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Chennai based Access Health Care Chairman Anurag Varthaman Jain donated Rs. 2.1crore to Venkateswara Bhakti Channel, in Vijayawada.

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An actor performs during shooting of a TV serial, resumed after authorities permitted the opening of studios, during fifth the phase of COVID 19 lockdown, in Kolkata.

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Demonstrators chant during an R. Kelly protest outside Sony headquarters, in New York. Kelly has been under fire since the recent airing of a Lifetime documentary "Surviving R. Kelly." He has denied all allegations of sexual misconduct involving women and underage girls.


When we were little in the ’80s and Anup Jalota was a star, we still saw him as a podgy fel­low with a mellow voice. Now that he has Jasleen Math­aru as companion in Bigg Boss 12, how many are stumped? Jasleen is a singer, Jalota’s ‘disciple’ and...but then surely we’re not as crass as to jealously repeat the crude trolls? Believers in peace, we’d say: very well done, Anup.

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami with Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam during an event to launch the logo and social media sites of ruling AIADMK's TV channel 'News J', in Chennai.

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The C.I.D. team at their own ‘Gallantry Awards’ in Mumbai

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Check out those girls first, left to right. The floral printed dress with the cheery headband, the one in the garb of an Arab belly dancer (but looking too happy to be seductive), and the ubiquitous Punjabi lass who swings, then swings some more. Do they dance the same step? We wouldn’t know, but in the foreground is bhaijaan Salman, wearing one of those singlets he so lovingly endorses, pitching for Bigg Boss 12 at Nerul, Goa. Top quote: “People used to ask me when I’m getting married.... I think I will marry Bigg Boss.” Now, that’s blazingly witty!

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The randomness in which social media bestows a month’s superstardom on people is a wondrous thing to behold. Like South Korean pop songs/dance videos that involve little song and dance.... The latest addition is samurai Kyutaro, from the Japanese movie Neko Zamurai. Hired by a rival, dog-loving gang, he is tasked to kill a rival’s cat, but refuses after meeting the fluffy blob. Now that’s the cutest you’d let a warrior be.

Actress Kerry Washington walks on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House in Washington, during the filming of an episode of the ABC television show 'Scandal.' Washington plays the female lead role of Olivia Pope in the show which is entering it's final season.

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Luke Bryan, from left, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie participate in the "American Idol" panel during the Disney/ABC Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, California.

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A man watches a TV screen showing a local news program reporting North Korea's missile launch at the Seoul Train Station in Seoul, South Korea.


Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi waves as he arrives for the Italian State RAI TV program "Che Tempo che Fa", in Milan, Italy. He’s 81 and can’t run for office because of a tax fraud conviction, but three-time former Premier Silvio Berlusconi is once again playing king-maker on the Italian political scene.

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Jailed AIADMK leader V.K. Sasikala's nephew and Jaya TV CEO Vivek Jayaraman speaks to media outside his residence in Chennai. The 5-day-long raid at the premises of Jaya TV has ended. The CEO, Vivek Jayaraman, met the media to make a statement on being in the IT radar.

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Media personnel stand guard in front of the "Jaya TV" where IT officials conducted a raid, in Chennai. Armed police personnel have been deployed on the premises of Jaya TV, which is controlled by the family of jailed AIADMK leader V.K. Sasikala.

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Bollywood Actors Malaika Arora and Anusha Dandekar during the TV set on India's Next Top Model season 3 in Mumbai.

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Bollywood Salman Khan at the launch of the TV show Bigg Boss 11 in Mumbai.

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People watch a TV screen showing a file footage of North Korea's missile launch, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea. North Korea fired a ballistic missile from its capital Pyongyang that flew over Japan before plunging into the northern Pacific Ocean, officials said, an especially aggressive test-flight that will rattle an already anxious region. The signs read " North Korean missile flies 2,700 kilometers."

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Inaugural function of Dighvijay on April 5

From Dharamshala to Spiti Valley, from McLe­od­­ganj to Andretta, from rocky outcrops to soul-stirring vales...old pals Cyrus Sah­­­u­­kar and Kunal Kapoor are on one heady trip. Soon on your TV!

Cannes won’t know Balika Vadhu’s Avika Gor. But the TV actress, along with Manish Rai­­­singhan was there, all gowned and tuxedo-ed, as producers of the short film I, Me, Myself. Red carpet-baggers, learn!

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attends a televised speech after he won the election, in Tehran, Iran. Rouhani says that the message of Friday's election that gave him another four-year term is one of Iran living in peace and friendship with the world.


Actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge poses with her Bafta for Female performance in a comedy programme with presenter Cuba Gooding Jr, at the British Academy Television Awards at the Royal Festival Hall, in London.

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The cast of "Stranger Things" accepts the award for show of the year at the MTV Movie and TV Awards at the Shrine Auditorium, in Los Angeles.

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Though one is tempted to ask why Harbhajan was on the sets of Nach Baliye and not on the pitch (at least the practice pitch), one can’t deny the dance of the happy shades in the eyes of Bhajji and his wife Geeta Basra. The reason for that, and their ‘sizzling’ dance on the show as guests, is the lady in the middle—daughter Hinaya Heer.

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Actresses Zosia Mamet, left, Allison Williams, Lena Dunham and Jemima Kirke pose together at HBO's "Girls" sixth and final season premiere at Alice Tully Hall, in New York.

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People watch Finance Minister Arun Jaitley tabling the Union Budget 2017-18, on TV sets at a showroom, in Patna.

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People following the Union Budget 2017-18, on TV at showroom, in Amritsar.

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A man watches the Union Budget 2017-18 presentation by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, on TV at a showroom, in Kolkata.

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Shahrukh began his career with TV serials in the late 1980s­—Fauji being an early hit.

Bollywood actor Jacquline Fernandez along with West Indies cricketer D Bravo performing on the set of a TV show, in Mumbai.

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West Indies cricketer D Bravo performing on the set of a TV show, in Mumbai.

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This is serious globe-trotting: when she is not doing TV (Quantico) or videos, or movies (Baywatch), hopping coast to American coast, Priyanka is partying in Bollywood. But, as brand ambassador of Assam, other duties beckon. Thus, a ‘magical’ visit to Kamakhya temple in Guwahati.

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Commodifying a desirable bhabhi—a still from TV’s Bhabhiji Ghar Par Hai!

People watch news after PM Narendra Modi demonetised Rs 500 and 1000 currency notes with effect from the intervening midnight of Monday and Tuesday.

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President Barack Obama, left, and host Jimmy Kimmel during the taping of the television show, "Jimmy Kimmel Live!," in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles.

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Veteran film and television actor Suresh Chatwal, who was seen on popular show “FIR”, dies after prolonged illness.

We thought Bhajji and Geeta Basra’s rickshaw was the last in the genre we’d publish. But along came newlyweds Karan Singh Grover and Bipasha Basu, the latter ecstatic at the ride, the former glumly pedalling along, on the Kapil Sharma Show.

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Austin Lee Russell, known as "Chumlee" from the TV series "Pawn Stars," appears in court, in Las Vegas. Austin Lee Russell and his lawyers told a Las Vegas judge he intends to plead guilty in state court to felony weapon and misdemeanor attempted drug possession charges.

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Bossed Around The rumour goes that Colors TV kept Mandana Karimi’s beau and family away from her to up the drama. Clearly Bigg Boss is once again taking ‘being entertainting’ a bit too far.

Combo image: Comedian Kiku Sharda who features in the blockbuster TV hit "Comedy Nights With Kapil" has been arrested in Haryana for imitating self-styled spiritual guru Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

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Actor Saeed Jaffrey, a veteran of dozens of Bollywood and international films, has died at the age of 86.

Veteran TV actor Mohan Bhandari died after a long battle with brain tumour. Known as Dhruv Bhandari’s father, he appeared in several other serials including Khaandaan on DD, ‘Karz’, ‘Parampara’, ‘Jeevan Mrityu’, ‘Pathjhad’, ‘Gumraah’ and ‘Mile Sur Mera Tumhara’.

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Bring Her Along! Mandana Karimi, from Iran, can’t take it anymore in Bigg Boss house. Intrigue, cruelty, rough words, take their toll on the best, as you can see. Can the men not persuade her to stay? Will she even heed their earnest entreaties? But, are they earnest in the first place? Hang it all, can she not ask Salman Khan for a place in Bollywood? He can’t say nay!

A heavy accent Priyanka in Quantico

Actor Salman Khan performs at the ninth season of reality television show 'Big Boss', in Mumbai.

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The winner of Indian Idol Junior, Ananya Sritam Nanda calling on the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, in New Delhi.

Tichina Arnold, a cast member in the television series "Survivor's Remorse," poses for a portrait during the 2015 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton, in Beverly Hills, California.

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Cricketer Irfan Pathan performs on the sets of Jhalak Dikhla Jaa Season 8 in Mumbai.

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Lost forum Paranjoy Guha Thakurta (white shirt) on LSTV

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends the launch of a special television channel for farmers, in New Delhi.

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Veteran actress Sudha Shivpuri, popular for playing Smriti Irani's 'Baa' in 'Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi', dies at 78.

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The Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar launching the Logo of the Janam TV Channel, at a function, in Kochi.

This screenshot provided by TV5 Monde on Thursday, April 9, 2015, shows it's Facebook page hacked by people claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group, in Paris, France. Hackers claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group seized control of a global French television network, simultaneously blacking out 11 channels and taking over the network's website and social media accounts. The attack appeared to be an unprecedented step in the extremist group's information warfare tactics.

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With Mulligatawny soup Stills from BBC 4’s Indian Summers, set in Raj-era Simla

With Mulligatawny soup Stills from BBC 4’s Indian Summers, set in Raj-era Simla

With Mulligatawny soup Stills from BBC 4’s Indian Summers, set in Raj-era Simla

With Mulligatawny soup Stills from BBC 4’s Indian Summers, set in Raj-era Simla

CID (1998 onwards) Features ACP Pradyuman, Abhijeet and Daya

Pankaj Kapur as Karamchand (1985-88) was quirky, funny, iconic

Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston on the GOT throne

Are you home tonight? Homeland’s Nicolas Brody, played by Damian Lewis

London noir Cumberbatch with his Watson in Sherlock

Combo: The three khans, from left, Shah Rukh, Aamir and Salman attending a function organised to celebrate completion of 21 years by the India TV show "Aap Ki Adalat" in New Delhi on Tuesday night 2 December 2014.

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Actor and BJP leader Hema Malini with her daughter Esha Deol and her husband attending a function organised to celebrate completion of 21 years by the India TV show "Aap Ki Adalat" in New Delhi on Tuesday night 2 December 2014.

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Actress Shilpa Shetty along with husband Raj Kundra on the Red Carpet, during celebrations of "Aap Ki Adalat" TV Show, which completed its 21 years, in New Delhi on Tuesday 2 December, 2014.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with President Pranab Mukherjee during the celebrations of "Aap Ki Adalat" TV Show, which has completed its 21 years, in New Delhi on Tuesday 2 December, 2014.

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Actor Salman Khan shares a light moment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee during the celebrations of "Aap Ki Adalat" TV Show, which completed its 21 years, in New Delhi on Tuesday 2 December, 2014.

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Actress Gauhar Khan giving her statement on the physical attack and molestation attempt on her, in Mumbai.

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TV show Bigg Boss season 8 saw some violence on the 67 day with contestant Sonali Raut slapping another contestant Ali Quli Mirza for making inappropriate comment on her. Sonali's action has shocked several viewers who are demanding her eviction from the show.

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Jennifer Aniston mocks Kim Kardashian's bust — recently seen doing her Kim Kardashian impression with comically inflated breasts during her appearance at the Ellen DeGeneres Show.

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File: Pakistani model-actor, Veena Malik sentenced to 26 years in jail for blasphemy, in Pakistan.

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Legendary stand-up comedian and TV’s favourite father figure, Bill Cosby, 77, in trouble after some 13 women (till now) come out and accuse him of rape down the years.

Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information & Broadcasting, Arun Jaitley at the inauguration of the National Children’s Film Festival, in New Delhi. Tennis player, Sania Mirza and actress Sakshi Tanwar are also seen.

TV Grab: Veteran film and TV director Ravi Chopra, best known for his Amitabh Bachchan starrer family drama Baghbaan and TV series 'Mahabharat', died at the age of 68 following a lung ailment.

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Actor Ali Zafar tweets: Presenting Mr. Bachchan a sketch had made of him when 13.

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Comedian Kapil Sharma writes on his Facebook timeline: One of my favourite picture.. Zanju playing with Rekha ji

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DPCC president Arvinder Singh Lovely and Mukesh Sharma being arrested during a protest against Doordarshan for live telecast of RSS Dussehra rally, in New Delhi

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Congress workers burn an effigy of I&B Minister Prakash Javdekar during a protest against Doordarshan for live telecast of RSS Dussehra rally, in New Delhi

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Amitabh Bachchan presents the cheque of rupees seven crore to Achin Narula & Sarthak Narula, the first crorepati of this season of KBC in Mumbai.

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Sarthak, left, and Achin Narula, right, pose with Amitabh Bachchan after winning Rs 7 Crores on the “Kaun Banega Crorepati” show in Mumbai.

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In this image made from an undated cartoon broadcast on state-run al-Iraqiya TV in Iraq, a cartoon character portrayed as a member or a supporter of the Islamic State group sings a song. Television networks across the Middle East have begun airing cartoons and comedy programs using satire to criticize the group and its claim of representing Islam. And while not directly confronting their battlefield gains, the shows challenge the legitimacy of the Islamic group and chips away at the fear some have that they are unstoppable. The Arabic writing on the flag reads, "One Arab nation," top, and "Having an eternal message." "ISIS" on the cartoon character's head cover is the outdated acronym of the group.

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Leading Pak TV journalist, Hamid Mir, 47, shot three times in Karachi but survives. Geo TV reports Mir had said “elements in the ISI” were out to get him. PM Sharif plonks `10 mn reward for info.

Pitch-Perfect Punjabi The female cast of Aunn Zara with lead actress Maya Ali

First Shows We first saw his bylines in the early noughties—an Indian name in the roster of Time's reporters from a roiling Iraq. Bobby Ghosh, editor, Time International, interviews Star India CEO Uday Shankar at the Paley Media Council in New York. The first Indian so honoured, Shankar, the brain behind Satyamev Jayate, made a case for using TV for conveying social messages.

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Twist And Shout Sreesanth can dance. And why not, if it brings in honest income, now that the Kerala paceman is forced by circumstances of his own making to let those lethal outswingers waste away in a house of horrors. The stage is the pitch now, and choreographer Sneha the receptacle of a hunky move. It's less taxing and is safer—unless Bhajji takes charge of the opposite number.


L-R- Bobby Ghosh, Editor TIME International with Uday Shankar, CEO, STAR India and James Murdoch, Co-COO, 21st Century Fox at the PALEY MEDIA COUNCIL Breakfast Session in New York on Friday, May 30

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Uday Shankar, CEO, STAR India in dialogue with Bobby Ghosh, Editor TIME International, at PALEY MEDIA COUNCIL Breakfast Session on Friday, May 30 in New York

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Family Drama: TV newschannels forsook serious reportage in favour of rabble-rousing debates

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Senior Pakistan journalist, the news anchor at Geo TV, Hamid Mir, was shot six times during an attack on his life in Karachi on April 19. Three bullets were removed during a surgery while three reportedly still remain in Mr Mir’s body.

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Videograb: Senior Pakistani TV journalist Hamid Mir, who faced threats from multiple quarters here including the Taliban, was today shot at in Karachi by four unidentified gunmen who waylaid his vehicle near a bridge on way to his office. Mir, 47, sustained three bullet injuries on lower part of his body after he was shot at near Natha Khan bridge soon after he left the Karachi airport for his office. He had just landed in Karachi and was on his way to the studios of Geo TV.


Backflip Background A very attractive, preternaturally gifted woman levitating, you are thinking sur­ely? No, it's a science, and it's called Aer­ial Silk, and its svelte exhibitor is Sushm­ita Sen, showing that a new owner of a fitness studio needs to know a few of the moves. The venue? The sets of Comedy Nights with Kapil. Interested now?

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Big Boss season 7 winner Gauhar Khan along with Salman Khan and Tanisha during the grand finale at Lonavala.

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Ye Hai Aashiqui on UTV Bindaas focused on the issue of honour killings. KBC also reflected many social concerns in the new season. Laakhon Mein Ek on Star followed on the themes set by Satyamev Jayate. Serials began entering the hybrid zone mixing entertainment with a social responsibility, however surface and facile.

24 started with a bang as the most expensive Indian TV show but could not fit into the popular Indian TV jargon.

Comedy Nights With Kapil was liberally used to promote Bollywood movies. Became the launchpad for many a hit.

Food-based shows caught on after the success of various avatars of Masterchef. The cooking reality show also hooked in the kids with a junior version. Connected Hum Tum on Zee gave a new spin to the reality show format with ordinary women shooting their own private moments for public consumption.

Historicals got a touch of religion and mythology in serial after serial like Maharana Pratap, Rani Lakshmi Bai and Jodha Akbar. Buddha got into a controversy in Nepal for showing that he was born in India. Ekta Kapoor’s Mahabharat got talked for its cinematography and grand mounting than what it did with the story itself.