ANUJ KUMAR

Ticket to Bollywood After dishing out soap operas for years, Balaji Telefilms is now trying its luck in the world of reality shows. The production house is coming up with “Kaun Jeetega Bollywood Ka Ticket” on 9X. Here the winning pair will get the opportunity to act in a multi-starrer Bollywood film produced by Balaji and Popcorn Entertainment. Unlike other shows in this format, here television celebrities like Chetan Hansraj and Jai Bhanushali will slog it out for an opportunity to switch to the big screen. The participants are divided into four zones to be mentored by Shabana Azmi, Amrita Singh, Mahesh Manjrekar and Zeenat Aman.

Back to the present Another television biggie looking for diversification is the house of Sagars. Known for its mythologicals and historical dramas, the makers of “Ramayana” are now launching “Vijay…Desh Ki Aankhen” on NDTV Imagine. Touted as an action-packed drama, the series is about a private detective agency, which exists with the consent of the Government, and solves crime. The series is directed by Amrit Sagar who won critical acclaim with “1971”. “We have made serials like ‘Hotel Kingston’ in the past, but the media acknowledges only our mythos and historicals because they are more popular.”

Recycling opinions! Call it social responsibility or the ability to spin opinions, in the run-up to G8 in Hokkaido, Japan CNN has come up with “Going Green: Search for Solutions”. For the uninitiated, global warming and climate change are expected to be high on agenda at G8. In the series starting on 30th June, CNN correspondents will report live from five continents looking at a myriad of environmental initiatives including ‘vertical farms’ in rundown NYC buildings, Italian ‘smog-eating cement’ and British ‘carbon neutral beer’. In India, CNN has come up with ‘Recycling is Beautiful Thing’, a recycled art piece of tiger. It is created from waste material by noted contemporary artist Suryakant Lokhande. The art-piece is open for public viewing at the Institute of Contemporary Indian Art in Mumbai.

Have Bean After Charlie Chaplin if there is any one actor who is a sure shot guarantee for laughter, it is Rowan Atkinson. Yes, we are talking about Mr. Bean. Such is his popularity that our very own Anupam Kher is doing a film inspired by his character. This Friday HBO is bringing “Mr. Bean’s Holiday” to our living rooms. Here a bumbling Mr. Bean wins a trip to the picturesque French city of Cannes only to unwittingly separate a boy from his father and must now help bring them back together. Along their journey, they discover French culture, road trip hiccups and the meaning of true love at the Cannes Film Festival.