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Crime shows on Television today have gained huge popularity with the realistic approach they follow. We not only learn from whatever we see on screen and understand how one has to be aware of their surroundings, at times, what we see also leaves a deep lasting impact on us. Hence, it becomes very important on the part of the makers involved with the show to keep in mind, that stories that depict gory facts, have to have a right balance of information and visual appeal.
So, are these shows scripted? If so, to what extent are they? How does a Director or a Scriptwriter of such a show carry out his job? Lets find out through Amit Jha, the Director of Sony’s late night show ‘Crime Patrol.’
Rangmunch: You are dealing with real life stories. As a Director what is the research that goes into shooting an episode of crime patrol?
Amit Jha: Crime Patrol is a non-fiction series with real life cases depicted therein. As a Director, I have a two-fold approach to my research:
1. I must know the Script so well that I understand what must be acted to perfection in the performance of every scene, so as to bring out the cause of the crime as well as the criminal intent of the crime.
2. I strive to achieve an environment of excellence by sharing the possibilities of the Script with my team and working towards crystallization of the vision that is desired to be achieved in the Story.
Rangmunch: What is your take on the increasing rate of criminal activities all over the world? As a person from the creative media, what would you do at your level to curb it?
Amit Jha: Global Organized Crime and terrorism pose major threats to national security, global economy and can have a damaging effect on the political structures of countries by destabilizing governments. International agencies like the United Nations and extradition treaties between the nations have made it possible to fight crime and punish criminals. Crimes have their roots in the local streets where the lust for power, big money, and revenge emerge due to poverty, unforgiving attitude, and ignorance of people. Therefore, as a person from the creative media I would think globally and act locally by making efforts to work upon such projects which would increase awareness among the viewers about the causes of crimes and suggestive measures of curbing crime.
Rangmunch: What are the things you keep in mind while shooting the fictional part of a real story? How do you tone gory and graphic deals and know where to draw the line?
Amit Jha: While shooting the fictional part of a story I always emphasize upon the aspect of “expectation of reality.” I ensure that the fictional part is performed with commitment to the characters in the story and nature of crime. I believe that if the actors are committed to what they are doing, they can make the audience believe almost anything, even with the most natural performance. There is a saying, “Violence perceived is violence achieved.” While shooting I keep in mind that it is not essential to show the exact act of violence as they are of a gruesome nature, so I take up gory discretion shots, which leave the audience to imagine the gruesomeness of the criminal act. This is where I draw a thin line between depicting the actual criminal act and fiction.
Rangmunch: Which is that one case that got you totally disturbed or disoriented as a person while dealing with it?
Amit Jha: An episode which I directed recently, Jharna Chemical Case, was based upon a man’s self-realization and guilty conscious which led him to confess his assistance in the crime of murder. It got me totally disturbed and disoriented.
Rangmunch: What do you think has worked in the favor of Crime Patrol as a show?
Amit Jha: The very concept and essence of Crime Patrol, which is to create awareness among the audiences about the cause of a crime, has worked in the favor of the show. And beside that, I strongly believe that selection of story has an important part to play in it. While shooting also we take care that the look of show should be real so that people can relate it with their life. We take care that performance of actors should look real rather than dramatic. I think that’s why these days people can easily connect them self with the show.
Rangmunch: Why did you take up Crime Patrol as a show over other fictional Dramas on TV?
Amit Jha: I took up Crime Patrol as a show because I like to work upon social issues and do something more realistic like true stories, which involve creating awareness among the audience.
Rangmunch: Why do you think, not many shows like Crime Patrol are made in India (on Fiction Channels), while we totally enjoy watching the International versions of similar shows?
Amit Jha: I believe that it is us who have to make the difference by taking an initiative of making more shows to create awareness among the audiences, as there are very few shows like Crime Patrol which are being made at the time being.
Rangmunch: On a totally contrary note, it is said these shows actually educate criminals about crimes. What is your take on the same?
Amit Jha: I strongly disapprove of the notion that such shows educate criminals about crimes. The actual act of crime and its gruesomeness is not shown; the gory discretion shots and anchor’s speech are effective modes of presenting the nature of the crime and the story. This makes the audiences aware of the possibilities of occurrence of crimes and helps them to curb crime. We make sure while editing the episode that the content shown does not offend or hurt the sentiments or beliefs of the audiences.
Rangmunch: When the show first started, it had two hosts Sakshi Tanwar and Anup Soni. Any particular reason why you picked Anup Soni as the face of the show?
Amit Jha: It was entirely SONY TV’s decision to pick Anup Soni as the face of the show.
On behalf of Rangmunch.TV, we thank Amit Jha for this insightful interview.
Niharika Vidya Sagar
Rangmunch: What are the 3 tabs that are always open on your internet browser ?
Melanie: YouTube, Goggle search called Melanie Pais (laughs out) and third tab would be (after a pause) my Black Berry Apps world.
Rangmunch: What makes you angry?
Melanie: A Lot of things. I hate people who lie, who boast about themselves. I don’t understand the concept of boasting, ki I am this and I am that. I like people who are simple and who tell the truth. I really get angry with people who are sweet on your face and talk behind your back, in other words I hate backbiting. Basically I have a problem with people who are not good human beings.
Rangmunch: What would you do when you are broke and can’t buy your favourite dress?
Melanie: I have got this friend of mine who has got all the clothes possible in the world and her name is Dhrasti Dhami. I would just go, open her cupboard and take it out. I don’t need to go to any shop trust me. If you see her collection of clothes you would know, she has all possible brands and hence you would never have the need to go out. Just go open her cupboard and pick the stuff. So I’m sure if I am broke that’s what I am going to do.
Rangmunch: Are you a shopaholic, workaholic or alcoholic?
Melanie: I am not at all an alcoholic. I don’t drink at all. I’m a shopoholic and I have become a workaholic now. Earlier I was not.
Rangmunch: How do you deal with people who give you unwanted advice?
Melanie: I just listen to them smilingly but do not implement it in my daily life. Everyone is entitled to their views and so I can’t be rude and say shut-up. I hear them and go about doing my work.
Rangmunch: How do you deal with intrusive fans who want personal information about you?
Melanie: People have been really sweet to me. They have asked me questions which are always answerable.
Rangmunch:What kind of a Role in a show would challenge you?
Melanie: Something that is not only about crying. You know I love this girl in Sasural Genda Phool, Ragini. I just love her character. I feel that’s what actually we are today. I would love to play something that is natural and real. All the characters and everything in that show is very real. I love that about the show. And one show I would love to do if it ever gets remade is “Sarabhai vs Sarabhai.”
Rangmunch: So how has 2011 been for you?
Melanie : Its been a fantastic year. I think its been one of the best years. I personally feel that as my life is going ahead, my years are getting better and better. I’m very thankful to God for giving me such a good life. I don’t think I could have asked for anything better.
Rangmunch: What are your plans for New Year?
Melanie: For New Year, I’m going to Dubai. That’s the first time I’m leaving the country ever in my life and I am very very excited about that.
Rangmunch: Do you make New Year Resolutions?
Melanie: See, people make resolutions when they want to leave something or they have bad habits. I don’t smoke, I don’t drink, I don’t party a lot. So I don’t need to give up anything. Abhi khana bhi give up kar diya hai as I’m dieting. Sab kuch hi agar give up kar diya, then life mein there will be nothing left.
Niharika Vidya Sagar
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.
Niharika Vidya Sagar
Rangmunch.TV brings you a Christmas surprise! We caught up with Karan Tacker aka Viren of Ek Hazaro Main Meri Behna hai on StarPlus, as he was driving to his shoot, and shot some random questions at him, to see how spontaneous he is! Needless to say, the man is a riot and all of you that listen to him speak, wouldn’t disagree!
So as you listen, to banter with Karan Tacker, do let us know what you feel! Karan would like to know too!!!
Interviewed and Edited by,
Niharika Vidya Sagar
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
|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.
Niharika Vidya Sagar
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.
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.
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!!
Niharika Vidya Sagar