What has been so unique about your journey from Amber Dhara to Navya?
their first show, Amber Dhara
Siddharth Tewary's Swastik Pictures has
given shows of diverse variety and inputs. Their popular show Agle Janam
Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijo on Zee TV
threw a light into a unique social issue
and gained a lot of appreciation.
they have shows like Navya
on air with Shobha Somnath Ki as
the latest addition. In a conversation with TellyBuzz, Producer
Siddharth Tewary shared his television journey and their vision for the
What was the reason that Sargun Mehta was chosen to be the older Phulwa?
It has been four years since Amber Dhara
was made and the journey has been fabulous with all the possible ups and downs. We have our own learning experiences that made the journey more beautiful. With an outstanding start, the response has been great and we are trying to do something different throughout and the efforts will continue.What is so unique about Phulwa? Rumour has it, that it is inspired by Phoolan Devi's life?
Frankly speaking, we never claimed that the show is based on Phoolan Devi's life and this is not a true story at all. The character is inspired from her, but that does not mean that the show is based on her life.
Sargun was the exact person who we had imagined and her eyes are very expressive. Though I had not seen any of her previous works, I was aware of her abilities. I do not think anyone else could have done the character better than her.
What is the USP of Navya?Navya
The ratings of the show have not been impressive even after the leap. Any comments?
Yes, currently the ratings have dipped, but at the same time we are concentrating to pitch the show better with various inputs. But at the end, the numbers are not in our control and as far as competition is concerned, its always with us.
, from day one is Vivek's concept and when we discussed the story we knew that the show is going to be a tough one to portray as we have to show both the old and new generation. The USP of the show is that we are trying to bridge the gap between the old and the new generation.What is your level of involvement in Phulwa and Navya? And where does Vikas Seth figure in the entire scenario?
I am the Creative Director of both the shows; hence I look into the creative inputs of the show. Vikas and Rahul are the ones who really run the company and look into the financial aspects of the show.
The lead girl Jannat of Phulwa is said to be loaded with lots of attitude. True?
Not that I am aware of.
Have you taken any inspiration from your own teenage years for Navya?
Frankly speaking, when we make a show, inputs are bound to be taken from real life and you can really see mine and Vivek's life that in the show. The teenage love, the issues that Anant and Navya
go through are something that everyone undergoes. You will get a sneak peak into my family when you see Navya
's family.You are known for making different shows for different channels? Is that a conscious decision?
I believe in telling the same things in different ways and we just have to know the target audience. Every channel has a requirement and when the same issue is shown in a different way, it brings freshness as well.What is your vision for Swastik pictures?
To create really honest work; we have the trust in what we do and the same time outcome is of matter.
On what criteria have you selected Shaheer Sheik and Soumya as the main leads of Navya?What is the involvement of Vivek Bahl in the show?
There have been hundreds of auditions for these characters and though I have not seen his previous work, everyone was really appreciative about Shaheer Sheikh
. Soumya was a last minute addition and that too after a lot of hunt. She really fits in the role.
is his baby wherein the concept and story is his.Your production house Swastik pictures has got into event management also. What can we expect next?
Yes we had done Star Dust Awards and now we are planning to bring q new nonfiction for Mahua channel. But there is a separate non-fiction head for that.Describe the following in one line. Phulwa-
Superb human beingJannat Zubair Rahmani-
Child prodigeeSai Ballal-
Extremely talentedShweta Kawatra-
I really do not know her well to comment on her Navya-
Highly commited Soumya Seth-
Sweet kidKshitee Jog-
Good friend and a great actor.
Reporter and Author: Saranya Valsarajan