Sansani, the investigative news bulletin that is aired on STAR News everyday at 11.00 pm with repeats on all days at 10:30 am and 4.30 pm, has completed a year. Launched in November 2004, the programme, which addresses the safety concerns of the people, has redefined prime time news watching in India.
Uday Shankar, CEO and Editor, Star News was quoted as saying, “Sansani was an attempt to promote the safety concerns of the common people by involving the viewer in uncovering the gory face of crime and expose criminals of very hue in society, some petty, others high brow and part of the establishment. As it completes one year of an amazing viewer response, the fact that the viewer has given a huge thumbs up to Sansani’s reformist agenda is testimony to the programme’s success in contributing to a safer neighbourhood. Moving into the second year in a daily avatar, we will aim to live up to the people’s increasing expectations of us in representing their concerns for a better and safer society.”
Produced by production house, BAG Films, Sansani has been not only reporting about crime thriving in the society but also takes into account people’s concerns about safety and security. Ajit Anjum, Executive Editor, BAG Films and Producer, Sansani, while citing the examples of certain exposes that the show brought to the fore, said that Sansani is more of a socially relevant show rather than a crime show.
Sansani’s roster of crime exposes also reads as the most impressive. The programme recently carried out certain sting operations involving the bribery menace in our society at varying levels of government and elsewhere. It threw the cover off the flesh trade in Patna and Thane posing in the guise of massage parlours. Sansani’s exposes against corrupt bureaucracy, police officials and corrupt ticket examiners have assumed legendary significance. Add to this roster ‘Mandir Ka Rahasya’, ‘Ranchi IG’ expose, the ‘Vardi vala Goonda’ and ‘Ghooskari’ campaigns also captured the nation’s imagination.
The 24-hour Sansani helpline too has often come to the rescue of many women, for whom the helpline has proved the only avenue of escape from years of abuse.
Shazi Zaman, Deputy News Director, STAR News, while describing the milestone as an eye opener, attributed the success of the show on its content as well as on the presentation by anchor Shrivardhan Trivedi.
As part of the anniversary Star News showed a one hour special episode of Sansani yesterday comprising highlights of Sansani since its launch. The special also featured interviews of people who have benefited from the efforts of Sansani.
Sansani, recreates the actual scene of crime vividly, wherever needed, to give the viewing audience a real taste of the crime scene. The show brings the viewer face to face with the reality of crime all over the country, keeping him aware and on guard.