Rajan Shahi has directed just two serials independently. And already both of them have left a strong mark on the much cluttered idiot box. Dil Hai Ki Maanta Nahin came out as a refreshing romantic series at a time when the "saas-bahu" (mother-in-law vs daughter-in-law) conflicts ruled the roost.

Its sensitive treatment caught the attention of Soni Razdan who immediately offered Shahi Hamare Tumhare. With a story that can best be called pathbreaking, Hamare Tumhare is a proving a hit though only into its sixth week of telecast.

Hamare Tumhare is a story that revolves around the families of two sisters who share a bitter past. As a result, these families are also sceptical and tentative in their attitude towards each other. But somehow a situation arises when the kids of these two sisters get to live together. How they cope with this unusual situation is what the story focuses on.

With these twin aces up his sleeves, Shahi is prolific film director Mahesh Bhatt's new blue-eyed boy. Bhatt is reportedly so impressed by Shahi's work that he has already broached the topic of Shahi directing a movie for the Bhatt-promoted Vishesh Films.

Thanks to his maternal grandfather's influence on him, the idea of being a part of the entertainment industry fascinated Shahi from a very young age. After schooling from St. Colombus, New Delhi and graduation in English Literature from the prestigious Hindu College, Shahi shifted base to Mumbai.

By this time Shahi was clear in his mind as to what he wanted to do. Direction was what had caught his imagination. After scouting in vain for suitable opportunities to assist someone, Shahi ended up in the production department under Ravi Rai.

Two years in production designing saw Shahi establish himself as one of the the most dependable lieutenants of Ravi Rai. And then one day opportunity struck. When an assistant director didn't turn up, Shahi was asked to handle his responsibilities and his proficient skills at man-management came to the fore. Thereafter, Shahi assisted Ravi Rai in Thoda Hai Thode Ki Zaroorat Hai and Teacher.

However in between his long drawn journey to recognition, Shahi also lost his heart to writer Pearl who he later married. When Pearl wrote Dil Hai Ki Maanta Nahin and when the story found a ready taker in producer Hemant Seth, Shahi in his very first project was propelled to the big league. Shahi has also shot the pilots of two other serials- Mera Ek Sapna and Ansh. Also on the anvil are a couple of other projects for Vishesh Films.

Drawn by the creative freedom a producer has in the making of a serial, Rajan Shahi, director of successful shows "Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahi", "Saat Phere" and "Mamta" has stepped into the producer's shoes. His production "Sapna Babul Ka… Bidaai" started off with its very first episode being shot lavishly at The Taj Mahal, Agra. Rajan insists the script demanded the location. However, more than the production value the show concentrates on a good storyline and characters that the audiences would be able to relate with.

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