Shekhar resurrects Tara Rum Pum Pum
Shekhar Kapur is now looking for finances to restart his film Tara Rum Pum Pum. He had recently refused to part with his title in favour of Aditya Chopra for his Saif Ali Khan-Rani Mukerji film on car racing. Chopra is now calling his film Tara Rum Pum, having dropped one ‘pum’.
Kapoor’s Tara Rum Pum Pum was launched long ago and was supposed to be the debut vehicle for Tannisha. But the film was stalled owing to Kapur’s international ambitions. Meanwhile, Kapur, who was directing Golden Age – Elizabeth II, has apparently walked out of the project owing to differences with the filmmakers.
Are radio jockeys’ salaries skyrocketing' You bet they are. Just a couple of years ago, the best-paid RJ made about Rs 50,000 a month. “Today, even the most ordinary radio jockeys are asking for Rs 2 lakh to Rs 2.5 lakh a month,” gripes the CEO of an FM radio company. He may not be far off the mark, for, apparently Ulta Pulta Nitin, Radio Mirchi’s popular RJ in Delhi, switched to RED FM for a whopping Rs 5 lakh a month. A career in radio anyone'
Star-Zee spat, Part II
First it was Star India that refused to give its channels to Zee’s DTH platform, Dish TV. Now Zee’s refusing to play ball. That the two media companies are still fighting over signals is known. What is not known, however, is the reason Zee is acting tough. When Dish TV wanted just the bouquet one (Star Plus etc) channels from Star, the latter approached TDSAT and pushed its bouquet two channels (Disney et al) on Dish TV too (obviously this would mean more money for Star and visibility for all its channels). So when it was Tata Sky’s turn to ask for the channels from the Zee-Turner bouquet, Zee also insisted on offering its complete bouquet. Now Star says that it does not have enough transponder capacity to broadcast all of Zee-Turner channels. The matter, predictably, is in the court.
Sunny days are here again
Suddenly, Sunny Deol is taking his career seriously. He is doing a sequel to his film Ghayal. The film will be directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia. Also, after burning his fingers in film production, Deol has got into a co-production treaty with K Sera Sera. The company will pump money into Deol films. K Sera Sera is already producing Bobby Deol’s Nanhe Jaisalmer.
Hitting a Century
Pearl Media, the advertising sales arm of the Delhi-based Century Communications with interests in postproduction studios and television software, will be selling advertising spots on the soon-to-be launched Tom & Jerry cartoon show on Sun TV, Udaya TV and Surya TV where the famous cat and mouse will speak in Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam, respectively. The Century spokesperson says that Pearl Media, which primarily sells airtime on the Sun network, is expected to touch a turnover of Rs 100 crore this financial year, up from its existing Rs 70 crore. The growth would come from getting into the outdoor media. The company will also foray into selling commercial air time on radio. Earlier this year, Century Communications won nine radio frequencies in “C” class towns in the south. “We’re in the process of finalising our radio plans as well,” says its spokesperson, without divulging details.