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 is 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.
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 man extraordinaire and the genius behind the most successful and No. 1 South Asian entertainment television program in North America, 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 Raju has always been able to keep track of the ‘forever generation 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 little or no time for 24 hour channels. The show caters to both 1st & 2nd generation Asians. So AVS is packed every week, with something happening every second of the show!
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.
Vicky Chauhan, Editor – Vicky is perhaps the youngest member to join our team. He brings fresh ideas, new styles and a very unique approach to every story he edits. His strengths include a vast knowledge of Indian cinema and stars as well as keeping up to date with the latest technology to enhance the AVS viewing experience.
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