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Middle-aged romance returns

fresh Sakshi Tanwar and Ram Kapoor.Middle-aged romance, the subject matter of popular nineties soaps like Saans and Astitva, is making a comeback on the small screen. Bade
Acche Lagte Hai, a new show on Sony, has the two popular faces of Indian television, Ram Kapoor and Sakshi Tanwar, portraying a middle-aged couple who fall in love after marriage. Conceptualised and produced by daily soap queen Ekta Kapoor, the show explores how two people with different personalities come together. Sakshi, 38, plays Priya, an unmarried woman in her early thirties who believes that marriage has passed her by. Yet, she continues to be a romantic soul. “Priya believes in love and she knows that she will fall in love one day. She is a happy-go-lucky woman who takes joy in everything around her. She has already given up on marriage but is a firm believer in love and all the rosy things attached to it,” said Sakshi.

The actress, popularly known as Parvati from the hit show Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki, took a break from daily soaps, making small appearances in Balika Vadhu and ‘Crime Patrol’. She is making her comeback on the small screen as the leading lady. Ram plays a 40-year-old business tycoon who never found the time to think about getting married. He dotes on his extended family and has never felt the need of a life-partner. But somehow marriage comes knocking at his door and before he knows, he is married.

“I play this character who has no sense of humour at all. He is a perfectionist and hates socialising. He is completely opposite to Priya and yet they get married. That’s the very essence of the show. Personally, I believe that arranged marriages are more successful than love marriages, even though I have had a love marriage,” said Ram.

Yesteryear’s superstar Jeetendra, who was present at the serial’s launch in Agra, couldn’t hide his excitement about the show. “The promos are too good. They made me feel so good that I came here all the way from Mumbai. They (Ram and Sakshi) look so good together,” he said.

The show was conceptualised by Ekta keeping Ram and Sakshi in mind and she waited for almost three years for them to say yes. “Bade Acche Lagte Hai is a concept very close to my heart. Everything about the show is full of love right from the title to the storyline to the characters. I look forward to the continued support that Balaji enjoys among the audience,” said Ekta.

Having what it takes...

Sony Entertainment Television recently unveiled ‘X Factor India’, the Indian version of the international singing show ‘X Factor’. A worldwide phenomenon, ‘X Factor’ is a competition series developed by Simon Cowell that gives viewers the opportunity to help choose the next musical megastar. It is a runaway hit in 24 countries with over 500 million viewers

‘X Factor India’, a show lavishly mounted in exotic locales and spectacular sets, raises the bar and takes the initial auditions to an exciting and explosive new level as the hopefuls will audition not only for the judges, but also in front of a live audience of thousands in venues across the country. Those contestants, who survive the first auditions, graduate to “boot camp” and will then be divided into three categories — 16 to 25 years, individuals over 25 years and groups.

Each category will be mentored by one of the show’s judges — the dynamic Sonu Nigam, a multi-talented singer and an icon to millions of music lovers, the melodious Shreya Ghoshal along with ace director Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

Not only is it a battle between the hopefuls to stake their claim for the coveted win, but it’s also a showdown among the judges as to whose acts will dominate and make it to the finals. The judges may have their say in how the competition progresses, but it will be up to India to decide who ultimately has the ‘X Factor’. The nationwide search for undiscovered talent, who were willing to brave the panel of experts and the Indian public for a chance to make it big, began months ago with the charming and versatile singer/anchor Aditya Narayan — the host of the show, travelling the length and breadth of the country in search of the complete performers.

The auditions will air all days of the week between May 29 and June 4 at 9 pm and the galas will start from June 10 with the top 12 finalists, every Friday and
Saturday at 9 pm.  


Eating on the run

Nigella LawsonEating out has never been so easy all thanks to ‘Nigella Express’. So if you are on the move, the perfect travelling companions are — a delicious sesame noodle salad and a velvety pea and pesto soup that Nigella Lawson finds incredibly hard to resist. There is an entire express moveable feast that will keep the kids and adults happy. It’s a minimum-effort-portable picnic.

And forget wine and flowers, when it comes to the perfect gift for the hostess — take homemade hokey pokey, that is golden shards of crisp sweet honeycomb. Eating on the move has never been so much fun or so fast and easy. ‘Nigella Express’ airs on May 31 at 8.30 pm on TLC.

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