AVS – Asian Variety Show is a weekly capsule that encompasses the best of Bollywood and beyond. Established in North America in 1987, AVS TV Network has been leading the way in providing top quality entertainment to millions of viewers hungry for Bollywood entertainment. Each episode is produced in English so people from around the world can enjoy what the South Asian community has come to love.
Each episode of AVS is packed with the best South Asian entertainment available anywhere. Viewers are transported into the glamorous world of Bollywood through our uniquely packaged program.
- Bollywood Movie News
- Top Ten Music
- Star Interviews
- Red Carpet premieres
- Global Box office reports
- Pop music scene
Internationally recognized hosts, state of the art graphics and top notch presentation is what you can expect week after week.
Jugal Hansraj, Host – is a feature film actor, writer and a National Award winning director. He began working in films first as a child actor of which ‘Masoom’ (1983) was the most notable. He then went on to become a lead actor in films like ‘Papa Kahte Hain’ (1996), ‘Mohabbatein’ (2000) and others. In 2006 he turned writer and director and made the animation film ‘Roadside Romeo’ (2008) which was the first Indian production of Walt Disney Pictures. In 2010 he directed the Yash Raj Films produced ‘Pyaar Impossible’ starring Priyanka Chopra. In 2017, his first novel for children published in India. He still continues to act in films occasionally and was the head of creative development for new projects at Dharma Productions.
Monica Bassi, Host – is a versatile TV host and anchor who began her career in media as an actor and filmmaker. Her television experience spans the breadth of South Asian television networks. In 2017 she produced and hosted a 10 episode series on vegan dining called Meatless America. When Monica isn’t gracing the television screen, she is taking the stage as a dynamic speaker and emcee at professional events throughout the country.
Jitin Hingorani, Senior Reporter / Host – Jitin has been a dependable member of the AVS team, both as a field reporter and anchor, since 2009. In his 10+ years with us, he has covered numerous red carpets, film festivals and celebrity events. He has interviewed all the Khans: Aamir, Salman and ShahRukh, as well as notable celebrities such as Naseeruddin Shah, Madhuri Dixit, Rishi Kapoor, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Rajkumar Rao, Rani Mukherjee, Kajol, Ajay Devgn and many, many others. Jitin also founded and curates two annual film festivals in Dallas & NYC, in addition to running his PR firm, JINGO Media.
Jayraj Gill, Host / Reporter – is an aspiring actor and young creator himself, since his graduation from the University of Michigan. After balancing a corporate job alongside entertainment for about a year, he decided to take the plunge and pursue his creative passion full time. He has been our Bollywood host since 2019, interviewing many celebrities such as Salman Khan, Varun Dhawan, and countless others. When he isn’t interviewing filmmakers, actors, or musicians, he is focused on creating content for his own YouTube channel, and perfecting the craft of acting.
Shivani Bafna, Host / Reporter – The youngest member of our team who started with us as an intern in New Jersey and made her way to Mumbai as our Bollywood host! She graduated from the University of Michigan and has already interviewed 60+ actors, filmmakers and musicians ranging from Shah Rukh Khan to Kareena Kapoor. Along with hosting, she models for brand campaigns, acts in various projects, emcees at live events and inspires young South Asians to pursue their passions.
Raju Sethi, President & CEO – Creative force behind the network which was founded by his father, Narinder Sethi back in 1987. Raju is as passionate about the show today as he was over 30 years ago. His motivation has always been to produce a show comparable to Hollywood standards. The best part is that he has always been able to keep track of the ‘forever generation South Asian’. Few know that Raju was also the core team to launch TV Asia in the US with Amitabh Bachchan back in the early 90’s! Raju has also understood that the new South Asian generation has limited time to consume content, so the fast paced weekly show caters to both 1st & 2nd generation viewers.
John Maurer, Graphics & Design – John, Raju and AVS share a strange relationship. One that can only be shared by best friends and a team that was core to the creation of this extraordinary show. John brings that elusive word called ‘discipline’ into creativity. The man behind the amazing, world-class graphics of the AVS show, is also a master director of live theater, designing, web, you name it. If it is technical, John is completely at home with it.
Jatinder Sethi, Director of marketing – He is the man clients go to get the perfect campaign. A man who can never say no and who goes out of his way to offer the best deal, Jatinder is more than the marketing chief. His pleasure comes from feeding the whole office. No one can speak as passionately about food or about the benefits of AVS as Jatinder can.
Jim Parker, Field Director – Cameraman extraordinaire, Builder, Painter, Editor, Set designer – there is not too much that Jim does not do. The guru of technical advice, Jim is one of the gentlest people on earth. Soft spoken & a thorough gentleman, unleash Jim behind a camera to know the real him!A true genius, Jim is also a big humanitarian, traveling the world & helping sponsor children.
Suraj Rajput, Mumbai Branch Head – Suraj Rajput is a total ‘go getter’. He’s always on top of everything in bollywood. His years of experience in the field has made him a familiar face with Bombay’s biggest and brightest. Suraj coordinates all AVS activities in India like premieres, one on one interviews, music launches, fashion shows, on the set coverage and press conferences.
AVS TV Network
1 Lonnie Drive
Allentown, NJ 08501
Tel: 609-306-9051 / 609-598-5269