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Siraj Syed

Siraj Syed is the India Correspondent for and a member of FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics. He is a Film Festival Correspondent since 1976, Film-critic since 1969 and a Feature-writer since 1970. 



MTV’s Date to Remember: End is near, my Dear Exs and eXs, so step on the accelerator


MTV’s Date to Remember: End is near, my Dear Exs and eXs, so step on the accelerator

MTV’s popular show ‘Date to Remember’ is nearing the end of its seasonal and things are getting complicated. There are fights, new love stories, and fresh grouping of the contestants. It all started with the nail-biting suspense at the elimination stage in the last episode. This week, we would only see it going a step further.

Some contestants are in the danger zone already, including Aquib and Rahul Yadav. They will have to face challenges in the next task, as is the format of the show. The famous Rubdeet Singh (isn’t that a cute name?) and his friends, popularly known as Rubdeet’s Trio, are in the safe zone. Who will get eliminated in this episode is a mystery that will unravel today, 17 June.

This episode will also have an interesting task, in the form of bursting balloons, tied to the present and ex-girlfriend of the contestants. What makes this task interesting is that the balloons have to be burst by the back of the body; making it all the more difficult. The contestants will not be able to see anything, and it will only be through good communication skills that they would be able to complete the task. The winner will be, of course, the one who bursts the maximum number of balloons. The winners will be announced at the end of the episode. Also, who gets to spend time on a lavish date will be revealed.


Producer of the show, Santosh Gupta, Managing Director, Pinnacle, said “Date to Remember as a show tests couples through various tasks; which are ultimately based on parameters like trust, communications, etc." Co-producer Sarabjeet Anand of said, “The show is a test of love, and true love has to face obstacles. The obstacles coming in the form of past lovers is what the show is about.” Captain of the show, Manu Punjabi added, “Time only would be able to tell how the new relationships shape up.”

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Syed Siraj
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Siraj Syed is a film-critic since 1970 and a Former President of the Freelance Film Journalists' Combine of India.

He is the India Correspondent of and a member of FIPRESCI, the international Federation of Film Critics, Munich, Germany

Siraj Syed has contributed over 1,015 articles on cinema, international film festivals, conventions, exhibitions, etc., most recently, at IFFI (Goa), MIFF (Mumbai), MFF/MAMI (Mumbai) and CommunicAsia (Singapore). He often edits film festival daily bulletins.

He is also an actor and a dubbing artiste. Further, he has been teaching media, acting and dubbing at over 30 institutes in India and Singapore, since 1984.

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