Sony starts the hunt for India’s First Indian Idol Junior Shreya Ghoshal and Vishal-Shekhar to judge talent


Sony starts the hunt for India’s First Indian Idol Junior
Shreya Ghoshal and Vishal-Shekhar to judge talent

Mumbai, March 22nd,2013: Indian Idol – The extremely popular singing talent show on television that has captured the imagination of the nation, will for the first time embark on a search for new young voice’s that will enthrall millions of viewers across India as Sony launches Indian Idol Junior. Indian Idol has created a niche for itself as the biggest singing talent show in India. Now the platform will open its doors to young singers between the ages of 5-15 as Indian Idol Junior starts its mission to showcase the best young singing talent in the country.

To ensure that ‘Koi Bhi Talent Chhootne Na Paye’, Sony has handpicked 3 of the biggest names in the music industry. Leading the awesome threesome is the gorgeous and brilliant singing prodigy Shreya Ghoshal who was herself discovered in a talent hunt and is currently undoubtedly India’s leading female playback singer and performer. Along with Shreya, Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani, the ace music director duo who have delivered some of the biggest chartbusters in the last 5 years will be travelling across the length and breadth of India to scout the best talent India has to offer.

Indian Idol Junior will be hosted by the stunning Mandira Bedi and the dynamic and charming Karan Wahi. They will be seen egging and motivating the young singers.

Speaking about the brand new season Sneha Rajani, Senior EVP and Business Head Sony said, “Indian Idol has been an exceptionally popular show and a hugely successful format for Sony. The idea was to give the show a fresh perspective as well as discovering newer talent horizons. Tomorrow’s singing superstars is what Indian Idol Junior will endeavor to showcase and we are delighted to have Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani along with Shreya Ghoshal as judges on the show.”

Indian Idol Junior is produced by the format owners Fremantle Media and once again the show is all set to enthrall the viewers across the country with new talent. This year Indian Idol Junior will cover the entire nation to scout for the best singing talent and the auditions will be held in the following cities:-


Audition Dates


23rd – 24th March 2013 – Auditions

New Delhi

30th – 31st March 2013 – Auditions


6th April 2013 – Auditions


13th – 14th April 2013 – Auditions

After presenting India with some of the most talented and loved voices, the hunt for the first Indian Idol Junior is on. So what are you waiting for? Begin your riyaaz now!

About Sony Entertainment Television:

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) backs Multi Screen Media Private Limited, which is India’s leading television network. It comprises of Sony Entertainment Television (SET), one of India’s leading Hindi general entertainment television channels; MAX, India’s premium Hindi movies and special events channel, SAB; a family comedy entertainment channel; PIX, the English movie channel and MIX a refreshing Hindi music channel.

Since its launch in October 1995, SET has created a unique space for itself in the Indian Television industry. Pioneering new waves in television programming, with blockbuster movie premieres, big format non – fiction shows and an impressive array of fiction shows. SET is known for its innovative concepts and exciting formats and is the most preferred family entertainment channel that reaches out to more than 50 million households, in India. Additionally, SET is available in the United States, the United Kingdom, Africa, the Middle East,

Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Nepal, Bangladesh, Maldives and Malaysia. In total, SET influences over 300 million viewers in the Indian sub-continent and the South Asian Diaspora worldwide.

Sony Entertainment Television is a part of the network of channels distributed by The One Alliance – a joint venture between Multi Screen Media Pvt. Ltd. and Discovery Communications India. Other channels in the One Alliance network include MAX, AXN, Animax, PIX, SAB TV, Sony Aath, Discovery, Animal Planet, TLC, Discovery Science, Discovery Turbo and Discovery HD World, it also distributes the popular TV Today Network channels – Headlines Today, Aaj Tak and Tez and now the premium Sports channels of India – Neo Sports and Neo Cricket.

For Further Information, please contact:

Sony Entertainment Television

Geetanjali Lahiri

+91 9769503652

IPAN H+K Strategies

Anjita Chaube

+ 91 9819033376

Ayan Dutta

+ 91 9930929699

Krapika Singh Jat

+ 91 9167711160


Holi Ka Jashan, Rang De Colors Ke Sang

Join the star-studded cast of COLORS as they celebrate Holi with Rang De Colors on Wednesday, March 27th 2013 at 3PM and 5 PM

Holi is the festival of color and happiness. Bringing fun and frolic to the viewer’s home, COLORS presents its annual Holi gala, Rang De COLORS, this Holi on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 3 pm and 5 pm on COLORS. Adding in the spirit of celebration, will be the favorite COLORS artists who will make this holi special with their dazzling performances filled with entertainment quotient. With a theme – ‘tussle between boys and girls’, the show promises to give the viewers an insight into how the COLORS artist’ celebrate their holi, adding a tinge of happiness to the festivity!

Promising a fun-filled and entertaining afternoon, Rang De COLORS will see the adorable Bani (Shefali Sharma) and bubbly Rajji (Neha Bagga) performing for the first ever time with some Punjabi tadka on Katiya Karoon. The ‘Tom and Jerry’ like couple Beera (Siddarth Arora) and Navika (Jayashree Venketaramanan) will groove to some melodious Holi songs like Holi ke din dIl mil jaate hain.

With a chemistry that has people talking, Jaikishan (Jay Soni) and Bhoomi (Shamin Manan)will get in a mood for some ched chad where Jai will tease Bhoomi on the tunes of Chikni Kamar. Setting the mood of love and romance will be Simar (Deepika Samson) and Prem (Dheeraj Dhoopar) along with Anandi (Toral Rasputra) and Shiv (Siddharth Shukla). Joining them will be Meethi (Tina Dutta) and Vishnu (Mrunal Jain) who will take the center stage, mesmerizing the audiences with their romantic act.

Sharing the spirit of Holi and providing all-round entertainment, the older generation of COLORS family was equally enthusiastic and gave some dhamakedaar performances. Hasmukh Vaishnav (Rajendra Chawla) and Ramila Vaishnav (Supriya Shukla) will tickle everyone’s funny bones by grooving to Chalao na naino se baan while Jogi Thakur (Ayub Khan) will be seen donning the Jitendra’s look and dancing to the tunes of Naino mein sapna along with Divya Thakur (Pragati Mehra).

And if that is not enough, be ready for some sizzling acts by Urvashi Dholakia, Deepali (Seema Mishra) of Madhubala and Aashka Goradia as they put together some fatakedaar performances on Bollywood item numbers like Fevicol Se and many more.

Apart from the performances, the boys and girls will take on some challenges in order to outwit each other. While boys will put their best foot forward, the girls will be no less and gave their best. Sumit Raghavan will lead the toli of boys while Dhrashti will leadthe toil of girls. The sweet banter between boys and girls will add on to the fun and excitement.

Forgetting all inhibitions and getting into the atmosphere of celebrations, the artists will also be seen playing holi and smearing colors on each other. Living up to the theme of boys versus girls, the artists will also be seen taking on the challenges of outwitting each other very prove seriously, added with a little masti and a lot of mischief.

Join the celebrations and festivities with your beloved COLORS stars and have an amazing time. Don’t miss out on the unlimited dhamaal and fun only on Wednesday, March 27th 2013 at 3PM and 5 PM only on COLORS!


World Television premier of Amar Chitra Katha’s first animation movie Sons of Ram on Cartoon Network

23rd March, 2013, India: After witnessing an overwhelming response at the box office, Amar Chitra Katha’s first 3D animation film Sons of Ram will premiere on television in 2D on Cartoon Network on 23rd March, 2013 at 12 pm.

45 Years after launching India’s path-breaking comic books that connected generations of Indians to their roots, the legendary Amar Chitra Katha released its first 3D animation film Sons of Ram in November across all parts of India. Written and directed by Mr. Kushal Ruia, Sons of Ram comes from the award winning team of ACK Animation Studios. It includes the performance of Sunidhi Chauhan as the voice of Sita. The movie carries forward the great storytelling tradition of Amar Chitra Katha and promises to grip its audiences in a tale of brotherhood, adventure and fun.

“We are extremely excited about the premiere of Sons of Ram on television on 23rd March, 2013”, said Mr. Kushal Ruia, writer and director of Sons of Ram& head ACK Animation Studio. “Sons of Ram is a refreshing tale that ventures into the less known. The movie chronicles the adventures of Luv and Kush, the sons of Lord Ram and Sita, who are unknowingly abandoned by their father when he banishes their then pregnant mother from the kingdom. The movie wins you over and evokes curiosity. Children will enjoy the bravery and rib tickling pranks of Luv and Kush”, he further added.

Mr. Vijay Sampath, CEO, ACK Media said, “Sons of Ram is a beautiful movie that every parent should watch along with their kid and every Amar Chitra Katha fan must watch to experience the refreshing storytelling and the stunning visuals. It’s a special treat from Amar Chitra Katha, for all its loyal fans.”

Sons of Ram is co-produced by Cartoon Network, the leading kids’ entertainment channel in India. Krishna Desai, Sr. Director & Network Head – Kids, South Asia, Turner International India said, “As a part of our Desi Toons strategy, Cartoon Network aims to acquire and produce local animation content that engage and excite kids across the country. We have had a very successful relationship with ACK to date and are thrilled to expand our strategy and association with them with Sons of Ram.”

Based on ACK’s bestselling comic book, Sons of Ram portrays Luv and Kush’s journey through enchanted forests into the revered land of Ayodhya. The feature is an epic coming-of-age adventure as never seen before. The story is a contemporary tale of brotherhood, courage and adventure, set in the backdrop of the epic Ramayana. Children and adults will love the non-stop entertainment and strong story line full of thrilling twists and turns.

About Amar Chitra Katha Pvt Ltd.

Amar Chitra Katha Pvt. Ltd. is India’s favorite storyteller focusing on young audiences and families. ACK has been entertaining and enlightening generations of Indians for over 5 decades with some of India’s most loved brands including Amar Chitra Katha, Tinkle, Karadi Tales and well-known proprietary characters like Suppandi and ShikariShambhu are part of ACK Media.

ACK Media develops products for multiple platforms including print, home video, broadcast television, and films, mobile and online services. The company is headquartered in Mumbai and has design studios in Mumbai and Bengaluru.

ACK Animation Studios is the animation arm of ACK-Media. It is creating ground breakingcontent, which will redefine storytelling in Indian animation. The vision is to introduce a whole new generation to the magical worlds of Amar Chitra Katha and Tinkle through TV and film, and simultaneously to create new stories, which continue to inspire and entertain in true ACK tradition. ACK Animation Studios has already launched several animated properties, including the ACK Animation Series on Cartoon Network and the Award winning Telefilm Tripura.


Launched in India in 1995, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s (TBS) Cartoon Network is the leading kids’ entertainment channel in India reaching more than 33 million viewers. Drawing from the world’s largest cartoon library of Warner Bros., MGM and Hanna-Barbera titles, the Network also showcases original series including Ben 10, Ben 10: Alien Force, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, Ben 10: Omniverse, Adventure Time and The Amazing World of Gumball. CN is currently available in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu languages. Recognized as the resident kids’ expert with a 360-degree presence through successful on-air and online presence, ground-events, promotional licensing, product licensing, publishing and DVDs. is India’s leading destination for kids’ online entertainment attracting close to 5.6 million page views. Kids can find the largest selection of cartoon character based games, video on demand, and a community site featuring personalized avatars and message boards. (*Source: Omniture Site Catalyst, December 2012).

Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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