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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)
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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!