TVF scores hat-trick with three shows in Top 250 list

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Sameer Sax­ena has been a known face in the web space for many years now. Hav­ing acted in sketches for The Vi­ral Fever (TVF) such as Bhai Ho and Lage Raho Shet­tyb­hai, he is also the man be­hind the lat­est web se­ries Yeh Meri Fam­ily, which brought back the ’90s era, and also re­de­fined sto­ry­telling with its sim­plic­ity.

The show has gone on to be­come so pop­u­lar that it has been ranked #92 on the list of IMDB Top 250 shows, glob­ally. With this show, Sameer has made a hat-trick of hav­ing three shows fea­tured in the cov­eted Top 250 list on IMDB. Star­ring pop­u­lar tele­vi­sion ac­tor Mona Singh as the strict mother, Akarsh Khu­rana as the cool father who loves mak­ing up for the mother’s strict­ness, and three naughty but lov­able kids with welletched char­ac­ters, the show is rated 9.6 on IMDB.

Sameer says, “We strug­gled a lot ini­tially, but we de­cided to do things on our own, even­tu­ally. Youtube was com­ing up in a big way, we said let’s make use of a plat­form that gives one the free­dom to tell sto­ries as en­vi­sioned. And it turned out to be a lifechang­ing de­ci­sion for us.”

Other two shows by TVF that fea­tured on the Top 250 list are Per­ma­nent Room­mates (2014) and Tripling (2016) – shows that have a strong re­call even to­day. Af­ter com­plet­ing his stud­ies from IIT Bom­bay, Sameer quit a well-pay­ing con­sult­ing job to get into TV and films, some­thing that had al­ways been his dream. When start­ing off with fel­low IIT alumni Amit Golani and Biswa­p­ati Sarkar, he reached out to tele­vi­sion chan­nels for their shows, but they were turned away, for the lack of ‘youth­ful con­tent’.

“The re­sponse to sea­son 1 was so over­whelm­ing that we de­cided to ex­plore this story fur­ther. We re­leased the sec­ond sea­son of the show in 2016,” says Sameer on how their con­cept be­came a hit in Per­ma­nent Room­mates, which is rated 8.6 on IMDB, while Tripling is now rated 8.7 on IMDB. “Work­ing with a big bunch of tal­ented peo­ple was the best and hands-on way to learn how to work with a team where each mem­ber has a dif­fer­ent tem­per­a­ment. That ex­pe­ri­ence was just price­less and helps even to­day while work­ing on projects at TVF,” Sameer con­cludes.

A still from Yeh Meri Fam­ily PHO­TOS: HTBS

A still from Tripling

Sameer Sax­ena

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