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CCI holds film and television associations and trade unions guilty of entering into anti-competitive agreements

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New Delhi: The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has found All India Film Employees Confederation (AIFEC), Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) & its affiliates and three producer associations i.e. Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA), Film and Television Producers Guild of India (FTPGI) and Indian Film and Television Producers Council (IFTPC) to be in contravention of provisions of Section 3 of the Competition Act, 2002 (Act) which prohibits anti-competitive agreements.

The ​Final Order was passed on an information filed by Vipul Shah who alleged that specific provisions of the MoU dated 01.10.2010 and signed between FWICE and producer associations – IMPPA, FTPGI, and IFTPC relating to member-to-member working, fixation of wages, charging for extra-shift, etc. to be anti-competitive. The conduct of FWICE and its affiliated craft associations in enforcing these provisions was also alleged to be anti-competitive.

CCI found Clause 6, which mandated that the producer can only engage with the members of FWICE and its affiliates, and Clause 18, which provided for the constitution of vigilance committee to enforce Clause 6, of the MoU as violative of Section 3(3)(b) read with Section 3(1) of the Act. Further, the directive to engage dancers/fighters in the ratio of 70:30 was also found to be in contravention of Section 3(3)(c) read with Section 3(1) of the Act. Clauses relating to fixation of wages, payment for extra shift, etc. were not found to be anti-competitive.

CCI also noted in its order that trade unions enjoy no immunity or exemption for their conduct which contravenes the provisions of the Act and accordingly, the plea of the trade unions being governed only by the provisions of Trade Union Act, 1926 was rejected.

CCI has issued a cease and desist order against the associations in respect of the conduct found to be in contravention of the Act. However, no monetary penalty was imposed on any of the associations.

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STAR BHARAT will inspire the nation to forget fear

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Mumbai: Star India, has announced the launch of STAR BHARAT to showcase inspirational stories about journeys of strong and fearless characters that rise for the collective from 6 pm onward on 28 August 2017.
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Celebrating the many facets of Fearless India

STAR BHARAT has unveiled a content line up with strong, rooted icons and differentiated programming that is in line with the brand’s philosophy of “Bhula ke darr, kuch alag kar”.

Om Shanti Om

For the first time on Indian television, a channel will celebrate the essence of devotional music with a contemporary twist. A devotional music reality show where tradition meets trendy, creating ‘trenditional’ music. The show will depict the musical journey of 14 voices that will give a contemporary touch to devotional songs and unify audiences across the country with their renditions. Produced by Colosceum, the show will mark the debut of Swami Baba Ramdev on television as the Maha Judge. While the esteemed panel of judges will include Bollywood sensation Sonakshi Sinha, singer and music director Shekhar Ravjiani, and singer Kanika Kapoor.

Kya Haal Mr. Panchaal?

1 Saas. 1 Son. 5 Brides. Boon or bane? Kya Haal Mr. Panchaal? is a comedy of errors where a mother’s quest for the perfect bride lands her with five. See how a desperate mother’s prayer for the ‘perfect’ bride with 5 essential qualities gets answered in the form of 5 women with 5 different qualities. What follows is a series of funny events. Sometimes getting more than what you ask for can be a curse! Created in association with Optimystix, ‘Kya Haal Mr. Panchal?’ is a rib-tickling comedy starring Kanchan Gupta as the saas and Manindar Singh as the son.

Nimki Mukhiya

Set in Bihar this is a story of a village that has been ruled by men for years. Women here are confined mostly to being home makers. But a wind of change is about to set in. Call it opportunity or sheer luck, for the first time ever the state will witness something extraordinary. A naïve and bubbly young girl, Nimki, who loves to day dream and is unaware of the world outside her house, is about to take on the responsibility of her village and become the Mukhiya. The show is a journey of self realization that power to change oneself as well as the environment we live lies within. Nimki’s unexpected position as the Mukhiya gives a comical twist to situations.

Saam Daam Dand Bhed

Saam Daam Dand Bhed is the personal journey of Vijay Namdhari, played by Bhanu Uday, a high-potential but misguided youth who doesn’t know what he wants from life. This family drama, based in a fictitious town in India, is produced by Shakuntalam Telefilms. When a storm shatters his life, Vijay finally finds the courage to fight back and protect his family. The show will trace his transformation from a carefree youngster into a political leader, who becomes the inspiration to many.

Ayushman Bhav

Set against the backdrop of Mathura, Ayushman Bhav is a gripping story of Krish. The show depicts the poignant tale of an eight-year-old boy whose childhood is not as simple as others’. Like other children his age, Krish plays with toys and games but he also harbors a burning desire to seek justice for the wrong doings in his past life. Produced by White Horse International, the revenge drama stars popular child artist Ricky Patel as the lead and Avinash Sachdeva, Megha Gupta, and Manish Goel as cast members.
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Star Bharat’s launch campaign ‘Mat kar’ is based on a simple yet powerful insight on how we unknowingly allow different kinds of fears to creep into our minds and how these fears end up in stopping us from pursuing our dreams.

Govinda and DID Super Moms every Saturday

Govinda borrows his wife’s sari to become ‘Aunty No. 1’ again after 17 years!

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Govinda-SuperMomsMumbai: Every avatar of Govinda is strongly etched in the audiences mind and one glance at these pictures will remind you of one of his most famous looks in the comic caper, Aunty No 1…And, now as judge of the No 1 reality show on Indian television, DID Super Moms, he showcases the Aunty No 1 avataar after 17 years in the upcoming ‘Govinda special’ episode of DID Super Moms… To ensure that his Aunty no 1 looks is perfect, he borrowed a pink chiffon sari from his wife Sunita. In fact, he was given many options of saris, but he turned to his wife for an exact replica of what he wore in the movie.

When you have the ultimate entertainer Govinda on the floor, then fun, masti & unlimited dhamaal follows suit and that is exactly what happened when the dancing superstar stepped in dressed as ‘Super Aunty’ …Surprising all with his look, he then performed to the song Aunty No. 1 and did all his popular thumkas! He floored one and all with his charisma by adding a tadka of his trademark humour and infectious smile…. Infact he teased Geeta Maa & Terence with his side splitting punches and one liners, which made them go red on their cheeks!

The versatile actor Govinda shares his experience “I have donned various looks for my movies and Aunty No1 is one of my most appreciated and popular avatar. I had so much fun doing that character, so, when the creative team discussed the idea to recreate the similar look in the show, I readily agreed for it. The response I received on the sets of Super Moms reminded me of the similar appreciation I garnered when I did that character years ago.” He, adds “The fact that DID Super Moms is the highest rated non-fiction show in the last two years on Indian television is very encouraging and humbling. DID is an iconic reality show by Zee TV and it is heartening to know the second season of DID Super Moms has also been very well received by audiences. The credit goes to the team at Zee TV, Geeta, Terence, Karan and the wonderful contestants. I’m enjoying my stint as judge on this show and this just the beginning; our Super Moms will continue dancing their way into the viewer’s hearts!”

Needless to say Govinda’s flawless rendition of renowned Aunty No 1 avatar on DID Super Moms will take entertainment to an all new level! So this weekend, get ready for a deluge of dance, laughter & entertainment with a ‘Govinda Special’ where the contestants will perform to the dancing superstar’s most iconic chartbusters. Joining them as a celebrity guest is the renowned choreographer Ganesh Acharya who will set the stage on fire with a performance on the the medley of his songs!

To catch all the fun & extraordinary performances, keep watching GoodKnight Advanced Xpress DID Super Moms every Sat-Sun at 9 pm, only on Zee TV.

“Fear Files-Har Mod PeDarr” returns on ZEE TV

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Popular actor Khyaati Keswani was in Bhopal to promote the show - Har Mod PeDarr
Popular actor Khyaati Keswani was in Bhopal to promote the show – Har Mod PeDarr

Bhopal: ZEE TV brings fear back on television as it returns with the next edition of the franchise ‘Fear Files – Har Mod Pe Darr’.

Following the remarkable success of the first season of Fear Files, the first-of-its-kind drama-documentary horror series, ZEE TV brings fear back on television as it returns with the next edition of the franchise ‘Fear Files – Har Mod Pe Darr’.

The first season of Fear Files uncovered the truth behind some of the most intriguing, unfathomable events that have taken place across different parts of India – a format pioneered by Zee TV. Its unique narrative, attention to detail, authenticity and the right mixture of first-hand testimony and gripping realistic drama raised the bar for horror thrillers on Indian television.

The second season approaches fear from an interesting perspective – You can run … But you cannot hide… it is closer to you than you think … because fear can haunt you every step of the way! It’s not just about ghosts, gore and bloodshed but stories that keep you on the edge, simply because they tap fear of the sub-conscious mind that can grip you just about anywhere, anytime!

Starting April 25, and airing every Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 pm, Fear Files – Har Mod peDarr will re-define fear and narrate mystifying stories that defy explanation but evoke a sense of ‘This could happen to you’. In a country where horror is represented by voodoo dolls, lemons and chillies, Fear Files will take the road less travelled and explore the psychology of fear.

Putting together these spine-chilling tales is not the job of one but multiple production houses such as Zee’s content engine -Essel Vision, BBC Productions, Bodhi Tree Productions, and ShreeJagannath Productions. The high- octane thriller series will see a new story of fear in every episode, where the characters will be exposed to the darkness of the diabolical mind rather than just physical harm at the hands of demons.

Ranging from chronicles of the possessed, vindictive lovers to forays into some of the most legendary haunted places to exploratory accounts of undefined identities that possess the human body to stories that unravel the truth behind paranormal activities, this season of Fear Files will explore the myriad facets of fear.


Hold on to your breath and allow yourself to get totally immersed in the suspense of these captivating stories coming right up on your television screens. Watch ‘Fear Files …Har Mod PeDarr’ on Zee TV on April 25 and thereafter every Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 pm.