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Balika Vadhu is a very grounded and earthy show: Neha Marda!

In the recent Golden Petal Award Function, Balika Vadhu bagged the maximum number of awards. Even after three years, it still continues to feature in the Top Ten Shows of the weekly TRP chart.

Rangmunch.TV spoke to Neha Marda, as she shared her journey and experience of being a part of Balika Vadhu and playing the role of Gehna.

Rangmunch: Knowing that you are still very young and the role of Gehna is very de-glamourised, what prompted you to take it up?

Neha: Balika Vadhu is a very grounded and earthy show. In this industry nothing is glamourised  or de-glamourised.The moment we step in here, our identities are revealed to the audience. We all are here to act  and our potential as an actor is what matters. My idea here is not to be a ramp model or to endorse something, but to enact a character and convince the audience of what I am not. When the character of  Gehna was introduced in the show, she was 15 years old, who due to poverty, ends  up marrying a 55 year old man and experiences sexual harassment. The Character was challenging for me and  hence I decided to play the role of Gehna and in turn declined two lead shows. It is great to know that Balika Vadhu is still very popular and loved by the viewers. So I guess my decision was the right one.

Rangmunch: You have been playing Gehna for over 3 years now. Which has been your most difficult scene till date?

Neha: The initial stage of the show was the most challenging bit. Now I have gotten so used to playing  Gehna that its become easier to comprehend the character. More than the writers, I know how Gehna will react to a certain situation because I live the character day in and day out. But as I said, the starting point was difficult. Gehna being forced to consummate on  her first night of marriage and then reflecing the subsequent pain and trauma both mentally and physically therafter was tough. Her walk, her talk, her behavior the next morning was very difficult  to enact.

Rangmunch: What kind of rapport do you share with Satyajit who plays your onscreen husband?

Neha: I will be very frank. What you see on screen is what exist off screen too. We don’t interact much.We meet and do our scenes. We greet each other at the start of the shoot and say bye when the scene is over. Satyajit is an amazing actor  to work with but since he is very senior to me, the friend chemistry didn’t work. (smiles)


Rangmunch: Are you a Director’s actor ?

Neha: Completely. I become aimless if my Director doesn’t guide me. I am a dancer too but I can never be a choreographer for the simple reason that while I can copy somebody’s dance moves,  I cannot create them myself. Similarly I also need help and guidance from my Director. I can read a scene but cannot portray it unless I’m told how to go about it. Gehna is completely my Director’s baby. He nutured her to make her be what she is today.

Rangmunch: Who is that one person you are very close to on the set?

Neha: With Anandi aka Pratyusha. We instantly became good friends the moment we met each other on the sets of Balika Vadhu as the age difference was not much. Moreover we both are from Kolkata and could speak in Bengali, which further got us closer. Another person is Sumitra aka Smita Bansal. She has been an amazing friend and philosopher. She has always been there to guide me. Infact Partyusha came later but Smita stood by me and supported me from day one.

Rangmunch: In a nutshell, what would you say about ‘Gehna’ the character?

Neha: In a typical Saas Bahu show, the leads are shown to be extremely nice and sweet, but Gehna is not so.  Frankly speaking, she is a very normal girl with grey shades. Nobody in this world is Black or White. Gehna is today’s girl who is demanding yet understanding.  She too complains. She is selfish yet selfless when it comes to her family. She will stand up for her rights and bow down gracefully if she is wrong. Gehna is a complete family girl who desires the love of her husband. Unlike the lead character, Gehna is neither too sweet nor too spicy. She is more like the evening snacks which you can enjoy even at breakfast as well as for dinner.

Interviewed by:
Swati Ghosh
Niharika Vidya Sagar
Rangmunch.TV

Edited by
Navyanka Varma
Rangmunch.TV

 

Top Ten Shows of the Week!

Rangmunch.TV is back with the top ten shows of the week that the viewers have watched and loved! There seems to be a general drop in the ratings of all the shows this week, but the same names seem to have exchanged places with one another in the top ten slot.


1. Saath Nibhaana Saathiya – 6.22 is what Saathiya scored this week since the audience seem to be loving the fact that Gopi finally gets to rest and the entire family is taking care of her. Does this mean Ahem will now also  soon fall for her?


2. Diya aur Baati Hum – 5.45  Our Audience loves drama and this gets proved yet again, with Diya Bati staying strong at the second spot. So now when the revelation of Sandhya being literate comes out one wonders what the TRPs would be like!


3.Balika Vadhu – 4.78 Anandi has always been people’s favorite! Balika Vadhu never gets out of the list when it comes to being on top! Cheers to its consistency!





4. CID- 4.04 Like wine that gets better with time ACP Pradyumans boys have turned into middle aged men and have grown smarter over the time. With interesting cases revolving around Christmas and New Year this week, these men keep themselves updated when it comes to content! 








5. Yeh Rishta Kya Keh laata hai – 4.02 This story that picks from every slice of life, never fails to disappoint you! With the babies becoming the center point of the story, they surely make you smile more than you cry!









5. Ek Hazaro Main Meri Behna Hai – 3.75 With it being Jeevika’s birthday and Viren trying to ensure he would want to give his newly wed wife something that she totally would love and appreciate Viren finally decides to bring Manvi as a present! While the entire week went into planning the same out, the TRPs soared in anticipation!



6. Bade Acche – 3.65  The audience clearly hates the fact that Ram and Priya are sharing some moments of bitterness and discomfort.The show this week has seen a fall in the TRP that seems to have a direct co-relation with the discontentment the audience are facing! So now we know, if they start showing some amount of romance and love, the TRPS will reflect the same too!




7. Is Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? – 3.58 Fans now feel its about time Arnav and Khushi make progress with their love story! Just when both of them broke their engagements off, and one hoped  things would fall in place, the show saw the entry of a new character N.K or Nanda Kishore. Well, we hope this man brings the two hearts together instead of forming the third angle to a cliche triangle! Mr. N.K take the hint!

8. Pratigya- 3.41  The step mom vs. the mom who brings you up drama continues to entertain and engage the audience. One thing’s is clear, people love the conflict of ideologies that the show always seems to highlight! Plus that little kid is totally adorable, no one wants him straying the path or getting ill treated, and now we know he is an artist too! Oh Boy! Show him the right direction we pray!


9.Sasural Genda Phool- 3.34 Poor Suhana has been dealing with the dilemma of a husband who totally loves her, now hiding something from her! While Ishaan has his reasons, one would expect him to share the problem with his wife! Errr… I mean, to err is human especially on TV shows, warna kahani aagey kaise badhegi





10.Sasural Simar Ka- 3.32 The two sisters and  their family drama heats up this week, with Sasural Simar ka managing to stay on his side of the TRP hill this week as well!







Here are some Rangmunch’s Special Mentions for the fans. These are TRPS that you want to know of because you love the shows anyway!


Parvarrish (Sony TV): scores a 2.63 this week ! You could get all the regular updates of the show on the Official Page of the show https://www.facebook.com/DJs.Parvarrish


New Show Ruk Jaana Nahi on StarPlus made a fairly good beginning with a 1.71 TRP. With an early evening slot, this show will surely take some time to catch up with the audience! We only hope, like all the others on the Channel this one will also be a trend setter and a path breaker in the days to come.


Kuch Toh Log Kahenge (Sony TV): 1.65 As the tension of Armaan convincing Ashutosh and Rohan doing the same for Nidhi and the two cupids finally deciding to get together, perhaps was enough build up of drama for the week! One hopes with the current interesting track, the TRPs in the week forward would reflect better! All the best Kuch Toh… For those that miss the show at 8:00 PM, the 11 PM telecast comes as sigh of relief!

While we take off for this week, we only hope the numbers haven’t left you disappointed! Tables might turn in the week ahead, so keep watching your favorite shows if you want to see them in the place you desire. Simple thing, that could help are watching an episode on the Television instead of the computer if you have an option that is!

Have a great week watching your favourite shows till we come back again with their report card next week!

Niharika Vidya Sagar
Rangmunch.TV

 

News Bar: The Week Ahead!!


Sasural Genda Phool at 7:30pm on Star Plus
Suhana decides to pleasantly surprise Ishaan and therefore does not inform him about her coming back to Bombay. Meanwhile Ishaan is trying to help Sona to be away from the clutches of her obsessive and abusive husband. However, to avoid any complications in his personal life, Ishaan decides to hide it from Suhana, and not let her know what is happening in Sona’s life. Will this hide and seek turn out to be fatal for Ishaan?




Balika Vadhu at 8:00pm on Colors
Nothing is worse than breaking an innocent heart and that is the crime that both Jagat and Gauri have done. Both Shivani and Gunda Tai on knowing the truth about Anandi, breaks all their ties with Gauri and Jagat. While they are now without a home, the precap revealed that it was Jagat’s father, Bhairav Singh who had paid for Gauri’s education. Will this revelation prove to be the turning point in Gauri and Jagat’s relationship?
Kuch Toh Log Kahenge at 8pm on Sony Entertainment Televsion:
The week ended with Niddhi and Ashutosh coming face to face at the Dargah, where Armaan and Rohan tells them that there is no point in shying away from the fact that they Love one another, since both Niddhi and Ashutosh have confessed their love for each other in front of Armaan and Rohan respectively. So will the viewers eventually get to see a confession tonight?


Ek Hazaron Mein Meri Behna Hai at 8:30pm on Star Plus:
Viren brings Manvi home and surprises Jeevika on her birthday. While Jeevika is thrilled to see Manvi, Swamini’s smile fades away. Will Manvi’s presence bring happiness or create further problems for Jeevika? Will this trip of Manvi give way to a new love story between her and Viraat? Lets wait and watch!!


Bade Acche Lagte Hai at 10:30pm on Sony Entertainment Televsion:
Who is Apeksha? Why is the entire family trying to keep her identity under wraps? A million dollar question to which we all want an answer along with Priya, but looks like the makers want to play around with the mystery for some more time. Meanwhile will Ayesha get to know the truth about Natasha’s abortion? Tune in to watch the drama unfold.

Maryada Lekin Kab Tak at 11pm on Star Plus

Gaurav reveals his gay status to his father Brahmanand Jhakkar and to everyone’s surprise, Brahmanand reacts in the most unusual manner. He instantly accepts Gaurav and Karan’s relationship and paints Devyani black in front of Aditya. However Brahmanand goes back to his room and vents out his anger as Gaurav’s words keep playing in his head. Will Devyani be able to unmask Brahmanand before Aditya and the rest of her family?

Rangmunch.TV wishes every one a great week ahead!!! 

Swati Ghosh
Rangmunch.TV 
 

Director Psyche: Sidharth Sengupta !

Sidharth Sengupta, The Director of Balika Vadhu

On a scale of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) how many marks would you give to the following?
¨       Importance of story:   5
¨       Importance of screenplay:  4
¨       Importance of music:   3
¨       Importance of a good assistant: 2
¨       Importance of good-looking actors. 1

In the options given below which one of the following inspires you the most.
¨       A book
¨       A movie 
¨       Another show
¨       A real life experience
¨       A rival doing better than you
  
If your day at work has been really crappy, you would:

¨       show it on family and friends
¨       go take a walk
¨       bitch out hard to a friend till your mouth hurts and heart eases
¨       Ignore it as a part and parcel of your job routine.

If you found out two of the actors on your show have become a real life couple you would:

¨       Confront them and tell them you will not tolerate this on your set.
¨       Congratulate them and incorporate more of their scenes in the show.
¨       Be indifferent to them as they are not concerned with your life.
¨       Treat them differently on the set, treat them differently outside.

In case of a conflict in vision with your writer, you would:

¨       Talk to him/her and explain it is visually not possible.
¨       Ignore what is written, take a call, shoot, and then let the writer know
¨       Ignore your vision and shoot what is present in the script as long as the episode goes on air.
¨       Try to balance out between what is written and what can be presented in order to not wreck your personal equation with the said person.
An actor is repeatedly performing badly and has been receiving negative feedback. As a Director, you would:

¨       Take him out on a friendly informal dinner and explain stuff to him/her.
¨       Yell at him, since you are tired of repeatedly telling him/her.
¨       Ask his closest friend on the set, to talk to him/her and explain stuff
¨       Give him/her as little screen space as possible to cover up the flaws.

Your close buddy in the same profession as you has won an award that you sincerely believed you deserved. You would:

¨       Congratulate him/her first and hope to win the next year.
¨       Take your time to come to terms with it and then give her/him a call to wish them.
¨       Ignore the person totally till the time; you have the award in your hand next year.
¨       Totally give up on the concept of rewards and Awards as a benchmark for performance.

One fine day you realize that you are no longer interested in your current project for whatever reason, you would: 

¨       Prepare to pack your bags and move on to the next project that catches your attention
¨       Introspect, find out the reason for your lack of interest, and go about correcting them.
¨       Ignore the feeling and go about your work as best as you can. After all, you are being paid for it.
¨       Continue the project and let everyone on the sets bear the brunt of it.

Interviewed by:
Niharika Vidya Sagar
Swati Ghosh
Rangmunch.TV
 

I, Me, Myself! – Shashank Vyass!

Let us introduce you all to a guy who is not only very down to earth but is also humble about life. He takes life’s challenges with a smile and listens to criticsism with honesty.You all know him as Jagya in “Balika Vadhu”, but we at Rangmunch.TV bring you the real man Shashank Vyass who with his straight forward approach to life and work is slowly creating a niche for himself .
Rangmunch : What’s the craziest thing you want to do?

Shashank: Sky diving I guess. Seeing the movie “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara” has  motivated me. Lets see how it comes across.

Rangmunch: What’s your biggest fear?

Shashank: After telling a lie, being caught by some one.

Rangmunch: What do you think you need to change about yourself?

Shashank: I want to control my anger. Anger is not related to someone but it is within you, so yes I wanna control that.

Rangmunch: What is missing in your life at the moment?

Shashank: Basically I lost my Mother in February 2009. That’s been the biggest loss to me and I really miss her at the moment.

Rangmunch: Do you think everthing happens for a reason?

Shashank: For sure, and that to for a good reason.

Rangmunch: Do you let other people’s negativity affect you?

Shashank: No, never. If I am a positive person, then why should I let it affect me? I’m working in a cut throat competitive enviorment and if I have to survive, then I can’t let negativity affect me.

Rangmunch: Who has had the greatest impact on your life?

Shashank: My mother. While my father taught me how to work, my mother told me how and when to do that.

Rangmunch: As an actor what is your long term program, say 5 years from now?

Shashank: I would love to play negative roles as I would learn a lot from that.

Rangmunch: Do you watch any other show on TV?

Shashank: Well I watch Discovery Channel and loads of movies. Basically I am a movie buff. I never miss a new release. I loved watching Bol, Bodyguard and The girl in yellow  boots.

Rangmunch: Do you smile more than you frown?

Shashank: Yes I do.

Rangmunch: One thing you are grateful for in life?

Shashank: To be a part of the most popular show Balika Vadhu. To be working with senior actors in a high brand show which was already doing so well and that too doing a lead role. To be working here in Balika Vadhu, is like getting trained from the best training academy.

Rangmunch: Do you miss your hometown?


Shashank: No, not that much. After my mother passed away, I can’t stay for more than 2 days. “Bohot khali khali lagta hai.” Moreover my Father goes to work, and my sister is married. Mumbai is better, since it keeps me busy all the time.

Rangmunch: If not an actor, then what would you have become?

Shashank: If not an actor then I would have completed my MBA and taken up a job.

Rangmunch: How do your friends react now seeing you on small screen?

Shashank: My friends have been my driving force. Seeing me do plays in college, they always said to pursue acting and told me “ja Mumbai ja.” Today my friends are very happy for me. I have five close friends, three from my college while the other two are my room- mates in Bombay.

Rangmunch: Were you a back bencher or a front bencher in school?

Shashank: Considering my height, I was always made to sit at the back. Also I could never be the monitor of my class since I did a lot of masti.

Rangmunch: Who is your biggest critic?


Shashank: Its my Father. But honestly you are your biggest critic. Your conscious will say if your work has been good or not. So its you who is the biggest critic.

Rangmunch: How do you deal with people’s criticism about you on forums?

Shashank: Well if they are upset and critical about me, I definitely try and work on that as I am answerable to my fans. Its not easy to keep everyone happy but I definitely try to do so.
Hope you enjoyed the interview as much as we did bring it to you!!

Interviewed by:
Swati Ghosh
Niharika Vidya Sagar

Edited by:
Navya Varma 
 

Must Watch Shows!

Balika Vadhu at 8:00pm on Colors
It is not necessary that what is visible to us is the whole truth. Shivani is immensely happy and impressed with the way Anandi stood up for Phooli and got her justice. She is also amazed to see that Anandi’s family equally supported her and gave her the strength to stand up and fight for a good cause. However, Shivani is pleasantly surprised to know that Anandi is not the daughter but the daughter-in-law of the Badi Haveli. But in the course of her conversation, Shivani learns that Anandi’s husband has abandoned her and has married another woman. However, seeing Jagat in the family photograph and the revelation of his real identity shocks Shivani completely and she understands the truth behind Gouri and Jagat’s relationship. How is Shivani going to deal with this truth?  
     

Dekha Ek Khwaab at 8:45pm hours on Sony Entertainment 
Tonight in Dekha Ek Khwaab, Aakash will be seen lost in Monia’s thoughts. Akash is finding it extremely difficult to let go off Monia’s thoughts. While  Chikki will try and comfort him by striking  a conversation but Akash will refuse to talk. Monia on the other hand is adjusting herself to her new life and keeping herself busy with  household work in the Rajmahal. Komal will react to the idea of Monia doing everything herself mainly because she is a princess and will communicate this to Monia! Will Aakash meet Monia again?

Navya at 10:00pm on Star Plus

Navya fails to tell Anant that no guests are allowed to her office Party, and hence he accompanies her. Amar Sir handles the situation on her behalf and ensures that Anant does not feel out of place. Just when Navya thinks that all is well, Anant puts Navya in an awkward situation by getting drunk. Will this incident create further rift between Navya and Anant’s family?

Swati Ghosh
Rangmunch.TV 
 

News Bar: The Week Back and Forth…!

Bade Acche Lagte Hai on Sony Entertainment Television
Ram and Priya’s honeymoon end on a bitter note as Apeksha’s mission finally gets accomplished. Even though, Priya initially refuse to believe her, but she is unable to turn her back when she sees Apeksha hugging Ram. Priya quietly walks away from there as the sight of Ram and Apeksha together leaves her puzzled and restless. Priya is unable to decide if she should go with her heart or listen to her mind. On finding Priya in the hotel room, Ram gets angry with her for not informing him about her where about. However, he is taken aback when Priya confronts him about Apeksha and shows him the bangles she had given her. Priya is further shocked when Ram confesses that he does share a relation with Apeksha. Will revelation of Ram’s past ruin his relationship with Priya? On the other hand, Natasha’s in-laws are all set to surprise her, since they have got to know about her pregnancy. How is Natasha going to deal with all of this? So tune in to watch all the twist and turns in the forth-coming episodes.
Balika Vadhu on Colors
Phooli tries to escape with her baby but eventually gets caught by her husband and in-laws, who snatch away the child from her and beats her up. Phooli begs them but they pay no heed to her. She cries bitterly and shouts for help. But no one is there to help her. Next morning, Phooli in a devastated state comes in front of Shivani’s car. She is about to faint but Shivani holds her. Phooli mutters about her kid and Shivani tries to ask her more about it. She mumbles Anandi’s name and address. She takes phooli to badi haveli. Anandi and rest of the family are shocked to know that Phooli’s in-laws have taken away her child and have thrown her out of the house, as they no longer need her. Anandi decides to fight for Phooli and get her justice. Shivani is very impressed to know that Anandi is the Sarpanch of the Village Panchayat. However, the Panchayat gives decision against Phooli, to which Anandi gets extremely disappointed and says that she would now go to the court of law to get justice for Phooli. Meanwhile the precap shows the revelation of Anandi’s real identity before Shivani. Will Shivani’s attitude towards Gouri and Jagat change after this?
Navya on Star Plus
Navya accidentally gets to know about Anant’s mom’s birthday and decides to surprise her. Therefore, along with Nimisha she arranges for a cake and gets a saree for her as a gift. However, Navya’s plan backfires when Buaji tells her that Bajpayee family do not celebrate birthdays. As if Buaji’s harsh words were not good enough, even Anant’s mom shows dissatisfaction towards Navya and leaves her crying. The next morning Navya’s family comes to pick her up and she leaves Anant’s house with a heavy heart and a promise to herself, that next time she would come prepared and win them over.  Meanwhile Anant comes back from Delhi, goes to meet Navya, and pleasantly surprises her. Navya tells Anant about her office party and about the retro theme and Anant gets all set to attend the party along with her without her knowledge. Will Navya be able to stop Anant from attending the Official party with her and let him know that personal guests are not allowed?
Hitler Didi on Zee TV
Indira comes home looking for Mandira and asks Sunaina if Mandira came home. Kutumb mentions that she saw Mandira leave on a bike with Rishi a while back. Indira instantly calls up Rishi and tell him to get Mandira back home. Rishi patiently tells her that she should not enforce marriage on Mandira as she is an adult. Indira finds that the money she had kept aside for household expenses has been stolen and also her tickets and vochers to Macau. She realises that Mandira has eloped and Kutumb blames Indira for the situation. Seeing Indira’s plight, Amma hands her over Rs. 50,000/- that she has been saving and asks her to proceed to Macau. At Macau Indira finds Rishi and he tells her that Mandira dodged him and went away with Manoj Chaddha. He also tells Indira about Manoj’s intention. They both start looking for Mandira and in the bargain have their moments of nok jhok. Will this trip to Macau bring Indira and Rishi closer? 
Diya Aur Baati Hum on Star Plus

While Suraj is all set to help Vikram overcome his financial crisis, Sandhya is trying to get to the truth about the fire fiasco that happened in their house. Smart and intelligent Sandhya soon realizes that someone deliberately put fire in the godown, but before doing so removed the sarees out from there. Sandhya later sees the bundle of Sarees in Meena’s room and decides to find out the truth. Sandhya tells Meena that the culprit has left behind his handprint on one of the walls, which will help them to track him down. On hearing, this Meena goes to the godown and tries to wipe out the handprint with a wet cloth. Sandhya catches Meena red handed and tells her to confess the truth before Bhabo. Will Meena tell the truth to Bhabo and the rest of the household or will she turn the tables and prove Sandhya wrong?  

Do tune in to see how the story unfolds in each of the above shows in the forth coming week.

Swati Ghosh
Rangmunch.TV