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 Kunal Kapoor to host a 5 part exploration series titled Spirit of Scotland

Wavemaker, the media, content and technology agency from GroupM, announced the launch of its debut content production venture Spirit of Scotland today. Hosted by Bollywood star Kunal Kapoor, the show is a 5-part exploration series focusing on the lesser known facets of Scotland. It showcases the interesting and captivating features of Scottish culture and takes the viewer on a breath-taking visual journey into what makes Scotland truly remarkable.

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After the resounding success of the first season of The Trip, bindass is back with its second season of the hugely popular show. The Trip 2 is going to hit our screens today and we just can’t contain our excitement! Let’s look at 5 reasons that make The Trip 2 a must watch!

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Will Jon Snow make it back from the ring of death or has his journey in "Game of Thrones" ended? Indian fans of the hugely popular international medieval fantasy TV show won't have to wait for long to know the answer.

English channel Star World Premiere will bring the much anticipated season six of the HBO series to India right after its US telecast in April this year, read a statement.

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Versatile actor Sanjay Mishra, who is remembered for his role as Shukla, a corrupt employee in the famous television serial "Office Office", rues that nowadays "television has become a very foolish medium" in the country.

"I feel in India, television has become a very foolish, idiotic medium... I pray to god that I don't have to do television to earn my bread and butter. We have made a very positive media to a very negative one... be it fiction or non-fiction TV," Sanjay told IANS in a telephonic interview from Mumbai.

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Actor Sunil Grover, best known for his role as Gutthi in comedy show “Comedy Nights with Kapil”, feels festivals play the role of rejuvenating one's life and urges everyone to work harder.

“Celebrating a festival rejuvenates. You feel fresh and it breaks the monotony of life. After Diwali, I want to work harder, happily,” Sunil posted on Twitter on Thursday, a day after the auspicious occasion of Diwali.

Sunil has previously appeared in TV shows like “Kya Aap Paanchvi Fail Champu Hain?”, “Comedy Circus” and “Mad In India”.

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Actress Bipasha Basu, who is all set to make her TV debut with forthcoming show “Darr Sabko Lagta Hai”, says we should support horror films and TV shows more as it is the only genre where “scope is left” as everything else is “over exhausted in India”.

“I feel very lucky to have been tagged as 'queen of fear', 'horror queen' or whatever the titles are. I feel lucky because there is no actor in my space from the time Hindi films started till now, who have made this unique space,” Bipasha told IANS.

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Navjot Singh Sidhu is fine and recovering after he was admitted to a hospital in the national capital for a vein clot, his close associate and comedian Kapil Sharma said.

BJP leader Sidhu, who features in Colors' popular TV show “Comedy Nights with Kapil” with Kapil, was on Tuesday admitted to a hospital in Delhi after suffering from acute deep vein thrombosis, a clot in the blood vessel.

“Just spoke to Sidhu paji's family... He is fine and recovering now... Get well soon @sherryontopp and god bless paji... see you soon on set,” Kapil tweeted late on Tuesday night.

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Farhan Akhtar excels at different talents, but he is a strong believer in preparing well for whatever he does.

The actor-filmmaker-singer will soon be seen as a host of reality show "I Can Do That", and he says for every person to say that phrase, certain preparation is a must.

At an event here, he said: "Since childhood, I have had a keen interest in films and music. It was a matter of time to get prepared. Preparation plays a significant role in life. Even in 'I Can Do That’, these contestants get a week to prepare for their acts, so that one week is very crucial.

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She has been part of supernatural movies like “Raaz”, “Creature 3D” and “Alone”, but now Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu is said to have signed up to make her TV debut with an upcoming horror mini-series “Darr Sabko Lagta Hai”

According to a source, the show is a TV mini-series in the horror genre, and will be narrated by the actress.

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Mandira Bedi is upset over not being a part of the second season of “24”. The actress-designer says as the upcoming season has taken on a fast forward mode to the third installment of the international show, her role has been chopped off.

“I'm not in the new season of '24' because they have done the time leap and they have got season three of the original which is going to be season two (in India). There is no role of my character,” Mandira told IANS.

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Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who began his epochal journey on the small screen 15 years ago with STAR Plus, has once again joined hands with the channel for a unique project titled "Aaj Ki Raat Hai Zindagi". The 72-year-old is likely to be seen in a "never-seen-before" avatar.

They have come together to "once more change the grammar of creativity and entertain and inspire a nation", read a statement from the channel.

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Actress Neha Dhupia, who has replaced Esha Deol as a 'gang leader in "Roadies X3", hopes she can add some "action" to the MTV show.

With the thirteenth season of the popular youth-based reality show beckoning, Neha Dhupia has been roped in as one of the judges for the show.

Commenting on being a part of "Roadies X3", Neha said: “To influence youth and to be influenced by them is what excited me to take up the show. And coming from an army background, I think I’ve got a thing or two to add to its action aspect.

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Mika Singh, who has given hit numbers like "Aaj ki party" and "Mauja hi mauja" among others, has expressed his desire to enter the forthcoming season of reality TV show "Bigg Boss" as a contestant.

"If they offer me a good amount of money, then I am ready to enter the 'Bigg Boss' house. And with my arrival, the channel's TRP would increase and it will become the world's number 1 channel," Mika said during the announcement of music concert "Suron Ke Rang Colors Ke Sang - Salaam Shri Gulshan Kumar" here on Monday.

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Godman-turned-actor Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who is all set to again create a buzz on the big screen with a sequel to the 2015 film "MSG - the Messenger", confirms that he has been approached by the makers of reality show "Bigg Boss 9", but has put forth certain conditions to enter the show.

The Dera Saccha Sauda chief was present at a music launch of his film "MSG 2 - The Messenger", at an event here on Wednesday. The film is releasing on September 18.

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Dancer-actress Lauren Gottlieb, who has shown her dancing prowess in the "ABCD" franchise, says showing her moves on the fashion runway was "nerve-wracking".

The actress, who walked as the showstopper for the brand Baggit at the ongoing Lakme Fashion Week winter-festive 2015, showed some moves while taking a walk on the runway.

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NDTV's "The Buck Stops Here - Srinagar Floods Coverage" has been announced as one of the eight international nominees for the 2015 News & Current Affairs categories of the 2015 International Emmy Awards.

Reported and presented by Barkha Dutt, who has covered Jammu and Kashmir region for nearly two decades, the special series of "The Buck Stops Here" saw the team travel to Srinagar and bring ground reports and interviews from the scenes of the unfolding tragedy.

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Choreographer-director Remo D'Souza, who is currently judging TV show “Dance +”, says dance-based reality TV shows have over the years had their effect on Bollywood, resulting in the influx of new forms in the dancing style of the film industry.

D'Souza, who started his TV journey with the first season of “Dance India Dance” as a mentor in 2009, said that since then, the dancing scenario in the country has changed a lot and people have become more educated about different dance forms.

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Cricketer Irfan Pathan, who has joined dance reality show “Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Reloaded” as the first wild card entry, is happy with the challenge of turning from a non-dancer to a dancer, but he says the biggest challenge for him will be remembering his dance moves.

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Arjun Kapoor has denied rumours that he will take on as the host of a few episodes of "Comedy Nights With Kapil" while Kapil Sharma recuperates from an injury. However, he says he remains a fan of the show.

"Have woken up to random things before in the media...but this is a different level...they have attached my name to be part of comedy nights. I love television in India & @KapilSharmaK9. I remain a fan of the show as a viewer...that's it not gonna host episodes. #randomnewsday (sic)," Arjun tweeted on Monday.

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After actress Pallavi Joshi resigned from being part of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) society, students of the facility are hopeful that people understand the issues due to which they have been protesting the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as chairman.

Pallavi, a National Film Award winning talent, reportedly put in her resignation on Sunday.

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There is no decision yet about "Comedy Nights with Kapil" going of the air and all such talk is a "lot of rumours", says Upasana Singh who plays the character of "Buaji" in the popular TV programme.

"There is nothing fixed yet," she said at the 'Iftar" party of upcoming movie "Chalk N Duster".

Upasana however confirmed Kapil has health issues.

"Yes, Kapil is not feeling good, he has hurt his back badly, so it is possible that he might take a break for little while,” she said.

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Known for his roles in films like “3 Idiots”, “Golmaal”, actor Sharman Joshi may be roped in for the role of Sumit, the protagonist in the forthcoming Indian sitcom television series “Sumit Sambhal Lega”, an Indian adaptation of US sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond".

The makers have approached Sharman, who is known for his humorous roles in several films, to feature in the series.

"The makers feel that Sharman comes close to Raymond. He is funny, expressive and relatable," a source said in a statement.

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While most big production banners and filmmakers have tried their hand at TV, which they consider no more a "small screen" now, filmmaker Subhash Ghai says he is too big for the 'idiot box'.

Ghai's past few directorial ventures, including "Black & White" and "Yuvvraaj", didn't do well at the box office, but TV is not something that excites him.

Asked why doesn't he try making something for the TV, Ghai told IANS: "I don't think that I can go on to make a TV show because TV is too small for me. I have made films for larger than life things."

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While most big production banners and filmmakers have tried their hand at TV, which they consider no more a "small screen" now, filmmaker Subhash Ghai says he is too big for the 'idiot box'.

Ghai's past few directorial ventures, including "Black & White" and "Yuvvraaj", didn't do well at the box office, but TV is not something that excites him.

Asked why doesn't he try making something for the TV, Ghai told IANS: "I don't think that I can go on to make a TV show because TV is too small for me. I have made films for larger than life things."

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No idea is too small, and no dream too big -- this is what noted names like choreographer Terence Lewis, actor-comedian Vir Das and restaurateur Riyaaz Amlani will teach young entrepreneurs via new show titled “Be Your Own Boss”.

The show brings together some of India’s talented entrepreneurs who have achieved name with their own business acumen.

From restoring vintage bikes, crafting unconventional merchandise to planning a grand wedding -- these are some of the tasks that the entrepreneurs will accomplish in this new series that will air on FOX Life.

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Chandigarh-based Prince Narula, winner of stunt reality show "MTV Roadies X2", is glad the season was without fights, abuses and vulgarity, and focussed on the assigned tasks.

The show, which started its journey with auditions in December last year, witnessed various changes -- starting from the new concept to gang leaders and groups. For the first time, it was shot without Raghu Ram and Rajiv Lakshman, who were judges and mentors in the past editions.

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He lost his father in a terrorist attack and was brought up by his mother through earnings from a tea stall. Manik Paul, winner of the sixth season of reality TV show "India's Got Talent", says his victory will act as a bridge to the world of Bollywood for him.

His journey from his modest background to being the winner of reality TV show was not easy -- but was exceptional.

With no interest in doing more reality shows, the gymnast also hopes to work with his idol and choreographer Remo D'Souza.

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Vishal Dadlani of music composer duo Vishal-Shekhar, who is on the judging panel of the singing reality show “Indian Idol Junior", says the team ensures the young participants undergo no stress and are guided well.

“In our show, we have Anand Sharmaji (chief vocal coach). He is one of the most experienced and most caring people in the music field. We make sure that the juniors have no stress and no strain,” Dadlani said.

He shares the judges' panel with Sonakshi Sinha, Shalmali Kholgade and Salim Merchant.

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British standup comedian Russell Brand, who developed a special bond with India after tying the knot with his now ex-wife Katy Perry back in 2010, is now heading back to the country to make audiences chuckle with his debut performance tour across three cities in June.

To be held in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore from June 26 to 28, Brand's performance will be part of the second season of LIVE Viacom18 Comedy Central Chuckle Festival.

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Pravesh Rana, the host of reality show "Emotional Atyachaar", says there's a lack of seriousness in relationships among the modern-day generation.

The 31-year-old, who is currently hosting the fifth season of the Bindass show, feels young men desire 'girlfriends' for "formality".

"Seriousness amongst relationships in today's generation exists, but it's not working too frequently. There are more casual relationships rather than serious ones," Pravesh told IANS.

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Veteran actor Anupam Kher is returning with the second season of “The Anupam Kher Show...Kucch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai”. He says there will be more inspiring stories to tell.

"Happy to Announce. Anupam Kher’s TV show returns with a second season. Thank you @ColorsTV & @rajcheerfull for another season of #TheAnupamKherShow. Let's share more inspiring stories," the actor tweeted on Sunday.

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Actress Evelyn Sharma, who will be seen portraying an aspiring rockstar Naina in comedy caper film "Kuch Kuch Locha Hai", says she is hooked to co-star Ram Kapoor's ongoing TV show "Dil Ki Baatein".

The 28-year-old, who has appeared in films like "Yaariyan" and "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani", doesn't watch many Hindi shows, but she feels Ram is doing an "outstanding job" in the Sony Entertainment Television show.

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He has been tickling the audiences' funny bone with his act as Gutthi in "Comedy Nights With Kapil", but actor Sunil Grover says fiction dramas are not his cup of tea, and that he wouldn't opt for them even if he has no money to pay his EMIs some day.

Sunil told IANS: "I have not been doing much on small screen apart from 'Comedy Nights With Kapil'. Somehow, I don't like the idea of fiction (soaps) on TV. I have not done fiction apart from funny shows.

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Scripted and staged fights are thought to be synonymous with reality shows. Now, author Chetan Bhagat, who will be judging dance reality TV show “Nach Baliye 7”, is on a quest to find out the truth for himself.

He hopes his own doubts and perception about reality shows are cleared.

“I was skeptical of reality shows, and I informed Ekta (Ekta Kapoor, producer of the TV show) about it. She said 'Go and find out whether it is real or not'. So, I will make sure that all those doubts are cleared. I will also make sure it is real," Bhagat told IANS over phone from Mumbai.

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Actor Aarya Babbar, who is making his acting debut on the small screen with the “Sankat Mochan Mahabali Hanuman” mythological show, says he is totally “fascinated” by his character Raavan and is doing a lot of homework to understand the “intense demon".

"I've always been fascinated by the character of Raavan. I believe he is the most colourful character ever created. Every human emotion is so well depicted in his life span,” Aarya said in a statement.

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Internationally acclaimed filmmaker and actor Shekhar Kapur, who was seen as a judge on reality TV show “India's Got Talent”, says he doesn’t feel good about judging others.

Asked by a Twitter user on the micro-blogging site as to why Shekhar is not judging any reality show after “India's Got Talent” (2009), he replied: “I don't feel good about judging others, especially vulnerable kids, where the emotional damage can last a lifetime.”

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Public service broadcaster Doordarshan on Tuesday tied up with the National Council Of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) to share and disseminate its archival content in the form of educational DVDs to promote arts education in schools.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the two organisations to initiate the process.

The project aims to bring forth a "Teachers Handbook in Dance, Music and Theatre" which will be supported by multi-media packages and DVDs," said a statement.

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"Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii" fame TV actor Prabhat Bhattacharya has now turned director with the film "Kaanu", based on football.

"There aren't many movies in Indian cinema about football. There are a few in world cinema...sports genre is still untapped in our industry. 'Kaanu' definitely has sports backdrop," Prabhat told IANS.

"'Kaanu' doesn't just talk about football. It's about what it takes to be a footballer in this country. Besides, 'Kaanu' presents human relations, efforts and emotions.

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