25 February 2021 04:03

MediAvataar's News Desk

MediAvataar's News Desk

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Hindustan entered its 21st year of operations in Jharkhand and commemorated it with a mega edition with 120 pages in Ranchi. More than 192 pages were printed across editions and packed in the much needed positivity.

The special edition chronicles the transformation undergone by Jharkhand over the past years and how Hindustan has been the driver of change and progress for the state by being the voice of millions of the state's residents.

While the pandemic has impacted the consumer sentiment and businesses & economy is under stress, the over-whelming participation from 93 advertisers with 1.24 Lakh+ sqcms ad space for today's mega issue is a clear indicator of the positive future outlook. It also reaffirms the faith reposed in Hindustan by its advertisers.

Hindustan also ensured that every edition forms a compelling read for its readers by including an exclusive section highlighting the various milestones Jharkhand has witnessed over the past 21 years.

Rajan Bhalla, Group CMO, HT Media Ltd. mentioned “Hindustan has been at the forefront of positive recovery and we take immense pride in fulfilling the responsibility to deliver credible news to our readers and an engaging environment to our advertisers.”

Talking about the activity, Rajat Kumar, Chief Revenue Officer, UP C&E, Bihar & Jharkhand, added, “‘The mega issue required a lot of preparation. The planning and execution of such a voluminous issue is a challenge in itself. But when you find 93 partners of growth and 1.24L sqcms, the faith in the medium and the brand is reposed. While the pandemic has impacted businesses, we are witnessing strong demand and is being led by tier-II & tier-III towns.”

Aaj Tak and India Today TV win the coveted Popular Hindi and English News Channel Awards respectively

Chairman & Editor-in-Chief Aroon Purie conferred with the Hall of Fame Award

The India Today Group has yet again, emerged victorious at the 20th edition of Indian Television Academy (ITA) Awards by sweeping both Popular News Channel - Hindi for Aaj Tak and Popular News Channel - English for India Today TV, etching the undisputed leadership position of the Group in television news journalism.

Aaj Tak, India’ s most watched and trusted Hindi News Channel in India has been awarded the Popular Hindi News Channel Award, 19 times in the last 20 editions of ITA Awards. Aaj Tak and its brave journalists with their ground reporting have brought a ringside view of every defining news event for the last two decades. This pursuit of truth and credible journalism has won the channel many accolades ever since the channel’s launch in Dec’2000.

India Today TV, the nation's leading English News Channel has bagged this honour for the 4th consecutive time at ITA awards. The driving force behind its success is the Gold Standard of Journalism powered by a superior ground coverage - stories from the heart of the action.

The Group’s crowning achievement at the award ceremony came with Mr. Aroon Purie, Chairman and Editor in Chief, being honoured with the ‘Hall of Fame’ Award. Under Mr. Purie’s leadership, the India Today Group has created an enviable legacy of trust, credibility, leadership and admiration since the group's inception over four decades ago. The launch of the India Today magazine in 1975 started the Group's journey into a multi brand, multi-platform media group, with brands that command undisputed leadership across categories and reach out to more than 500 million viewers, readers, listeners, visitors and subscribers.

A true pioneer, Mr. Purie has been instrumental in changing the face of journalism in India and was awarded the Padma Bhushan - amongst India’s highest civilian honours - by the President of India in 2001.

Commenting on this milestone, Mr. Aroon Purie, Chairman & Editor-in-Chief, India Today Group said, “I thank the ITA for this honour of putting me in the Hall of Fame. To tell you the truth, I’ve never aspired for fame. I’ve always preferred to stay in the background. I’ve done my job as a journalist the best way I could. Fortunately I love news and I love journalism. I am no Amitabh Bachchan or Sachin Tendulkar or Roger Federer - persons with great individual talent. In my line of work, I’ve always believed that the institution is bigger than any individual. So this honour goes to all of you, the talented people I’ve worked with. They’ve all had a commitment to journalism, which is without fear or favor, and for the relentless pursuit of the truth. I believe journalism done well is a noble profession which makes a difference to the society we live in… It is a force for the good.”

Kalli Purie, Vice Chairperson, India Today Group commented, “As the depth of echo chambers increases, the need for a shared platform where both sides can be heard is essential. A place where people can agree to disagree is the need of the hour. India Today and Aaj Tak are those listening rooms, that middle ground for the two sides to continue a meaningful dialogue. What else is a society if not a vibrant conversation in progress? The ITA Awards for most popular Hindi and English news channels decided by over one core votes is a real honour.”

Introduces its first two shows - Janani and Humkadam

Ropes in renowned actors including Supriya Pilgaonkar and Gurdeep Kohli + Bhumika Gurang to play lead characters in two shows

IN10 Media Network that has been well recognised for its exceptional story telling brings its Hindi General Entertainment Channel, Ishara - Zindagi ka Nazara. The channel today announced its two shows JANANI and HUMKADAM. Rooted in culture but told with a modern lens, Janani will see veteran actor Supriya Pilgaonkar essay the lead role while Humkadam will have Gurdeep Kohli and Bhumika Gurang portray the central characters.

Ishara, from the house of IN10 Media Network, promises to offer a wide array of fiction  ranging from family dramas, to mythology to love stories. With the guiding sentiment of ‘Zindagi Ka Nazara’, the channel’s programming showcases the rich values and diverse traditions of India’s unique cultural fabric, and offers a panoramic view of the celebration of life through differentiated and immersive story-telling.

Speaking at the launch, Rajesh Sethi, Vice President of Content at Ishara, said, “Television audiences have changed and are evolving every day, they are now looking for stories that they can resonate with, those that make them truly feel – THAT is what we are creating. We are working with some of the most talented artists in the country, who have showcased their acting prowess time and again, which helps us move closer to our goal of satisfying the increasing appetite of our audiences with quality content. ISHARA caters to all age groups of Hindi speaking audiences because it recognises the one common thread that connects us Indians – emotions and we hope it becomes the companion you need for great stories.”

Janani, starring Supriya Pilgaonkar, is the journey of a single mother, from being a dependent woman to an independent successful woman. The story sets a progressive example for the target audience as it portrays strength, courage and change. Renowned TV stars Supriya Pilgaonkar and Mahesh Thakur play the lead cast in Janani.

Supriya Pilgaonkar shared her experience of playing lead in Janani, “For me, it is very important to connect with the story to be able to portray it. The character of Savita has many layers to her and as the story unfolds, we learn so much about her personality. When I was approached for this show, I was instantly attracted simply by the name JANANI. It has been a very exciting journey for me and I couldn’t be happier!”

Humkadam breaks the stereotypes of the typical saas-bahu dynamic with a fresh tale of two diametrically opposite personalities played by Gurdeep Kohli and Bhumika Gurang. It is the story of two ordinary identifiable women who are thrown together in an extraordinary unprecedented situation.

Gurdeep Kohli, who will be seen in Humkadam, said, “There has been a stereotypical way saas-bahu stories have been told on television and ISHARA is breaking out of this with Humkadam. It is a story of two women who learn to stand by each other in their toughest time and realise that they can be each other’s strengths. Personally, it has been an enriching experience for me because there is a strong bond that has been built both on and off camera with the actors. We have shared so many emotions as we played these roles.”

Kick-starting on 1st March 2021, ISHARA will be a 24X7 Hindi entertainment channel, available to television audiences on major DPOs (DTH and cable networks) in its launch phase in India.

Senior journalist Deep Upadhyay is joining the leadership team of TV9 Network, India's largest television news Network, as it makes an aggressive foray into the content convergence space.

Deep joins TV9 Network from News24 where he has had a successful stint as Managing Editor for more than seven years. During his long career, he has worked with various prominent Media Houses like India TV, Zee News and Dainik Bhaskar. One of his most challenging assignments was to set up the Newsroom of Ariana, the first News Channel of Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban.

A son of the hills -- Deep was born and brought up in Nainital -- he likes to read Biographies, History and Political Economics. During his leisure he loves to cook for his daughters.

Barun Das, CEO, TV9 Network said: "Deep will be a key member of our aggressive convergence strategy. Content is never platform agnostic. Future form of news and content pertaining to current affairs is still evolving worldwide. At TV9 Network, we wish to be ahead of that evolution curve and that is where Deep, with his unique ability to understand news and how it needs to be served to evolving audiences, will fit the bill best."

Deep Upadhyay said: "I am delighted to be joining TV9 Network, India's biggest television news network, at a time when it is expanding aggressively into the content convergence space. I am looking forward to working with the team at TV9 that has some of the best brains in the business."

As part of his immediate assignment Deep will be stationed in Kolkata where he will work with TV9 Bangla's Deputy Managing Editor, Amritanshu Bhattacharya, to take the Network's newest channel to leadership position.

Shot in picturesque Belgrade, Asad and Zoya return in a magical tale of true love, set to challenge stereotypes

‘Tum agar saath ho, mujhe har qayamat qubool hai’ - this line from the title track sets the tone

ZEE5 Global recently introduced viewers to its upcoming original romantic drama ‘Qubool Hai 2.0’, and the fans could not keep calm. The platform sets in motion a new world of stories and premise by retaining the value and ethos of ZEE TV’s iconic show Qubool Hai. #EternalLoveStory.

An initiative by ZEE5 to create a digital spin-off of some of the most iconic ZEE TV shows, by bringing them back in a new avatar for OTT release, a move that fans have appreciated and loved in abundance.

The makers have released the much-awaited teaser of the series and it shows Azad and Zoya in a glamourous avatar, a tale of true love that is set to destabilise stereotypes.


On the release of the teaser, Karan Singh Grover aka Asad expresses, “The fans are extremely excited to see Zoya and Asad get back together on the screen. The response has been just overwhelming. The wait is over and I am super excited that we have released the teaser. The web series is going to be a picturesque delight with romance taking centre stage. The TV show broke stereotypes and the web series is here to challenge new ones. I hope the audience enjoys the glimpse of the teaser. Finally, Qubool Hai 2.0 gets its premiere date. I would urge everyone to block their date and watch it on 12th March, only on ZEE5.”

On the release of the teaser, Surbhi Jyoti aka Zoya shares, “Asad and Zoya have received so much love from the audience over the years and I hope that love continues to grow. To see a new chapter, unveil with a web series is truly overwhelming and exciting at the same time. We also announce the premiere date - 12th March 2021. I hope everyone enjoys watching the teaser.”

Directed by Ankush Mohla and Glen Barretto, the series will feature a new rejuvenated chemistry of Asad and Zoya and by retaining the original leads Karan Singh Grover & Surbhi Jyoti as them. It will also feature Arif Zakaria and Mandira Bedi in pivotal roles.

ZEE5 has earned the reputation of presenting some of the best dramas in the web space and it continues to reign the genre with the 10-episode romantic drama web series ‘Qubool Hai 2.0’.

Qubool Hai 2.0 will premiere 12th March 2021 on ZEE5

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