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ABP News to throw spotlight on unsung comedians of Bollywood

'Mera Naam Joker' will be hosted by Shekhar Suman who makes his comeback on news television. Somewhere along the way the likes of Mehmood, Johny Lever, Asrani, Jagdeep, Rajendra Nath and Johny Walker got lost in the glamour and glitter of the film industry

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Mumbai | August 28, 2013

ABP News has announced a new show featuring the comedians of the film industry. Named 'Mera Naam Joker', the show will see actor Shekhar Suman's return to a news channel after five years. The show aims to present the unsung heroes of Bollywood who never got their due credit. The show will feature how contemporary and yesteryear's comedians such as Mehmood, Johny Lever, Asrani, Jagdeep, Rajendra Nath and Johny Walker became on-screen jokers. Their fascinating story will be narrated by the host, Shekhar Suman, who has previously hosted very successful shows like ‘Poll Khol’ and ‘Movers & Shakers’. Talking about the show, Suman said, “Normally film-based shows talk only about the reigning stars of cinema. But the premise of this show is different and very fascinating. Here we are talking about the brilliant comedy actors of Hindi cinema. Some of the comedy actors were outstanding and commanded their own fan following. But somehow they were lost in the glamour and glitter of the film industry. There are so many stories related to them that will be shown in the show.” The show goes on air from August 31, 2013 and will be telecast every Saturday at 8 PM. The show explains how some comic actors riding on their sheer talent had become bigger than many lead actors of their times. Some of them even allege that the big stars conspired against them. This series will demonstrate a different facet of cinema that is entertaining as well as informative. Suman further said, “This is an important show in the history of film journalism. The research team of ABP News has worked very hard in bringing some interesting and unheard of facts about these comedy actors. Do you know Asrani’s mannerisms in ‘Sholay’ were inspired by Hitler? Why did many superstars refuse to work with comedian Mehmood? There are many such interesting anecdotes in the show. I can say that ‘Mera Naam Joker’ will be loved by the audience.”

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