January is a Month of New Shows on Indian Television
January is a month of new beginnings and Indian TV channels are taking that quite seriously. Almost every Hindi general entertainment channel has a new show airing this month.
Colors TV started the New Year with quite a few fresh shows such as Kesari Nandan, Gath Bandhan, and Khatron Ke Khiladi 9. Two more shows will launch soon – Jhaan si Ki Rani and Courtroom. Channel’s new shows span across different genres including drama, sports, historical and crime.
Another new show to launch this month is Zee TV’s Raja Beta. The show features Rrahul Sudhir as a highly qualified gynecologist, Vedant, who is adopted by Tripathi family where barely anyone shows any love or care towards him.
Joining the new show wagon is Jasmin Bhasin who will be joining Star TV’s drama-comedy Dil Toh Happy Hai Ji. Another new show joining Star network is Ek Thi Rani Ek Tha Ravan on Star Bharat, which will address the sensitive issue of women’s empowerment.
Sab TV will also be airing some new shows from January, such as a horror drama Band Baaja Bandh Darwaza and a comedy drama My Name Ijj Lakhan, featuring Shreyas Talpade, Yuvika Choudhary, Archana Puran Singh, Parmeet Sethi.
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Viacom 18 Partners with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on a new Show Navrangi Re featuring Anil Kapoor
Viacom 18’s general entertainment channel is all set to launch its first original show, Navrangi Re, a limited drama series. For the new show Viacom 18 partnered with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and BBC Media Action.
The 26-episode series will be a one-of-a-kind drama, with an underlying behavior change message on sanitation. Navrangi Re will be on air from February 2, and will be laced with satire. The show wants to bring forward the importance of Faecal Sludge Management through entertainment.
The show, produced by Swastik Productions, will tell the story of a animated mohalla in a Northern Indian town, and will be filled with colorful and quirky characters. Joining the show will be a very special celebrity guest, actor Anil Kapoor. In an interview, Anil Kapoor said, “Most people believe that talking about the cause of sanitation is boring. But Viacom18, being the powerful storytellers that they are, took it upon themselves to add a quirky twist to a seemingly mundane topic and made it funny. The cause is aligned with Sri Narendra Modiji’s vision of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, and also very close to my heart.”
English News Channel to Launch Soon with Barkha Dutt
Barkha Dutt will be back on the small screen with a new English news channel, Harvest TV. Two additional high-profile journalists Karan Thapar and Punya Prasun Bajpai will join her on the new channel, which is owned by Veecon Media.
Barkha Dutt and Karan Thapar will host primetime shows on Harvest TV. Other prominent television anchors and journalists to join the channel are Vineet Malhotra (from India Today) and Seemi Pasha (from Times Now). According to reports, Congressman Kapil Sibal is one of the promoters of Harvest TV.
Apart from Harvest TV, Veecon Media also has licenses for Hindi and other regional language channels. Harvest TV will launch on January 26, which coincides with the launch date of Arnab Goswami’s Republic Bharat.
Republic Bharat is the Hindi channel of Goswami’s Republic TV. There are more news channels to be launched soon on the small screen. There is another new Hindi news channel to be launched soon helmed by Hemant Sharma, who formerly worked with India TV. He, along with journalists Vinod Kapri and Ajit Anjum, is working on launching the new channel for TV9 group.
Color TV’s Naagin 3 Might Go Off Air Soon
If reports are to be believed then Ekta Kapoor’s Naagin 3 will be going off air soon. Naagin 3 features some big names from Indian television such as Karishma Tanna, Surbhi Jyoti, Rajat Tokas, Pearl V Puri and Anita Hassanandani. The last episode of the show is supposed to air on February 12.
The third season of supernatural saga Naagin has done quite well on the TRP charts, just like its first two season. The first season of Naagin, featuring Mouni Roy and Adaa Khan, was a huge hit with the TV viewers, which topped TRP charts by beating all the top saas-bahu shows. And, news of Naagin 3 going off air so soon will surely be heartbreaking for ardent fans of the series.
There has been no official confirmation yet on the show coming to an end from either the producers or the channel. The show recently saw entry of a number of new actors like Aditi Sharma, Mreenal Deshraj, Sangeeta Chauhan and Maya Salariya.
Naagin is rumored to be replaced by another Ekta Kapoor show, Kavach 2. The first season of Kavach starred Mona Singh and Vivek Dahiya in the lead and was an instant hit.