For those who plan to stay at home this New Year eve, they can look forward to some entertaining times in front of their TV screens. With all the general entertainment channels all geared up to welcome 2008 in style, viewers could have a busy time pressing that remote button. exchange4media aims to make channel surfing a bit easier with this sneak preview.
Star Plus goes on rewind mode, bringing the best of ‘Nach Baliye 3’ on December 28 at 8.00 pm. Anchored by the popular pair of Tina and Hussain, ‘Garnier Fructis Presents Nach Baliye 3 Jo Jeeta Wahi Sikander’ would be a one hour show. The special episode will also take the audience through the winning pair of Aamir and Sanjeeda’s journey to winning the trophy. It would be interesting to watch how much coverage Rakhi Sawant and her partner would get.
Star Plus also brings together India’s two passions – cricket and Bollywood – together in a special show called ‘Chak De Yaara’ on December 30 from 10 pm onwards. The show, if the promos currently on air are anything to go by, promises to have viewers in splits with the antics of Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Sohaib Akhtar, Sreesanth et al, egged on by none other than Shah Rukh Khan. Kareena Kapoor, Koena Mitra and Diya Mirza would also be there to lend the glamour and oomph factor.
Another channel from the Star family, Star One, celebrated Christmas and heralded the New Year festivities in advance with ‘Brooke Bond Red Label Funjabbi Chak De’ on Friday at 8 pm. The show features singer Wajid Khan and stand-up comedians like Gaurav Sharma, Rajiv Thakur and Rajeev Nigam. Star One will showcase a special episode of ‘Lead India’ on December 30 at 8.00 pm, featuring Laloo Prasad Yadav and Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra, who will field questions from Anupam Kher.
Zee TV is in a musical mood. The channel will air a Sonu Nigam Special in its popular programme ‘Sa Re Ga Ma L’il Champs’ at 10 pm on December 28. The show will also have Mithun Chakravarthy and Amrita Rao as special guests.
On the other hand, Sony Entertainment Television is in a retro-disco mood. The channel will be felicitating the original disco kings and queens of Bollywood – Usha Utthup, Bappi Lahiri and Zeenat Amaan in its New Year’s special ‘Dard-e-Disco’. The show will air on December 31, 2007 in the prime time slot of 9.00 pm and will put together the best of Bollywood disco from Disco 82 to new age disco to popular remixes, all on one platform. The show will also feature television actors like Ronit Roy, Yash Tonk, and Karishma Tanna, among many others, having their ‘Saturday Night Fever’ moment.
New kid on the block, 9X, will have ‘Dhamaal Express’ featuring over 20 top TV stars like Mona Singh, Hussain, Shweta Tiwari, Surveen Chawla, Yash Tonk and Sudha Chandran, among others, on December 30 at 5 pm. The song-and-dance and entertainment-filled extravaganza will cover the entire gamut of nine human emotions – the Nav-rasas – that rule our lives. The show has been conceptualised and scripted by Rekha Modi, and directed by Ashim Sen.