Chetan Bhagat, Vicky Ratnani to host TV shows

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Mumbai, July 7 (IANS) Celebrated author Chetan Bhagat and chef Vicky Ratnani will be hosting TV show “Real 2 States Couples” and “Rivals-in-law”, respectively.

FYI TV18, a newly launched channel, unveiled the two local productions with Bhagat and Ratnani as hosts on Thursday here, read a statement.

“Real 2 States Couples” follows the travails of a cross-cultural couple in a relationship, trying to adjust to each other’s families.

Bhagat, who has penned book “2 States: The Story of My Marriage”, said: “India’s youth today are major change agents driving social transformation.”

He added: “One of the best examples of this are inter-cultural marriages which have been brilliantly captured in our new series ‘Real 2 States Couples’. I’ve been personally very entertained by these confident young people and I’m sure our viewers will love them too.”

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While “Real 2 States Couples” explores the relationship dynamics of a couple and their respective families before a wedding, “Rivals-in-law” highlights that bond after marriage.

The series, hosted by Ratnani, features a ‘cook-off’ between a daughter-in-law and her mother-in-law, with the husband as the judge.

Speaking on his show, Ratnani said: “Food today is not just about taste but a fun recreation process. Add to it the spice of relationships and you have a heady mix of entertainment without parallel. It was great fun hosting the show and I think it will set a high benchmark for the industry, difficult to match.”

The shows cater to a new-age India, providing a personalised viewing experience and avoiding the conventional “top-down approach,” addressing the viewer “as a friend, rather than preaching from a pulpit”.


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