Befriending the wild

Dangerous: From ‘Masters of the Jungle’.Masters Of The Jungle’ airs on January 17 at 9 pm on Animal Planet. From living with reptiles to cuddling tigers, these guys are more than just wildlife experts. Watch Austin Stevens, Jeff Corwin, Nick Baker, Saba Douglas, Jane Goodall and Nigel Marven as they live every moment of their lives as crusaders of these terrifying but terrific creatures. Being bitten by a viper and wrangling worms is not something that puts them off. They defy danger and death to become the true ‘Masters Of The Jungle’.

‘I want to do Different things’

Popular: ShwetaAs Prerna of Kasautii Zindagii Kay, TV actress Shweta Tiwari played so many shades of a woman’s personality that she now finds it hard to accept most roles offered to her. “I did so much in Kasautii..., and played so many shades of a woman in that one show, that when someone offers me a role, I feel I have already done it in Kasautii... So it is very difficult to convince me for a role,” said Shweta.

However, the 31-year-old admits it was an instant decision to give a nod to Sony’s Parvarish, in which she plays a simple mother. “When I got the script and read it, I was ready to do the show. It is such a simple, true-to-life story, and I am sure this show will be a trendsetter for many such shows in future,” she said.

Shweta earlier featured in fiction shows like Jaane Kya Baat Hui and Naaginn as well as reality shows like Nach Baliye 2 and "Iss Jungle Se Mujhe Bachao". She even participated in ‘Bigg Boss 4’ and went on to become the first woman participant to win the show. The actress, who is also active in the Bhojpuri film industry, is also keeping herself busy on the movie front.

Recently, she sizzled in an item number Dil Ka Achar in Bollywood film Bin Bulaye Baraati and is set to feature in more films too. She says involving herself in different things keeps her creativity on the go. “This is called doing different characters. This is called working in this industry. If you keep doing the same thing again and again, then you feel like you are doing a nine-to-five job. I want to do different things. That’s why I took part in dancing reality shows, singing reality shows, comedy reality show and did Kasautii... and  Jaane Kya Baat Hui. I even played a negative role in Naaginn... and now I am playing this simple, non-glamourous mother in Parvarish,” said Shweta, who is raising an 11-year-old daughter Palak, single-handedly in real life. She says money is important, but not at the cost of the quality of her work. “I have tried everything in life. Yes, I am an actor, I want to earn money and want to have a
particular budget coming home. But just to earn that money, I can’t keep doing the same thing again and again. I start getting frustrated and irritated soon. So I have to accept something which is close to my heart that I enjoy working in. That’s why I keep doing different things,” she said.

Among Shweta’s big screen projects is Indo-Pak movie Sultanat. She is also doing ‘Married To America’ and ‘Gopal My Bro’. In ‘Gopal My Bro’, she will feature alongside actor Karanvir Bohra, who played her son in Kasautii...

Inside story

TLC presents ‘Piers Morgan On...’ on January 17 at 9 pm. Talent show judge, celebrity apprentice and now television host, Piers Morgan presents an entertaining show. With an all-access VIP pass, Piers takes the viewers on an incisive, entertaining and informative tour.

Find out what goes on in and around the world’s most glamourous hotspots and in the lives of some of the most high-profile people on the planet.

Piers meets the movers and shakers, the rich and the famous in each city and asks the really pertinent questions.

Doting dates

Watch ‘Partner’ on Sony MAX on January 17 at 9 pm. The movie stars Salman Khan, Govinda, Lara Dutta and Katrina Kaif. Prem (Salman Khan) is a ‘date doctor’ who, for a fee, has helped hundreds of men woo the women of their dreams. The ultimate professional bachelor, Prem discovers that his tried and tested tricks are no match for Naina (Lara Dutta), the one woman he truly loves, who works for a newspaper as a journalist.

He comes across Bhaskar (Govinda), who is in love with Priya (Katrina Kaif), the rich and famous daughter of a tycoon (Dilip Tahil). Prem helps Govinda find his lady love and eventually also finds a soulmate in Naina.

(TV show timings are subject to change)