role in the show, actor Rati Pandey said, “It is a challenge for someone as vivacious as me to play a rather stoic, serious Indira who’s forgotten the joys of living. But I can strongly identify with her focus towards her career and how dynamic she is in her approach towards life. Her intense urge to keep her family afloat despite the trying circumstances is exemplary and speaks  volumes about how strong-willed she is. Personally, I love Delhi and the show’s month-long schedule in the city has left me with some beautiful memories to choose from.”

 

Mr. Sukesh Motwani, Head- Fiction Programming, Zee TV said, “In fine alignment with the channel’s new brand identity, Zee TV is happy to bring its audience a fresh primetime show that reflects its spirit of eternal hope. Hitler Didi is all about learning to be able to smile, dream and love all over again. It captures Indira Sharma’s transition from being a steely, cold and dry person to someone warm and vulnerable. The show is extremely positive and light-hearted in its tonality and the audience will be able to connect with the protagonists very well.”

Zee TV plans to deploy an aggressive 360* marketing campaign to launch Hitler Didi, with unique innovations, particularly in the realms of ambient media, that are bound to grab eye-balls and generate buzz across the country.

 

 

Stay tuned to Zee TV as Hitler Didi premieres on Monday, November 7 at 8 PM.