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The Director Psyche: Sundeep Sharma!

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:  5
¨       Importance of music:   4
¨       Importance of a good assistant: 5
¨       Importance of good-looking actors. 3

In the options given below which one of the following inspires you the most. Starting from 5 – 1 (5 being highest and 1 being lowest) mark them in the order of priority.
¨       A book – 5
¨       A movie  – 5
¨       Another show – 2
¨       A real life experience – 5
¨       A rival doing better than you – 5
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:
Swati Ghosh
Niharika Vidya Sagar
 

Quick 5 with Swati Pande!!

Swati Pande, has never shied away from experimenting with variety. What else explains a body of work that ranges from Geet-Hui Sabse Parayi to Pavitra Rishta, Behenein, Rang Badalti Odhani, Kayamath, to the most recent Mahadev on the newly revamped StarOne that is now called Life OK


Swati is still missed by the fans of Geet-Hui Sabse Parayi, who think she has had a great hand in sketching the character of Maan Singh Khurana that went on to become an iconic figure on the Virtual TV platform to perfection. Women don’t tire talking about Maan, so now, when she is all set to sketch the love story of Shiva, one would obviously be curious to know how it would turn out.


Swati as we see is one name, that has not only been associated with StarOne before its revamp, but also is a part of the strategy post it. We caught up with Swati and asked her a quick five questions and here is what she had to say.

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

Swati Pande: Star One as a channel never shied from taking a big leap by showcasing youth oriented and shows in the rom-com genre when the Tv industry was inundated wth dramas. Even as much I like the latter but Star One gave us the platform for something different – both as an audience and as a writer! 

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

Swati Pande: The journey has been extremely fulfilling and exciting. I have had the chance to be associated with Geet and Rang badalti Odhani – both had a blend of drama, romance and comedy. With each of these shows I grew as a writer as I got to learn the nuances and the need for detailing in every scene.

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

Swati Pande: Star One or now officially ‘Life OK’ stands true to its title. It tells you about cherishing what you have .. living and valuing the moments of your life – and that ‘moment’ could be that of courage, of emotion, of love or of reverence. I am hoping to catch a blend of shows that portray just that.

Rangmunch: Your sentiments at the moment, as the Channel is going in for a re-vamp?

Swati Pande: This is a difficult question! 🙂 Cliched but true – there are mixed feelings. The excitement for this being a new channel is immense but at the same time the lovely memories of Star One also lingers on! So I guess this is the moment of amalgamation – to tell yourself that LIFE was ok and it will be OK !! 

Rangmunch: A message to all your viewers who have watched and loved your work on StarOne.

Swati Pande: Firstly a big thanks to them for being such a lovely audience of Star One. I would take this opportunity to make a sincere request to all – to accept Life OK and love it as much as you loved Star One. We make the shows but you all make us!

Interviewed by,
Niharika Vidya Sagar
Rangmunch.TV
 

When it comes to love, all you need to be is a man and a woman!


Armaan has been at it for a while now. Ever since he has learnt that his dear friend Ashutosh has fallen in love, Armaan has made sure he has done everything to ensure his friend gets what he rightly deserves; love, happiness, peace of mind. Ashutosh may deny it bluntly, but he has certainly not been a good actor, when it comes to displaying his affections for Nidhi off late.

Brought together by circumstances once more, Nidhi and Ashutosh arrive in Mumbai and land at the same medical conference. They end up bumping into one another, exchanging silent yet awkward glances, but the moment that walked away with all the applause in last nights episode was how Ashutosh, finally took a step towards doing something for his relationship.

His excitement as he noticed her, and his subsequent decision to make a move and walk towards her and sit with her, clearly indicated how he could not resist being around her. He knew there would be no use fighting it. Hence he gave in. Every single step from the time he got up from his chair and left that cup of coffee behind, till the time he reached her just a couple of meters away, Ashutosh must have deliberated a million times whether he was doing the right thing or not. He didnt know what she would react like. He also didn’t want his eyes or his body language to give him away. He knew he had given her immense pain, so he also knew some kind of a small talk would be like doing gross injustice to their conversation if they were to have one.

When Nidhi, coldly cuts him short, Ashutosh doesn’t retort, but the soft hearted side in him, jumps at the opportunity of sharing a table with his lady love. Every moment in those last few minutes last night, screamed louder than the silence between the two as they finally looked into one another’s eyes with so much pain in them!

I smiled to myself by the end of it all, when I noticed Ashutosh behave like a young teenager, going through the pangs of meeting a first crush on a date! I concluded, thus when it comes to love, its not age, its not circumstances, the caste, creed, religion that defines the boundaries-You just have to be a man and a woman!

Niharika Vidya Sagar
Rangmunch.TV
 

The Romance with StarOne comes to a Grind Halt!

Change they say is the only constant thing in life. But change brings with it a lot of happy and sad moments. I still fondly remember my days in first year of college when my senior and I would religiously be glued to the Television in our hostel never to miss an episode of Remix, Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai. Thus started my romance with StarOne as a  channel that soon became my favorite. 

At the outset, the Channel was not just entertaining it was addictive. As the list of programmes and the variety it offered only made TV viewing an inevitable habit, the wrapping up of the shows on it, became like a heavy moment to live with.

Strange isnt it? Who would ponder so much over a mode of entertainment. But StarOne besides being a total entertainer, offered variety of “Youth Shows” as everyone calls them, that no other Channel on Indian Television could boast of.



From Siddhant, Guns and Roses, Hotel Kingston, India Calling to Laughter Challenge, Dil Kya Chahta Hai, Men Mange More,Family Business to a totally different genre of romance with Remix, Dill Mill Gaaye, Miley Jab Hum Tum, Rang Badalti Odhani, Geet Hui Sabse Parayi, I fell head over heels in love. To say it was a non-living entity would be an understatement. With the varied emotions and the sleepless nights it gave me, I had no other option but to completely take a plunge into the madness. I have made some of the best friends through the Discussion forums of this Channel and today as the Channel bids adieu to its old avatar and takes a new form with a new name Life OK, I am finding it extremely hard to let go. Is it just me who feels this way?

We at Rangmunch.TV tried to get in touch with some of the known names and faces in the industry who have been closely associated with the Channel through their shows to know what they feel at the moment.

Industry Bids Adieu to StarOne Part 1:

Gul Khan (Geet-Hui Sabse Parayi-Producer 4Lion Films):  Our association with StarOne has been fantastic. Geet is a product of a perfect collaboration between the channel and us. Rohini Singh with her creative brilliance, Nissar with his Direction, Richa as the Creative Director, and Hrishi with the camera work made a brilliant team. All of us have worked so hard that there was never a disparity between channel and team. When we did drama in the beginning which was not working for us, I remember how we would sit and cry with disappointment. Richa once came home, and the TRP around that time was 0.1, we cried so much that we started laughing after that. 

Then we put our minds together and decided to change the genre. The heavy drama and family was not working for us so we switched the Romantic-Comedy zone and that’s how the Geet everyone has gone onto love today was born. We discarded the old cast, brought Maan and Geet together and set off on the roller coaster ride. Things slowly started picking up. It soon became a cult. The amount we cried, we laughed that much later. But I admit, its been hard. We as a Production House would like to thank all the fans for sticking by us and loving us.

Anand Sivakumaran (Writer-Director):  What appealed about Star One to me was the intention – to create content for people like me who have no other alternative in terms of Indian Television. We who end up watching American and British TV shows because in sensibility and character attitudes and thought processes, they’re closer to us than any Indian TV show. The chance of doing something like that which reflected the thought processes, aspirations, realities of urban, metro India was exciting. 

The journey had it’s ups and downs – in the first interaction when I was involved with Guns and Roses and Studio 1 was exciting but ultimately disappointing cause though we had lofty ambitions, somehow we didn’t manage to achieve them. the second round was more satisfying when I did Miley Jab Hum Tum cause while I feel we could have gone much further and taken the show even closer to what are urban realities and aspirations today, we did strike a chord with young urban people, we made a place in their hearts and we were the most successful show that Star One had ever seen. I feel if the channel had progressed further and taken the Miley genre, space further, perhaps it would have been way more successful. But that’s water under the bridge.


Life’s OK – no comments.

A bit of sadness – there was a unique vision that perhaps did not materialize as it should have. But I still think a channel like this has its niche audience and can be successful if someone’s willing to invest in it, nurture it and go out on a limb to make it happen

Message? Keep the faith. Another time, another platform, maybe not on TV but online – but there will be the shows we want to see. IT WILL HAPPEN.



Sukirti Kandpal (Pia- Pyar Ki Yeh Ek Kahani): Well…. The association has been amazing… Its been a wonderful journey. I’ve learnt a lot, grown up and been a part of the process. There is a name change and change is the way of life… 🙂 the show must go on… I think that’s the essence of life and my profession I love it.



Iqbal Rizvi (Director): Star One epitomized youth, it had a variety of shows that catered to the modern and the young audience whether it was Sarabhai vs Sarabhai or Guns and Roses or REMIX, these shows set the tone to what Star One was to cater to us for so many years. I remember there being a phase where I was contacted for many shows and the first thing they would tell me was it is not a saas bahu show it is a youth show. 

STAR ONE hence was always a channel synonymous with youth and more importantly catered to an audience that had no other shows to look forward too. STAR ONE  did under go a metamorphosis over the last few years trying to cater to the gentry as well as the masses and the approach met with great success with shows  like Miley Jab Hum Tum, Rang Badhalti Odhani  and Geet Hui Sabse Parayi being hugely popular as RANGMUNCH would endorse.  I shall sorely miss STAR ONE with whom I had a close affinity having directed shows like REMIX and Jaane Pehchaane Se Yeh Ajnabi for them. THANK YOU STAR ONE for all those moments that lit up our lives.

Gautam Hegde (Writer): 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. 

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 Annu Ki Ho Gayi Wah Bhai Wah!


Today the channel’s phasing out and we won’t 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 Dil Mil Gaye, like Maaheee from Geet. Its something we wont remember, because yaad toh tab aayega na jab bhool jayenge! 🙂  

Star Desh/ 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!

Hitesh Kewalya (Writer): Miley Jab Hum Tum launched me as a writer in the television industry and that’s why Star One is more like a milestone in my life. Its been a great journey where the channel was more like a platform which enabled so many like minded creative professionals to come together and create.

‘Life Ok’ as we now speak. I am definitely looking forward to a spunky new channel and a variety of shows that should capture the audience’s imagination and who knows…Another Milestone…in the making!!

A huge thanks to the loyal…dedicated set of audience who shared the smiles and the tears of all the characters and made them their own. The audience is not just a set of eyeballs viewing an even happening…they are participants of this spectacle called a Story. A huge Thank you for all the bouquets and the brickbats for all the love and the hate mails for all the likes and the dislikes. 

Noel Smith (Director):The channel was young in content , programs were youth based and it had spunk to it, which also was fun to shoot and be around many young fresh faces. I did “Geet- Hui Sabse Parayi” for long period of time. It was again a young , fun , romantic and lots of drama and I had all the creative independence on how to shoot a certain scene , which I think is most important thing for any Director to have and cast also fully supported me in it. So it was good in all. I always thought and still think we have a lot of literature which is untouched, stories by great writers, novels which can be very interesting for us to make and for people to watch. So I am hoping to see some shows based on stories /novels maybe in today’s setup or even short stories from all over the world to be translated into shows. It is the end of an era and a beginning of new one !! So hang on … while we get even better !

Note: These are excerpts from the conversations with the known names of the industry, whose full accounts will soon be published on Rangmunch.TV.


We will be back again, with more accounts, more stories of the people from the industry who have shared their experience with StarOne.

Interviewed by:

Niharika Vidya Sagar
Rangmunch.TV
 

The Mahi Finale Version is now up for all to see!



As Promised, the Mahi Finale Version is now up and you can watch it here. Make note of the beautiful female version that comes in as a surprise element in the composition.
If you think this is all, then Rangmunch.TV would like to let you into a small surprise!! Raju Singh is all set to give his fans another Geet based audio treat very soon! Truly said, Geet, will never end!!! 

For all updates and news related to Raju Singh, you can log onto his personal blog : www.rajusingh.com!

Have a splendid day.
Niharika Vidya Sagar
Rangmunch.TV

 

Finale Version of Mahi!! A Gift to Geet Fans: Raju Singh !!


Mujhe tumse pyaar hai, 

ninnu nenu premistunanu, 
ami tomake bhalobashi, 
maza tuzawar prem aahey,
 I love you, just I love you. 

Though the words are all as different
 as the languages we speak, 
Though the words are all unique, 
our hearts are still the same 
because “love” in any language
 comes straight from the heart
It pulls us all together 
and never ever apart!
This was a song I learnt in school, but it is today that I truly have experienced and understood what it means, because Geet has defined that to us.

Geet and Maaneet have not only created a void in the lives of their fans but the makers miss the journey too. Probably 9.30pm IST every weekday here on will no longer hold the importance in our lives the way it did till yesterday.

When Rangmunch.TV caught up with Raju Singh the Music Director of the show, we were surprised to see how he got emotional himself and confessed “In the journey of life, you know you will take a certain path and you also know that you are destined to meet certain people. However, in my life’s journey, Geet the show, has been instrumental in bringing so many of us together in such a manner, that our hearts have become one.”

As a Thank You gesture and a tribute to all his fans, Raju Singh, the maestro behind “Mahi” has decided to gift his dear fans who claim to have become friends along this journey, with the finale version of ‘MAHI.’

So brace yourselves as we unveil the tune that is all set to take you right back into the magical paradise of Maaneet land.

Good byes have never been easy, so why say them when you can live and cherish every moment that went by right here with Rangmunch.TV!

So while the show has ended we continue to bring to you the moments of this Memorable Journey Called “GEET- Hui Sabse Paray.” 


So tune in to Rangmunch.TV between 11:30 -12:00 am IST today to hear Mahiiiiiiiiiiiiii !!!

Niharika Vidya Sagar
Rangmunch.TV
 

Salaam-E-Ishq Time for Is Pyar Ko Kya Naam Doon?



Its time to salute to the emotions that churn your heart and make you shake you leg. With the impending engagement celebrations of Payal and Akash and Arnav-Lavanya, it is surely time to set the ambience into some foot-tapping music.


As a part of the engagement celebrations the makers have incorporated the number Salaam-E-Ishq from the movie with the same name to bring out the hidden emotions of our leads.


We spoke to Director Lalit Mohan about the sequence who left us thinking when he said, “you will have to watch the sequence to know how you will notice a blend of happy and sad moments during the course of the song!” Since we chose to be good audience, who love surprises, we decided not to pry further into it.

So watch out for some interesting revelations and realizations as our dear Arnav, Khushi and La dance to the tunes of this hit number on StarPlus.

Niharika Vidya Sagar
Rangmunch.TV