24 Jul 2014

It's Confirmed: Salman Khan to Host 'Bigg Boss 8'

Salman Khan
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Who will host "Bigg Boss 8"? – this question has been on the web for a long time now. While Salman Khan suggested arch-rival Shah Rukh Khan as a fit replacement for the show, a few viewers nominated actors of their choice.
Bollywood Life quotes a "reliable" source who confirms Khan's return on the reality show.
"Despite his busy schedule, Salman has agreed to return as the host of Bigg Boss and has signed on the dotted line recently," revealed the source. "He has adjusted his dates and it won't be a problem. His fans wanted him to return to the show and therefore, he decided to take it up because he has never disappointed his legion of fans, nor will he in the future."
Scheduled to go on air this August, "Bigg Boss 8" will be Salman Khan's fourth consecutive year as a host. The last 3 seasons have been a roller-coaster ride for the actor. Apart from love and support from the audience, he was also a victim of several controversies.
According to reports, the makers of the reality TV show had approached a couple of other stars to replace Khan as the host. Apart from Shah Rukh, Amitabh and Ranbir, Akshay Kumar was also reportedly approached.
However, any official statement or announcement haven't been made, and only time will tell, if the superstar, who is busy promoting his Eid release "Kick", will return to grace the show with his wit and charm.
The upcoming action flick is Khan's only release this year. The film features over-the-top action sequences. Directed by Sajid Nadiadwala, "Kick" also stars Jacqueline Fernandez, Randeep Hooda and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in prominent roles.

Big Boss star Elli Avram as football cheerleader

Barely a few days after the Fifa World Cup 2014 got over in Brazil, Bollywood stars 'bent' it like Beckham during a celebrity football match that was initiated by Aamir Khan's daughter Ira Khan for the cause of animal welfare in Mumbai.

Bollywood starlet and Bigg Boss 7 contestant Elli Avram was part of the charity initiative as a cheerleader. Dressed in blue costume, Elli caught the attention of the lensmen and happily posed and played ball for the media.

Actors such as Aamir Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Abhishek Bachchan, Imran Khan, Tiger Shroff, Sohail Khan, Kunal Kapoor, Dino Morea and others took the football field by storm and raised money for the Trust in Goodness Inside (TIGI) Foundation, which provides shelter and care to abandoned animals.

Sajid Khan finds love again! Dating 'Bigg Boss 6' winner Urvashi Dholakia?

His recent outing has flopped and received negative reviews from both the movie experts and moviegoers across the country, but that couldn’t affect Sajid Khan’s LOVE life. Yes, you read that word right! The 42-year-old filmmaker has found love again, and this time with TV actress Urvashi Dholakia!
Still single even at the age of 42, the ready to mingle actor-turned-director Sajid Khan is secretly dating former TV actress Urvashi Dholakia, we hear. Cited by several online tabloid reports, sources indicate that the 'Bigg Boss 6' winner Urvashi and Sajid allegedly have been dating for quite sometime now.
Until now, the two kept their romantic relationship under wraps, but after 9 months of secret dating the new lovebirds have apparently decided to make their relationship public. The two can often be seen dining and hanging around at restaurants of Mumbai’s five star hotels Sofitel and China House.
A staff member at China House’s restaurant revealed the alleged couple have visited the place a couple of times and they look deeply in love and quite comfortable with each other’s company. As per industry insiders, Sajid and Urvashi are so close to each other that the former also got Urvashi's twin sons, Sagar and Kshitij, to work as assistant directors in his multi-starrer film “Humshakals”, and if the reports are to be believed the director plans to give the twin bros a chance to work in 'Humshakals' sequel as well. Meanwhile the 36-year-old former TV actress who married at 16 and unfortunately divorced less than two years later, has tried to squelch her dating rumors with Sajid Khan, saying they are “just friends”. "People don't know that I have known Sajid for 15 years. I have worked with him. He's been a friend,” she said. "How come I don't get linked to anybody else? Yes, Sajid has come home over a couple of times. He is a friend, so why wouldn't he? ...If I am dating someone, I will come out and say it,” the actress added. Sajid, who recently acknowledged his break up with Sri Lankan beauty and 'Kick' heroine Jacqueline Fernandes, has not yet come out open about his alleged relationship with the actress. Though the alleged couple have not released any words on their relationship, it seems that love is definitely in the air and we hope things work out for both of them.

Amitabh Bachchan confesses to being a selfie addict

Kolkata: Amitabh Bachchan confesses to being a selfie addict At the launch of the LG G3 smartphone.

I have seen Amitabh Bachchan do everything. Well almost. And by that I don’t mean on screen. Even off screen. I have been on the sets of his film. I have been to his film promotions. I was there when he hosted Kaun Banega Crorepati for the first time. I have seen him give interviews. I have interviewed him myself more than once.

But the Amitabh Bachchan I saw on Monday morning at Mehboob Studio, I have never seen him before. Yes, he launched the LG G3 smartphone and they introduced him as the “living legend” that he is, but AB played an MC. Yes, you read that right! Before actually unveiling the phone, he came on stage and spoke about the many features of the phone for a good quarter of an hour.

There were multiple teleprompters placed in strategic corners of the floor. AB’s used to them because most of the KBC banter comes from the teleprompter. But unlike the TV show, there were no retakes here. Not only was there a live audience present on the floor of the studio, the event was being streamed live across the globe through the Internet.

And that is where Amitabh Bachchan showed that the medium is inconsequential, the craft constant. When he switched from just a brand ambassador to a host selling a phone and when he re-emerged as the legendary movie star was a mystery –– almost like Shane Warne mixing up his leg break, googly and flipper all in the same over. He was selling a phone but there’s no way you could make that out.

He was reading out the text on the teleprompter but he was also slipping in these personal quips that really made the whole experience informal and interactive. Like the way he incorporated “galat jawaab” and “lock kiya jaaye” in his talk, like the way he mentioned that the camera on the phone was “his favourite feature” and like the way he confessed he was “addicted to the selfie”.

AB was talking technical jargon but it never seemed mumbo jumbo like it does with other hosts. The teleprompter said that the laser technology helped cops detect speeding cars. He added: “Not here in India, but in a lot of countries abroad.” One also couldn’t stop wondering what a great teacher or professor Amitabh Bachchan would have been, had he not chosen to be the superstar of the millennium.

Amitabh Bachchan and Soon Kwon, managing director of LG Electronics India

It’s difficult to imagine any other star doing something like this but then again AB has always been ahead of the curve. He chose to be on TV when television was a bad word for movie folks. At 71, he still plays the leading man and scripts are written with him in mind. So, if he decides to give the stage-hosting game a fillip, we are all in for some tasty live action.

Amitabh Bachchan unveiled the much-awaited G3 phone from LG at a glittering event in Bandra’s Mehboob Studio on Monday morning along with LG Electronics India managing director Soon Kwon. With the tagline “simple is the new smart”, LG’s “most ambitious device” has been developed on the “learning from you” philosophy. “The G3 has won accolades everywhere around the world and we are hoping for a similar success story in India,” said Kwon. Priced at Rs 47,990 for the 16GB version and Rs 50,990 for the 32GB version, the G3 has a 5.5-inch Quad HD display and a 13MP camera with a Laser Auto Focus. LG will release 15,000 limited edition G3 phones with signatures of Big B on them and a few lucky buyers will even get a chance to meet the man.

--The Telegraph, Calcutta

KBC 8: A journey from individual to collective growth

In a world where everyone is busy achieving their personal goals, we as individuals have stopped thinking about the nation as a whole.
A flip through news channels and newspaper pages presents the stark reality of our society today. While we spend hours and hours talking about the ills plaguing Indian society, how many of us actually take a step further and act against them?
Multi Screen Media's Sony Entertainment Television (SET) along with its creative agency Leo Burnett have through the two promos of Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC)'s eight season.
The first film titled Kohima makes one shameful about the fact that even though we all know aboutthe  north east being a part of India, the denizens of that region are often derided and ridiculed and called names, and even treated as outsiders when they travel to other parts of the country.  The promo has already been talked about in an earlier article on indiantelevision.com.
The second KBC8 TVC gives a different perspective on the Hindu-Muslim divide. The commercial is set in a tiny neighbourhood (chawl in India) in which a Hindu and Muslim family are neighbours.  Ankit, a boy from the Hindu family is chosen to participate in KBC. His family is hugging him and wishing him good luck as he is about to depart to take part in the game show. The members of the Muslim family are watching the scene from  the balcony of their home above and sniggering; and one of them even sneezes out  aloud deliberately -  which is considered a bad omen by some Hindus. The young folks from the Hindu family want  to confront the Muslim youngsters but are stopped by their father. Cut to the set of KBC and Amitabh Bachchan has asked a question which has stumped Ankit. He chooses to use the phone a friend helpline. And the friend he chooses to call - is the Muslim household as he has been asked the meaning of As salamu alaykum.  The elder of the Muslim family - who are also watching the episode in which Ankit is participating - picks up the call and gives him the correct answer - "Khuda Tumhe Salamat Rakhe" (God keep you safe). Both the Hindu and Muslim families then celebrate Ankit's win  by hugging each other.
The two promos show how KBC has evolved through its various messages over the years. From 'Koi Bhi Sawaal Chhota Nahi Hota' to 'Seekhna Band...Toh Jeetna Band,' the channel has come up with innovative messaging almost every year.
However, what differentiates this message from the previous ones is the fact that from just focusing on an individual the focus has shifted to the society as a whole. Amitabh Bachchan in his baritone voice has alway exhorted viewers  to acknowledge the power of self and grow it through the power of knowledge. Now, the show promises to touch people's hearts with the stories of community bonding.
The message of KBC season 8's campaign 'Yahan Sirf Paisa Nahi, Dil Bhi Jeete Jate Hain' (We don’t win only money, we win hearts too), has beautifully integrated social messages within the script making one sit-up and take notice.
It is not the first time that a general entertainment channel (GEC) has touched upon social issues and tried to invoke the right and the wrong within people. But what separates these promos from the rest is the fact that they are hard hitting and talk directly to people. They are a mirror reflecting our society in simple yet assertive manner.
The yet-to-be released TVC talks about how KBC and Amitabh Bachchan has crept into our nation's collective consciousness and involves entire communities, if one of their members is selected to participate in the game show.  The film opens in a small village where people are busy stringing up loudspeakers across its streets.  A man beaming with happiness is shown keeping a phone next to a microphone. The telephone rings shrilly and the voice of Big B reverberates through the whole village and the villagers leap up in deliight.  The TVC then cuts back to the KBC set where the surprised AB asks the contestant ‘tumne toh family ko phone kiya tha?’ to which he replies, ‘They are all my family.’
The person on the phone then asks Mr Bachchan to recite one of his favourite dialogues to which he says, “aaj khush to bahut hoge tum.”
Will the promos on which the agency worked for almost two months help change society is not sure, but what’s certain is that they will make one look inside, especially when the incidents happening around make us hang our heads in shame.