Colors, Sahara brave MNS diktat, to simulcast Sur-Kshetra with Geo from Sept 8

31 Aug,2012

By A Correspondent


The threat of an MNS agitation is not going to see musical frontiers being bridged. At the time of writing, MxMIndia learns that Colors and Sahara One are going ahead with the broadcast of the cross-border Indo-Pak musical reality show – Sur-Kshetra. The Chitrapat Karmachari Sena of Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) is said to have sent an alert to the channels to not air the show as also to noted playback singer Asha Bhosle to step back from being on its jury though. The reason: the MNS wing believes that Pakistan had banned ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ and thereby not reciprocated India’s desire to forge relationships via the arts.


The press conference held at the Taj Land’s End in Mumbai happened on Thursday with Ms Bhosle later making a clarion call to the MNS to call off the stir as the show attempts to promote peace and harmony between the two countries.


Interestingly, while the MNS has said it would disrupt the shooting of the show, MxMIndia learns that the preliminary episodes have already been canned and only the finale – which will happen at an international destination – remains to be shot.


Also being simulcast on Pakistan’s Geo TV, Sur-Kshetra starts September 8 and will air every Saturday and Sunday.


Said Raj Nayak, CEO, Colors, “This is the first time ever in the history of television that a show will be simulcast across national and international networks of Colors, Sahara One and Geo TV, making it the biggest show to hit TV screens – ever. Unifying audiences across the globe, Sur-Kshetra will bring hearts closer as it builds an exciting viewing experience much like that created by an India-Pakistan cricket match.” Speaking on the timeslot, he further elaborated, “With Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa going strong on weekends, the inclusion of Sur-Kshetra will further strengthen our weekend content lineup providing our audiences with variety entertainment that appeals to them.”


Sur-Kshetra’s two teams will be mentored by Indian music director-cum-singer-cum- actor Himesh Reshammiya and Pakistani music sensation Atif Aslam. Judging the musical flair of the contestants will be the three legends – Asha Bhosle (India), Abida Parveen (Pakistan), and Runa Laila (Bangladesh).


Boney Kapoor – Director, Sahara One Media and Entertainment Ltd said in a communique, “Sur-Kshetra is a mega reality music show that brings together the best of singing talents from two arch-rival nations, India & Pakistan, competing against each other.”


Produced by Sahara One in association with Saaibaba Telefilms, the will be sponsored by Dabur Amla Hair Oil and Videocon. A 360-degree integrated marketing campaign will engage multiple mediums like print, television, outdoor and radio through tie-ups reaching out to target audiences across the globe.


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2 responses to “Colors, Sahara brave MNS diktat, to simulcast Sur-Kshetra with Geo from Sept 8”

  1. sultan hussain says:

    hai salam koch bhe kar le india
    pakistan ki jeet hooge

    from pakistan cityhyderabad