The Indian television audience has been served regressive content for the longest time now. And the reason for them being made incessantly is the acceptance by the viewers. TV shows Naagin and Sasural Simar Ka's TRPs during their runtime is a proof enough. With such viewership, TV producers too refrain from experimenting with content-driven shows and those who do, fail miserably. We asked television and film actor Manish Chaudhari who has been a part of limited episode TV shows like Everest, P.O.W-Bandi Yuddh Ki, Powder and Red Code the reason behind the non-acceptance of shows which deliver much more than the saas-bahu melodrama. To it, the actor blamed it on the "bad habit the audience has developed because of the makers.
He said, "The audience is smart but they have been given a bad habit over the last fifteen years. It is just like how people get addicted to smoking. They have been served saas-bahu sagas for like fifteen years now. A generation and a half have grown over that kind of stuff, so they got used to it. To change that, progressive shows should be made. They have to continue being made and then only audiences taste will also change.
Manish will be next seen on Sony Entertainment channel's latest offering Yeh Pyaar Nahi Toh Kya Hai. In the show, the actor will essay the role of a south Indian businessman who lives in Delhi and is extremely ambitious. He wishes to become the top industrialist of the country in the show. Yeh Pyaar Nahi Toh Kya Hai stands different from other shows on TV as it is being shot in real locations and not on the sets.
Until now, Manish has presented himself in serious roles on television, be it his show P.O.W Bandhi Yuddh Ke or Powder, but not for a moment does he fear being slotted in a particular image. He said, "That's something for the producers and directors to worry about. That is not my concern. I focus on adding colours to every character I play and my job is to work hard on the character. For instance, Krishnakanth Reddy (his character in Yeh Pyaar Nahi Toh Kya Hai) has a very thick accent which I haven't done on television before. I enjoy every character, serious or not, and every character comes with its own life which as an actor is my job to explore. This stereotyping doesn't control me a bit. Now if this makes people slot me in a particular image, it is fine. I do not look at it like that.
Ever since the influx of web series, the future of television shows has been in jeopardy. However, Manish has a different take on it. For him, the three mediums of entertainment, films, TV shows and web series are interrelated. He said, "It is all about entertainment. They all work simultaneously and they are not separate. I think it's a big mistake to look at the web, television and films as three mediums. They are completely interrelated. If one does better, it is good for the other one too. For instance, I did a series called Powder which came on Sony in 2010-11 and now it is on Netflix and has gone international. So, if television will have good content, it will work on the digital medium too.
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Sony TV Presents New-Age Love Story Yeh Pyaar Nahi Toh Kya Hai'
R.M. VIJAYAKAR, Special to India-West Mar 8, 2018 MUMBAI
Sony Entertainment Television has rendered various hues of love and romance through "Ek Duje Ke Vaaste, "Kuch Rang Pyar Ke Aise Bhi and "Bade Acche Lagte Hain. Partnering once again with Bindu & SJ Studios after the first-named show, it brings a breezy yet absorbing world of romance in "Yeh Pyaar Nahi Toh Kya Hai.
This is that shade of love that is unspoken but palpable, unexpressed but perceptible, of Siddhant Sinha (Namit Khanna) and Anushka Reddy (Palak Jain). Siddhant is racing ahead at a breakneck speed to achieve fame and success in his career but still finds something missing. Anushka, daughter of one of the biggest business tycoons of the country, is untouched by the opulence in which she has been brought up, is sensitive yet competitive and has everything which one could desire. But she still cannot give up on the emotions that she has for Siddhant.
The entire show is being shot in Delhi at real locations to give its viewers a completely differentiated cinematic experience and bring alive the world of its characters. Making their debuts on television, Khanna (Siddhant) and Jain (Anushka) share screen space with an ensemble of talented artists, like Manish Chaudhary, Anuraag Arora, Alka Amin, Ankit Raj, Shahana Verma and others. "Yeh Pyaar Nahi Toh Kya Hai premieres on Mar. 19 in India. Danish Khan, EVP and business head, said, "We are delighted to present "Yeh Pyaar Nahi Toh Kya Hai, and collaborate with Dilip Jha, the writer-producer, who had given Sony a great love story last year in "Ek Duje Ke Vaaste. This show also marks our ambition to move from shooting in a studio setup to shooting in real location.
Dilip Jha, writer and producer, said, "I am so happy to collaborate with Sony once again. The series has two parts: one is a very contemporary romance with nuances and nostalgia of first love. The other part is this larger-than-life drama narrative of the 70s where a young man is all set to take entire world head-on to make his way, while still being rooted and in love. Apart from great entertainment, I believe this show will also deliver a strong social message.Edited by peachesnplums - 2018-04-05T11:29:14Z
Sony TV's Yeh Pyaar Nahi Toh Kya Hai is a fresh, urban day love story that talk about two individuals who used to love each other but were separated due to some conflict. Audiences have appreciated the show, its scale, the richness and grandeur of the sets in Delhi. The creative team is taking care of each and every nuance in the scenes to make it look real and glamourous.
In the ongoing track, Anushka Reddy (Palak Jain) is seen playing a game of badminton with her 'Anna' Shrikant Reddy (Vishal Malhotra). This created a lot of drama post the shot. Though the cast had to do a lot of practice before the scenes were shot, it was only after the shoot that the entire cast and crew members got into a serious game of badminton which soon turned into a full-fledged competition.
Everyone including the actors and the crew formed teams and played a good and competitive game. When asked Palak, she said, "We were busy getting the badminton scene right and once it was done, it was amazing to see the cast and crew get together to play a healthy match of badminton. It was definitely refreshing and also helped us get to know each other better. I am glad to be a part of the show. We now plan to play badminton daily to keep us fresh."
Yeh Pyar Nahi Toh Kya Hai, an upcoming show on Sony Entertainment channel brings to its viewers a love story blended with the traits of two drastically opposite people Siddharth and Anushka Reddy. Debutants Namit Khanna and Palak Jain are essaying these lead characters. Ask them about the initial butterflies flying in their stomachs before facing the camera and their experience working on this show, they are quick to answer that they are yet amateurs.
Namit: Yes, it's a bit hectic and I think that's how it's going to remain long hours and lack of sleep. Facing the camera is one department that I've worked really hard towards. I'm enjoying the whole process. Of course, there's always scope to get better and improve every day but the initial fear of facing the camera has vanished. I have overcome that fear now.
Palak: Now, I am pretty much comfortable. Of course, doing the scenes and getting into that zone is taking time but compared to the first day, I'm getting really comfortable. It's also because I am working with a lot of experienced actors and they just make me feel very comfortable.
Well, stepping into the television industry even without a faint recommendation is too real to be a true story. However, Namit and Palak's tale of sheer dedication, sacrifice, hard-work and most importantly, patience. It will force you to think otherwise, other than the standard notion of passing the audition for a show in a quick go. Ask them if the journey up till now has sailed smoothly of was a bumpy ride? To which, their answer was...
Namit: I had done a pilot shoot for a show on Star Plus in October and was waiting for their response. It was just two weeks to go about for that and I got a call from Sony for this show Yeh Pyar Nahi Toh Kya Hai and they asked me to come down for a meeting. I already informed them that I have done a pilot shoot for xyz show. So, the director said, "Just come down and we'll have a chat." I went ahead and he told me about the character. Later, I went and auditioned for it. Minutes after my audition they made me meet Dilip sir, Vishal sir and I spent a lot of time on the first day of my audition there. So, I kind of figured that they are interested and within the next two days I got finalised. Talking of facing roadblocks to reach up till here, he shared, "I wouldn't say there were roadblocks because everybody has a different journey. It's just that you continue on that path you are walking on with that self-belief that this is the only way it has to happen and there is no other way. Yeah, at some time you start having doubts about your decision and choices but everybody goes through it. I continued working on myself and that's what has got me here."
Palak: The journey wasn't smooth for sure because I did not know anyone from the industry and there is nobody in my family or relative who is associated with this industry and could have helped me out. Mumbai was difficult because figuring everything on your own is difficult. But there's one thing that it necessarily makes you strong as a person because it needs a lot of patience. You keep giving auditions; you keep getting rejected without even knowing that you have been rejected. It's not necessarily your acting or whatever but you don't fit in for some reason and there's nobody to tell you that why you're not fitting in. Talking about the audition part, the production team saw my picture and found Anushka's character in me. And then they called me for an audition. There were one or two rounds of audition and the shortlisting that happened. I think when something is meant to happen, it just happens in some or the other way. For years I was just waiting for the opportunity and nothing happened. This show came and it just materialised.
The show revolves around these two main protagonists and the misunderstandings between them form the plot of the story. A newcomer has many thoughts wandering in his/her mind before entering a new class or a new job on his/her first day. There is a pile of 'what if' thoughts slipping from their minds. One such question, "What if I am not accepted by my colleagues?" So, talking about their equation with them, Palak and Namit narrated a feel-good equation about working with the co-actors.
Namit: Yes, being comfortable with the people you're working with is very important. Once, you reach there it becomes easier and I have reached that zone. Getting comfortable with co-actors is easy. It takes time to gel up with the technical crew because you don't know anybody and you don't really get the time to sit and chat with them because you are so occupied working. Now that it's been close to 40-45 days of shooting, so, now you know everybody by name and their role in the team. Of course, there are issues that happen in the production team but these goof-ups keep happening everywhere.
Palak: Yes, I am very comfortable. Not a single day did I feel that I am a newcomer. Doing the scenes with such experienced co-actors like Alka ma'am and Maneesh sir is actually a blessing. It's great working with people who are so experienced. They just enhance your skills.
A layman or an alien to the world of glamour have too many pre-conceived notions about the function of this industry. But the closer you come, reality hits you harder to see the cast and crew work non-stop on endless shift hours to complete their episode. Exactly was the case with these debutants, it seemed like beds of roses until they themselves endured the pain of pricking thorns.
Namit: Yes, we do have some pre-conceived notions. For all these years I was not convinced that I have to do TV because I always felt that I wanted to do films then why should I switch to television when I myself don't watch TV? But now, after being around for a while and working hard, I realised that there's always going to be a gamble, especially for an outsider like me. Even if I get a film, the result will be based on its Box Office collections, for which, I'll work for relatively three to four months, without any assurance of working every day, the kind of role and other factors as opposed to a TV show. In my case, it's a one year show, where 10-12 months I'll be working consistently, where you are getting an opportunity to better yourself. The most important thing for an actor is to prove and I'm getting an opportunity to do that. Also, the reach of TV is huge and this is something that I realised with time. There are TV actors who are way more popular than film actors, of course, barring the A Grade stars. If I feel that there is no good work in Television, at least I can perform better then because as an actor we have social responsibilities catering to people of all age groups.
Palak: Honestly, there's still a lot for me to explore but my friends or family when they talk about the TV industry, they think that it's the easiest thing to do. If you're not doing anything, you can just get into modelling and act but trust me, it's exactly the opposite. If you cannot do anything, you definitely cannot do acting. It needs lot of dedication and lot of commitment, probably, a lot of personal sacrifices to be made. If you are committed to something, you just need to keep your personal life secondary. And, you really need to be strong and patient. This (TV industry) is not something how it looks, it's not a cakewalk, people think they are leading a glamorous life. But nothing comes easy, there's always a price to pay.
With a few days left for the show to go on air on 19 March on Sony channel at 8 pm, both, Namit and Palak have their heartbeats racing ahead of time. They are anxious, excited and nervous at the same time to see the audiences' reaction. Also, they feel blessed and are thankful to their parents and almighty for pondering this opportunity on them to reach people's homes with this show.
We have seen him be his smoldering hot self in the popular web series, Twisted, with Nia Sharma. Namit Khanna will now be seen in a completely different avatar in his debut TV show, Yeh Pyaar Nahi Toh Kya Hai. He will be playing the role of Siddhant Sinha opposite another newbie, Palak Jain. The cast stresses on the fact that the youth will relate a lot to the show. It's a finite series and a modern love story. Now we have a lot of TV shows that are romantic dramas but this one seems to be different than the others.
Well, we can only judge when we watch it, but we got a chance to meet the cast for a little chat on the sets of Yeh Pyaar Nahi Toh Kya Hai. Namit speaks about his take on modern relationships, why the audience will connect with their show, whether the time slot will affect their TRPs and so on. While most television actors are going digital, Namit chose to do TV after doing a successful web series. The actor opens up about why he feels TV has a wider reach and is pretty optimistic about the show. Here are excerpts from our conversation. (ALSO READ: Yeh Pyaar Nahi Toh Kya Hai promo: Namit Khanna of Twisted fame romances newbie Palak Jain in this modern love story watch video)
Why the switch from digital to TV?
To be honest, digital is still coming up. It's at a pioneering stage and it will become the thing' eventually. Having said that, the reach on digital is smaller when compared to that on TV. You'll see a TV in every household and most of the family members watch it. But I did a web series and it did really well. Web series gave me an opportunity to work in some 15 episodes but I have an opportunity to work for 10-12 months when it comes to television. Of course, the production is bigger and there is international reach also. For me, it was about doing good work.
Tell us something about the show and your role as Siddhant Sinha.
Siddhant is a lawyer and he is kind of shrewd. He is extremely ambitious and wants to make a lot of money, but he hates rich people. The reason for this is his childhood friend, Anushka Reddy. He is very close to her and they like each other but never confess their feelings to each other. There are a couple of misunderstandings and issues that keep them apart. She leaves for New York to study and returns after six years, which is when the story begins. Since there are a lot of unsaid things and misunderstandings, there is constant cold war between them.
You said that the youth will relate to the show. How so?
The main issue right now is how people communicate with each other. They assume and misunderstand things a lot because of which you get that blotch in the relationship. They really care for each other and they all need a quick fix for all the problems. Some things need time you know, especially relationships. You must put in your energy, talk about things and these are the things that the youth will see. It's very real.
Actress Palak Jain, who essays the role of Anushka Reddy in Yeh Pyaar Nahi Toh Kya Hai, says the show gave her an opportunity to take Bharatnatyam lessons. Belonging to a rich family, Anushka has an ideology of simple living and high thinking. She also has a flair for art and culture and is inclined towards learning a dance form.
"I always wanted to learn Bharatnatyam but due to studies and other assignments, I couldn't find the time to do it. Thanks to 'Yeh Pyaar Nahi Toh Kya Hai', my character is a dance enthusiast. Hence, I had to learn a few steps of the dance form from a professional tutor," Palak said in a statement.
"It was a liberating feeling, a long-cherished dream that has finally come true. I am hopeful of learning Bharatnatyam professionally too," she added.
Yeh Pyaar Nahi Toh Kya Hai is aired on Sony Entertainment Television.
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