SET to bolster weekday prime-time line-up with KBC 11, ‘Tara From Satara’

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MUMBAI: Hindi GEC Sony Entertainment Television (SET) is all set to launch two new shows on 19th August. The channel will bolster its prime-time with Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) season 11 and a new fiction show ‘Tara from Satara’.

Produced by StudioNEXT, KBC 11 will air every Monday-Friday at 9 pm while ‘Tara From Satara’ will air every Monday-Friday at 10:30 pm.

In its 11th season, the show hosted by Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan has a lot in store for the viewers. For starters, music director and composer duo – Ajay Atul have added their special touch to the iconic tune of KBC.

This season of KBC marks the return of the lifeline Flip the Question, where the contestant gets an opportunity to opt for a different question altogether when in need. Lifelines – 50:50, Audience Poll and Ask the Expert have been retained this year. Last year, Augmented Reality (AR) was integrated in the show and this year it has been enhanced further to deliver a superlative viewing experience. This is the only show in the general entertainment space to use AR within the show. Q – Rover, the buggy cam, is the latest addition on KBC this year which is again a first in the General Entertainment space.

Furthermore, every Friday, the show will host and felicitate ‘Karamveers’ – individuals whose heroic actions and good deeds have brought about a positive change in the society thereby becoming an inspiration for many.

With KBC Play Along on Sony LIV, viewers can enjoy the thrill of the gameshow by participating and matching their power of knowledge with the contestants on the hot seat simultaneously, starting 19th August. With daily prizes up for grabs, viewers can work towards maintaining their position on the leader-board so that they may have an opportunity to feature on the show in the finale week as a participant.

This season of KBC will be presented by Oppo while the co-sponsors include IDFC First bank, LIC, Ceat, Cardekho.com, Asian Paints, Ultratech and Amity

Sony Pictures Networks Indi MD and CEO NP Singh said, Kaun Banega Crorepati is a show close to our hearts. This year, the show is produced solely by our independent business unit – Studio NEXT and has delivered on the scale and grandeur that the show commands. Like each year, Mr. Amitabh Bachchan will guide contestants on the Hot Seat through the course of his or her journey as the show progresses.

SET business head Danish Khan stated, “KBC is not just a show but a brand which we have nurtured over the years. From visual innovations to newer elements on the show, in its 11th season, KBC will deliver enhanced and immersive viewing experience. This year we further strengthen our sub-brands – KBC Karamveer (Friday Special episodes) and KBC PlayAlong which will rest on SonyLIV.”

‘Tara From Satara’ will be a unique show as its narrative will be presented through a unique combination of Drama + Reality (Dramality), a first on Indian Television. Produced by IdeaRack Private Limited and Frames Production Company, Tara From Satara, promises to be an interesting backstory.

Most teenagers are rather clueless about their future and live their lives to the fullest without any care. Similar is the case with Tara, a bubbly teenager who is yet to find a purpose in life. As she maneuvers her life’s challenges – mainly trying to cover up her lack of competency in studies and seeking validation from her strict father, she charts her own journey towards realizing her potential.

Tara’s father, Sachin Mane, is a Kathak dance teacher from Satara who intends to take forward the classical dance form through his daughters. While the eldest daughter, Radhika, never fails him, Tara becomes a cause of worry. Sachin takes great pride in the purist form of dance and Tara is easily attracted towards freestyle Bollywood dance. So much so that when the music falls on her ears, unknowingly she starts grooving to the tune, much to her father’s dismay. If Sachin Mane is Guru Dronacharya, Radhika is his Arjuna and Tara is Eklavya. Par ye Kahani Arjun ki Nahi Eklavya ki hai.

Tara’s Ajji (grandmother) however treats her like a real Tara (star) and knows that she will shine bright one day. Other than Ajji, Tara’s partner in crime and best friend Amuk Bedane is the one who is not just her constant support but a fan club overall. While Tara struggles to stay afloat, destiny or rather Ganpati Bappa – her confidante, has a plan in store for her. Here comes the biggest twist in her tale. She lands herself on the biggest television dance reality stage in the city of dreams – Mumbai. Will Tara be able to realize her true potential? Will this good-for-nothing Tara become the flag bearer of Mane parivaar?

The ensemble cast of the show boasts of well-known talent in the industry like National Award-winner Upendra Limaye who would be seen in the role of Sachin Mane and youth icons Urvashi Pardesi as Radhika and Roshni Walia as Tara. Actor Eva Shirali will be seen essaying the role of Tara’s mother while Amita Khopkar will be seen as the doting Ajji.


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