With a long weekend stretching ahead general entertainment channels are ready with a slew of programmes to keep people inside their homes, a good idea given the swine flu epidemic. exchange4media takes a look at what’s on offer on various channels throughout the Independence weekend.
Star Gold gets patriotic with a host of Bollywood films lined up as part of its ‘Jashn-e-Azadi’ from August 10-14 at 8 pm and a ‘freedom marathon’ on August 15 with films like ‘Kurukshetra’, ‘Farz’, ‘Kranti’, ‘Zameen’ and ‘Indian’.
Sony will have an Independence Day special episode of ‘10 Ka Dum’, which will have Mumbai’s famous dabbawalas and the Kolis (fisherwomen).
Colors will showcase ‘India’s Got Talent’ in a one-hour special on Independence Day, where all the participants will perform Independence related acts. There will be a special appearance by dancer-choreographer Shiamak Davar, who is the presentation guru for the participants. In addition, some differently-abled children, who have been especially trained by Davar, will also perform in the show.
Zee Studio is celebrating the spirit of India’s Independence on not just one day but throughout August. Special shows include an ‘Indie’ festival showcasing films with an Indian connect called ‘Desi Tadka’ every Sunday at 3 pm. Zee Café will be airing the 35th Annual People’s Choice Awards at 7 pm on August 15. The Awards recognise the work of popular culture and attracts A-list celebrities from across the world, including Seal, Christina Applegate, Robin Williams, Kate Hudson, Christian Bale, and Reese Witherspoon, among others. The evening will be hosted by Queen Latifah.
Zee Cinema is in festive mode with ‘Maze Ki Azaadi’, which has an impressive line-up of patriotic movies which will be aired back-to-back – ‘A Wednesday’, ‘Tiranga’ and ‘Nayak’.
UTV Bindass as part of its show titled ‘Beg, Borrow, Steal’, will take the Agra to Wagah border route. Singer Aaliyah who will be taking this route will sing patriotic songs to the huge gathering at the Wagah border, which is expected to be around 5,000-6,000.
NDTV Good Times has also announced a slew of special programming to rejoice the Indian spirit. On August 15, there will be the ‘I’m too sexy for my shoes’ at 7.00 pm; ‘Made in India’ at 7.30 pm, and ‘Custom-made for Vir Sanghvi’ at 8.30 pm; ‘Cut’ at 9.00 pm; ‘Warriors Tribes of Nagaland’ at 10.00 pm.
AXN, too, is celebrating the ‘Independence Weekend’ from August 14-16 with Hollywood hits like ‘Terminator 2’, ‘Ghost Rider’, ‘Lost Raider’, ‘The Mummy’, and the ‘Jurassic Park trilogy’, award-winning dance reality show ‘So You Think You Can Dance’, as well as the AXN Action Awards.
UTV World Movies and Shemaroo World Cinema are celebrating Independence Day with the launch of ‘Lord Mountbatten – the Last Viceroy’.