Colors to launch 'Code-Red'

By afaqs! news bureau , afaqs!, Mumbai | In Media Publishing | January 16, 2015
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The show will air Monday to Saturday at 10.30 pm, starting January 19.

Colors, the Hindi general entertainment channel from Viacom18, is launching 'Code-Red', a show that aims to depict the inner conflict a human being goes through when faced with a crisis of conscience.

Code Red

The show will attempt to understand human weaknesses amidst the daily struggles of life and how people react to situations beyond their control. It will showcase the steps that people are likely to take when they are pushed into situations where a breakdown is imminent. Code-Red will be a platform where issues that are swept under the carpet are discussed openly in order to find solutions for them. It will be focusing on three main aspects of human frailties - Suicide, Violence against Women & Children and Entrapment.

Code Red will premiere on January 19 and will air every Monday to Saturday at 10.30 pm, occupying the time slot when Uttaran used to air. The channel, on Saturday, will occupy the slot that lay vacant since Kapil Sharma's Comedy Nights with Kapil turned weekly. The comedy reality will now air only on Sunday at 10 pm.

Each week, six episodes featuring stories based on various human frailties, will be presented through three prominent themes under the brand umbrella of 'Code Red', Umeed - focusing on stories of people who are on the verge of ending their lives; Awaaz - focusing on violence against women and children and Chakravyuh - focusing on various forms of entrapment - physical and psychological. Each theme will be brought to life by a different production house and the stories will be presented by Sakshi Tanwar who will embody the inner voice and be the voice of reason.

Actors Manish Chaudhari, in the role of an NGO representative, and Yash Sinha, as a crime reporter, will take viewers through various instances where circumstances and conditions pushed a person to the wall. Code Red will attempt, not only to showcase these stories but to make people believe that there is hope, only if they choose to break the silence.

Raj Nayak

Manisha Sharma

Raj Nayak, CEO, Colors says, "With Code Red, we are urging people to break their silence on issues that are disturbing them and the people around them. It's not just a show but a movement to get people to believe that hope can be found, even in the darkest of times, if only one reaches out and breaks the silence."

Manisha Sharma, programming head, Colors adds, "As human beings we all face dilemmas in life while choosing between right and wrong. Code Red is a show that explores these dilemmas and gives voice to the conscience of the people facing them. It's a journey through their mind and their decisions and how their choices affect their lives. I hope our audiences find the show and these stories riveting."

The themes

Umeed: Produced by FremantleMedia India, Umeed will feature stories of people who are on the edge with nowhere to go and are convinced that ending their life is the only option. The show will delve into the psyche of these victims, investigate the reasons and show them the path to redeem themselves and their lives while bringing positivity in their outlook.

To encourage viewers who might find themselves in similar situations, Colors has joined hands with Vandrevala Foundation to create a suicide helpline to urge probable victims to reach out and seek counseling before they take any drastic measures. The stories will feature Chaudhary, who will portray the role of Dr Prashant Bhaskar fighting against time to prevent disoriented souls from losing hope.

Awaaz: Produced by Sun Shine Rise Productions, Awaaz will highlight stories of crimes against women and children. Code Red will look at the reasons why crimes such as infanticide, murder, rape, abduction, foeticide and flesh trade among others, are committed. The attempt is to bring the psychological issues - be it lack of education, upbringing or inferiority complex - to the fore.

The series will look at these crimes through the eyes of a journalist Kabir to be essayed by Sinha, as he reports the various stages of the case. To combat such situations and create awareness, Code Red has associated with Kailash Satyarthi's Bachpan Bachao Andolan while creating a helpline for those wanting to speak out about the adversities they are facing in their lives.

Chakravyuh: Co-produced by Optimystix India and Shlok Entertainment LLP, Chakravyuh will focus on stories of entrapment - both physical and psychological. Though this series, Code Red will focus on the journeys of individuals who are entangled in a 'situation' and their battle to overcome them. The story will be narrated from the first-hand perspective of a victim as he/she encounters and overcomes a 'trapped' situation.

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