Wednesday, 28, November, 2007
Changes seem to be the order of the day in Zee"s ambitious show 'Ardhangani". The Zee dream show was first ordered to go for a major re-shoot when the channel was not satisfied with the initial twenty days shooting material and the entire direction team headed by Pawan Sahu was fired. Pawan Kumar was put in charge but now he too has been booted out and has been replaced by another director. The Jay Mehtaa show has already had three director changes in the course of just three months of its conceiving.
Word is that the director was getting too big for his boots and had become just too ambitious in trying to keep alive the 'Devdas" feel in the show. This reportedly came in the way of many practical aspects connected to the show.
When we got in touch with the producer of the show Kinnari Mehtaa she chose to evade the query. “I really don"t wish to comment on the issue. But yes there is a second director change. The new director is Shyam Maheshwari".
The guy chucked out, Pawan Kumar gave a diplomatic reply. Sounding somewhat unperturbed by the recent happenings he said, “Actually it"s my habit to start a show and then leave it. I started 'Dulhann" and then 'Solahh Singaar" with the same producers but left after sometime. Now I am doing 'Rakhi" on Zee. It"s just that whatever I want to achieve with a show, I do so within a particular span of time and even if the show is on air, I quit it."
He added, “A daily show is like a daily newspaper and the show must go on. There are different types of people working in the industry, some of whom are very good, some who are bad and some who are okay, so it"s not always that you meet people with whom all your qualities match and you get along great. Every working relationship just can"t be the same."
But weren"t there creative differences between the direction team and the producers? “I really don"t like interferences. It was on the lines of 'Devdas" and it was supposed to be grand but then there were budget constraints. All I can say is that when Sanjay Leela Bhansali made 'Devdas" or any grand film, even if the budget goes up to crores there were no budget issues and all that. But the same is never the case with TV".
But won"t he miss the show? “It wasn"t my dream show or something as actually my dream is the 11 films scripts that I have kept ready. But I will miss the show as it was my baby. As for Pawan Sahu, he had done real bad work which I rectified. But I really am not sure whether I will work with the producers again or not.
Isn"t this answer itself enough to hint that there were major creative issues between him and the producers?