|Bigg Boss 4: Reality bites|
16 December 2010
Despite several efforts by local television networks, reality television shows have never really taken off in Pakistan. Whether it was a look at a singer trying to stage a comeback (MTV Pakistan’s “MTV Komal”) or a hunt for a news anchor (Samaa’s “The Anchor”), the feverish excitement that usually surrounds reality television shows has been largely absent in Pakistan.
Enter “Bigg Boss 4”, the fourth season of the controversial Indian spinoff of “Celebrity Big Brother” that has mostly featured B-list celebrities. The current season became the first show to feature two Pakistani stars that were only known in India for their ‘scandal’ value — actor and host Veena Malik and cross-dressing talk show host Ali Saleem. News of the show spread by word-of-mouth, given that Indian channels have been pulled off air in Pakistan, many just didn’t have access to it.
But those who did reported back nuggets that were both riveting and satisfied everyone’s innate need for gossip: Saleem had to do his own make-up on the show; Malik shared sordid details of her relationship with cricketer Mohammad Asif and was flirting with fellow contestant and actor Ashmit Patel. The details, reported both in the Indian and Pakistani press, also fuelled Shiv Sena protests against the inclusion of the two Pakistani personalities.
Now that ARY TV is broadcasting the show (albeit with a two-week delay) ¸”Bigg Boss 4” is being streamed into houses across Pakistan. Aaj TV’s popular “The 4 Man Show” featured a spoof of “Bigg Boss 4” in a recent episode and Malik is the focal point of daily show recaps in the Indian press.
While Saleem was eliminated early on in the season, Veena Malik, by far, has proved to be a huge draw for audiences in India and Pakistan. She is already a household name in Pakistan, courtesy the Asif controversy and her work on two popular TV shows — Geo TV’s “Hum Sab Umeed Se Hain” and Dunya TV’s “Miss Dunya”. There are hundreds of comments about her on YouTube and other news websites, by people both raving about her and raging against her, putting her down for being “frustrated”, “disgusting” and doing this as a “cheap publicity stunt”.
In defence of Veena Malik, blogger Kala Kawa wrote on his blog (kalakawa.wordpress.com), “In a global discourse where the Pakistani woman is seen as a submissive creature with no independence, I’m delighted to have someone like Veena crushing those stereotypes. While always wearing five inch heels [...] I (somewhat ashamedly) watch far too much reality television. In many ways, Veena ranks among the most interesting and engaging characters I’ve come across. As far as achieving her goal goes, I’d say she’s done pretty well. You’ve got to be somewhat smart to accomplish that.”
Surprisingly, while stronger contestants such as Sameer Soni have been eliminated from “Bigg Boss 4”, Malik has managed to stay in the competition.
She walks around the house in high heels, smart ensembles and full make up while her housemates lounge around in slippers and nightclothes, their star personas diminished as they try to do household chores. Malik has built a solid relationship with most of the housemates, establishing herself as confidante, helper and a relationship prospect — after Patel; she also started a flirtation with another contestant, model Hrishant Goswami.
She has proved to be a smooth operator on a show that is full of petty fights about food, name-calling and power struggles — a show that really is about ‘the survival of the fittest’ and getting television ratings. The channel airing “Bigg Boss 4”– Colors TV — reportedly paid INR25 million to former “Baywatch” star Pamela Anderson to appear on the show for three days (who Malik taught the art of making rotis). It also brought in ‘visitors’ such as Bollywood A-list actors Ajay Devgn, Kareena Kapoor, Imran Khan and Deepika Padukone to interact with contestants on the set.
The show itself is hosted by Salman Khan; with former hosts including actors Arshad Warsi, Shilpa Shetty and Amitabh Bachchan.
But does Malik’s success — and the interest in the show in Pakistan — mean that this could be a format Pakistani entertainment channels could replicate? Housing a group of mixed genders without raising hackles would be one. Also, production values in both countries differ immensely. The unfortunate death of a contestant in an adventure/reality show which was being shot in Thailand became a huge talking point in Pakistan and underscored the dangers of producing reality television shows.
There are a few success stories though, of productions such as Hum TV’s “Maachis”, which followed a format similar to “The Jerry Springer Show”, the shift over the past decade to new concepts (in Pakistan) such as soap operas, talent hunts and morning talk shows may help reality television kick off in a big way. While it may not be soon, the reality television phenomenon is coming and the five-inch-heel clad Malik may be paving the way.
Source: By - The Express Tribune
|See Also in Showbiz News|
|ChaiWala back in showbiz but on one condition|
07 January 2017
ISLAMABAD: Having gone back to his tea kiosk to continue with his business, Arshad Khan popularly known as ChaiWala has acceded to return to the glitzy scene on one condition.
What is that condition?
It should be mentioned here that Khan traced his steps back from the filmy world one week ago after his family took strong exception over certain photos that were leaked on social media.
However, after Arshad Khan assured his family that he will avoid bold and intimate scenes or objectionable ... Full Story
|Om Puri has passed away after a massive heart attack early on Friday morning.|
06 January 2017
Om Puri has passed away after a massive heart attack.Veteran actor Om Puri has passed away after a massive heart attack early on Friday morning. The actor was 66.
Confirming the news to indianexpress.com, filmmaker Ashok Pandit ? a close friend of Puri ? said,
?Omji suffered from a massive heart attack in the morning today. We have just reached his residence.?
He also took to Twitter to share the news, ?Sad & shocked to know that versatile actor Om Puri jee has expired due to heart attack ... Full Story
|Hamza Ali Abbasi calls on Pakistani actors to boycott Bollywood|
29 September 2016
As tensions between India and Pakistan escalate, actor Hamza Ali Abbasi has pitched in his two cents on the issue and urged Pakistani artistes to boycott Bollywood.
In a recent post on social media, Hamza shared his thoughts and said, ? The time has come when Pakistani artists MUST BOYCOTT BOLLYWOOD and Pakistani people must stop watching Indian content.?
His post also suggested that since India has been carrying out multiple atrocities on Pakistani and Kashirmis, it was only fitting that ... Full Story