Ramayan not going off-air in June, as per its cast- Tellychakkar
Sagar Pictures’ Ramayan that’s being simulcast on Zee TV and DD National seems to have failed to garner the much needed TRPs. Hence, we are wondering if the show will have an early end in June 2013 as reported by certain sections of the media. However, the cast of the show thinks otherwise.
Gagan Malik who plays the role of Ram on the show shared withTellychakkar.com, “I haven’t received any such news.” When asked about the dipping TRPs he averred, “If you look at our show personally, you will realise how beautiful our episodes are. But, the only thing that we are lacking in is the promotion. I think the channel needs to promote the venture. It’s been more than four months since it was last promoted.”
“TRPs don’t really matter to me. In fact, the show is doing a decent job in the morning slot. So I don’t think it will go off-air,” said Neil Bhatt better known as Laxman.
When contacted Neha Sargam (Sita) stated, “Ramayan has a fixed story and that isn’t changing. So as far as I know ideally our story should go on till August 2013.” When we reminded her about the falling TAM ratings she said, “I do not believe in TRPs.”
Moving on, a source went on to say, “It was decided that Ramayan would have 72 episodes and going by that we still have a long way as we have just aired 31 or 32 episodes. Apart from that there is no intimation from the channel.”
Keep reading this space for more updates…
I don’t want to be worshipped as Sita – Neha Sargam – tellychakkar
When Neha Sargam got the role of Sita in Zee TV’s Ramayan, she naturally felt that it was indeed a challenge to play such a dynamic mythological character. She says, “It wasn’t easy to play a magnanimous persona from a bygone era who was the epitome of all virtues that a woman should have. She however did have some flaws too.”
What kind of flaws is she referring to? “Sita, was after all human. Maybe some can think she made a mistake when crossing the Lakshman Rekha which thereby led to Ravana kidnapping her. However, she did that as she was afraid that a Rishi (saint) would curse her husband. She had no clue whatsoever that it was Ravana in the garb of a rishi (saint).”
Was Rama wrong on demanding that Sita should undergo a fire test to prove her chastity? “Yes, while playing the role of Sita, it has often occurred to me that she has been treated unfairly at times. However, in an epic like the Ramayan, nobody is wrong. All the characters including Rama, Kaikeyi and even Ravana are right on their own path. Also we must remember that there are various versions of the fire test, in one version Sita who had the element of fire in her was given by Rama to Agni Dev to safeguard her in the exchange of a chhaya Sita (fake Sita) as he already knew that she would be kidnapped by Ravana. The fire test had been done to retrieve the real Sita. In another version, Rama asked her to do a fire test to prove that she was devoted to her husband.”
Some feminists argue that Sita was a weak lady to tolerate autocratic behaviour from her husband. What is her take on that? Neha is of the opinion, “She clearly told Rama that there was no necessity of doing this fire test when she had been a trustworthy wife. She believed that her husband had no need to doubt her, yet was asking her to go ahead with the test. Nevertheless she would do it to prove that she was right all the way.”
She firmly refutes accusations that Sita was a weak woman, “I think she was very powerful in her own way. She stayed with a demon like Ravana yet didn’t let him touch her for a year. If she had wished to, she could have killed him right away. When she was meditating in the avatar of Goddess Lakshmi on having Lord Vishnu as a husband in her next birth; Ravana interrupted by touching her. She took an oath that she would be the reason for his assassination in her next birth; however she wanted Rama (an incarnation of Lord Vishnu) to kill him, which is why she purposely didn’t destroy him.”
Most Indian TV viewers remember the 1980’s Sagar Art’s Ramayan version the best of all the Ramayan serials ever telecast on TV. What is her take on that? “Even my parents are fans of that version. However, during that time Indian TV viewers didn’t know as much about the TV industry as they know today. Arun Govil and Deepika Chikhalia who played Rama and Sita respectively, were worshipped. As I am just portraying a character, I don’t want to be worshipped. I just would like to be appreciated for my work.”
For more interesting updates on the show do keep watching this space.
What is Neha Sargam watching on the small screen? – Tellychakkar
Which daily soap do you watch?
Packed to the Rafters on Star World.
Which channel do you watch frequently?
TLC and Star World.
Which is your favorite reality show?
So You Think You Can Dance on AXN India.
Which is your favorite TV channel?
Which comedy shows have you enjoyed the most on television?
Full House, Hope and Faith and America’s Funniest Home.
Celeberating Womanhood – the starry way, Zee News
What does Women’s Day mean to you?
I respect women no matter whom or how they are. I may sound very prejudiced but the fact is that I tend to be against men but I am always for women.
Which woman in your life is closer to you?
What do you like so much about daughters?
According to you, what is the significance of celebrating Women’s Day?
Which all qualities do women possess that men don’t?
Which woman from history or from today’s date do you admire the most?
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Happy Birthday Neha Sargam – Tellybuzz
Beautiful actress Neha Sargam who plays Sita in Zee TV‘s Ramayan has turned a year older today.
Tellybuzz spoke to Neha to know about her birthday plans. The excited birthday girl Neha exclaims, “After a long span of 3 years I have my family here with me and I am celebrating my birthday with all of them. I am feeling blessed right now because I have been waiting for this moment for so long.”
Neha is extremely happy as she is not shooting today and further adds, “I am trying to spend most of the time with them because soon I will be going to Baroda for my Ramayan shoot. I prefer to be at home today and have food cooked by my mom. My sister is currently giving her exams so is glued to the books otherwise it would have been more fun. The birthday which I am having today is the perfect birthday according to me.”
Tellubuzz asked Neha whether she had got any special gift this birthday. Neha replied, “Yes, I have got special gifts but celebrating my birthday with my family is the biggest gift they have ever given me. I am really happy about it.”
So, is Neha planning to treat her co-stars? Neha laughs and replies, “Right now I am too much into my family and trying to spend most of the time with them. However, if I would have been with my co-stars, I would have treated them on my birthday.”
Tellybuzz would like to wish Neha Sargam a very happy birthday and a fantastic year ahead!
Reporter and Author: Anwesha Kamal
Happy birthday to Neha Sargam
You are God’s gift to this world. You realise this all the more on your birthday which is reason why you celebrate the day.
That is exactly what actress Neha Sargam (currently essaying Sita in Zee TV’sRamayan) is doing on her birthday today (4 March 2013).
The actress is spending quality time with her family today. Speaking toTellychakkar.com, she avers, “After years, our family (my parents, my sister and me) have had an opportunity to get together today.”
“Isn’t it great to celebrate your birthday with your family members around?” she asks while bidding us goodbye.
Neha is also very grateful to her fans for all the birthday wishes and is delighted by the lovely collage of her pictures that her fans have gifted her.
We wish this Piscean a very happy birthday.
Happy Birthday – Neha Sargam
Today is our darling Neha Sargams birthday. Wishing her great and blessed dy. We all love u neha.
And to celebrate this awesome day we admins will be posting up some wallpapers/siggy for all u as a gift starting with this. Hope u like them.
2012 in review
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 14,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 3 Film Festivals
2012 – The year that was for TV actors – Tellychakkar featuring Neha Sargam
As we are on the last lap of the year 2012, it’s time for us to rewind and find out how has been the year personally and professionally for your favourite TV actors.
Team Tellychakkar.com approached a few TV celebs and asked them to wind back.
- Kunal Karan Kapoor: 2012 was fabulous. I have travelled all around the world. I did a great show in Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha and am happy that I am coming back again with season 2. Hope 2013 also does justice to me.
- Aakanksha Singh: Overall, it was a great and successful year for me. I am waiting for 2013, as I am coming back with Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha season 2. So, I am really excited. On the personal front, I got time to look after myself in these three to four months. I also got a chance to spend time with my family members.
- Shantanu Maheshwari: The year 2012 was great; it was superb both on the professional as well as on the personal front. The main highlighting moments of the year was when I got chance to perform with the Moulin Rouge dance troupe. Recently, Kunwar Amar and I were selected as the Best Jodi. So, there has been stabilization in my career while on personal level, I have grown as a person. Every day we learn something new. So way to go… 2013.
- Shakti Mohan: All the best things happened in 2012. I visited by dream city New York where I made new friends and met international choreographers. Of course, the launch of my 2012 calendar…it has been a fruitful year. Looking forward to embracing year 2013!!!
- Karanvir Bohra: 2012 was one of my best years till now. Of course, work wise Saubhagyavati bhava happened in my life. I won awards for my Viraj character that I played in it. Personally, I am blessed with such a beautiful wife and life, Teejay. So, in all, the year 2012 was fantastic and hope 2013 is also so. (laughs)
- Krystle Dsouza: 2012 was a very good year both personally and professionally for me. The best thing that could have happened to me was Ek Hazaroon… Since I enjoy dancing, I took part in many dance performances. So, on the whole, 2012 was a successful year and would want to go with the flow in 2013.
- Shaleen Malhotra: If I look back in 2012, I think the year was outstanding. Got an opportunity to host Roadies 9 and moreover, Arjun came my way. At this point of time, my career is sorted out and so is my life.
- Ragini Khanna: 2012 did get me through both sorrow and happiness. Sorrow because Sasural Genda Phool went off air and happiness because I got to anchor Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa. I am glad that on that part, I got time to introspect and look deep within me. There was a time when I used to think as to why I was working so much? But later, I realized it was for my fans. I am glad that my fans have loved and motivated me. Next year, I am going to rock with a comeback. Till then, take care!!
- Shashank Vyas: Professionally, the year 2012 was a good year. I am earning good but as a citizen of country, I am not happy. I don’t know where is our country heading to? I am very disturbed with the gang rape that happened in Delhi and think that it was something beyond rape. It might sound cliché, but I was stunned when I saw kids being beaten up by cops during a protest near India Gate. And at the end, there has been neither any action nor any results. People are back to their normal life and busy making plans for New Year.
- Prerna Wanvari: The year 2012 year was very special as I got nominated for the Best Supporting Actress category. Also, I was fortunate to have presented an award at the International Emmy Awards in New York and got to meet Jessica Lange, a fab actress and James Manos, the creator of Dexter. I have worked really hard and am getting results too. I have a dream that in 2013, I am doing even better work, say a film and a good role as a lead in a TV show, and I also wish to take the entire Tellychakkar team partying (wink wink).
- Rahil Azam: The year 2012 was smooth enough. Health wise, it was good too. And one good thing that happened to me was that I have become very punctual. I will give my best and keep working hard. Rest, I leave on Allah!
- Neha Sargam: Every year has its different flavour. It is best on its own. 2012 was special to me since I got Ramayan. So, on both professional and personal fronts, everything was smooth going. At this point of time, I am happy and content and hope that 2013 will also go well. (smiles)
Star Diary – Neha Sargam. Tellychakkar
When I took a gap of seven months from TV, my fans compelled me to come back: Neha Sargam
A page from the personal diary of Neha Sargam
Hello everyone, this is Neha Sargam whom you see as Sita in Zee TV’s Ramayan.
Firstly, let me wish everyone of you a Happy New Year and compliments of the season.
Let me start by briefing you a bit about myself. I am born and raised in Patna, where I completed my schooling. Later, I pursued advertisement and sales promotion and marketing from Patna University.
Currently, I stay in Mumbai with mom and younger sister, while dad is handling his business in Patna.
Well, let me divulge that I was never interested in acting; always thought of becoming a singer. So to chase my dream, I went for the audition of Indian Idol 4.
There, I made it till the second round but due to throat infection, I could not go ahead.
Now, here comes the interesting twist on how my journey started in the industry. Well after Indian Idol audition, I started getting calls from production houses for roles. But as I was studying then, I rejected all of them. After graduation, Rajan Shahi saw the footage of my Indian Idol audition and gave me a call for his upcoming show. Rajan Sir came to my place and made my parents understand. Thoroughly satisfied, I finally gave my nod and thereafter did Chand Chupa Badal Mein for Star Plus.
After Chand Chupa Badal Mein, I did a few cameos in shows such as Haar Jeet on NDTV Imagine and Punar Vivah on Zee TV. Currently, as mentioned above I am playing Sita in Ramayan.
Talking about journey, it has been great so far. After Chand Chupa… I took a gap of seven months.
During that period, I got so many letters and messages from fans asking me to comeback saying that they want to see me back on television. I think that moment made me return to television. It motivated and made me to work harder.
On the personal front, I am a very homely person and like to spend time with my family. To unwind myself I watch movies and pamper myself a lot.
So this is my journey till now. I am blessed to have such lovely fans. Whatever I am today is because of them. So a big thank you to everyone. Stay blessed!!
Neha Sargam living upto her surname – Article in TOI
People live up to their names. But Neha Sargam seems to be living up to her surname! The actress, who plays Sita in ‘Ramayan’, has a honey-coated voice that can hold a tune beautifully.
Neha, in fact, had auditioned for a singing reality show in the past, which landed her initial roles on television. These days, it has become almost a regular feature on the sets of Ramayan in Baroda for her to sing a song between takes and during breaks. And while the entire cast loves listening to her, her biggest fan is her on-screen brother-in-law, Neil Bhatt, who plays Lakshman in the show. Sources reveal that Neil invariably has a farmaaish for Neha and doesn’t let her sit at peace unless she sings the song of his choice!
Said Neil Bhatt, “We are a little cut off from our own world in Mumbai, since we are shooting for Ramayan in Baroda. In times such as these, it’s great to bond with your fellow artistes. Neha’s a fabulous singer, so I make her render songs of my choice every now and then. She has a great range as a singer and can sing all kinds of songs.”
Courtesy: The Times of India
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Neha Sargam misses her family -Article in Telly Chakkar
Neha Sargam, who is currently seen essaying the role of Sita in Zee TV’s Ramayan, is busy shooting in Vadodara for this Sagar Pictures’ epic drama. And though this pretty lady is very fond of her cast and crew, she cannot help but miss her family all the time.
“I love my character and the people around but how I wish all of this was in Mumbai”, she confides. Ask her if she is bored of the place to which she quickly shoots back, “Not really. It’s all fun till we are shooting, but when I have a day off; I just do not know what to do though there are times when we go shopping and pick up a few things.”
Does this mean that she misses Mumbai because one can do so much there? “Not really, but actually I miss my parents.” After a little pause, she adds, “Had they been here with me, even Baroda would have been fun. I just do not know what to do with them around me.”
We just hope your wish comes true, Neha!
When “reel life” experience became “real” on the sets of Ramayan – Article
Sometimes, the thin line between reel and real life gets smudged. This is exactly what happened on the sets of Sagar Pictures’ Ramayan (Zee TV).
The cast and crew was shooting for Sita’s (Neha Sargam) bidaai sequence and the actors involved in the scene started weeping for real. Yes, we are talking about Neha and her parents in the show played by R K Dutta and Nitika Anand. They were shooting while the song that was playing in the background was Babul ki duayen leti ja.
Shared Neha: “I couldn’t stop crying as the sequence and the song reminded me of my father. I miss him a lot as I am shooting in Baroda and he is based in Mumbai. In fact, I continued crying for the entire week after that.”
RK Dutta on the other hand said, “I am from NSD (National School of Drama) hence every scene has to be real for me. I believe in want I am doing and I don’t fake it.”
Our source went on to add, “The cast also ended up crying because with Sita moving to Ram’s place… there will be very few scenes of her with her parents.”
Well…this is one cast and crew which is connected by threads of tears!!!
Courtesy: Telly Chakkar