Travelogue of An Idiot Abroad : Karl Pilkington

This is one of the most amazing travel shows I have seen even some of the boring places seem worth traveling  there with Karl.SO for me this series which taught me the meaning of ROFL ,LMAO etc etc literally. Its Hilarious. Iam one of those person who got bored with the regular Umm Yummy,that’s lovely, Amazing type of standard statements on travel shows.

Despite the stated focus of visiting the locations , most of each episode focuses on Karl Pilkington’s reactions to cultural differences and idiosyncrasies in the countries he visits. To make things more interesting, show guys unexpectedly call Pilkington during each trip, to assign him tasks often not related to why he believed he was visiting the country in the first place.

This mostly includes association with some local special person and I believe he has no prior warnings of these
cases at least the way he reacts shows so. SO to me its more of a real documentary rather than a planned one as most of other shows on television and his comments are real flavor of the series .No wonder they planned a part II of it.This is the show where there is no substitute of laughing loud.This series gives you glimpses of being with friends who constantly leg-pull you even on phone

Now if you are thinking about the lead of show Karl Pilkington Is he really that dense? Is he a brilliant
comedian? Is he a misunderstood visionary? Parts of all three, no doubt. But he never, ever disappoints. He is so original real this is for me in a true sense reality show An Idiot Abroad is ridiculously funny and even when it’s clear that Gervais and Merchant – pulling the strings back home in England and communicating with Pilkington via cell phone – are having a cruel laugh, it’s nearly impossible not to fall apart laughing at poor Pilkington’s fate. He often mentions things about his girlfriend well to be honest its not only what he says but how he says it makes it more worthy to watch.

OK let me share some part of it  The duo send him to a fortune teller in China who, through an interpreter, tells Pilkington that he’s got a heart problem and needs to take care of himself. “Is it going to kill me?” Pilkington asks. Through an interpreter, the answer is: “Ninety percent.” Pilkington: “Brilliant.”

The show is a travelogue +  social experiment + practical joke on Poor host who is designated Idiot on the show and the show is named after him. In short I love the concept and show

Ok now some things directly in Karl’s way from (Courtesy : sundaymercury blog )

On Travel :”I don’t understand that saying ‘travel broadens the mind’ – The mind cannot be broadened after the head has stopped growing. My mind was full before I did all these trips. All that has happened is that some of my older memories have been replaced with some new ones, which is annoying as the old ones were better memories than the new ones I’ve put in there. Well, I think they were.”

I think is this enough to encourage you to take a glimpse of it.

Series  Start date                                End date                      Episodes

1          23 September 2010                11November 2010      8

2          23 September 2011                11 November 2011     8

3          December 2012                      December 2012          3

To know whats there in each of the episode :

Directed by     Richard Yee, Krishnendu Majumdar, Jamie Jay Johnson, Benjamin Green, Luke Campbell

Starring           Karl Pilkington,Warwick Davis (Christmas Special),Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant

And its out on DVD’s too . Karl has written a book on season 1 as well iam yet to read it though

It comes on TLC Wednesday 9.30 pm or s


Happy Birthday Star “Life Ok” & Good Bye Star one

Star  with Rupert Murdoch’s entertainment company is launching Life OK, a brand new channel aimed at the 150 million television viewers in the Hindi-speaking market. “people are just too free to watch TV and sit on Internet “

Well I think colors and ndtv india is giving star group a tough competition 😉 as they are already drawing youth to watch their shows so very few left to watch whats on the channel. So they have to accept the failure of star one and come up with an idea that now they will not cater some selected age group but some selected mind sets which is in major .( What difference it is going to make let the time tell)

As the trailer shows man is not happy in life by what and when he is getting things he always feels he deserved better or someone else is having better so the channel wants to say that appreciate what you have . The name Life OK reflects the philosophy of the new brand. “Through our stories we wish to tell people that you are free to seek what you want but in your search for more you must not forget what you already have,” Sounds like kahan ghar ghar ki 😉

“Teri to hai aish , apni to dhat tariki , uska dekho style, apni to dhat tariki…..”.

But I don’t see any special fresh breeze in serials it just like colors ,sony,zee etc    😦 except  the following

  • for the fact that the telesoaps on the channel will be for 7 days of the week . Which means that you will feel same on every day in this channel no Sundays for them.
  • Life OK also plans to manage advertising inventory differently. It will have three shows an hour unlike the standard two on other channels and advertising breaks won’t exceed two minutes. Which means you have less time doing dish washing
  • It seems they are so much into chasing other channels that they missed to cater the young star one fans .. as i dont see any series for them teel coll going gang as of now.
  • “Recognising the importance of youth, the brand has been launched via a weeklong digital engagement plan and the biggest online concert ever with an eight-hour-long Life OK Rockathon exclusively for the web,” The web concert on Sunday included performances by Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Euphoria, Agni, Shaa’ir and Funk, and Indus Creed. The musical duo of Salim Sulaiman, Kailash Kher and the talented Shilpa Rao also enthralled the audience in this never before web concert. So Boss its the only channel who also had an e launch till now 🙂

  • Choosing Madhuri Dixit nene a women from middle class reached stardom on her own is the smart move on channels part. Madhuri Dixit will be the channel’s vivacious ‘Suthradhar’ and will guide viewers about the stories on the channel and its link to the channel’s philosophy.

I can see this is going to be the major launch of the season under the new CEO Armed with a launch budget of more than Rs. 700 crore, the channel is expected to spend Rs. 120 crore in marketing the brand via digital media, roadblocks on television, print and outdoor campaigns. The rest is being invested in programming and distribution.

Where is star one suddenly gone ??? Its now life OK with fresh serials Time only will tell the fate of the channel but till then lets welcome the new channel life OK

 Biding Good Bye to Star One Sega

Well after almost 7-8  years of Star one we are saying good bye to it. Start one was a Youth oriented channel and almost every serial was based on chocolaty love stories be it vampires or school collage going kidos you can listen to the story and tell its start one.

When Long back it was launched for almost 1 year i was impressed 🙂 by this channel as it came up with brand new fresh feel serials like guns and roses, siddhant and Remix all were great start-ups but the entire feel of the channel deteriorated with the time and  I started using the channel as comedy channel whenever you have to see some thing beyond the world goody or bad watch and laugh

The only consistent fav of all class and age group was Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai

Its sad :(( that “abb geet parayai nahi ho payegi” pyar ki ye kahani me vampire werewolf & humans will stay together forever and colleges will be waiting for some hip hop people altogether .;)

Just Dance with Hrithik Roshan

I will say the USP of this show is the elimination round & the dance videos of HR

To be honest this is the first show i have seen where the judge is contributing / given checqs to every eliminated person from the show. And again i will say this is the first show where i have seen a host saying brother/ sister to one ,sir ji to other one a friend to some , a place where the participants proudly say to a same agegroup actor we are your kid ;). What sells the show is introduction of Hritik as a person to all. Some how if he is faking all that than then he is too good to be an actor , he could be but not 100% any time even if u say all is planned but surly there are few spontaneous moments where you can come as you

The best episode was the family episode where you can see Hritwik dancing talking and giving respect and personel attention to each and every parent and family members and just makes the process interactive with people of all age group,  them with him .I will say as a judge he has done a unique and heart touching job ,

In public shows ,talkshows u get to know the celeb but when you see the person talking and acting without a predefined script (there could be guidelines but no scripts) then you get to know about the real person. Other person who was able to impress me on screen as a real person is Akshay Kumar apart from Sr Bachhan Amitabh… I will say that though these guys are at celb level but still they are really ground to earth and to the level of common man , they crack jokes on topics like we do ,like we do 🙂

About Judges :-

There are 3 Judges in the show  and the good part is that unlike other shows all of them know dancing

Vaibhavi Merchant :   she has shown her piece of art in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam,Devdas, Baghban, Fida, Dhoom, Veer Zaara, Aaja Nachle and Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. etc etc

Farah Khan: My Name Is Khan,Dabangg Song “Munni Badnaam”,Tees Maar Khan sheela ki jwani and all lot of things in her pocket

Hritik roshan: Dhoom, Krish kaho na pyar hai … and all he has no match in dancing .. even if u remember the coke add .. yes he is a far better dancer then he is as an actor.

Even though sitting with SO in all the show is judged by 3 dancers who in all know most of the forms and who love and breath dancing unlike some shows where people who judge are either item song hits or actors etc etc

Shows Format ->

Just Dance that has been mesmerising viewers all across the globe with its scintillating dance performances has finally got its top 13 contestants. These top 13 contestants are all set to battle it out to reach the final position. The number of contestants initially was 52 and then the judges zeroed-in on the top 20 and finally the 13 best dancers were selected.

You can know all and vote for all in just dance here

3 judges judge them comment them and bring them in bottom 3-4 and eliminate the one. they even eliminated the elimination if performers were the really amazed them.

the good part of the show is they didn’t fall in the trap of public voting till semifinals so its only dancers judging them, no fake votes and all.

Dancers of Just Dance :-

Just Dance – Top 21 Contestants Name, Age & City from which top 13 were selected

  • 1.: Jason Tham Age: 21, From: US / Delhi
  • 2. Mehar Malik Age: 22, From: Delhi
  • 3. Trishala Poulose Age: 18, From: Mumbai
  • 4. Anna Kaushik Age: 18 From: Mumbai
  • 5. Abhash Mukherjee  Age: 17, City: Ranchi
  • 6. Rajitdev Age: 25 From: Mumbai
  • 7. Sarmishta Maity Age: 19, City: Kolkata
  • 8. Hitesh Patil Age: 21, From: Mumbai
  • 9. Suhail Bhan Age: 22, From: Gaziyabad
  • 10. Nimeet Kotian Age: 21, From: Mumbai
  • 11. Ankan Sen Age: 17, City: Kolkata
  • 12. Karan Pangali Age: 19, From: UK
  • 13. Sagar Chavan Age: 18, From: Mumbai
  • 14. Soumita Roy City: Kolkata
  • 15. Irfan Sheikh Age: 24, From: Mumbai
  • 16. Swarali Karulkar Age: 19, City: Mumbai
  • 17. Sonali Vishwakarma Age: 16 From: Katni, MP
  • 18.Name: Anjuli Kathryn Bhattacharyya Age: 27, From: US
  • 19. Karan Khanna Age: 24, From: Mumbai
  • 20. Preeti Chafale Age: 22, From: Mumbai
  • 21. Kruti Shah Age: 21, From: US

The episode where top 13 contestants of Just Dance were selected . Abhash Mukherjee, Karan Khanna, Karan Pangali,
Surjeet, Ankan, Irfaan, Rajit, Hitesh have danced their way into the top 13 along with Meher, Soumita, Kruti, Priti and Swarali. Initially only 12 dancers were supposed to be selected as final contestants but the judges on the show were so impressed by the performance of Karan Pangali that they decided to include him as the number 13 finalist

4 semifinalist

They had international participants who were equally treated and dealt even if they were eliminated they were proud to be eliminated to compete with others, falling sick and if u doubt of gaining sympathy etc etc was but for how long 

Yes i see Amitabh , Salman , Sharukh also making audiances comfortable but they are at the post of host of the show so they are bound to do so., Its their Job but being a judge involves head strong and harsh decisions too

I know all the top 13 dancers will be treated as winners because that was the feel of show, Family of dancers where only pure competition is the case. In fact it dosent matters who wins because now 3 of them are wonderful dancers and am sure three of them will make some point in their carrier.  Don’t miss the finale episode 😉 Ankan , Karan or surjeet May the best dancer win!


Grand Finale of Just dance

as if it was flooded with star and star family at just dance  it started up with hritiks entire family grandparents ,parents sister and wife even at award functions u cant see them all .

Then it was Priyanka chopra (PC) and the SHarukh who launched his toy of RaONE there. Point to be noted is that sharuks entry was there on other grand finales on different channels to which includes SA RE GA MA PA @ Zee and India’s got talent @ Colors all at same time and he was able to entertain every one on every channel.Ankan cutely said PC as didi nahi bolunga aapko aaj (i will not call u sister today) aww that must be diffent for priyanka too.

Then it was the dabang girl Sonakshi sinha who is also a BA of India gate baasmati rice and when while announcing winners she said “अब्ब आपको मिलेगा इंडिया गेट बासमती कि तरफ से ….. चावल के ५ बोरे ” no actually they gave 2-3 days stay in paris to ankan for 2 …Poor boy dosent have a GF yet.

Ok Now who won Just Dance is Ankan and even Runner up surjeet gave him a tough competition Surjeet is the one who got entry into the game when one was unable to be a part of competition in initials and he is the one who has shown one among the fastest learning curve.