ETV Bangla Ropes in Mithun Chakraborty as Host for Bigg Boss ~ Disco Dancer to now get the contestants to groove to Bigg Boss’ Tunes ~


Among the most keenly awaited releases of 2013, Shootout at Wadala triumphed at the domestic box office with an incredible opening weekend of Rs. 30.7 cr (Net.) (Fri: 10.10cr, Sat: 9.75cr, Sun: 10.85cr.)

Shootout at Wadala opened across 1900+ screens across the country and recorded the 3rdhighest opening in 2013 and highest non-holiday opening of the year.

Despite an “A” certificate and cricket matches, the film successfully secured glowing reviews and a robust opening weekend.

Various rights of the multi-starrer have already been sold contributing additional revenues. These include music, home video, overseas, etc.

Shootout at Wadala has been produced by Balaji Motion Pictures and White Feather Films, and directed by Sanjay Gupta.

Starring Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Tusshar, Manoj Bajpayee, Sonu Sood, Kangana Ranaut, Mahesh Manjrekar, Ronit Roy and a host of others, the film dramatizes the first-ever registered encounter by the Mumbai police, where gangster Manya Surve was shot dead at the junction next to Ambedkar college,Wadala, Mumbai, back in 1982. It is the next installment in the Shootout series, the first being the 2007 hit, Shootout At Lokhandwala.


ETV Bangla Ropes in Mithun Chakraborty as Host for Bigg Boss
~ Disco Dancer to now get the contestants to groove to Bigg Boss’ Tunes ~

Kolkata, May 2nd, 2013: After a successful season of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Bangla, ETV Bangla now gears up to entertain viewers with India’s biggest reality TV show – Bigg Boss. A show that shook the nation by storm, Bigg Boss will now set foot in East Bengal, revolutionizing entertainment with its perfect blend of reality and unscripted drama. While Bigg Boss will now speak in Bengali, the affable and effervescent Mithun Chakraborthy will be seen hosting the show; but in an all new avatar. An actor par excellence, Mithun Da is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential actors in the history of Indian cinema and coupled with his mass appeal and energetic persona – he makes the perfect choice as the host.

Talking about his new role, Mithun Da said, “Bigg Boss is a very intriguing format. To be a celebrity and to be under surveillance 24×7 on national camera is no easy task and it’s my honor to be the link between the Bigg Boss house and the outside world for my fellow friends of the industry. I look forward to starting the shoot for the show soon.”

Talking about this development, Mr. Ravish Kumar, Executive Vice President & Business Head – Regional Channels, Viacom18 | in partnership with ETV said, “The Bigg Boss frenzy has hooked many Hindi GEC viewers over the years and given the phenomenal success of its first regional foray in Karnataka earlier this year we are now delighted to introduce this format to Bengal. Society’s insatiable curiosity to get a peek into the lives of their favorite celebrities is something that holds universal appeal and we hope that the show will further accelerate and add momentum to our existing bouquet of content”.

Deepak Dhar, CEO, Endemol India said, “Bigg Boss is based on a universal concept that has successfully appealed to audiences across markets. Adapting a cult show like Bigg Boss in a regional market helps us reach out to captive audiences who are eager to consume the programme in their preferred language. As the format of the show is non-scripted, one can expect nothing but the purest form of reality arising from unpredictable situations leading to a great viewing experience. We are certain that the Bangla version will be received with a lot of enthusiasm.”

Abhishek Rege, COO-Television, Endemol India further elaborated saying, “Bigg Boss is an interesting format and we intend to extend it to various languages. The encouraging response from the southern audiences for the Kannada version motivated us to adapt the show to engage Bangla audiences with a version that will see some of their favourite personalities trying to live a monitored life.”

Produced by Endemol India, Bigg Boss is slated to go on air on ETV Bangla in the month of June.

For further details contact:

Janaki Patel | 09820823459 Sanjukta Pal | 08017229622
Nilanjana Acharya | 09330021537

About ETV Bangla

ETV Bangla launched on the 15th of April, 2000 and is part of Prism TV Private Limited Group. A family entertainment channel that brought about a revolution in Bangla Television, ETV Bangla matches the distinctiveness of rich Bangla culture with qualitative and innovative programming. Some of its flagship shows have been programmes like Binni Dhaner Khoi, 16 Aana (Sola Aana), Palabadol and Shubh Bibaho, many others.

About Endemol India

Endemol India is one of the leading and most valuable content production company in India across television, film and digital content. The company is a 51:49 joint venture between Endemol BV- the world’s largest independent television production company and CA Media – the Asian investment arm of The Chernin Group (TCG). The company has over the years produced successful television shows like Bigg Boss, Fear Factor, Laughter Challenge, Jo Jeeta Wohi Super Star, over 400 episodes of Deal or No Deal and the recently launched The Money Drop for Sun Network amongst others. Endemol India has also forayed into the movie making business with the remake of blockbuster Kahaani in Tamil & Telugu.


May 07, 2013, Mumbai: The ‘Wonder Breaks’ offer present the ideal opportunity to plan a quick break, leave the rush of the city behind and experience the award winning legendary service at The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur and The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra.

Valid from 5th April to 31st July 2013, the ‘Wonder Breaks’ offer allows guests to enjoy accommodation for two persons in a Premier Room; daily breakfast and late check out till 6 pm.

The price of this special offer is Rs. 19,500, for a night at The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur and

Rs. 21,000 at The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra.

Special offer for guests travelling with children:

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Notes to the Editor:

About The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur

The Oberoi Rajvilas is the perfect base from which to explore one of India’s most exotic and vibrant cities. This idyllic retreat that evokes princely Rajasthan with luxury villas and royal tents in a fort-like setting is situated on 32 acres of lush gardens, flowering trees and cascading fountains. The hotel offers 54 Premier Rooms, 13 Luxury Tents, one Royal Tent, two Luxury Villas with Private Pools and one Kohinoor Villa with a Private Pool. A 280-year-old Shiva temple and a Rajasthani haveli (mansion) on the premises of the hotel have been carefully restored. Extensively renovated and restored, the haveli serves as the Oberoi Spa that offers holistic, Ayurvedic and Western therapies for beauty and relaxation. The hotel revives the princely lifestyle of India’s legendary Rajput princes and offers consistently high standards of facilities and services.

About The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra

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Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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