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Zee drops Zindagi from TV


ZEE TV has decided to discontinue Zindagi, its Hindi general entertainment channel, on June 30and shift its content to its video-on-demand platform OZEE from July 1. Last year  it had dropped the immensely popular Pakistani serials from this channel in the wake of the Uri attack, and the resulting outcry against Pakistan. (Television Post)..


Quiet, but strong flows Big Ganga


A non-fiction channel catering to Bihar, Jharkhand and East UP taps into devotional content and Buddhism to command 58 per cent of the viewership.


Bye-bye Balika Vadhu


The serial that tried to make a difference ran longer than any other soap but now calls it a day after eight years.


Rural market shapes serials


Consumerist imperatives ensured that realism and experimentation took a back-seat to saccharine and neo-conservatism in the portrayal of women in Indian soaps.


Costing a bomb


TV entertainment is getting more big budget than ever before. Launched on Sunday on Colors, every episode of Bigg Boss will cost approx Rs 1.5 crore for the season which will last for  95 days. Similarly, each episode of Mahabharat – that began airing on Star Plus from Monday -


Women, popular culture and violence: joining the dots

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |01/01/2013 

Music videos have become one of the most insidious offenders, shaping sexist attitudes towards women. 


Why Satyamev Jayate worked


A HOOT ANALYSIS- Looking back, its resounding success was because it borrowed the format of family soap to discuss social malaises. The victim was the veritable script-writer of the show.


Gauging Satyamev Jayate's impact

BY sevanti ninan| IN OPINION |02/08/2012

So as Satyamev Jayate bowed out basking in the glow of media approbation, how much did it do, and for whom


Life after Satyamev Jayate

BY Radhika sachdev| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |30/07/2012

So what should we conclude in the wake of Satyamev Jayate about the power of television


Firm fiat to three TV channels

BY Radhika sachdev| IN LAW AND POLICY |14/07/2012 

Broadcasters of children's talent shows are told to amend their audition contracts in line with NCPCR guidelines. 


Pushing the limits of precociousness

BY Radhika sachdev| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |18/05/2012 

Talent shows Part II-- Although children often face danger, trauma, and ridicule on television shows, ambition-blinded parents have been using them as their status symbol. 


A coincidence or a copied idea?

BY Abhishek Upadhyay| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |17/05/2012

Aamir Khan's Satyamev Jayate has striking similarities with IBN7's Zindagi Live in content, production, and presentation...


Unreasonable indemnity

BY Radhika sachdev| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |17/05/2012 

Parents compromise on the safety of their children by blindly signing audition contracts for talent shows that are overwhelmingly in favour of the broadcasters.


Did Aamir Khan go where angels fear to tread ?


Missing the story of"India's missing girls": Khan had to do this because our prolific media never took this issue head-on as a never-say-die campaign, ??


Miracle man?


Ninety minutes of female foeticide and sex determination on Sunday mornings? Is India ready for it? The advertisers are assuming it is. The ads came thick and fast during the last half hour of the show, much as they would for a Hindi movie.  Aamir Change-the-World Khan is betting on his own..


Relating to TV soap characters

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |01/04/2011 

Many respondents believed that the repeated depiction of abusive behaviour resulted in normalising it for viewers.


TV serials respond honourably

BY D Mamta| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |19/07/2010 

Honour killings seem to have brought out the best among serial makers who are now responding by highlighting these in their shows.


Balika Vadhu: Showcasing reality through drama and text 

BY Sanjay Ranade| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |23/08/2009

Far from "encouraging" child marriage as some politicians feel, Balika Vadhu is the rare serial that induces audiences to engage intellectually with social conflicts on an entertainment platform..


For saying it out loud

BY Shubhra Gupta|IN MEDIA PRACTICE|01/08/2009

In that one fell swoop, Sach Ka Saamna, the Indian version of the controversial Moment Of Truth, pushed everything right over the edge.


 Small wonders


The plotting and pleading bahus in heavy make-up and matching sarees are passe. The tube now belongs to the little ones and their histronics. Following the success of their famed bahu--little Avika Gaur in Balika Vadhu, Colors has come up with another child-centric programme, Uttaran, where an evocative performer Sparsh plays out the aspirations of an..


Balika Vadhu


Balika Vadhu on Colours has been getting heavily into issues of class. Apart from Maasa repeatedly reminding each of the daughters in law that they get better food to eat in her home  than in their parental homes,  she has now begun to object to people from Anandi¿s village visiting..


No country for young girls?

BY sevanti ninan| IN OPINION |12/09/2008

Focusing on foeticide and child marriage, a documentary and a TV serial find imaginative ways to explore still-grim gender realities in India.


Dubious ethics of TV talent shows

BY s r ramanujan| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |01/07/2008 

It is not just phone-in programmes or reality shows which are not what they seem. There is something rotten in the ethics of TV broadcasting.


Khan’s light touch

BY sevanti ninan| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |30/04/2008 

So far, the contestants have been a pretty game lot. The charm could wear off if that changes, and if SRK loses his touch.


Cashing in on stings

BY sevanti ninan| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |11/10/2007 

So what should one conclude about the message from NDTV India’s new fictional pulpit?


The public as "Big Brother"

BY B.P. Sanjay| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |21/01/2007

Reality shows represent a genre where several interests, including public opinion and economics, converge.


Soft in the head?

BY sevanti ninan| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |17/10/2006

Television abounds in examples of how ritual, faith, wellness and stress management are marketed as a continuum.


‘Indian Idol’ and regional dynamics

BY sanjay| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |23/04/2006

?Hyderabad recorded its disappointment on the pages of the Hindu and Deccan Chronicle when Karuna lost the crown.


After ‘Indian Idol’, itøs time for ‘Nepal Star’


"Nepal Star" is being organised by Nepal One, the Indian TV channel headed by Nalini Singh


The new face of Reality


As Indian Idol makes it debut, its time to examine an idea which is being regurgitated at the speed of light today, by media moguls and networks hungry for success. 


Jassi – India’s New Icon?

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |02/10/2004 

Jassi fits into a stereotypical feminine mould-- loyal, devoted, adjusting, sweet, other-oriented and anxious to please. She does not question the values of the fashion industry that she is part of. 


Anyone for more ‘reality’ TV?


Gudiya Kiski was manufactured reality produced by Zee News


Indian media’s cultural influence on Pakistan

BY Zainab Mahmood| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |06/08/2004

The reality is that cable TV does not require a visa nor does it bend under the pressure of conservative and religious lobbies.


Why people relate to "Friends"

BY mandira banerjee| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |06/02/2004


BY Lalitha Sridhar| IN OPINION |02/12/2002
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