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Shaheer Sheik wishes his fans Happy New Year on Rangmunch.TV



TV heartthrob Shaheer Sheik who plays the role of Anant, in StarPlus show Navya, shares his New Year plans and wishes his fans!




Having worked really hard throughout last year and making a name for himself he hopes to get some time to relax! As always Shaheer greeted us warmly when we met him, and had a hearty time chatting with us after he read his fan mails.Do leave your comments and wishes behind for Shaheer to read !!



Edited by,
Niharika Vidya Sagar
Rangmunch.TV

 

Must Watch Shows!


Parichay on Colors at 9:30pm on Colors:
Raveena falls prey to Rohit’s evil plans and elopes on her wedding day. Richa takes advantage of the situation and tries to paint Siddhi black before Kunal and his family. She informs them that Siddhi was aware of Rohit and Raveena’s affair. However, Kunal and Siddhi eventually find Raveena and stops Rohit from getting married to her. Nevertheless, will Kunal and the entire household forgive Siddhi for not revealing the truth earlier or will they understand her good intentions?

Maryada Lekin Kab Tak at 11:00pm on Star Plus:
Brahmanand succeeds in planting the seed of suspicion in Aditya’s mind to such an extent that he refuses to listen to Priya even. Aditya who was already upset seeing his mother Devyani dance with Shubhankar, gets further disturbed when he sees Devyani sleeping in a separate room. Meanwhile Uttara in an assertive tone tells Brahmanand to reveal the truth about their relationship to his entire family orelse she would do the needful. Will Brahmanand succeed in his vicious plans?

Swati Ghosh
Rangmunch.TV
 

Nach le Ve with Saroj Khan Season 3!

This Friday, Nachle Ve with Saroj Khan Season 3, will be graced with the presence of the beautiful Sonam Kapoor

Sonam Kapoor and the gorgeous Malaika Arora Khan will be judging the contestants for this week’s Friday Finale, as Jannat Zubain Rehmani – Khushali Hirani  take on the dancing star kids Khushboo, Ruturaj and Sparsh.

To see who wins this kids challenge of dance – Tune in to watch Nachle Ve with Saroj Khan Season 3 on Friday, December 30th, 2011 on Imagine TV at 7.00 pm.

Edited by:
Swati Ghosh
Rangmunch.TV
 

I, Me, Myself! – Melanie Pais!

Rangmunch: What are the 3 tabs that are always open on your internet browser ?

Melanie: YouTube, Goggle search called Melanie Pais (laughs out) and third tab would be (after a pause) my Black Berry Apps world.

Rangmunch: What makes you angry?

Melanie: A Lot of things. I hate people who lie, who boast about themselves. I don’t understand the concept of boasting, ki I am this and I am that. I like people who are simple and who tell the truth. I really get angry with people who are sweet on your face and talk behind your back, in other words I hate backbiting. Basically I have a problem with people who are not good human beings.

Rangmunch: What would you do when you are broke and can’t buy your favourite dress?

Melanie: I have got this friend of mine who has got all the clothes possible in the world and her name is Dhrasti Dhami. I would just go, open her cupboard and take it out. I don’t need to go to any shop trust me. If you see her collection of clothes you would know, she has all possible brands and hence you would never have the need to go out. Just go open her cupboard and pick the stuff. So I’m sure if I am broke that’s what I am going to do.

Rangmunch: Are you a shopaholic, workaholic or alcoholic?

Melanie: I am not at all an alcoholic. I don’t drink at all. I’m a shopoholic and I have become a  workaholic now. Earlier I was not.

Rangmunch: How do you deal with people who give you unwanted advice?

Melanie: I just listen to them smilingly but do not implement it in my daily life. Everyone is entitled to their views and so I can’t be rude and say shut-up. I hear them and go about doing my work.

Rangmunch: How do you deal with intrusive  fans who want personal information about you?

Melanie: People have been really sweet to me. They have asked me questions which are always answerable.

Rangmunch:What kind of a Role in a show would challenge you?

Melanie: Something that is not only about crying. You know I love this girl in Sasural Genda Phool, Ragini. I just love her character. I feel that’s what actually we are today. I would love to play something that is natural and real. All the characters and everything in that show is very real. I love that about the show. And one show I would love to do if it ever gets remade is “Sarabhai vs Sarabhai.”

Rangmunch: So how has 2011 been for you?

Melanie : Its been a fantastic year. I think its been one of the best years. I personally feel that as my life is going ahead, my years are getting better and better. I’m very thankful to God for giving me such a good life. I don’t think I could have asked for anything better.

Rangmunch: What are your plans for New Year?

Melanie: For New Year, I’m going to Dubai. That’s the first time I’m leaving the country ever in my life and I am very very excited about that.

Rangmunch: Do you make New Year Resolutions?

Melanie: See, people make resolutions when they want to leave something or they have bad habits. I don’t smoke, I don’t drink, I don’t party a lot. So I don’t need to give up anything. Abhi khana bhi give up kar diya hai as  I’m dieting. Sab kuch hi agar give up kar diya, then life mein there will be nothing left.

Interviewed by:
Swati Ghosh
Niharika Vidya Sagar

Edited by:
Navya Varma
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
 

New Beginning to a New Year – Life OK !!


The year begins with the birth of a new channel from the Star Group  called “ Life OK “. Star one bids us a  quiet farewell and makes way for the new channel. It’s always sad to see something perish in front of your eyes when you as an audience have cherished it from the day one of its launch. Star One has given us some very memorable shows which will always remain in our heartsNow it’s time for life to be Ok , or rather Life OK. We welcome this exciting channel with open arms. 

As the channel commenced its working from December 18th 2011, Life OK  has loads of different shows which are currently being  aired. The USP of this channel is the variety of shows it brings to the table with a unique feature of a 15 minutes episode, without a break. This definitely is  a new technique to keep viewers engaged and hooked on to the show. The Channel is aiming at targeting a larger mass which not only includes the  youth but also the family audience. As 2 weeks have gone by the outlook seems to be promising. The shows are getting a good response with encouraging TRP’s reflecting the same.
Shows like “Dil Se Dua Saubhagyavati Bhav ?” is an intense phycho thriller with lots of interesting twists and turns.The show  is about the struggle of Jhanvi, who is faced with any girl’s worst fears – an over-possessive and abusive husband, Viraj. The story  is extremly fast pace without a moment to get bored . Will it remain as engaging or will the momentum drop? With a TRP of 1.13 in its very first week, one only hopes to see it get better.
Few more shows to rope itself in this drama zone are, “ Sapnon  Ke Bhanwar Mein”,which is a story of an ambitious small town girl Pooja and how she gets embroiled in the dirty game of politics. The show this week managed to close with a TRP of 0.45
Another show to look out for is “ Tum Dena Saath Mera”which is about  a newly married romantic couple Abhilasha and Manan, who move to Mumbai from a small town and have opposite aspirations from life . Interestingly the very simple and relateable looking faces also form the USP of this show. 
” Main Laxmi Tere Angan Ki “ is the story of a  middle class girl called Lakshmi, her inspirational journey towards realizing her dreams. Her bubbly yet positive spirit could put a smile on even a dead man’s face. Besides, you get to see cute Sudeep Sahir back on TV after Behenein on StarPlus. The show stands at 0.70 on the TRP scale.

Meri Maa‘ which is a Hindi adaptation of a Bengali show the the same name, on the other hand on  Life OK is the story of Jhilmil, a street kid, who is on a mission to look for her real mother. With an actor like Sayantani Ghosh, who is a known name in TV and Bengali films, one hopes the show will pick up from its 0.42 TRP mark that it scored in its first week.
One can say that the  channel is also leaving no stone unturned in entertaining it’s viewers.What else explains huge risk the channel has taken in terms of variety with a devotional show like “Devon  Ke Dev Mahadev”, which is creating its own viewership. This show promises to show case the love story of Shiva and scored a promising TRP of 0.89 in the very first week.  

The famous  reality ”Sach Ka Samana” which was a hit with the audience earlier is also back with its much awaited Season 2. 

Variety is the spice of life and one  has to applaud the makers for the effort they have put in the shows and  that  by no means  is  the channel  giving up .By the look of it, Life Ok is here to stay.
However the encouraging and promising  promos of the shows being aired non stop, there  is still a lot of speculation regarding  its sustenance. Its very normal and natural for any new venture  to take time to adapt and adjust , but the bottom line is we all love entertainment. After a hard days work , we  want to sit back and relax with our loved ones and tune into watching the shows which give us happiness and also makes sense. Today’s audience can’t be fooled so the shows have to be dealt logically and sensitively. It’s huge challenge for Life Ok to create a fan base and get it to a place where Star One couldn’t reach (TRP chart).  All we can do is wait and anticipate whether  they will hit the target or wither away with time. On that note ,Good luck to Life OK !

Navyanka Varma
Rangmunch.TV
 

Must Watch Shows

Bade Achhe Lagtey Hai
Sony TV ,10.30 pm

In tonight’s episode Ram will shout and loose his cool on someone on the phone.Priya tells herself to be prepared for a showdown.Ram comes to Priya and tells her that he has come home to collect his files, and in doing so says his apologies. Will Priya accept this rushed apology or will they once again end up arguing over trivial things.

Saubhagyavati Bhav?
Life Ok , 10 pm

 Jhanvi gets a call from the doctor and she gets to know that Viraj has met with an accident.She rushes to the hospital. Viraj is visibily irritated on seeing the doctor, but Jhanvi takes him home.Initially Viraj stubbornly refuses and resists as much as he can , but wounded as he is , he gradually gives and allows Jhanvi to care for him.This gives Jhanvi a little hope for the marriage .Tune to Life Ok to catch this intense drama.
Navyanka
Rangmunch.TV