Pearl Grey's Spellbound Productions
combined with Manmohan Shetty's Walkwater Productions
to give the viewers the tale of a small town girl who is subjected to eve-teasing, in Star Plus
' well-accepted show, Mann Ki Awaaz Pratigya.
TellyBuzz brings you an exclusive chat with the Producer Pearl Grey
where she talks about the manner in which such a concept was arrived at, about the viewers' appreciation the show has got and much more… What made you come up with a concept like Pratigya?
Eve-teasing is one major issue that has been ignored by society even though it is a part and parcel of many a girls' lives. With no fault of theirs, the girls get subjected to a high degree of humiliation, which affects their entire family. I am sure every girl in a small town will relate to our character of Pratigya, and will appreciate that this subject is being talked about. How do you feel when you get appreciated for producing such a show? What do you think has made the difference?
I am happy that my work as a Producer is being appreciated. I have come across so many people who have told me that they identify with the characters portrayed in the serial. We are overwhelmed with the positive response got. I basically wanted to portray reality on television with characters that have a degree of reality to them, who are not the usual sugar-coated ones, and not the typical grey characters. We used the language as the basic criteria in differentiating the two families. We wanted to portray the different ways in which civilized and uncivilized families react to a given situation. The incidents that we are depicting are very real, and this is the USP of our show. Pratigya started well, but it was Krishna's family that brought a new high in ratings. How do you see that?
Yes, we always knew that Krishna's family will be our main trump cards. We were mentally preparing the audience by making them wonder how the family of this guy Krishna would be, who we had shown as the typical uncivilized and rugged character. This family had to be completely opposite to the Sharma family, and the underlining fact we wanted to show is the behavioural difference between the two families. On the whole, the introduction of Krishna's family was a big challenge for us, and we now realize that our hard work has paid off (smiles). What were the criterias you looked at while casting for Krishna's family?
See, we did go thro' a lot of detailing when we were casting for every character in Krishna's family. We made sure we narrate the intricate details of the characters when the actors came down for auditions. This probably helped them get into the skin of the characters very easily, and their efforts show on screen today. Take for example, Krishna's mother who is a woman who gets beaten left right and centre by her husband, but at the very next minute she is fine and all ready to show her dominance over her daughters-in-law. On the other hand, we have Kesar who is all subdued and silent. In this scenario enters a woman Pratigya who almost gets a leverage of living her life in her own way. This certainly irks the mother who has never been able to ascertain her presence in the house, all her life. On the other hand, there is this daughter in the family Komal who has been protected by one and all. While all the other women in the house are being treated like dust, you see this girl of the house getting pampered. She has grown up seeing her father and brothers using an abusive language, and has inherited all those qualities from them. So we have a great mix of characters out here.
How do you see television today?
Television has reached a saturation point wherein viewers are getting to see similar shows everywhere. The story lines are getting predictable, and this is what the creatives do not want. I believe that fiction means depicting reality, and that is what I wanted to deliver. I am glad that the channel understood my ideas; they have trusted me a lot and given me the full freedom of creativity. I will surely not let them down. What are the shows that you like watching on television?
Shows like Pavitra Rishta and Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijo have a real side to it, and that appeals me. What is priority to you – delivering a good product or delivering a show high on TRPs?
See, numbers count a lot. It gives you a picture of whether the viewers are watching your show or not. So yes, ratings are extremely important to me, otherwise all the hard work goes a waste. I believe that if you are creative enough, ratings will follow you. What do you have to say about your main lead Krishna?
Well, he is the typical uneducated guy with all the uncivilized qualities. Every woman deals with this kind of a guy at some phase of her life. Krishna is a guy who you will love to hate, but even then you end up falling in love. He is not a negative character, but there are so many things that are complex about him. What do you have to say for the appreciation that your main actress Pooja Gor has got?
Pooja is doing a very good job. She is not playing the typical bahu who is seen always on television. But I keep telling her to improve her acting capabilities so that she can take her character to a new high. What do you have to say about your blue eyed boy, Arhaan Behll?
Well, what can I say about him? I guess the character of Krishna was etched only for him. It is the same with Komal too. But my conviction in Arhaan was shaky to begin with. It was the channel that convinced me to go with him. Arhaan is an introvert by nature, and when he was being narrated his role I was sitting there and watching him. He was taken aback when he was being described his role, and that was when I thought he would not be able to do it. But the channel got him in, and I am really happy with the way he has carried his character. Which is your favorite character in Pratigya?
Without a second thought it is Krishna. What can the viewers see in the future episodes?
Well, we have a good honeymoon sequence coming for the two newly married couples. We will slowly see the manner in which Komal goes thro' a transformation and falls in love with Adarsh. On the other hand, Krishna's behaviour when he gets outside his house will be interesting to watch.
What are the future plans when it comes to Pratigya?
Well, we would want to become the #1 show (smiles). We have been consistent even with the IPL fever around; we are standing our ground and have gone way beyond the 4+ mark now. Any new shows in the pipeline?
Yes, talks are on with various channels but nothing is decided.
Reporter and Author: Srividya Rajesh