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

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Ac­tor Rad­hika Madan made a suc­cess­ful tran­si­tion from tele­vi­sion to Bol­ly­wood af­ter her de­but film, Pataakha opened to great re­views. Now, her sec­ond film, Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota (which was sup­posed to be her launch film, orig­i­nally), has been mak­ing the rounds at var­i­ous film fes­ti­vals.

Though Pataakha gained brownie points at the crit­ics’ board, it faced a luke­warm re­sponse at the box of­fice. Not at all both­ered by it at all, Rad­hika says, “I got a chance to de­but with a Vishal Bhard­waj film! It re­ceived good re­views from crit­ics, and I am really happy. To be hon­est, it [low earn­ings] did dis­hearten me on some level, but I was just happy that I got that chance to de­but. That su­per­seded ev­ery­thing,” she says, adding that the busi­ness as­pect is not in the hands of the film’s team.

Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota, mean­while was re­cently awarded the Peo­ple’s Choice Mid­night Mad­ness Award at Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val. Rad­hika re­veals that she was un­sure of the film when it was of­fered to her.

“No­body [a fe­male ac­tor] thinks of de­but­ing with an ac­tion film. I haven’t seen any girl do such ac­tion, which Vasan [Bala; di­rec­tor] has made me do, so I was like ‘I have no in­ter­est in ac­tion’. I told him on the first day ‘Sir, the script is lovely, but I don’t like ac­tion. He was like ‘Arre! We are just gonna make it hap­pen’. I had to thus put in dou­ble ef­forts. Ab­hi­manyu [Das­sani, lead ac­tor] had learned mar­tial arts. I re­mem­ber sit­ting and watch­ing ac­tion films for six hours ev­ery day,” Rad­hika tells us.

But the praise made it all seem worth­while. “We didn’t ex­pect such love and re­sponse that we re­ceived in Toronto. With this film, we didn’t ex­pect any­thing, we just had fun. It was a shock for us when the se­lec­tors se­lected us, and we won the award! In De­cem­ber, we will also be go­ing to Ma­cau,” Rad­hika signs off.

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.

Rad­hika Madan’s sec­ond movie Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota was re­cently hon­oured at Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val

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A still from Yeh Meri Fam­ily

A still from Tripling

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