Humour and satire are new elements that have crept into television poll programming in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections. Close on the heels of Aaj Tak introducing ‘JBC’, a fun programme on politics presented by Jaaved Jafri, Zee News has roped in popular TV satirist Jaspal Bhatti to do a short daily spoof on elections.
Bhatti told exchange4media that the humour show 'Khabar Tadka--Chunav Ki Bhatti Se' will be on the lines of his popular short take 'Ulta Pulta' that was aired on Doordarshan in the 1990's. "The 3-minute programme will showcase an array of my typical humour in the form of funny comment on daily political happenings related to elections, supported by satirical skits," Bhatti said.
He has done similar programming in the past. For instance, he had done a humour show 'Namaskar Bhai Namaskar' featuring stand-up comedy, public interaction and parody for the earlier version of DD News. His poll show 'Jeetega Bhai Jeetega’ laced with election spoofs and skits on DD National too had generated widespread interest.
According to Bhatti, 'Khabar Tadka--Chunav Ki Bhatti Se' will be aired on Zee News from February 23. The daily show will have repeats in the day and a weekly capsule will be shown on the weekend.
Zee News Group Director, Laxmi Goel, when asked about the show, said the endeavour is to bring relief to the otherwise heavy content that marks election programming. He added that the show 'Khabar Tadka--Chunav Ki Bhatti Se' will run right through the Lok Sabha elections period.
( First run on the site at 2:45 PM on February 18, 2004)