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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
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Fan Speak: Still and will be addicted to GHSP – Alima Kanumilli !


MAAN SINGH KHURANA stormed in like a tornado, fought tooth and nail to stay away from love and lost the battle!
GEET HANDA breezed in like a breath of fresh air, turned everything topsy turvy in Dusht Danav’s  life and lost the battle!
Together, they won the war and stole hundreds of hearts. Together they also created a tsunami of emotions, a battlefield of different opinions, and a blood bath of various groups (literally)!!!! Together, they created a fanatic section of an audience, who lived in the fantasy world of Maan and Geet, 24/7, leaving reality behind. They breathed Gurmeet Choudary and Drashti Dhami, to an unrealistic level of fanaticism!! They put Mahatma Gandhi’s “Satyagraha March” to shame!!
If they created a blood bath of groups and fanatics, they also were responsible for keeping faith in fairy tales and happy endings. I was a personal witness to one such fairy tale and it cemented my feelings of faith, hope and love, even more so now than before. I was exposed to some amazing writers and their fan fictions, impressive, satirical and humorous poets to the core…. what poetic justice to a show that has deprived viewers of their sanity!
The show was a piece of art! Each stroke of a brush was a pleasure to watch, each stroke of a brush was bliss, each stroke of a brush created indescribable feelings in the viewers, and each stroke of the brush was nurturing to the point of being poignant. There never was a bad stroke or a good stroke, it was molded to the best of the circumstances and every stroke created a ripple of shiver and a wave of emotions. Every member on the team should be proud of being a part of this masterpiece. I AM! I am proud to say that I was a part of this masterpiece – a magic created by these individuals with a creative vision, a magic that cannot be replicated, a magic that cannot be repeated, a magic that had opened doors of my mind to so many master strokes of the human psyche. An original once born, will always stay a masterpiece in its own right.
My sincere and heartfelt gratitude to the creators of “Geet Hui Sabse Parayi” from Nissar Parvez to Barry Dillon, to Mahesh Pandey to Sundeep Sharma, to Swati Pandey….and all the front runners who have toiled (at various stages), to make this show a success and a goal they have achieved beyond their wildest dreams!. My deepest and sincere appreciation to all those super troopers in the form of light boys, spot boys, technicians, costume designers, make up artists and any other department that I had missed; without these soldiers in the trenches, the show would not have happened, and today, I want to give my very special thanks for their hard work, day in and day out. These soldiers deserve more than just a kind word, for the amount of hard work they put forth, to make things happen on the sets every day. No matter how much I praise these troopers, I still would fall short of appreciating the hard work and hours they slog, just to execute a two minute scene, to make us say WOW!!!!!
I come away with very, very fond memories….from the “Kurbaan Hua” song to the ‘Pee Loo” song, to the “Darga” episode to the “Mera Mangetar Banogi” episode…..these are but just a few of the many scenes that would be etched into my memory and would always remind me of those intense feelings that these two artists have evoked…they literally poured their soul into the characters and brought them alive. I still get goose bumps thinking of certain scenes, remember those trendsetting dialogues. I come away with the happiness and satisfaction of making some amazing and beautiful friends who have become very dear to me and who I know would be with me forever. I come away with so many sweet memories of meeting some of these very friends that I came into contact through the show and I fondly remember the intense, funny, and almost fanatical discussions I shared with some of these very friends on the GHSP forum and various other discussion boards.

To me “Geet Hui Sabse Parayi” would always be like those tens and thousands of golden daffodils, when in a pensive mood, that flash in my mind, and fill me with bliss and my heart sings with pleasure;  each daffodil to me , represents an emotion, a gesture, a thought, a feeling and a character! And on this note, I would like to share a few of those lines from my favorite poem “Daffodils” by William Wordsworth…
“When all at once I saw a crowd,

A host, of golden daffodils; Ten thousand saw I at a glance, Tossing their heads in sprightly dance. I gazed—and gazed—but little thought What wealth the show to me had brought: For oft, when on my couch I lie In vacant or in pensive mood, They flash upon that inward eye Which is the bliss of solitude; And then my heart with pleasure fills, And dances with the daffodils.”

My warm wishes and heartfelt blessings, to every member of the team in their future endeavors.  May all your wishes come true and have a rocking New Year filled with success and happiness!
Still and will be addicted to GHSP!
Alima Kanumilli (Livletliv)
 

A Note of Thanks from The Rangmunch Bunch!!!