Fame Gurukul

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Fame Gurukul
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Title card of "Fame Gurukul".
Genre Game show
Presented by Ila Arun,
Manav Gohil, &
Mandira Bedi
Judges Javed Akhtar,
Krishnakumar Kunnath, &
Shankar Mahadevan
Country of origin India
Original language(s) Hindi
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes Total ??
Production
Camera setup Multi-camera
Production company(s) Miditech India Pvt Ltd
Broadcast
Original channel Sony TV
Picture format 720i (SDTV)
Original run 27 June 2005 – 2005

Fame Gurukul is an Indian prime-time show on Sony Entertainment Television (India) which premiered on 27 June 2005.[1] The program is produced by the same production house of Indian Idol. The premise of the show is to select a pair of India's best singers/performers.

It is based on the Spanish/French Operación Triunfo/Star Academy format of Endemol, better known in English under the UK title Fame Academy; in Indian terms, it is essentially a mixture of Indian Idol and Big Brother TV series. The show started out with 16 contestants living in a musical performance academy (Gurukul). Every week (normally) one contestant is voted out of the show, and so on until two will remain in the end, who will receive various prizes (recording contracts, cars, etc.).

Prizes[edit]

The Fame Gurukul Fame Jodi will receive a Rs. 1 crore music contract from Sony in addition to a Maruti Alto car each.

Season one[edit]

Contestants[edit]

Faculty[edit]

Head Mistress[edit]

Music[edit]

  • Padma Wadkar
  • Praŝant A Samadhar

Dance[edit]

Fitness[edit]

Deepika Mehta

Judges[edit]

Jury Members[edit]

Celebrity Judges[edit]

Occasionally a celebrity judge is called on the show to comment on the performances and to inspire the singers. The following is a list of special judges who appeared on Fame Gurukul:

Presenters[edit]

TV Production[edit]

  • Anupama Mandloi - Executive Producer, Sony Entertainment Television India
  • Paul Coueslant - Consultant Executive Producer, Endemol International
  • Nikhil Alva - Series Producer, Miditech

Results[edit]

On 20 October 2005, the final show of Fame Gurukul was broadcast in which the final three contestants - Qazi Touqeer, Rex D'Souza and Ruprekha Banerjee battled it for the top spots. After much waiting and various shows in between, the results were finally announced. Qazi Touqeer, the favourite was one of the winners, while Ruprekha Banerjee made up the pair with him.

Celebrity Fame Gurukul[edit]

After the claimed success of Fame Gurukul, Sony Entertainment Television brought what they claimed to be "a bigger, better, more exciting and entertaining" version of Fame Gurukul named Celebrity Fame Gurukul where now was the turn of some popular personalities to compete by going "back to school". Celebrity Fame Gurukul is based on the successful reality show called 'Comic Relief Does Fame Academy' which was a spin off on 'Fame Academy' produced by the format owner Gestmusic, part of the Endemol Group.

They were now given various tasks to learn becoming singers and performers, while competing for the grand prize.

The show promised unlimited drama and excitement while watching the never-before-seen footage of the behind-the-scenes action and drama of the highly diverse group of celebrities, their behaviour, quirks, egos, trials, tribulations, inter-personal relationship, competitive spirit and their struggle to survive at the Gurukul uncensored, unscripted and very candid. And, for the very first time ever, viewers got to watch the celebrities in their new 'avataar' - as singers.

The proceeds of the show would go to the Make a Wish Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to granting the most cherished wishes of children living with life-threatening illnesses.

Making of the Fame Singer[edit]

After receiving close to 50 million votes, Celebrity Fame Gurukul took the popularity of the show to new heights. The television celebrities who were all non-singers now trained together and competed at the Gurukul - where discipline and their raw talent would be professionally tested by the well-known team of Ila Arun, Prasant Samadar, Padma Wadkar and Bosco-Caesar.

The format once again allowed votes by the faculty, contestants as well as viewers who would ultimately decide the best singer and performer out of the nine television personalities, spiced up with entertaining musical performances, gripping drama and high emotions entertaining the viewers.

Contestants[edit]

Amit Sareen finished winner, with Vinod Singh as 1st runner-up and Tanaaz Currim as 2nd runner-up.

Judges[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sony's 'Fame Gurukul' ready to roll". Indiantelevision.com. 23 June 2005. 

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