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Television 2010


There are TV shows.>And there are TV shows. But few can grab attention from day one. In its fourth season,Bigg Boss became bigger than ever before.Salman Dabangg Khan as host ruled the weekend, abuse and titillation were directly proportional to the TRP count during the week. Dolly Bindra (extreme right) replaced Gabbar in children’s bedtime horror stories. Ashmit Patel and Veena Malik’s body talkhad family audiences lunging for the remote. Post-11pm was branded the “adult” slot on desi TV. And then there was the eye-popping Pamela Anderson. The Bigg Boss cup brimmeth over as the Baywatch bombshell (left) mopped floors and washed dishes. She was on the ogle show for just three days, but Twitter to thek, Pam was the talking point.

english shows as eyeball grabbers

Glee to Gossip Girl, we were truly hooked. At last we could exchange notes with our US-based cousins on Serena van der Woodsen’s style and Rachel Berry’s latest heartbreak. Crime series Castle on STAR World was an instant hit, while the desi connect in the form of Anil Kapoor (in picture above) meant that millions of Indians tuned into Season 8 of 24.

Priyanka Chopra in Khatron Ke Khiladi Amitabh Bachchan in Kaun Banega Crorepati
Madhuri Dixit in Jhalak Salman Khan in Bigg Boss

big faces on small screen

Amitabh Bachchan on KBC to Salman Khan on Bigg Boss. Abhishek Bachchan on Bingo to Akshay Kumar on Masterchef India. Priyanka Chopra on Khatron Ke Khiladi to Madhuri Dixit on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. It was one big Bolly bash on the small screen. The biggest gainer? The starry-eyed viewer.

Uttaran on Colors Pratigya on STAR Plus


January to December, a TRP seesaw played out on your television screens. Riding high on its

saas-bahu fare STAR Plus raced ahead of the once-unstoppable Colors, which promptly hit back with TRP topper Bigg Boss. Powered by Kaun Banega Crorepati and Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, a rejuvenated Sony edged past Zee TV. Even Imagine — with its innovative reality formats — gained ground.

Sourav Ganguly with Yuvraj Singh on Dadagiri


He did it last year. And he bettered it this year. When it came to bowling over the audience, there was no stopping Sourav Ganguly the quizmaster. Suave and smart, witty and warm, Dada was a champion all over again, on Dadagiri.

When it came to Bangla fiction, Gaaner Oparey struck just the right chord. The latest STAR Jalsha drama was a fresh new love story with a young cast (led by Sabyasachi ‘Feluda’ Chakraborty’s sons Gaurav and Arjun). With heavyweights like Rituparno Ghosh and Prosenjit backing it, Gaaner Oparey has quickly raced to the top of the charts.

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