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Gurmeet and Drashti wish fans a Happy New Year!!!



As the year comes to an end, we at Rangmunch.TV leave you with a video message from your favourite Gurmeet Choudary and Drashti Dhami, who have enthralled us with their performance as Maan and Geet on StarOne’s hit show Geet-Hui Sabse Parayi!!!!



We hope you enjoyed watching the video, and we hope to see them once more in the New year in their new roles and performances! Thank You Gurmeet and Drashti for enriching our lives by becoming an integral part of it.

On that note, we at Rangmunch wish all our readers and watchers a very Happy New Year 2012, and hope the year brings you all the love, luck, happiness, success and all that you wish for. We hope to bring you all that you love and want! Thanks for encouraging us and making us do this for all of you . Each  one of you have been greatly instrumental in making us a medium through which we  could connect you with everyone on the other side of the Camera!


Cheers!
Niharika Vidya Sagar
Swati Ghosh
Navyanka Varma
Niti Vaidya
Neeraja Unni
(Rangmunch.TV)
 

I have shot more than 1000 episodes for StarOne: Hrishikesh Gandhi


StarOne was one such channel that gave plenty of opportunities as a Director of Photography or any  creative person for that matter with the kind of shows they came up with.  When I first saw Guns and Roses or Family Business, as a maker I myself was totally impressed by the contrast lighting, the rich look and feel. One had to have guts to want to try shows like that.Those are the kind of shows, one dreams of doing, since there is so much one can do as a DOP. Hence when  I got my chance to do shows on StarOne, it was but obvious that I would grab the opportunity.

During my stint with StarOne that has spanned over 3 years I have shot over 1000 episodes, where I did shows like Sshhh Koi Hai, 500 Episodes of Miley Jab Hum Tum and around 500 episodes of Geet. I have also shot a couple of sequences of Love Ne Mila Di Jodi. As I look back now, I feel honored and also proud of myself for having worked on shows such as this that have gone on to become so popular. StarOne as a channel being pulled off came as a huge disappointment, because, it was welcome change for those like me that didn’t want to try mundane stuff on TV.

Some people I cant fail to mention are Nikita and Rohini from Star. They were outstanding. The way they worked on the shows, made all the difference according to me.

I feel, however I did my best work with Geet. It was like an all new beginning. When I see the way dargah sequence was shot even today,I feel thrilled at the amount of variety we  have tried on the show. Even now when I get compliments on how Geet was a “look good” show, I always aspire to get similar recognition for my other work as well. Other DOP’s call me and tell me, how they love my work and it boosts me. When ever I am down and out, I make it a point to sit and watch Dulhe Ka Sehra, and that instantly peps me up and I tell myself  “Nahi Hrishi, you can do well” and I am smiling and geared up again.

Whenever Nissar(Parvez) and I discuss a new concept we try and design a unique look for each of our shows. Like for instance after an extremely glossy show with all good looking people on Miley Jab Hum Tum, we  we tried to keep the initial look of GEET very simple hence we went ahead with very natural and realistic lighting. In the Hoshiarpur sequences we had hard lights coming into the house. By the time the office sequence came, the set up changed and we swicthed to the look good module. Alot of effort goes into making a show look a certain way, Rohini, Gul, Richa from Endemol have all done their bit so perfectly, I think its ultimately team work that has paid off.

Everybody feels bad when a show comes to an end, but we also are often told its a part of life. May be it is, but for me the last day on the sets was extremely depressing. I was totally emotional. I remember this happened even when Miley Jab Hum Tum ended. Fans were very unhappy. But this time, it was StarOne as a Channel that was going off as well. So it was hard on all of us. I however fondly look back and think of how I was a part of two hit sagas on this Channel. 

On the last day when I shot the close ups of Gurmeet and Drashti, I got very emotional since I instantly remembered their first shot and how they were then and realised how time has passed! All of the sequences I had shot with them came back to me, Kurbaan Hua, The Dargah Sequence, the wedding. Since I was one of the first members of the team, I think it was extremely hard for me to let go. You know, if the same team gets together and works together again it will rock.

The Aakhri Salaam promo of StarOne actually got me so nostalgic, it was like the end of an era! Memories of the shows I have worked on will always stay and I will always feel proud of the fact that I have worked on two shows on the Channel where I came to know how people took interest and paid attention to lighting and all the effort that goes on behind the camera! I am really going to miss Star One.



Hrishikesh Gandhi
Director of Photography
 

New Year wishes from Geet Actors!




GEET fans! Here is a surprise from the stars of your favorite show. Though we don’t get to see our dear actors on screen anymore, here are short video messages from all of them on the occasion of the New Year!





Interviewed by,
Niharika Vidya Sagar
Swati Ghosh
Rangmunch.TV
 

Quick 5 with Rahul Agarwal!!

Director Rahul Agarwal had been associated with two hit shows of Star One, Dil Mil Gaye and Geet  Hui Sabse Parayi. As Star One has now revamped, Rangmunch.TV got in touch with Rahul to know more about his journey with then Star One, and his views on now – Life OK.

Rangmunch: What about StarOne appealed to you the most as a Channel?

Rahul: The first thing that struck me about Star One was its youthness, its freshness. It was a channel with slice of life shows. Shows which today’s generation can relate to. It was free of clichés n regressive themes. That was really appealing.

Rangmunch: How has your journey been as a maker with the Channel and the shows you did?

Rahul: I did two shows with star one namely Dil Mil Gaye and Geet Hui Sabse Parayi. Both are very dear to me as a maker. I loved doing both the shows. One gave me a chance to explore and other to polish 🙂 The channel people were always supportive of new ideas n techniques, which I kept on doing in both the shows. It was a helluva rolla costa ride 🙂 and trust me a scintillating one. With star one it was always work hard and party harder.

Rangmunch: What are the kind of shows you look forward to on Life OK?

Rahul: I think you mean Life Ok. Well being a star network brand, I for sure can say that it will bring path-breaking shows as always and again surprise viewers with the kind of content they will offer. Looking forward to what they have to offer to the makers and audience.

Rangmunch: Your sentiment now, as the Channel has gone in for a re-vamp?

Rahul: Every channel goes through a lotta extensive research and planning right from getting feedback from audience to marketing to branding and finally delivering a ready product. Star one catered to a certain age group because of the youth content of shows. I sure the revamp will be for the betterment 🙂

Rangmunch: A message to all your viewers on StarOne.
Rahul: It was a very exhilarating journey with all you guys. Your love and support was great. Overwhelming at times 🙂 and not just the viewers, to all who were even remotely involved with the shows, be it the makers, the doers or the watchers. Thank u all for being with us in the journey called Life. Ok :)) Love U all!!

Interviewed by:
Niharika Vidya Sagar
Rangmunch.TV
 

Fan Speak: My Final HOO HAA to GEET – GurMaan MonAmour!



Well, how else would I start my post to GEET, but, HOO HAA GEET!!


When I had first seen a clip of GEET, it was of Maan’s entry in the mela at Mukeria where Geet is left behind mistakenly and my first thought was – this guy must be a goondaa, little knowing that this goondaraaj was going to rule my heart and mind in the coming months and year, blotting out all else.

GEET came to me at a time when I had been lonely, living in a country where I was still not anchored after 11 years, here was a series reeling me in, taking away my loneliness and merging me with a group that wanted nothing more than to ooh and aah together at the pair that was Maan and Geet. It was a first time that I had liked both the lead characters, albeit one a wee bit more than the other (wink!).

Each day I came with renewed anticipation I had not felt in a long while, making me wait for 11:30 am to arrive (the time it aired where I was), making me hurry up each day, trying to get things done so that there was no disturbance while I watched my favourite couple play tug-of-war with their emotions, playing games to hide their true feelings or just plain get on each other’s nerves. It was a treat to watch the play of emotions and then came along, “Kehna hi kya”. For me, that was the day that I was compelled to write, to pen down what I felt I could see. 

It started me on a road where I began hesitantly, but each episode brought out more of the writer that was hidden within and I would sit glued to my screen waiting to hear what Maan would say in his silence.

GEET brought me friends from all across the globe, people whom I would have never have met otherwise, people of different ages, races, religious beliefs and professional backgrounds who all became one as viewers who would curse Brij and Nayantara collectively, drool over Maan’s tender looks, get pumped up with his awesome “khunnas and laugh at Geet’s constant pleas to Babaji(who I later learned was the spot boy in the rafters) or go awww at the relation of Maan and the ever so loyal, sweet Adi.

Although the initial craze had dimmed for me, just like the embers that remain long after the fire has died down, so does the attachment with GEET remain and will be there always- for, GEET not only gave me friends who will be there even when GEET no longer is, it also gave me back something of myself.

Like they say “yaad oosay kiya jaata hai, jisay bhool gaye hon – jo dil mein rehtay ho oonhay yaad karnay ki kya zaroorat”, so will it be for me where you are concerned GEET and this is my final HOO HAA to you!!


GurMaan MonAmour!

 

Until I was ten I didn’t know there was no Santa Claus: Melanie Pias!

Melanie Pias

When we were little kids, we looked forward to Santa leaving presents for us on the eve of Christmas! This thought made us look forward to that day every year! Though as years passed we realized there was no Santa, and that the man was just symbolic of all the happy times that the festival promises. We still wish no matter how old we are that Santa would come knocking at our door with loads of goodies! After all who doesn’t like to be pampered?



On the occasion of this Christmas, we at Rangmunch.TV bring to you a short video of Melanie Pias, who you recently saw on your favorite show Geet, playing the role of Nandini! Lets find out what Melanie plans to do this Christmas.

Rangmunch.TV would like to wish all its readers and viewers a Merry Christmas! Hope you have a joyful year ahead!!

Niharika Vidya Sagar
Swati Ghosh
Rangmunch.TV
 

Fan Speak: GEET was just not a journey…..It was a way of Life – Raashi Jain!

Many serials, jodis and actors have come and gone in Indian Television Industry but no one has been able to reach the heights that GHSP/Maaneet/Gurti conquered just within seconds with their magic.

Maaneet taught us the true meaning of love through portrayal of each and every feelings in such a way that kept viewers all over the world captivated and mesmerised and will keep doing it forever with their beautiful memories. “Kurbaan hua” is such a benchmark in their and our journey without which describing geet and maan is very herculine task followed by many more such song sequences such as Hum tum, Behne de, Teri deewani, Pee loon, Roop tera mastana and many more as well as with many touching sequences such as “Aaj se zindagi ki har subah tumse shuru aur har raat tum pe khatam”, sonography moment and maan apologising geet for choosing her above her child during steam room attack by Brij. And how can one forget about that khatti-meethi nok-jhoks between the duo which brought them closer than ever.


Maaneet had not been what they are today if there would not have been so many more characters in the show. Be it a positive character or a negative one, both played a role of cupid by bringing maan and geet closer. Had Dev and Naintara not ruined geet’s life, her own family would not have been against her forcing geet to leave hoshiyarpur and start a new life in Delhi. Had not Adi called Pinky to office when she went to pick up geet, she would not have gotten that job as Maan’s secretary. Dadi played a vital role by not only giving geet back her job when she herself had left it but also by making her shift to outhouse of KM. Other important people being Sasha, Tasha, Rahul, Pari, DeMello’s, Meera, Yash, Romeo, Pandeyji, Manisha, Annie, Arjun, Brij and the list goes on and on.


I know I have written too much but not to forget the technicians. But wait where’s our life and geet?

GHSP came into our lives through television but we started getting involved in it thoroughly through geet pages on facebook, they gave us many friends and in sometime people all over the world became one big family. After that started the fan fictions which too very soon became our life and gave us a whole new world of maaneet. Slowly and steadily Maaneet entered our lives through various means and when they started governing it we never came to know. It was like a most natural thing happening to us and became our lives!!!

Maine kuch zyada hi likh diya na, par kya karun mujhe samajh hi nahi aa raha tha ki kya chodun aur kya likhun………abhi bhi bahut kuch aisa hai jo mai nahi likh payi……aap sab toh jaante hi hai ki agar maaneet ke baare mei baat karo to shabd kum pad jate hai par unki baatein nahi khatam hoti hai……..hope you all like it!


Raashi Jain

 

Fan Speak: This show GOT to release on DVD – Sadia!

I still remember the day I first found Geet – the show I mean! I was browsing through YouTube when I saw the little thumbnail of “Kurbaan Hua” song sequence – that infamous picture of Geet in white and Maan in black behind her. For someone who doesn’t watch Indian serials, I don’t know why, but I couldn’t stop myself from clicking that thumbnail to watch the video. The thumbnail itself made me curious – the lighting, the colour theme, the expressions on the actors’ faces, the pose – I never saw anything like that – atleast not on anything Indian serial related!

After I watched the video, I couldn’t sleep. Literally – all I could think about was “what did I just watch”. I got up and started browsing through more Geet related videos. The next clip I saw was the “Maahi Maahi” song sequence and from that moment, there was no coming back. I was physically stunned! It’s one of the most beautiful and passionate sequence I’ve seen in my entire life. From that day onwards, I was hooked to this serial. My nights would be spent watching Geet-Maan related scenes and my days would be spent thinking about the scenes and trying to stay awake, while working or studying!

There are many serials on TV, there are many actors and actresses on TV. But for me, I have never seen anyone like Drashti Dhami and Gurmeet Choudhary. Their approach to a scene, their interaction to not just eachother but other characters, the way they say their dialogues – it’s unlike anything I’ve seen! And this goes not just for the actors but the entire team of Geet. I wonder if they fully understand what they have created!

What bought me to the Geet forum was a single thought after watching “Maan’s Letter to Geet scene” from the Amritsar track. There are many beautifully shot scenes in Geet; the “Dargah scene”, the “Behne De” scene, the “Kehna Hi Kya” scene, but that “letter scene” is my favourite. It’s like as if the camera was reciting and enacting the most romantic poem one could think of! Beautiful close up shots of Drashti and Gurmeet also showed the brilliance of the makeup team this show has.

And yes the single thought was “this show GOT to release on DVD” – because all I wanted to do was keep this show in my possession forever! A very selfish thought turned into, probably the most selfless thing I have done in my life?! The thought was so strong that I made a Facebook account for the sole purpose of being a part of the “Geet” forum. I went to the forum as a silent observer. I still consider myself that. But as I introduced this single thought of mine to the world of “Geet”, I wasn’t so silently observing anymore. I found four people – four sisters I should say; Zainab, Sejal, Iffy and Rani. That single thought of mine was not so single anymore – it has become a thought for many. I now run a page with my sisters to turn this single thought into a reality for all of us Geet fans.


Can a show give so much to it’s fans? Geet has. We will forever remain thankful to the makers, actors, creators; infact the entire team of Geet, for giving us something so beautiful, priceless and invaluable. 

Thank you Rangmunch TV, for giving us fans a platform to express our thoughts to the team of Geet.

Sadia
 

Fan Speak: “Two Tormented Souls Finding Solace in Each Other” – Nafisa Kazi!

When was I drawn to this show?
What was it that caught my attention?
How, I got deeply attached to this beautiful saga of two individuals having a traumatised past, finding solace in each other & creating their own blissful haven”?
Just like the relationship growth between maaneet, was a gradual one, my being sucked into their world was gradual.
Attraction: From the moment when a shirtless Maan emerged from the depths of water carrying a half-drowned Geet in his arms, I was struck by this beautiful couple. My instinctive reaction being “how good they look together”

Interest Evoking: Me, who doesn’t believe in “love at first sight” theory, so naturally, when maaneet’s relationship began on an antagonistic foot, it caught my attention. Maan, with his over-generlized belief “treachery, thy name is woman” treating Geet with abhorrence & Geet disliking him for his overbearing & judgmental attitude. I found their never-ending squabbles so endearing.
Love & Respect: It was not long before I grew fond of these two characters and held them in awe. While most fell for an “angry Maan,” I fell in love with “righteous Maan.” Perhaps the first glimpse that behind a “tough exterior there resided a heart of gold” was when despite his hatred towards woman-kind, he was always there for Geet.  When the man she had placed her trust in deserted her, when her own family was out to annihilate her very existence, it was Maan who was her savior. Geet, brought up in a family where the word of eldest male member of the family, was taken as law, stands against them for what she deems as right. Yup, I fell in love with the innate traits of these two onscreen characters.
Thought Provoking: Unlike most of the dramas being televised, GHSP was the one that went away from the “norms.” The basic concept of this tale itself raised many questions in the minds of it’s viewers that led to many online debates. It highlighted crimes carried out taking advantage of societal laws “fake marriages.” Another was the heinous social act of “honor killing.” How just to save the family’s prestige Geet’s own family wanted to keep mum about what she has gone through & terminate her pregnancy. Watching Geet’s trauma and her struggles and yet there being a “ray of hope” in her life in the name of “Maan Singh Khurana.” This surely would’ve been a sort of “catharsis” for those who might’ve suffered or been through similar traumatic experience and not so fortunate like Geet who had her Maan with her.
Emotional Attachement: Oh Geet & Maan!!! How I fell in love with their love. Whether it was Maan’s undeniable trust in his Mishti or Geet’s absolute faith in him. Even when the Creatives had come up with the “inane” track of misunderstanding between them, their faith in each other was evident in their covert behavior. I started relating to the various stages in their relationship growth. Indeed one of the most beautiful depiction of growing affinity between two individuals, so much so that their union seemed so credible.
There are many gem of moments in this wide field of Geet-Hui Sabse Parayi. The list is a long one. Beginning from the one shown in the above picture, let me churn out some uncut gems that also left an impact on me. 
1. This one’s my favorite. It’s when Geet pays a surreptitous visit to Maan. At first only her eyes are visible, no wonder, Maan seemed to be mesmerized by those beautiful doe-like hazel eyes.

 2. “Main ye kabhi bhool nahi sakti ki meri zindagi aapki amanat hai.” Their first night together spent in a thatched hut after Maan saves Geet from Brij.

3. Who’d not be tempted to want to move away the tendril teasing such an angelic countenance. So if Maan was, I certainly don’t blame him.

4. I loved this scene for the undercurrents between Maaneet that could be sensed by all.

5. Here was perhaps where I was most impressed by Gurmeet’s performance. My heart went out to Maan’s agony on realizing that Geet has left her job. His words to Adi “Wo mujhe chodkar chali gayi,” aww….

This was just an attempt to express my sentiments about this wonderful show called “Geet-Hui Sabse Parayi.”
Nafisa Kazi
 

Yaad toh tab aayega na jab bhool jayenge- Gautam Hegde

Gautam Hegde

I remember when Star One was launched sometime in 2004. I was very new to the TV industry then and was completely in love with the channel- its tagline was Apni Tuning Jamegi and it had this complete fun feel to it, the promos, the packaging- it was like a wafer, crisp, fresh, you couldnt just have ONE! Sarabhai, Instant Khichdi, Remix, Guns n Roses, Pyar Ki kashti, Hotel Kingston (you may think I’m googling the names but the truth is I remember because I was awestruck that TV can be THIS too!!) And I secretly wished to be a part of Star One someday.

With the Mukul Srivastav, Hitesh, and Shilpa D Mello (MJHT)

And somehow I think God hears the whispers that you send to your own heart as well. A few years later, Vivek Bahl offered me to write for Deeya Singh’s Annu Ki Ho Gayi Wah Bhai Wah. And I was thrilled!! I did a few initial episodes of that but I couldnt continue due to some reasons. Then I got a call for another show called Seema Sudhir Sharma’s Chhotey Chhotey Sheher Bade Bade Sapney about two diamterically opposite sisters from a small town who come to a posh college in the metro. This show, no Santa Claus goodies for guessing, was Miley Jab Hum Tum! 


We went on air on September 22, 2008 (I hope I am right else the fans will kill me; and if I am right please dont think I am like Subodh from Dil Chahta Hai!) and again I was super happy to write a youth show, something I always wished to write when I saw Hip Hip Hurray as a kid. I still remember Mayank, Nupur, Samrat, Gunjan, Uday, Diya, Benjy, CJ, Vatsala, Annie, Chacko, Chinu, their Valentine Days, their pentathalons, the trip to Morena, Samrat realizing he is in love with Gunjan (which by the way happened almost a year after the show aired), how fans would keep comparing ‘Mayur‘ with ‘Sajan‘ and the whole complaints about these people got so many minutes of scenes more and they got so many seconds less in the song! LOL! That sheer madness! 

With Actor Arjun Bijlani

I miss MJHT- when I hear Khuda Jaane, I remember Sam-Gunjan, when I hear Ishq hua, I remember the one shot song in the foyer, when I hear Pehli baar mohabbat, I remember Mayank and Nupur’s passion. And when I hear Salaam E Ishq, I remember the crazy episode we wrote with Dill Mill Gaye and MJHT combined writers sitting in a room with Nikita Dhond, Rohini Singh, Anand Jain, Richa Yamini, Jyoti Tandon, Neeraj Sachdeva having Maggi noodles for hours together! I remember crying when the season one finale happened and the foursome met with an accident. Now there is sure a million fans who would wonder why we did that ever but lets not go there. 😉

when the writer became the actor!

And of course, I made my acting debut with the show. Nissar Parvej directed me as Chironji who came in Mayank and Nupur’s track, so yeah, Star One marked my debut as an actor as well! And then Chironji came back. I remember story writer Anand Sivkumaran’s sms to me- “Time to don the greasepaint again dude, Chironji return!” I bonded very well with Arjun and Rati. 



Then there was Love Ne Milaa Di Jodi. Three brothers, three sisters, a romantic thriller. Now that was another fun show primarily because everyone on that show was so much fun to work with. Our first schedule to Panchgani, the boys and girls pulling each other’s legs in the make up room, there was laughter always on the set. The creative team was also very sorted on the show. 

with the cast and  crew of LNMDJ

But then the sur of the show was made a bit soapy/drama because the channel was venturing with their next shows (Odhni and Geet) into a soapy/drama zone. When the show came to a closure also, it was sadder because we all bonded so much as a team-Pushkar Karmalkar, Sancheeta Bose, Jyoti Tandon, Jay Verma, Aparajita Saha, Shilpa D’mello, Radhika Borkar, Gaurav Khanna, Karan Tacker, Dishank Arora, Chandana Sharma, Simran Aur, Perneet Chauhan. Gladly, we all still catch up, we are on Facebook/ Blackberry/ and if nothing, just a phone call or a party invite away from each other.

I was briefly also a part of Dill Mill Gaye where I played Doogie who falls for Dr Ridheema whom I called Sweety beauty baby. I thought, whoa! Working with Karan Singh Grover THE STAR! But he was just so sweet! He and the Director Anirudh Rajderkar were very supportive of me. Being essentially a writer, I would change my lines as per what came to my head and not stick to the dialogue per se but they never complained and this applied to MJHT also. I remember I would just improvise something, like this one time when the script had me ask Nupur Mayank chala gaya? and I asked her Mayank chal basaa? and Rati was in splits and the Director had to call for a cut but we retained that and it just seemed funnier.

with the leads of Love Ne Mila Di Jodi

So thats what I gather, the channel was what I thought it was- FUN. It gave me a chance to work on projects I wanted to have on my CV (romantic comedies), it gave me friends (most of the cast members of LNMDJ, MJHT, writers, creatives) it gave me a chance to work with reputed Production Houses and I earned a lot of experience and made money for my first big house. Yes, us ghar ki eenth eenth mein MJHT aur LNMDJ basey hai, LOL! 

with Jaskaran



Presently the shows that I’m writing are for Star Plus but the last prjoect I did for Star One was Geet, when they wanted a cameo writer for a track when Geet goes to her maasi’s place- it was like a new set up and involved romance and comedy. Once that was done, I had to leave. 


The MJHT cast and Producers

Today the channel’s phased out and we wont get to see the ONE logo any more, but what matters is that somewhere it is still framed in our hearts, like the cupid in the end page of Love Ne Mila Di Jodi, like the whistle theme of Miley Jab Hum Tum, like the Ishq leta hai song from Dill Mill Gayye, like Maaheee from Geet. Its something we wont remember, because yaad toh tab aayega na jab bhool jayenge! 🙂  



Life OK is coming with a new set of shows, so let’s all wait and watch what they get and hope we still have more characters that become memorable, more love themes, more jodis, kyunki bhai, dil toh bahut bada hai, jagah banane ki der hai!

  Gautam Hedge
(Screenplay Writer)

Gautam currently writes for Is Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon, Saath Nibhaana Saathiya, Sapno se Bhare Naina and Navya on StarPlus. We would like to thank Gautam, who has always enthusiastically come forward to share his StarOne journey with us which clearly was most memorable!