Colors ups the live audience engagement quotient with ‘India Banega Manch’

After tasting success with its singing talent hunt show ‘Rising Star’, Colors is ready to take live audience engagement to newer heights with ‘India Banega Manch’ – the Indian version of the successful Israeli format, ‘Win the Crowd’. With Oppo Camera phone as the presenting sponsor, ‘India Banega Manch’, which has been produced by BBC Worldwide Entertainment, premieres on May 7, 2017, and will air every Saturday and Sunday at 9.00 pm. 

The show will be hosted by Krushna Abhishek and Mona Singh. ‘India Banega Manch’ will empower live on-ground audience to select hunarbaazs who possess the capability to stun the crowd within 5 minutes of their performance. 

Shot at iconic locations like Red Fort and Delhi Haat in New Delhi, Juhu Beach and Kala Ghoda in Mumbai, and New Market and Princep Ghat in Kolkata to name a few, ‘India Banega Manch’ will make the streets every hunarbaaz’s playground. Their score, calculated basis the number of people whose attention they’re able to grab through their performance, will earn every location’s top performer a spot on the Jeet Ki Seat. 

Commenting on the show, Raj Nayak, CEO, Colors, said, “Following the success of ‘Rising Star’, we are taking our belief in the audiences’ ability to choose extraordinary talent to the next level with ‘India Banega Manch’. We are proud to bring to our viewers another pathbreaking show which has been shot live on the streets, sans any stage, judges or votes. Keshet International is the format owner of this concept, which we thought was apt for a market like India which has exceptional talent hidden in every nook and cranny.” 

Adding further, he said, “We are pleased to join hands with our strategic partner, Oppo Camera phone, who are on-board as the Presenting Sponsor. Our continued association highlights the branding synergies that we are able to draw jointly leveraging our respective business objectives and goals.” 

Elaborating on the format, Manisha Sharma, Programming Head, Colors, said, “‘India Banega Manch’ is a show that viewers have never experienced before. The sets for the show are the arenas of iconic and historical locations like Red Fort, India Gate and Connaught Place in Delhi, New Market and Princep Ghat in Kolkata. The talent has to ensure that they attract the busy people around them with their performances, and force them to stand and watch despite the summer heat; audiences have stepped out in large numbers. Given the scales that viewers are used to, it was very challenging yet exciting for our teams to shoot with hidden cameras. Talent was also a little taken aback to perform in these locations. Even our anchors, Krushna Abhishek and Mona Singh, will be in an avatar unlike ever before. We’re certain that it’s this uniqueness which will make ‘India Banega Manch’ a truly first-of-its-kind proposition.” 

Commenting on the scale of ‘India Banega Manch’, Myleeta Aga, SVP & GM South East Asia and South Asia at BBC Worldwide, said, “We are glad to be working once again with the team at Coors to bring this uniquely democratic series to Indian audiences. Contestants will get to showcase their talent and be judged by the crowd they attract. We hope to continue to bring many more novel concepts and formats that truly represent India to our audiences.” 

Supporting the talent through their sojourn on ‘India Banega Manch’ will be hosts – Krushna Abhishek and Mona Singh – who will watch the hunarbaaz’s performance from a mobile control room while hidden cameras capture the audiences’ candid reactions. As hosts, Krushna and Mona will not only soothe the hunarbaaz’s nerves, but also provide much respite with their witty comments. 

‘India Banega Manch’ will see a robust high decibel 360-degree marketing campaign, pan India, that will effectively leverage all mediums like outdoor, on-air, radio and digital to garner top-of-mind recall amongst viewers. On the digital front, the channel has designed a holistic campaign striving to drive conversations across several social media platform. Activities lined up during the launch phase include a blogger outreach programme, and a video contest named ‘Talent Ka Manch’ urging the live audience to share videos of the talent that they have witnessed. The format of the show will further be highlighted through various creatives, pictures and gifs which speak of key aspects, including ‘No judges, no hosts, no sets – only talent!’ 

Additionally, a unique initiative called ‘Manch Ke Ustaad’ will allow the audience to get a deeper glimpse into the lives of the hunarbaaz to facilitate relatability.


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