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A serial on Mahatma Gandhi
A serial based on the life of Mahatma Gandhi is being made by Anchum Singh under the banner of Indian Cinephiles. Directed by Ashwini Sharma, the serial is written by Rajendra Upadhyay, recipient of the Sangeet Natak Academy and Sangeet Natak Ratna awards. He has extensively researched on the father of the nation and scripted a 300 episode series starting from Gandhiji's childhood. Currently, only Adi Irani as Karamchand Gandhi (father), Tanima Bhattacharya as Putlibai (mother), Asima Bhatt as Rambhai (maid who took care of him as a child) have been finalised. The title song of the serial Raghupati raghav raja ram has been rendered by legendary ghazal singer Jagjit Singh. The channel where the serial will be aired is yet to be finalised but chances are it will be on Zee.
Actors in a singing competition
Those who have been following Zee Marathi will know of a celebrity-studded Sa Re Ga Ma, which had a mix of TV and film actors showing their singing prowess. A singing competition, the show had Sumeet Raghavan emerging as the winner. The show was quite popular. Taking a cue from its success, the flagship channel Zee is all set to air Sa Re Ga Ma Pa with actors from Hindi serials participating in it. The channel, according to sources, has zeroed in on Varun Badola, Rajshri Thakur, Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, Vikas Bhalla, Manish Paul and funny man Kapil Sharma. Produced by Wizcraft, the show will go on air once Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li'l Champs draws to an end.
Hats Off completes a decade in TV
Hats Off recently celebrated the completion of 10 years in the TV industry in a unique way. Producer J D Majethia threw a party only for his technicians on September 10, the day his production house completed a decade. Of the 7600 member crew, around 40 people have been working with him since the beginning. Majethia organised a dinner bash at a popular Chinese restaurant. Says Majethia, "I wanted to do something special for the office and technical staff who have been with me for so many years." His resolution for the coming year is to have five shows simultaneously on air across channels. Talks are on with a leading channel for a slice-of-life family drama. Besides fiction, Hats Off will also venture into reality shows soon.