Diya Aur Bati Hum, Balika Badhu, Madhubala, etc are some of the iconic shows those remained stubbornly at the top spot of TRP chart throughout their tenure. Needless is to mention about the buzz that ‘Jijaji Chhat Par Hain’ and ‘Bhabiji Ghar Par Hain’ have created among comedy enthusiasts. Actors of the mentioned above shows are already stars. But do you know whose language they speak? Whose scenes they bring to life on screen? Whose story they are a part of? In contemporary era of content revolution, most people are eager to celebrate the creative faces behind the shows. On this context, we have brought an exclusive interview with Mr. Raghuvir Shekhawat, a prominent name in Indian TV arena. Yes, he is the man behind the creativity, dialogues, screenplays, etc, that your favourite stars perform. Mr. Shekhawat is associated with TV arena since past 24 years, and is a highly regarded name.
Given below are a few excerpts of our exclusive interview with him.
How difficult is juggling between two different shows of different genres (Mr. Shekhawat is currently writing for SAB TV’s ‘Jijaji Chhat Par Hain’ and ‘Mitegi Laxman Rekha’ of & TV)?
Personally I don’t feel any difficulty. Being a writer, living the character is something that is most important for me. Despite being in a sad mood, I have written for comedy shows, and for a pathetic scene despite being in a joyful mood. A writer inherently knows how to live such imaginary lives.
Is it challenging to write for a clean comedy show like ‘Jijaji Chat Par Hain’, without any below-the-belt jokes, no insult, etc, in a competitive scenario?
Not at all; rather, I would say it’s easy to write clean comedy than the controversial ones. There is a market for all types of shows. We are Indians; we still have that family value and ethics. We still have the culture of watching shows with the whole family. Hence, being an Indian, writing for something that my people can relate to is easier for me than other types. Moreover, clean comedies are well established than the controversial.
Which is more difficult; fiction or non-fiction?
Again, I won’t say anything difficult. But yes, in fiction shows you have to maintain the continuity; you have to live the certain character for a long period. It’s indeed enjoyable and challenging at the same time.
It’s said that writers are the kings of content-driven non-fiction shows. Do you feel the same?
No. For me, a director should be the boss or captain of any show. A captain’s role is inevitable, no matter how talented players are there in the team. Similarly, a director is the decision maker for various creative ideas. May be, there are some directors who leave it entirely up to the writers. But, I think a director should interfere as afterall he takes the whole responsibility. Shashank ( Shashank Bali,Director of Bhabiji and Jijaji) discusses about the content, as well as handles the technical parts. I think this culture of leadership is the reason that Indian TV industry is so established.
Any dream person to work with?
No. I am not a dreamer. I am simply passionate about writing. Characters do matter the most for me than the stars.
Modern-day show makers are getting formulaic, repetitive or simply following with their approach while preparing contents; your views on it
Well, we don’t keep any fixed audience base in mind while writing. We ensure our show is meant for PAN India audience. Yes, we do check reviews, understand trends, take feedbacks, etc, but those things don’t bring any constraint in our work.
How straining is a writer’s job?
It’s quite tough to be honest. I have to work for15 to 18 hours a day sometimes. But, I don’t mind as far as I enjoy the process. Actually, I get lost in that world.
Doesn’t it affect family life and health?
Yes, of course. But again, you can’t complain about everything in life. Priorities matter. And for me, writing is my priority. The best part is that my family understands this well. I truly try to find some time for them, but, frankly, it gets tough sometimes.