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Tuesday, 18 February 2014

MAN BEHIND THE SUCCESS OF ETv KANNADA - Raghavendra Hunsur



ETv Kannada has become a top-grossing channel ever since Bigg Boss went on to be regional. Though the introduction of Bigg Boss is Kannada, with a man of love, Kiccha Sudeep as its host, has been stated as the most prominent reason for the booming TRPs of ETv Kannada, one man has remained consistent all through the channels successes - Bigg Boss, Indian, and the now showing Comedy Circus and Dancing Stars - A man of millions and apparently a man with millions - Raghavendra Hunsur. 

It was a time when Suvarna channel was shining high with reality shows such as Pyate Mandi Kaadig Bandru, Halli Haida Pyateg Banda, Hosa Love Story, Maja with Sruja, Star Singer, Nodi Swami Naav Irode Heege and tonnes more of them. It suddenly drifted from all these so called filthy reality shows and started a new phase in the history of Kannada Television - Introduction of Kannadada Kotyadhipati in regional industry. Raghavendra Hunsur was the man behind all this transition. He remained in the channel all through its success even in the first edition of Kannadada Kotyadhipati. The time slot of 8:00pm to 9:00pm was now extended to 8:00pm to 9:30pm exclusively for reality shows. After the end of the first edition of Kannadada Kotyadhipati, replacing this slot with another reality show of the previous kind, meant bad reports about of the channel. So, this time slot that was primarily ruled by reality shows then, was now the cake of daily soaps. Suvarna introduced three new serials for that time slot. It was a time slot when all the new all ideas of Raghavendra Hunsur was actually brought into practicality and executed. But, now he was chained down from trying anything new things for his slot. He had to do nothing for that slot, but sit and watch the daily soaps. This is assumed to be the reason for the change of his interest from Suvarna to ETv Kannada whose ownership had just then changed.

Raghavendra Hunsur entered ETv Kannada. He did not go unarmed. He took along with him, a man who had then brought a lot of fame to Suvarna by anchoring all the shows executed by him, Akul Balaji. The duo started a new show on ETv, Mane Munde Mahalakshmi which was a big blow to the TRP of Suvarna. Later on, came the introduction of Bigg Boss to regional India which was a Bigger blow to the TRP of Suvarna which was then showing the second season of Kannadada Kotyadhipati in the same time slot. According to reports, Bigg Boss did much better than Kannadada Kotyadhipati in all respects. Later the introduction of 'Indian' reality show which was also headed by Raghavendra Hunsur proved to be the troughs of TRP for Suvarna. And the now showing Dancing Stars is said to be doing much better than the reality show in Suvarna which is showing at 9:00pm, Star Singer and the shows of all other channels as well.



THE MAN WHO SPELLS ONLY SUCCESS
Raghavendra Hunsur



Raghavendra Hunsur is a Kannaadiga who hails from Mysore. He was born on October 15, 1985. He finished his schooling in St.Joseph High School, Hunsur and graduated for the Mysore University. He worked at Suvarna as Executive Producer from 2006 to 2008. He continued work there as the head of Non-Fiction from 2009 to 2012. On October 12, 2012, he started working as the Head of Non-Fiction in ETv Kannada and has continued work till date. 

KannadaTelevision blogspot wishes him all the best for all his future endeavors!!

Friday, 28 June 2013

Exciting Weekend Waiting for Kannada Fans!!!


This weekend is gonna be really exiting for Kannada Television viewers... A mixture of show grand finale, launch of new serial, new movies... and MUCH MORE!!

Here's the Schedule:
1. ETV Kannada - Launch of New Serial - MAHAPARVA by H'rble Chief Minister Siddharamayya (Saturday, 9:30 pm)
2. Suvarna - Ramya on Suvarna Super Jodi (Saturday, 8:00 am)
3. ETV - Bigg Boss Grand Finale (Sunday, 8:00 pm)
4. Udaya - Addhuri Movie - Starring Druva Sarja and Radhika Pandit (Sunday, 6:00pm)
5. Suvarna - Anna Bond Movie - Starring Puneeth Rajkumar, Priyamani and Aindritha Rai (Sunday, 5:30pm)


OUR PICKS FOR THE WEEK ---> Suvarna Super Jodi followed by Mahaparva Serial Launch on Saturday, and on Sunday Anna Bond Movie and finally Bigg Boss Grand Finale!!!

ENJOY!!! :) :) :D 






Monday, 24 June 2013

TOP 5 REALITY SHOWS

TOP 5 KANNADA REALITY SHOWS

POSITION 5 - NAANE RAJKUMARI - KASTURI

Naane Rajkumari was a show that entered Kasturi channel when the entire TRP of the channel was down and the channel wanted to have a complete makeover. Among the very few shows which were liked by the people when it took a makeover, Naane Rajkumari was one. Ashitha is doing an extremely great job as its anchor though the viewers feel she is yelling at times. The rounds seem to be good unless there are non-dancer contestants in the show as many rounds are dance-oriented. The segment of this show which caught the eyes of most people is the show-down, 'Inti Nimmavalu'. This show-down segment is loved by most viewers which has inspired the channel to donate one time slot completely for this in the form of 'Mouna Maatadaga'. For all the funny rounds and the very serious farewell 'Inti Nimmavalu', this show is ranked 5th in this list. 


POSITION 4 - UDAYA SINGER - UDAYA

Many years after the end of their first musical show which was a huge hit in the history of Kannada Television Antyakshari, Udaya channel has once again stepped out to create another musical hit, Udaya Singer. The main aim of this show is the create a platform for the tiny tots to exhibit their singing talent. The judges of this show are music maestro Vijay Prakash and the bubbly actress Aindrita Ray. Set apart from other singing competitions, this show has a versatile singer, Gurukiran as a trainee for the children. Moreover, every week, various people from Kannada Cinema  come and encourage the children. The anchor of this show, Chitra is also doing an extremely good job. Yet the channel is still being questioned about the choice of Aindrita as a judge as she has no musical background. Yet, her words of appreciation fills zeal and confidence in the children. For such a wonderful show being show up on Udaya after a series of flop reality shows, this show is ranked 4th in this list. 


POSITION 3 - SUVARNA SUPER JODI - SUVARNA


Suvarna Super Jodi is a unique game show in which lead pairs of the fiction shows in Suvarna come together as contestants. They perform a variety of tasks given to them in their quest to claim the title 'Suvarna Super Jodi'. This is an entirely new concept put forth by Suvarna Channel. The 'atte' and 'mava' of this show, Mrs. and Mr. Sahi Kahi Chandru are doing as excellent job as judges. This show is doing well in the TRP Ratings as well. The anchors of this show, though they always try to be in unison, fail at times which is the ONLY seen drawback of this show. Else, this is a perfect concept to innovate with and hence this show is ranked 3rd in this list for its excellent concept, games and entertainment.

POSITION 2 - KANNADADA KOTYADIPATHI - SUVARNA 


Kannadada Kotyadhipati is a show meant for the common men. Kannadada Kotyadhipati is the biggest ever reality show on Kannada Television offering the biggest prize money of Rs.1,00,00,000/- (Rupees One Crore) in the Kannada GEC space. The format and the rules for this edition of Kannadada Kotyadhipati will be sameas the first edition of KBC. Kannadada Kotyadhipati is anchored by the face of Kannada cinema - youth icon and power star- Puneeth Rajkumar who comes from the first family of Kannada cinema. Though the second season of this show had a great start, the show started to look down after a few episodes. The game did not appear to be as entertaining as the first season. The main cause for this may be the lack of fun-filled dialogues. It was reportedly said that Guruprasad is the man behind all the dialogues of Puneeth in the first season. His absence from the show in this season may be the reason for the lack of powerful dialogues. Yet, after a few weeks, the show picked up its TRP and hence it became a huge hit in Kannada Television again. Viewers are still not satisfied with the show as they have set a much better standard to themselves last year. The celebrity episodes which have already featured Malashree, Prabhudeva, Upendra, Radhika Pandit, Ramya, Jaggesh, Priyamani and many more actors have continued to help the show gain more TRP once in a while. In spite of the all the short comings, this show is ranked 2nd in this list.

POSITION 1 - BIGG BOSS - ETV KANNADA


Bigg Boss is the south Indian version of the reality TV programme Bigg Boss broadcast in India. It follows the Big Brother format, which was first developed by Endemol. It came to air in the Kannada area of India after the success of Bigg Boss airing in the Hindi speaking part of India.
Karnataka is the Only State in the world to have a Big Brother Format as many other formats have only Country Wise Formats as it is an Achievement For Karnataka State and Kannada Language to have a Big Brother Format called Bigg Boss. Being compered by the Abhinaya Chakravarthi of Kannada Cinema, Sudeep, the show is doing extremely good. Though the show has the number of people who like this and hate it at par, this show has gained a highest TRP in the history of ETV Kannada channel. The show becomes the most interesting on Fridays and Saturdays when Sudeep takes over the television screen of all the homes and talks to the Bigg Boss Homemates and the eliminated conterstents. Though critics say that this is a fake show, not a single evidence, till date has been put forth to prove it. For everything that is a part of this show, and most notably the invaluable entertainment that it has given its audience, Bigg Boss is Topping This List!!!




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Wednesday, 12 June 2013

TWO BLOCK BUSTERS HITTING SCREENS SHORTY

Two new serials, Ashwini Nakshatra and Robo Family are starting on ETV Kannada at 10:00 pm and 10:30 pm respectively on June 17...

What are your expectations??

ASHWINI NAKSHATRA - Starring Jayram Karthik
ROBO FAMILY - Starring Master Anand




Saturday, 24 November 2012

Preetiyinda Title Song

Preethiyinda / Preetiyinda Serial Title Song  
Main Song in the voice of Chinmaya M. Rao

ENJOY!!


Tuesday, 6 November 2012

TOP KANNADA DAILY SERIALS

TOP 5 KANNADA DAILY EVENING SERIALS / SOAPS


TOP 5 - AMRUTHAVARSHINI (SUVARNA)


Amruthavarshini is a story which revolves around a soft and conservative girl Amrutha, who gets married to a member of the rich Desai Family Vijay, and adapts herself to the situation as time proceeds. Her sister Varsha, who is also married to another member of the Desai Family and her step mother are always trying to pull her down while mother-in law Shakuntala, supports her stay in the family. Most of the action in this story takes place in the kitchen which looks very unrealistic. Moreover, Ravi R Garani who is the creator of his serial does not make is as humorous as his other serials. Even though Amrutha is constantly 'bullied' by her step-mother and sister, she still believes that they are right and dances according to their tune. She never back-answers to them. This also adds to the unrealistic part of the plot. With all these short-comings, Hema Chaudhary and other cast play and excellent role in this soap. 


For all the action that is taking place in the kitchen of Desai Family, the serial is ranked FIFTH in the list.

TOP 4 - RADHA KALYANA (ZEE KANNADA)


In a pilgrimage town of Madhurapura near Mysore, lives Radhika a sweet and dedicated young daughter of Poornachandra Shastry and Devaki. Radhika was found abandoned as an infant in the temple managed by Poornachandra Shastry. Adopted and raised as a daughter, she is a homely, dutiful and hardworking girl. The biological daughter of Poornachandra Shastry is Vishaka, a happy-go-lucky girl aspiring to make it big as an actress in the Kannada film industry. 

The Bharadwajas are a known name in Madhurapura. Jhanvi’s (the daughter-in-law) jealousy and hatred for the family comes from this discomfort of being childless. The hopes of the family now lie upon the younger son Vishal.

Vishal is lured to visit Govardhangiri by his family, in the hope of finding him a bride in the holy pilgrimage town. Vishal comes to Madhurapura from London and falls in love with Radhika at the very first sight. His feelings are reinforced after he sees her on several other occasions. Radhika, at her end, feels the same love for Vishal, but refuses to accept it herself. Vishal’s search for Radhika’s identity ends with a switch of identity where he is told that the girl he is in love with is Vishaka. 

Resolving this dilemma, Vishal has moved on to marry Radhika (for the second time) which is initially opposed by Vishal's mother. This serial has a great plot. The cast, especially Chandan Kumar is playing a great role in the soap. But, the drawback lies in the fact that a lot of stress is laid in this serial to the customs of the Hindu society, which looks North- Indian rather than South-Indian. This clearly shows that this is a remake of a Hindi serial.

For all the pain taken by the director and the producer to emphasize the real phase of Hindu Religion, this serial is ranked FORTH in this list. 

TOP 3 - SOSE TANDA SOWBHAGYA (ZEE KANNADA)

Joint families are slowly becoming a thing of the past. The women folk in the family are always blamed for being the catalyst for disintegrating a united family. This is a story which came as a revolutionizing factor for this concept. Sose Tanda Sowbhagya is a story that revolves around two women, Keerthi (Gayithri) who is trying to keep her mother's brother's family united and Anjali, who is hell bent upon dividing the family. Anjali enters the family as Gayithri, and marries Keshava and grabs the sympathy of the family by misusing their innocence. Keerti enters the family marrying Raghava. None of the family members support their marriage. Yet, both take over their family and live successfully in the same house. The exact story of this soap has just begun as Gayithri and Anjali have just started to challenge each other. This story is yet to take very interesting turns and twists.

For this story which has just begun, rank THREE holds good.

TOP 2 - MUKTA MUKTA (ETV KANNADA)

Mukta Mukta is a political story and the action takes place in the state of Rudranchala. This story revolves around a family where only a lady, Shambhavi is working and all others are unemployed or are still completing their education. Gradually the economical condition of the family improves. But very soon members of the family find themselves behind the bars due to various reasons. Keeping the family aside, the story also revolves around complications of the relationship between Neviditha and Devanand, who is the son of ex-chief minister of the state. A lot of characters enter the plot as time proceeds. Mrinalini and Sidhanth the wards of famous political leaders of the state Binga and Shiva Krisha Desai marry against the wishes of their parents and soon find their relationship straining due to the effect of politics. A lot of twists take place in the story henceforth, with most of the lead roles taking part in the elections of the state

The family of Shambhavi around whom the story first revolved is now, not to be seen. This is one of the drawbacks of the plot.

For the successful political scenario set up by the director, T.N. Seetharam and for the excellent court scenes, this serial is ranked TWO.

TOP 1 - PREETIYINDA (SUVARNA)

Preetiyinda is the story of two sisters Neela and Pachche out of whom Neela is dark skinned and Pachche is fair complexioned. Their skin color defines the course of their life and the relationships that they subsequently enter into, forms the crux of this drama. This show brings to the fore, one of the biggest societal black spots in our country that influences judgments and prejudices based on skin color. Right from childhood, Pachche gets all attention of family and society as she is fair skinned and perceived as pretty versus Neela who is sidelined due to the color of her skin. 

This is a story of the bond between two sisters and the sacrifices they make for each other, specially Pachcche who gets married to a mentally challenged person Amay on the condition that Amay's mother agrees to marry her second son to Neela who was not getting any good marriage proposals due to the color of her skin. After a lot of 'hungama' in the plot, Neela enters into a wed-lock with Thejas Sahukar. Now the story currently deals with the dark secret behind Amay's madness.

Everything in this daily soap is extremely good. Starting from the shooting location till the cast and crew, everything is simply 'superb'. The story takes very interesting turns throughout the plot which adds to the crunch of the story. Hats off to the director of this soap, Ashok Kashyap.

For everything that's a part of this soap, this is ranked ONE in this list.



SERIALS HEADING TOWARDS THIS LIST

(The order below DOES NOT indicate the position of the show)
Shubhamangala - ETV Channel
Chalisuva Modagalu - Kasturi Channel
Chikamma - Udaya Channel
Krishna Rukmini - Suvarna Channel
Pancharangi Pom Pom -Suvarna Channel











Saturday, 21 April 2012

TOP 5 KANNADA ANCHORS


TOP 5 KANNADA ANCHORS


TOP 5 - SRUJAN LOKESH 

Srujan Lokesh entered the anchoring field with a famous show of Suvarna channel - "Sye" to Dance which was one of largest reality show during that time. It was judged by Chandrika and Tilak. Being the son of a well know actor Lokesh, he continued anchoring other shows of Suvarna channel namely, "Superstar of Karnataka" judged by Devraj and Priyanka Upendra, and "Sye 2" judged by Suman Ranganath and Sashi Kumar. For a long time, Srujan has stayed with the Suvarna channel and has helped a lot it the betterment of the channel.  He has also hosted an award show of Suvarna Channel, namely, "Suvarna Filmfare Awards 2011". Srujan Lokesh became one of the best anchors when he started hosting a show named after him, "Maja with Sruja". Srujan Lokesh won a lot of hearts by hosting this show. Many veiwers requested for the continuation of the show, but it was stopped to make place for another show named "Neena Naana". He is currently anchoring "Kitchen Kiladigalu" along with Sihi Kahi Chandru.

For his complete dedication towards his work, he is ranked FIFTH in this list.

TOP 4 - AKUL BALAJI


Akul Balaji first caught attention on the screen by being a mentor for 'Boys team' in "Kuniyonu Baara - Boys v/s Girls Season" for Zee Kannada. Though this did not bring much fame to him, he first caught the attention of the youth by anchoring the largest reality show of South India, "Pyate Hudgeer Halli Lifu" of Suvarna Channel. After this he hosted many "Social Experiment" based shows like, "Halli Hyda Pyateeg Banda", "Pyate Mandi Kaadig Bandru", "Pyate Hudgeer Halli Lifu - 2" and "Pyate Mandi Kaadig Bandru - 2" which were all telecasted in Suvrana channel. Though in "Pyate Hudgeer Halli Lifu" and in  "Halli Hyda Pyateeg Banda", he was accompanied by jury members, he himself became the judge for all the other shows which he hosted after them. All the participants who have so far, helped him make all these shows a huge success, appreciate him for his patience and determination which the viewers can also see on-screen. He has also brought about drastic changes in the lives of many people by anchoring shows like "Hosa Love Story" and "Nodi Swami, Naav Irode Heege". He also hosted the  "Suvarna Filmfare Awards 2011" along with Srujan Lokesh.

For all the success he has brought to all the channels at which he has worked, he is ranked FORTH in this list.


TOP 3 - SHWETHA CHENGAPPA

Shwetha Chengappa started her career in the Sandalwood industry by playing a comedy role in the movie "Joot". Later, she acted in many serials like "Sumathi" for Udaya TV. This won a lot of fame for her. Later, she became the anchor of a famous dance reality show of ETV Kannada, "Dhee". After this, her life took an important turn when she was given the offer to anchor the famous show of Zee Kannada, "Yariguntu Yarigilla". She became very popular from this game show as she anchored it really well. The popularity of this game show is increasing day by day and it will surely reach its peak in another few days. Varsha who was the previous anchor of this game show had already set a level to this game show. When everyone doubted if Shwetha could really anchor this show like Varsha did, she even crossed the expectations and anchored the show even better.

For the everlasting smile on her face, Shwetha has grabbed the THIRD position in this ranking list.

TOP 2 - SUSHMA K RAO


Sushma K Rao from Koppa (Chikmagalur district), has completed her ‘double’ graduation. She has a BSc degree in Computer Science from KLE College and a BA degree in Hindi from the University of Madras. She has also completed her Senior Bharatanatyam examination under the guidance of her guru Shubha Dhananjay. She has also performed at various shows in New Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Thiruvananthapuram including the prestigious Hampi Utsav, and has also won the State and Central scholarship (NCERT) in dance. She shined on screen in a famous serial of ETV which was telecasted for more than 5 years. This serial was named "Guptagamini". With her popularity increasing every day, she first anchored the "Sye" to Dance along with Srujan Lokesh for Suvarna channel. Later she even anchored the show, "Superstar of Karnataka" along with Srujan itself. Later, she stepped out of Suvarna channel for the time being. Later, she gave guest appearance in "Sye 2 Finals" as the host again. Currently, she is anchoring the most famous game show of E-TV, "Genes" in Kannada. Even though this show is telecasted in various languages with different anchors, she has simply excelled in its anchoring. She makes the show very enjoyable and also does not "Show off" which is a very important lesson which most of the anchors of today have to learn from her.


For her ever-motivating anchoring, she is placed SECOND in this list.

TOP 1 - PUNEETH RAJKUMAR


Puneeth Rajkumar known as "Appu" is anchoring his first show, "Kannadada Kotyadipathi" for Suvarna. He has already won  the hearts of many people through his anchoring skills. His time management skills, body language, way of anchoring, presence of mind - everything is simply the best. Initially, everyone doubted if he really could anchor such a huge show, which was anchored by Amitabh Bachchan in Hindi. Now a days, we hear opinions from people outside and inside Karnataka, that Puneeth is anchoring even better that Amitabh.

For all the skills and determination towards his work, he is ranked ONE in this list.






OTHER ANCHORS HEADING TOWARDS THE ABOVE LIST
Sai Kumar - Wow - ETV
Dilip and Anushree - Super - ETV
S P Balasubramanyam - Yede Tumbi Haaduvenu - ETV
Chaya Singh - Haalu Jenu, Naanu Neenu - Zee Kannada
Ramesh Arvind - Raja Rani Ramesh - ETV
Harish - Jackpot - Kasturi
Lakshmi - Neena Naana - Suvarna


PUCK UP ANCHORS
Jaggesh - Kayalli Koti - Udaya TV
Usual Host and Guest Hosts - Rani Maharani - Kasturi