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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
 

Unlike others Love Ne Mila Di Jodi was told from a Male Perspective: Jay Verma

Jay Verma


When you have been closely associated with the making of a show, you are bound to hold fond memories of the same. If we were to mention StarOne’s Dill Mill Gayye, Miley Jab Hum Tum, Love Ne Mila Di Jodi and Rang Badalti Odhani, we know you are already smiling, since these shows have been hugely popular among fans and are still missed! There is one name that commonly binds all these shows and that is Jay Verma who has lent his brains to penning down the stories of each of these shows at some point in time or the other. 

I remember getting in touch with Mr.Verma, when I first learnt he was writing a couple of episodes of Dill Mill Gayye and would inquisitively bombard his mail box with loads of queries as an over enthusiastic fan. Ever since , I have keenly watched all his shows, and that’s the reason why, I felt, when we were doing a series of write ups on StarOne, this was one indispensable name! 

Rangmunch: What as a maker appealed to you on StarOne as a Channel?

Jay Verma: Star One is a youth Channel unlike all the other channels, which cater to the typical saas-bahu saga. It was more about love romance and young actors were doing quite a good job there. The entire approach was very young and appealing, and that is what made it different from all the other channels that are around. 

Rangmunch: Did it give more variety to a maker?

with the creative team of LNMDJ
Jay Verma: Absolutely. The best thing about Star One was it was all about Romance and that is what made it stand out, as it just does not have the soapy drama that is aired on every other channel.

Rangmunch: You have been associated with quite a few shows on Star One. Which one is your favorite?

Jay Verma: My favourite was Love Ne Mila Di Jodi. I just love the show; I loved the theme, from the channel and the producer’s side, all the actors who have now become very good friends after the show. The show also had an element of thrill wrapped in love and romance, which has not been experimented in India too much. Also every other show today on television is woman oriented show, so when we were planning Love Ne Mila Di Jodi with a male perspective, we were not sure if it would work in our favor or no. But we were so much in love with the story that we decided to go on with it. Though, it did not run for too long but people who have seen it have loved it.

Rangmunch: What do you think about the shows that Life OK is going to offer?

Jay Verma: I have not seen all the new offering of Life OK and neither have I seen the shows that were recently running on Star One but they have a very young team that I know of who think differently. So I guess they will come up with shows, which are not the regular run of the mill kind of shows but will offer variety to the viewers.

Rangmunch: What do you have to say about online viewing and the fans who think they are unable to contribute to TRPs?

Jay Verma: We cannot just ignore the online viewing. Finally, we have to create content for online viewing now and that is the future. We cannot avoid it and we should not avoid it.

Rangmunch: One message for audiences of Star One..

Jay Verma: There are several that I want to give them, but one, which is very important, is that, on behalf of all the people who work for Star One, I would like to say that we are just trying to make a story. As Fans and Viewers get too personal and write nasty mails, I would like to tell them that we are only doing our job and we are trying to make he story interesting. Every time we have a vamp trying to seduce our hero, it’s for the betterment of the story and not that we personally like the vamp or the negative character. Infact it is the other way round. We love our main leads and that is why we try to build things around them so that they could be highlighted even more. 


Interviewed by,
Niharika Vidya Sagar
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
 

Life is all about moving on with good memories – Waseem Sabir!

Waseem Sabir
With the recently revamped channel StarOne now being called LifeOK, we talked to various names from with in the industry that have worked with the Channel, to know what they feel and how they perceive this new change! Here is what Waseem Sabir had to say.

Name: Waseem Sabir

Profession: Indian Television Director

Shows Worked on StarOne: Remix, India Calling, Mano Ya Na Mano, Saathi re, Pari Hoon Main

while shooting for India Calling.
The History….
In 2004-05 when Star One was launched they wanted to cater to the youth with shows from different genre like Remix, Family Business, India Calling, Mano ya na Mano. Then in 2007 they decided to make it a sister concern channel which is like Star, which is Indian with not much of youth oriented stuff. So as a result, Cult shows like Remix were taken off air. But later the youth shows were back again on Star One.

with the actors of Saathi re
On Multiple revamps on StarOne…
Let me explain this to you, the way I understand it. The GRPs of a channel get divided. For Eg: If Star is leading with 312 GRP points, Sony’s GRP is 258 points , Colors is at GRP 240 points, Zee TV is 140-150 GRP points, Imagine TV 70-80 GRP points, Star One 40 GRP points. Initially when Star One revamp happened, the idea was to get some additional TRPs without hampering Star Plus. Its like having a sister concern channel which is trying to pull ratings from your other channels. So I guess by launching a new channel, the idea once again is to offer more shows which would then hamper the GRPs of other channels. This will also affect the GRP points of Star Plus but that will be very nominal. So at the end of the day the GRP of Star Plus and Star Desh or Life OK will all come to STAR as a whole.

The Future….
Life OK is great since I just saw the promo and it says do not think about the future but think about the present and try to live in the present. There are a couple of interesting shows like MA, which is of Venkatesh Productions and is already very popular in Bengal. Then there is a story, which is in the lines of Agni Sakshi the movie , with Karan Veer and Shiti Jha. Then they have a mythological show called Mahadev where they are going to show a lot of special effects. 

However, Life OK is coming up with a new concept or rather; format wherein they are going to pitch in 15 minutes episodes unlike 30 minutes that we normally see. Therefore, the idea is to cover three shows in a span of one hour, 15 minutes for each show. In addition, the shows are going to be aired on all the 7 days of the week. Now whether this format will work or no, that one will have to  to wait and watch. However, there is a ray of hope that the channel might offer something new.

The Audience….
Life is all about moving on. Therefore, I will like to tell the viewers to move on with good memories. In addition, every show, every character, every actor has a shelf life. Before the characters stop appealing to you and the story loses its essence, it is better to part with good memories.

~ Waseem Sabir

 

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!
 

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!
 

What the F*$#?: ONE’S UPON A TIME!

Sorry guys, certain recent events have evoked some very strong emotions, which I feel like expressing right now. Hence the second part of the first meetings piece will only show up next week. 

I remember that day in February when Goldie Behl first shared with me, Sameer Nair’s vision of a channel catering to people like us, showing us what we would want to watch and most importantly giving us a chance to create what we were dying to create… Emotionally and physically I almost hit the ceiling (yes I do tend to be a tad dramatic). Those zillion ideas that teased and tormented me but nobody was buying finally would have their shot at becoming real…

I remember those weeks of frenzied activity as we turned ideas into concepts – the excitement and the energy was so high that nobody needed any artificial stimulants (well they did use them but I still maintain they didn’t need them).

Sometimes we were hunting for stills from Bond movies to embellish a presentation of our saving the country action adventure show. Sometimes we were coming up with con ideas to flesh out our take on competing con artists. Frantic research on Goa was happening to add colour and meat to a sexy crime thriller set on the beaches of that favoured holiday destination. Feverish brainstorming was happening for a high tech, forensic driven detective show. People were throwing crazy gags and punch lines at each other for a Bridget Jones-ish sitcom, that too before the said lady herself had entered the realms of popular fiction


I remember our pitch  – 17 shows… that’s right. That was the kind of enthusiasm and excitement that the promise of Star One had instilled in us.

Ok so we didn’t get to do all 17, but the magic of getting to do a Remix, a Guns and Roses and a Studio One was more than enough. And there always was the possibility of more of those ideas becoming shows if the first lot of shows did well…


I remember the Star One launch party – honestly those were some of the slickest, most enthralling promos I had ever seen in my life. Even if I was not involved even slightly with most of the shows that blew my mind, I didn’t care. It was such a high to be on the same channel as those kind of shows. I mean what a line up – a cerebral crime thriller involving everything from blood spatter analysis to ballistics and a tinge of good old fashioned intimidation and interrogation. A Kill Bill meets Charlie’s Angels revenge saga in Goa. The courtroom and chawl battles of a once mercenary lawyer who’d discovered a conscience, lost everything he’d earned but found a purpose in life. The doctor who’d inherited a gangster empire. The two dysfunctional Gujarati families, one sophisticated, one super crass, both of whom had us ROFLing. And how can I forget the four teens who turned their rebelliousness angst into rock anthems and became a youth cult?

I remember the incredible array of creative and technical talent on the channel – Charu, Saket, Renuka, Shikha, Radhika, Nupur, Joy, Umesh, Abhinav, Bijesh, Satyam, Barnali, JD- Aatish, Veena, Vinil… the list can just go on and on. Interesting how many of these people went on to make films and fabulous films at that. Few channels can ever boast of having so many fantastic storytellers working for them at the same time…


Sure the first lot of shows didn’t work. But I don’t think the vision was wrong. Maybe the attempt was too western, trying too hard to be like the English shows we all loved and aspired to emulate. Maybe we need to work harder, learn more, spend more time rewriting, reshooting, planning… There could be lots of reasons but the fact was if the channel had stayed on course, if the original vision had been retained, sooner or later we would have all got it right and created our own brand of hip, urban Indian shows…

But the vision was derailed for a while, an attempt was made to go more mainstream – that didn’t work either.

And then came the glory period of Star One, when it went back to its young, urban roots.

Dil Mill Gaye and Miley Jab Hum Tum – sure they were both candyfloss and popcorn not edgy or unsettling. But they were contemporary, they were urban – I mean for the bulk of its existence – MJHT had just one parent character and she was the maddest, hippest mom TV has probably seen (and yes I’m patting my own back here – she’s one of my favourite creations) and most importantly they struck a chord with the youth who embraced the shows and took Star One to the dizzying heights of 150 rating points. Maybe the channel was not a Plus or a Colours but in its own way it was a success, and it succeeded in getting the eyeballs and winning the hearts of the youth, which is the hardest thing to do as anyone in this business will concur…


The strange thing was that having reached these heights, they chose to abandon this audience and seek out the Plus audience and that sealed the fate of Star One.

One was always a youth channel. The other audiences had Plus, Colours, Zee… why would they come here? Which is why even the current hit Geet only worked to the extent it did when it become more youthful, romantic, fun…  But burdened by the desire to appeal to the whole of the country and every age group, the channel could never again be a success – which is perhaps why in all that time it never crossed 40 GRP.

Naturally it was living on borrowed time, the plug would be pulled sooner or later. And now it has. But now that it’s deformed so much from its original vision it’s even hard to shed tears for the death of this avatar. The One I knew, loved, the One who was close to my heart died a long time ago… and it’s that one I grieve for and miss so much today.

I also miss the working relationships, the friendships that sprung up during this channel. One fact about One was that while the programming may have changed, while the programming teams may have changed, the one thing that never changed was the innate goodness, niceness and pleasantness of the teams. Truly the Star One teams were the best teams I have had the good fortune of working with in all my years in TV. So today as the sun sets on Star One I remember Deepak, Anita, Aparna, Sanvari, Vivek, Monica, Rohini, Nikita, Anand with fondness and love. Thank you for some of the happiest and most fun memories of TV.


While signing off I must observe that the domain abandoned by One has been appropriated, and successfully by its own sister channel V with two successful youth show. Which just goes to show that the original vision of the channel was bang on and if only the powers that be had stuck with it, One could have really gone places.

And therefore though Star One will die, the vision will live on. Another time, another platform, another medium perhaps (the web) the vision of One will come back stronger, younger, edgier, more exciting, more enthralling. That I do believe and that is the triumph of the dream that was Star One.

It was a good dream. It remains a great dream.

And it will happen…

‘Nuff Said.


Anand Sivakumaran
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
 

Love stories don’t have a happy ending, coz it never ENDS!





Hello Friends!! Well I know Geet is over, but the journey still continues and this is my last take on Maaneet Love Saga. Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did penning it down and reminiscing some of the old maaneet moments. 

As I watched the last scene of the last episode of Geet Hui Sabse Parayi, it brought back flashes from the past.


“Mera baby mujhe wapas la do Maan.” Who could ever forget that moment when Geet lost her first Baby? Those lines had ripped us apart, as we witnessed a shattered Geet and a helpless Maan. How could Fate act so cruel with such innocent and harmless souls? It seemed as if Geet had lost her very reason of existence and had become oblivious to everything and everyone around her, including her Maan. That was one of the toughest phases in Maaneet’s relationship and for us viewers too. However, their love has always overcome every test of time and destiny could never tarnish their relationship. Maan and Geet are two halves of a whole and together they are a force to reckon with. Every challenge that life threw at them only went on to strengthen their bond and cemented HUM for life till death do them apart.


As I watched through the episode, I felt a sense of fulfillment and could relate to every emotion of Maaneet as they held their bundle of joy. The moment they longed and craved for had finally arrived. The tears of joy that trickled down from the eyes of Geet, reminded me of her Hoshiyarpur days.  In both the instances, she was married and she was expecting. While her loved ones made it look like a curse then, it brought in immense happiness in her life this time around, as she was able to share every moment of her journey of motherhood with the love of her life, her Maan.


“If out of time, I could pick one moment and keep it shining, always new, of all the days that I have lived, I’d pick the moment I met you.” When Maan and Geet had accidentally met for the very first time, least did they know then that it was ‘providence’ and their hatred towards each other would eventually bond them so strongly, that they would become inseparable. Their selfless love for each other healed their once bruised souls and gave us viewers a fairy tale to treasure.

Finally, we bid adieu to our favourite show Geet Hui Sabse Parayi. While the show has ended, the Love Saga of Maaneet will continue to dwell in our hearts. It has been an incredible experience of highs and lows, a journey that will be cherished for life.

As Geet rightly said to Maan… Hamara Pyaar, Hamara Rishta humesha kayam rahega…..“Love is a symbol of eternity. It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end.” Unknown

Swati Ghosh
Rangmunch.TV