Tri-colours, old patriotic songs dusted out of their jackets, sepia tinted clips of Pandit Jawarhar Lal Nehru giving his famous ‘Tryst with destiny’ speech in Parliament – India is gearing up for another Independence Day, albeit amid the shadow of unprecedented security arrangements. TV channels on their part, too, are ready with a plethora of programmes around the occasion.
STAR One will have a two-hour slot for ‘The Great Indian Laughter Champion’ running back to back starting 1 pm. The channel will also air an Independence Day special movie ‘Zameen’.
Though STAR Plus doesn’t have an elaborate line-up, the channel will air an hour-long special for its primetime show ‘Kasautii Zindagi Kay’.
Hindi movie channels Zee Cinema and STAR Gold get patriotic with a host of Bollywood films lined up on August 15, 2006. Zee Cinema has planned an all-day film festival called ‘Maze Ki Azaadi’ showcasing movies like ‘16th December’ starting at 9 am, followed by ‘Ab Tumhare Havale Watan Saathiyon’ at 12.30 pm, ‘Tiranga’ at 4.30 pm and ‘Indian’ at 8.30 pm.
Channel officials informed that the channel has also scripted, composed and executed a song called ‘Aazad Hoon’, which will air on the channel intermittently.
STAR Gold, too, has a film festival, ‘Watan Ke Rakshak’, which will showcase movies like ‘Khakhi’, an uncut version of ‘Main Hoon Na’, ‘Jo Bole So Nihaal’ and ‘Ab Tak Chappan’.
English movie channels also plan to be in the thick of action as Zee Studio brings four movies back to back ‘The Guns of Navarone’, ‘A Bridge Too Far’, ‘Titus’ and ‘13th Warrior’ while HBO will air movies like ‘Vanity Fair’, ‘Dumb And Dumber: When Harry Met Lloyd’, ‘New York Minute’, ‘Spider-Man 2’ and ‘The Matrix’.
Zee café will celebrate Independence Day with ‘The Best of Friends’ from 11 pm to 1 pm followed by ‘Comedy Inc.’ from 1 pm to 3 pm and an exclusive concert by ‘Pink Floyd: PULSE’ from 3 pm to 6 pm.
Channel [v] will have three half-hour special episodes of their show Pepsi [v] Freedom Express at 1.00 pm, 5.00 pm and 9.00 pm. Flagging of Pepsi [v] Freedom Express. Amar K Deb, Head, Channel [v], said, “[v] Freedom Express has been created with the sole purpose of opening the viewers’ eyes to the beauty, the variety and the wonderful people that exist across this remarkable country. It doesn’t attempt to preach but provides a visual experience that allows the viewer to reach that conclusion. Yet again, we were surprised by the sheer contradiction… diverse yet united, traditional yet contemporary… the show captures the myriad scenes, voices and thoughts of one nation.”
The History Channel is celebrating Independence for a whole week. Starting August 14, 2006, the channel will air shows on personalities that have spearheaded freedom movements across the world and events that have had an impact on today’s youth. Key programmes on the channel are ‘Battle of Gettysburg’ on August 14, ‘Tiananmen Square’ on August 15, ‘Mikhail Gorbachev’ on Biography on August 16, ‘Nelson Mandela’ on August 17, ‘Abraham Lincoln’ on Saturday and ‘The French Revolution’ on August 21.
Sports network ESPN-STAR Sports will showcase some of the memorable moments in the history of Indian sports this Independence Day. R C Venkateish, MD, ESPN Software India Pvt Ltd, said, “This Independence Day, keeping up with the spirit of patriotism, we will be showcasing some of the most memorable sporting events in Indian history, the moments that have done India and Indians proud at the international level.”
ESPN will showcase India’s cricketing glory against England, symbolic to India overturning the British Empire to attain Independence, while STAR Sports will be showcasing some of modern India’s finest moments with modern day Indian sporting icons such as Narain Karthikeyan, Shiv Kapur, Sonjay Dutt, Sania Mirza, and Mahesh Bhupathi doing the nation proud at the international level.
NDTV India will celebrate Independence Day with a musical concert on the channel featuring artists like Sunidhi Chauhan, Shaan, Vasundhara, Mahalaxmi, Babul Supriyo and Sukhwinder Singh, among others.