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A Page from a Director’s Diary: Nissar Parvez on his journey with StarOne

Hello Everyone,
As usual the first few words are always the most difficult.
Star One…. Pheww! It actually took some time to sink in that it doesn’t exist anymore. Its my usual habit to switch on the TV and get to Star One, just to have a casual look at it. But today morning, the 18th of Dec, when I did that, it just didn’t show up. It wasn’t there. Then I realized the logo has been changed, and its a new name too. Life OK. I was frozen for that moment.
It took a lil time to sink in. It was over. But then I thought good things should always come to an end and I switched off my TV and started writing this article. Really bad at it. Hope it makes some sense. 😉
I think it was 5 years back, when I had got a call for this show called Koi Hai, and I had just taken up an episode of that and it was pretty interesting, one thing led to another. One good episode of Koi Hai got me another, and it went on, and then the channel offered me Dil Mil Gaye
With DMG cast and Crew
I still remember, in my first meeting with Star One, the Channel Head looked at me and said, you are Nissar? You are so young. I think she had doubts in her mind whether a young guy like me will be able to pull off Dil Mil Gaye. On the other hand, I thought, youth show young director nahi karega to kaun karega. I smiled on my own. Next meeting I made sure I had a lil beard. Haha!!
I was confident that I was doing it, and I did it. 

With the DMG Team
Honestly, I had never thought that Dil Mil Gaye will become so popular. It was crazy and it was pure magic. You wont believe this, the core team still messages each other the lyrics of the song. For eg, someone will just sms, hum to chale they dost banke, and then someone will add in, jaaney kahaan dil mil gaye, and it goes on, until we have the entire song. That’s the connection. 

All of us working on Star One were very emotional people, very very passionate, mad people. We were stupid fools. Hahaha!! We used to fight like crazy. All of us had a love and hate relationship, and this happened only because we were equally mad for our shows. We used to literally kick each other, pull each others hair etc, not talking for a few days, and then each one waiting for the other to break the ice, and we start off again, we hit off like there was never an issue. Hahaha!!! It was pure madness.
Rohini, Palki, Amita, Nikita, Nitin, Anand, Gul, Richa, Rishi, Neeraj, and many more. They were the mad caps. I had always heard women can be dangerous. Had experienced it for the first time. lolllll. They will kill me if they read this.
As I was doing DMG, I was offered Miley Jab Hum Tum. The idea of going back to college excited me. I grabbed the opportunity. It was lot of fun doing Mile too. It was a young team again and new madness.
We all just loved taking challenges. We were scared of monotony and as it was getting a lil monotonous, we decided to shoot a song without a cut. We did ishq hua and we actually achieved it. It was the pure madness of our core team, myself, Ravi, Richa, Nikita, Rishi, Neeraj and my Producers Seema and Sudhir for showing faith in us.

What next????? This is something that just keeps popping in my mind every now and then. I think it was November 2009. I got a call from Rohini, and she said she has something interesting. I had no idea at that point that “that something” will turn out to be GEET.
We formed a team. Gul agreed to Produce it and with myself, Richa, Rohini and Rishi on board, we were all set to launch another one. It was an experiment and it was too dramatic to the taste of StarOne. But we kept that thought aside, and we all got in with full conviction and honesty and started the search of our protagonists, and that just wouldn’t end. We kept looking and looking and looking, untill we zeroed on Drashti and Gurmeet. Yes!! Our favourite Maaneet.
There was a lot of rawness in their chemistry that really excited us, and gave us a lot of hope. But to our disappointment, the ratings were not too great initially. But we didn’t panic too much as it was expected since we all knew it was an experiment. Soon it was decided to shift gears, and get a lil of the Star One flavour. Geet was moved to Delhi, she lands up at Maans office, and we decided to do a song kurbaan hua. That was it!!
I never had an email id and so never had a Facebook account. I know its funny. Haha!!
With Gul and Gorky
One fine day , my friend Gorky told me “why don’t you open an email account and a Facebook account?” I gave it a thought, smiled at him and told him, “will u please open one for me.” He happily agreed. I was technically challenged. Haha!!
Till this point, I had no idea about this parallel TV industry that goes online. I was shocked to see the madness and the passion. I suddenly started having doubts on my own creativity. People were so into it. During my making of all my previous shows, I kept hearing of the popularity online, but always preferred to stay away from it. I think I always took work as worship, and so was always very conscious of any external elements diluting my passion. Haha!! Stupid of me.
With the Geet Crew
I was actually stupid coz Facebook gave me something that I will cherish for the rest of my life. 🙂
Now that I scroll up , I actually wrote quite a lot. Well I think it has finally sunk in, and so the words.
a long pause…………..
Its been a beautiful journey that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Whatever lil I am today, is because of Star One, the kind of trust it had shown in me, time and again. Star one has definitely given me the motivation to do many more exciting shows in future and I really hope I am able to live up to the expectations.
Gurmeet, Drashti, Hrishikesh Gandhi and Nissar Parvez
Its a huge challenge for us, as we have a new platform now. But hopefully, with all the love and trust that all of u have in us, we should be able to do it again.
I am sure there is a new Star One somewhere gaining momentum. Will meet you there guys.
Getting late at work. Time to say goodbye.
Love you All!

Nissar


Rangmunch.TV would like to thank Nissar for sharing his StarOne experience with us. Many such stories coming exclusively on Rangmunch.TV, so keep logging back in!
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Celebrating Every Milestone: Humse Hai Liife Scores a 50!

We are throwing a party for the kids, as we have completed 50 Episodes” is what Producer Nissar Parvez told us beamingly. The entire team of the Humse Hai Liife got together, to celebrate this first milestone of their show on Channel V
With an assorted bunch of friends, cast and crew the Producers Gul Khan, Gorky and Nissar Parvez brought the celebration in with song, dance and ofcourse a yummy cake.
It is only when one learns to celebrate appreciate and celebrate little joys of life does one live every moment of his or her existence. And the party last evening was just about that. The actors despite having walked in after a hectic days shoot looked all set to dance all night long. We are leaving you behind with some pictures that speak for themselves.

                                                The bunch with the Creative Head Persis.

The Delhi Boys-Himansh and Yuvraj !

                                               The Perfect Hosts- Nissar, Gul and Gorky

            Himansh and Abigail with DOP Abhishek Gandhi and Swati Ghosh of Rangmunch.


We hope the show touches many more milestones in the days to come and the entire gets more such occasions and reasons to celebrate!


Niharika Vidya Sagar 
Swati Ghosh
Rangmunch.TV

 

I, Me, Myself: Abigail Jain!


Abigail proudly tells you, her name means ‘Father’s Pride’ and so she is! At 15, she set out to become an actor and has done a brilliant job of it so far. Today she plays the confident Sia Dhillon who carries the dream of wanting to become a boxer on Channel V’s Humse Hai Liife. In the show, everyone dreads her,  boys and girls included, since they dont want to mess with her and get punched in the face. Abigail or ‘Aby’, as her Director Gorky fondly calls her, is not very different in real life. She has made a name for herself, has worked on her look in the show, learnt boxing, and now she also wants to eventually complete her studies! This is Abigail in a nutshell, but let us see what more this little wonder reveals about herself in our segment I, Me, Myself!
Rangmunch: One thing that is missing in your life at the moment ?
Abigail: Aah um!! I think it will be my studies. Infact I will be giving my 12th this year. Right now I have to focus on completing my education. I have to graduate. So I think ya, studies is what is missing at the moment.
Rangmunch: Do you listen to others ?
Abigail: Yes, I listen to everybody and I do what I feel is right in the end (laughs).
Rangmunch: What do you think you need to change about yourself?
Abigail: I think I could be a little more focused because I play around a lot. Even on sets I get distracted very easily and have lot of fun so I think I should focus a little more on my work.
Rangmunch: Do you believe that first impression is the last impression?
Abigail: No not at all. I never judge anybody by looking at them. I am not that person who says “issey acchi vibes nahi aati , ussey acchi vibes nahi aati.” I have always waited to know somebody because even the persons I have got the worst vibes from, are my very good friends today. So I don’t think first impression is always the last impression.
Rangmunch: Do you take risk ?
Abigail: Ya I do (says promptly), I love taking risks. I think it either makes you or breaks you. So it depends on you. But if I don’t take the risk, I know that I am going to go on and regret and be like “what if…” So I think its always better to just go ahead and do what you feel like and whatever the outcome is, it’s just destiny.
Rangmunch: What is your biggest fear ?
Abigail: (after a pause) I have always been afraid of not doing anything, of getting bored. Its always been like that. Even when I have an off I’m not the kind of person who will be like ok chalo ghar baith thi hoon, let’s relax and all. I always like to be on the move all the time, go here, go there and  I hate the fact that I am sitting at home and doing nothing. So ya getting bored is what I fear the most.
Rangmunch: What are you proud of?
Abigail: Umm! Accha here I am stuck! (Smiles) I think I am proud about the fact that I started working at a young age. Many people tell me that you shouldn’t have started but I knew that if I wouldn’t have taken the risks at that point of time, I may not have got it in the future and then I would be regretting it. Many people still tell me to complete my education but I know what acting means to me and what all my shows have meant to me in the past. Every show that I have done good or bad has always taught me something or the other. So I really love my work and I am proud of the fact that I listened to my heart at that point of time and I still do it.
Rangmunch: Who is your biggest critic ?
Abigail: My dad. He is a director for serials, and I can’t even sit and watch an episode with him because I get so conscious. If he comes on the set I cant even perform in front of him without getting conscious. He is quite blunt and he will tell me what he feels like.
Rangmunch: What is the craziest thing you want to do.?
Abigail: Aah!! I don’t know if its crazy enough but ya its always been my dream that when I get a car , I am going to drive down to ladakh  with few of  my friends. I really want to go for this long road trip for a month or two when I have earned enough and saved enough.
Rangmunch: Who has had the greatest impact on your life ?
Abigail: It would be my mom. It really matters to me what she feels about me and if I hurt her in any way I really feel guilty about it. Most of the times you know things that she says they bother me so much. My mom has been an important part of my life throughout. She is my best friend.
Abigail: No! I don’t sit around negative people. I really have this bad habit. Ya I’m friendly but if I think somebody is negative negative , I just get up and move out. I think life has negativity of its own , so I don’t think I have to sit and get more from people.
Rangmunch: Do you take time out for yourself ?
Abigail: Yes, I do. I love reading. I go very frequently to book stores and malls and pick up a book when work gets too much. I am a crazy Harry Potter fan. I like the chicken soup series too. I have read a lot of Daniel Steele in the past but not any more.
Rangmunch: Do you stand up for yourself ?
Abigail: Ya! I think its very important to stand up for yourself . If you don’t do it , no one will do it for you .If you know what you want , you should stand up for yourself. Its one of the most important thing about a person.
Rangmunch: Who’s that  one person you want to meet once in your life time ?
Abigail: Daniel Radcliff..Harry Potter…(laughs) As I said I am a huge Harry Potter fan. If someone asked me what my ambition was 5 years back, I would say to marry Daniel Radcliff.
Rangmunch: Are you a pet lover ?
Abigail: Yes, I have a dog. I have a miniature Pomeranian, and her name is Honey.
Rangmunch: What has been  the most embarrassing moment for you?
Abigail: When I was in the 8th standard, my mom got me this wrap around skirt which just came out. It was this long flowy skirt. I was at a friend’s birthday party dancing and the skirt slipped down. From that day onwards to this date , I have never ever worn a skirt.I have worn shorts, even hot pants but NO skirts. It just reminds me off the that moment.
Rangmunch: One thing you are grateful for in life?
Abigail: (Promptly responds) It would be my parents. I am really very lucky to have parents who have been so supportive and so encouraging. You know joining work at the of 15 was very difficult but the fact that they supported me and didn’t pressurized me and let me do what I wanted to do. I think whatever I am today is because of them, so I am really grateful for them.
That’s Abigail for you, charming, simple and a girl next door. Hope you enjoyed this interview. More to come from this camp.
Interviewed by:
Swati Ghosh
Niharika Vidya Sagar 

Edited by:
Navyanka Varma
Swati Ghosh
 

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Rangmunch Diaries: Set-hopping Update – Day Four! Our Day Out with ‘Humse Hai Life’!

 

The excitement we felt while entering the sets of ‘Humse Hai Life’ has still not ebbed hours after we have left the place. From the second we stepped onto the sets, there was something or the other that kept us fascinated throughout. The sheer vibrancy of the set with generous splashes of Red, Green, White, and Yellow lifted our spirits few notches higher. We noticed that the room that has the boxing ring also boasts of a well-equipped gym. The thing that caught our eye the most was the Snapshots Begham & Badshah Cards adorning the doors of the Ladies & Gents Toilets on the sets respectively.

Before we continue, we would like to thank the Producers of the show, 4Lions, for inviting us to spend the whole day with them on the sets. It was a pleasure meeting one of the producers, Nissar Parvez, Director of the show, Gorky, and the Creative Head, Persis. A special thanks to the writer of the show, Hitesh Kewalya for coming to the set specially to meet the Rangmunch team.
Spending quality time with all of them gave us a better understanding of the show, its characters, and an insight into the various aspects of making a youth based show. The reason for choosing Channel V to air their show was the channel’s belief in their vision and the creative liberty given by them to execute that vision.
They also stated that Sia, the protagonist of the show, has several intriguing layers to her character that will each be revealed as the story progresses. Though the show is currently catering to the youth, we will soon get to see the storyline progressing to include parents and elders in the viewership fold.

We bumped into Himansh (Raghav) and Abigail (Sia) on the sets. We also had the pleasure of seeing the masters themselves weaving their magic right in front of us – Nissar Parvez was enacting the scene with Maan Singh while Gorky floored us completely by clicking working stills with our camera. We were also treated to a lavish lunch that we thoroughly relished. Overall, it was a memorable experience we wish to repeat in the near future.
Forthcoming Track: We hear that Raghav who has never ever said sorry to anyone in his life so far, finally says it to Sia for the first time. What is it that prompts him to apologize to Sia?

Watch this space for a detailed account of the precious information we gathered on the sets of ‘Humse Hai Life’.



Rangmunch.TV

 
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Posted by on September 18, 2011 in Gorky, Hitesh Kewalya, Maan Singh, Nissar Parvez