Indian Television Academy (ITA) Awards 2010 manipulated by Shekhar Suman ?

Mumbai, Maharashtra, September 16, 2010 /Washington Bangla Radio / India PRwire/ -- In yet another twist to the controversy surrounding the entry of Jay Hind! for the Indian Television Academy (ITA) Awards 2010, the makers of the show, blame actor Shekhar Suman, also a member of the Governing Council of ITA, for the disqualification. After sending a letter inviting the World's First Full Format TV Show to air exclusively on the Internet, to participate under 13 categories in this year's Awards to be held in October, the Awards' organisers disqualified the entry at the last minute. Citing reasons such as the show not being televised on any TV network and that the existing TV channels would raise an objection! But the makers of Jay Hind! believe that the man behind this whole incident is none other than Shekhar Suman. Shekhar Suman & Abhigyan Jha - the man behind the famous Movers & Shakers and now Jay Hind! had a fallout with Sony in the year 2001 resulting in both walking out of the show due to creative differences. Widely acknowledged as the show that brought Shekhar back in to limelight, Movers & Shakers was Asia's most successful show at one point. Later on Shekhar attempted two tweaked versions of the show without Jha but failed. The duo then came back together for a show titled Tedhi Baat, where they had major differences with each other and parted ways. The said show seems to be the reason behind the present ITA Awards controversy. Abhigyan Jha, Creator & Director of Jay Hind! and co-founder of Undercover Productions Ltd. says, "I had made 10 really funny episodes of Tedhi Baat with Kunal Kumar, Gaurav Gera and Sidharth Randeria. Shekhar was supposed to market the show as a Producer. Instead once he saw that the episodes were really funny, he wanted to do the characters himself. At which point I walked out because it wasn't fair to the original actors who did such a terrific job in the first place. The show failed miserably, didn't even ratings of .5 and eventually came to an abrupt end. All this happened even as the copyright of concept and Title of Tedhi Baat continue to be registered in my name. I could have sued SAB TV and also Shekhar but desisted only because of our old relationship. I am surprised Shekhar is now trying to block Jay Hind!'s entry to ITA! Perhaps he is jealous that some one else is now decisively the best stand-up artist in the country." On being disqualified from the ITA Awards 2010, Jha adds, "There's also a certain comedy channel which is wary of us sweeping all the awards as we are competition to them. They know we have a much better show and have higher chances of winning. Shekhar Suman and this channel together are the ones conspiring against my show." Meanwhile the laugh riot Jay Hind! continues to grow on the internet, recently crossing a dual landmark of completing 100 episodes and 50 million hits in just 1 year of its existence! The bi-weekly Late Night Comedy Show has garnered rave reviews not only in India but also in countries as far apart as USA and Uganda. A contemporary and edgier version of the iconic Movers & Shakers, the show will go down in history for leading the way in introducing full fledged TV like online entertainment content to the world. Commenting on the rules & regulations for the Award entries, Jha added, "The reasons given to us for our disqualification were that the show is not televised on any TV networks and that the existing TV channels would raise an objection. But, we are not only an online show but a TV channel too; albeit on the internet. Nowhere in the rules and regulations was it mentioned that the show needs to be televised over satellite. If that's the case then programmes on Doordarshan too cannot be eligible for participation because our national broadcaster is not a satellite channel. Also, online content is the future of the entertainment industry as has been aptly demonstrated by the launch of Apple TV and the impending launch of the Google Box in October. As a member of the Governing Council of an esteemed industry body like the ITA, Shekhar Suman should ideally be proud to acknowledge the change that Jay Hind! is leading. Moreover, the Awards organisers even couriered us the entry forms in the first place and they were well aware that ours is an Internet show", concludes Jha. New episodes of Jay Hind! are updated at 10:10pm every Monday and Thursday on www.jayhind.tv Undercover Productions is a boutique production company founded by Mrinal Jha and Abhigyan Jha. The production house launched its first production 'Sacred Evil' in the year 2006 in association with Percept Pictures & Sahara One Motion Pictures, which was written and directed by Abhigyan himself. Mrinal has scripted for serials like Rajani, Kahin Kisi Roz, Kya Haadsa Kya Haqeeqat, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahoo Thi, Banoo Main Teri Dulhann, Maayka and Zee's leading show, Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijo as well as the new Zee Hit Sangini; enabling her to communicate with millions of Indians regularly for the last 17 years. Abhigyan Jha as a scriptwriter has penned over 1500 episodes of various popular television shows including Tum Bin Jaaoon Kahan, Maano Ya Na Maano, Yeh Hai Raaz, Rajni & Commander. The greatest success that Abhigyan achieved was as Executive Producer and Script-Head, for over 500 episodes of the hugely popular Movers & Shakers, one of the most path-breaking shows in Asian television. Undercover Productions is now Undercover Productions Ltd and raising funds through Private Equity, to scale up operations as the World's First TV Entertainment Channel Exclusively For The Internet. Undercover Productions recently Created yet another show 'Kaali - Ek Agnipariksha' which began Telecast on on Star Plus from 13th September @ 11 pm. Starring - Ashutosh Rana, Sonali Kulkarni & Arif Zakaria and a far cry from the soaps currently airing on Television, the story of 'Kaali' is a classic fight between good and evil. The show is about a teenaged girl, Rachna who dreams of becoming India's next badminton star, and is threatened by the fearsome Bahubali - Thakral. But Rachna shows the grit and determination to fight back. The show explores if she will have the strength to become today's 'Kaali'. Produced by Fox Television Studios India, the show is aimed at increasing social awareness about the growing number of cases of sexual crimes against women. Undercover Productions is a boutique production company founded by Mrinal Jha and Abhigyan Jha. The production house launched its first production 'Sacred Evil' in the year 2006 in association with Percept Pictures & Sahara One Motion Pictures, which was written and directed by Abhigyan himself. Mrinal has scripted for serials like Rajani, Kahin Kisi Roz, Kya Haadsa Kya Haqeeqat, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahoo Thi, Banoo Main Teri Dulhann, Maayka and Zee's leading show, Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijo as well as the new Zee Hit Sangini; enabling her to communicate with millions of Indians regularly for the last 17 years. Abhigyan Jha as a scriptwriter has penned over 1500 episodes of various popular television shows including Tum Bin Jaaoon Kahan, Maano Ya Na Maano, Yeh Hai Raaz, Rajni & Commander. The greatest success that Abhigyan achieved was as Executive Producer and Script-Head, for over 500 episodes of the hugely popular Movers & Shakers, one of the most path-breaking shows in Asian television. Undercover Productions is now Undercover Productions Ltd and raising funds through Private Equity, to scale up operations as the World's First TV Entertainment Channel Exclusively For The Internet. Undercover Productions recently Created yet another show 'Kaali - Ek Agnipariksha' which began Telecast on on Star Plus from 13th September @ 11 pm. Starring - Ashutosh Rana, Sonali Kulkarni & Arif Zakaria and a far cry from the soaps currently airing on Television, the story of 'Kaali' is a classic fight between good and evil. The show is about a teenaged girl, Rachna who dreams of becoming India's next badminton star, and is threatened by the fearsome Bahubali - Thakral. But Rachna shows the grit and determination to fight back. The show explores if she will have the strength to become today's 'Kaali'. Produced by Fox Television Studios India, the show is aimed at increasing social awareness about the growing number of cases of sexual crimes against women. - http://www.indiaprwire.com/pressrelease/entertainment/2010091662311.htm