Tuesday, September 8, 2009

MTV Rodies 7 Sans Raghu Ram ?

For six years, Raghu Ram has endeared himself to the audiences with his rude and humiliating comments on MTV's reality adventure series 'Roadies', but it appears that the brain behind the show, might no longer be a part of its forthcoming season.

'Raghu has been with the show for many years. People know the kind of reactions to expect from him but this time he is not really a part of the show. In fact, having said that, we haven't yet revealed who will be interviewing the contestants. There's a huge surprise lying there... So you never know. It will blow your mind,' MTV general manager Ashish Patil told IANS at the launch of the seventh season of the show here Saturday.

The event featured host Rannvijay Singh, VJ Bani, creative director Vivek Bhushan alias Bumpy and Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan - but not Raghu.

Asked about his absence from the event, as well as from the promotional clips of the show, Patil said: 'Raghu isn't really a part of the show this time. With every season, we try and do something different and surprise the audience, so this is just a part of it'.

Till now, Raghu was known to be the creator of the show and so an integral part of it as well. In the last season, he had joined hands with his identical twin brother Rajiv Laxman to give double trouble to contestants, but had gradually chosen to reduce his presence on the show.

However, it seems now, that he has completely withdrawn from it.

But then, this should not come as a surprise as Raghu had hinted during the sixth season that he might no longer be at the helm of affairs.

Said Patil: 'There was one season where we had Gulshan Grover as the bad man, then we had Raghu Ram introduced in the interview rounds, then Raghu and Rajiv. So its just that now we are going to come up with something different and unpredictable.'

Entering its seventh year, 'Roadies' has not only proved to be one of the most popular annually-held shows on Indian television, but also the longest running reality show. This time, the 'Roadies' journey will kick start from the barren lands of Bhuj in Gujarat and will continue to Egypt, Kenya and Tanzania in Africa.

The show will be at its 'deadliest and wildest ever' as hopeful contestants will have to pass through a seven round audition process, which will begin online through www.mtvindia.com/roadies.

Irrfan Khan will be seen as a menace to contestants as he will throw open seven twists based on the seven sins - lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride - during the show.

'I'm going to be there to spoil their lives,' he said.

The show will go on air in September.

Sufi Reaches Rannvijay's Height

As we all are seeing how Sufi performs each n every task.....he has impressed raghu!!!.......in an interview about MTV Roadies 7 Devil's Cave, whose auditions will begin in July 2009.
Raghu said that Sufi is the only guy after Rannvijay who impressed him with performing tasks. He also said that after 5 long years he is seeing a true roadie and he will surely work with Sufi in upcoming shows.
Maybe Sufi also becomes a VJ!!!!

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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Our Host & Our Dost Rannvijay Singh

Name: Rannvijay Singh Singha

Born on: 16th March, 1983

Height: 6'

Education: Went to 9 different school Graduated from Hansraj College, Delhi University with a Bachelor's of Commerce.

First Job: As a construction worker, in New Jersey, US.

Shoe size: Bata 9/ UK 9/ Swiss 10

One Secret: Rannvijay is a superhero freak. He collects action figures, comic books, jeans, chappals and even superhero underwear. His favorite comicbook superhero is Wolverine - "his attitude is unbelievable. Very sardar-like". A close second is Batman. Tete-a-tete with your VJYou won the first season of MTV Roadies. And since then, you've become a VJ and the host of Roadies. What made you audition for Roadies? And how did you become a VJ?After graduation, I was all set to join the army in 2 months. My family has been in the Indian Army for 6 generations. My dad is a brigadier, my brother is in the navy. Then the Roadies auditions came along, and I thought about it - on one hand, I would have had a 40 year career set out before me, with no problems - housing, medical, everything would be set with the Army. And on the other hand, was MTV and the uncertainty that came along with auditioning. But my dad supported me. He didn't want me to regret it 20 years down the line. Funnily enough, when I auditioned, and throughout Roadies, I just knew I would make it. Plus, it was the bike that motivated me to audition in the first place. I just really wanted to win the bike! Then after the show ended, I was pretty popular…people liked me. The MTV producers asked me to try Veejaying and not join the army. The liked the way I interacted with people. I was very camera shy, but I thought it would be fun. I think that was the hand of fate. I ended up in a totally different profession. And as a child, what did you want to do?I wanted to be a sports star - a basketball player. I wanted to get paid playing my favorite sport.You've done a few films too? Do you plan to continue making movies?Yes, I recently did Mumbai Cutting. And I have a couple of films lined up for this year. Once I became a VJ, I knew I'd be doing movies. I'm a very filmy person, as in, I watch a lot of movies; I'm a movie buff and a film critic. So if you had to choose between MTV glory and Bollywood fame?Done the former, waiting for the latter!You mentioned you're a bike lover? When did the love start, and how many bikes do you own?I'm crazy about bikes really. Everyone knows me as a biker. On my 1st birthday, I was given a tricycle. I rode it well! And by the time I was 8, I was teaching kids older than me how to ride cycles. By 14, I used to maro bikes from people…as in, ask them to let me ride. Then my dad bought me a bike - a Hero Honda Splendor. It's a Sports bike. I have a few other bikes - a Suzuki GSX 600, a Kawasaki Ninja, a 225 CC modified Hero Honda Karisma which I won on Roadies, a 50 CC Pocket bike and a Royal Enfield Bullet.Do you play any sports apart from basketball? What do you do to maintain your body?Yes, I'm a complete sportsman. I play all kinds of sports and I love outdoor activities. I don't smoke, I don't do drugs. My adrenaline rush is being in the outdoors and doing something adventurous. That's the high that comes with Roadies - I try all the tasks myself. I play a lot of basketball. I like playing soccer in the rain, Table Tennis in the office. And I go to the gym to run once in a while, or when I'm doing Roadies.Do you believe in God?100%. I'm not religious but I believe I have a one to one connection with God. I imagine talking to someone. I love Gurunanak. I love any religious place. I find them very peaceful.Who matters to you the most in your life?My younger brother. My mum and my dad. And my friends too. The perfect girl to you is someone who….Well, beautiful or not, that girl needs to be confident and carry herself confidently. However beautiful she is, if she's dumb, she's dumb. If she's not stylish, it's okay. But don't wear things you end up looking silly in. That's what wannabes do. She should have a firm head over her shoulders. And needs to be spontaneous, because I am, I'm very adventurous. Aids awareness is one of causes you support right?Yes. But I also am involved with Fight Back, which is a network 18 initiative to fight against female oppression in every form. Raghu is also involved now.

VJ QUICKIESiblings: One younger brother, Harmanjeet Singh SinghaFood: All kinds. His mum's Punjabi khana, Mexican, Italian, Thai, Chinese and most recently Japanese. He love eating, loves junk food too, especially Mc Donalds.

Movies: Men of Honor, 300, all superhero movies, Sholay, Rang De Basanti, Andaaz Apna Apna.

Music: Femme Fatal. Usher, Justin, Timbaland, Punjabi MC, Vishal -Shekhar, A.R. Rahman.

Bollywood Movie Star: Aamir Khan, Salman Khan. Hrithik Roshan, Amitabh Bachchan. Kajol, Rani Mukherjee, Vidya

BalanHollywood Movie Star: Johnny Depp, Leonardo deCaprio, Heath Ledger, Dustin Hoffman, Al Pacino, Kevin Spacey, Hugh Jackman.Cartoons: Bart Simpson.Books: All

comics: the Gotham comics, X Men , The Hulk etc. And otherwise, he enjoys reading autobiographies.

Author: John Grisham, Paulo Coelho.Holiday destination: Australia and Brazil for the outdoor activities. But India is the best country because "your get everything… plains, backwaters, beaches, mountains, so many monuments and temples, architecture, traditions.

"TV shows: Entourage, 24, Sex and City - I liked it. Desperate housewives ("though it's very melodramatic")… Heroes, Survivor, Roadies, Fear Factor, The Apprentcie.

Cooks: Egg Bhurji, Rajma, Omlet…"I can make enough for myself to survive on"


Rannvijay Singh Singha is the winner of the first season of MTV Roadies and is currently a VJ on MTV India. He was born on 16th March, 1983. He's 6' tall. He went to 9 different schools & graduated from Hansraj College, Delhi University with a Bachelor's of Commerce. His first job was as a construction worker, in New Jersey, US. Since winning the first season of MTV Roadies, he has proceeded to host all the following seasons of MTV Roadies. As of June 2008, he is also hosting a reality show MTV Splitsvilla. He has hosted the MTV Lycra Style Awards 2007 and has also made appearances in the breakfast session of MTV Miss Scooty Pep Teen Diva. As of November 2008, he is shooting for Vipul Shah's next film London Dreams, also starring Salman Khan, Ajay Devgan and Asin.


MTV Roadies
Raghu Ram was given his first solo project at MTV, in the year 2000. The show was tentatively titled MTV: Find The Road. The show, originally, was to revolve around contestants traveling around the country on their motorcycles, using clues and hints provided on the show. The concept of clues, however, was eventually replaced with tasks and challenges. The shows format initially faced severe criticism from the
MTV heads due to its vulgar content, audience value and also it's name, but was later given the green light as an "experimental show that could go off-air anytime". The name of the show was later changed to MTV Roadies. It has remained the highest rated MTV show for 3 consecutive years.
Past winners include Rannvijay, who was one of the winners of first season of Roadies, and he currently works as a
VJ at MTV. The second winner was Ayushman, who currently hosts a show called Wassup MTV, along with Bani J, who was a runner up of the fourth season. The third season winner was Parul, and Anthony won the fourth season. The fifth season was won by Ashutosh Kaushik.