Director-writer Shramit Singh has made several short films and web series so far. Not only this, he has also assisted many well-known directors of the film industry. In an exclusive interview with Dainik Bhaskar, Singh also spoke about his experience working with directors such as Journey, Web Show, Sanjayleela Bhansali and Sriram Raghavan.
Q. How did the ‘Jamai’ and ‘Jamai 2. O’ journeys begin?
A. As an experiment in Zee5, the idea of converting television program ‘Jamai’ into a web show, television has a different audience. The television show sees the whole family sitting together. But when it comes to web shows, everyone watches individually. When it came to making a web show about a popular TV show, ‘Jamai’ is a show that people loved. A new story was created about the characters of the show, which people liked. The audience liked the first season. Hence Season 2 is brought out. In both these seasons, all the characters have been introduced in the same way as the TV shows. But the action show will also be seen in the web show. Just like the TV serial ‘Jamai’ was converted into a web show, in the same way season 2 i.e. ‘Kabul Hai 2.O’ of a TV serial ‘Kabul Hai’ is coming.
Q. How important is the OTT platform for directors?
A. The OTT platform is a survival medium. No matter how many serials or short films are directed, he is not considered a director. Until he directs a good film. And it is difficult for an outsider to get a film for direction. Web consumption is high and has increased due to Kovid. People have started watching more web shows due to the lockdown. For this reason, many new and old directors are getting the opportunity to show their art on OTT.
Q. Have worked with directors like Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Shriram Raghavan, tell their specialty is it difficult to assist big directors?
A. I started my career with Sanjay Leela Bhansali. My last film I assisted was ‘Badlapur’ with Shriram Raghavan ji. Both directors make very different types of films. Sriram Raghavan makes thriller psychological films like ‘Andhadhundh’, ‘Badlapur’. This is his zoner, in which he is mastered. At the same time, Bhansali sir likes to do films like Larger Than Life. Their canvas remains very large, the sets are large. There are many advantages to working with such directors. When you do some work after making film, then you get to know what kind of film maker you are. But when you work with such a director, it is not difficult. But you get a lot of opportunity to learn. Be it Bhansali Sir or Shri Ram Raghavan Sir, it is beneficial to assist them that you have a real time experience as to how a scene should be done. You can learn many things about how you can brief an actor, how to do framing. By working with them, you adopt many of their good quality, which you do not even know. In all the work that I have done so far, I have been highly praised for my framing and I have learned this thing from Bhansali sir. So at the same time, I have learned from Shri Ram Raghavan sir to look big and good in less money. For example, if you have invested 40 rupees, then you have a profit of 240 rupees.
Q. When and how did you decide to come in the direction field?
A. I am from Banaras city. My parents were government employees. In such a family, whether it is a director or a film industry, they do not get support. For this, I had completed my studies earlier. After that started doing jobs, but used to do theater in addition to studies. Not only this, when I used to live in Benares, I have also done a serial. Which used to be on Doordarshan at that time. I am also fond of writing, my 2 books have also been published. The family I am from, I could not say that I had to work in the film industry. I had to proof myself for that. First I did MBA, after that I started doing jobs. I worked for four years and in 2008 I quit my job. Was 25 years old at that time. I got a US head job in a US company. I got everything before the time and the salary was also good. After which I kept my savings, then I thought that now I can take a chance. When I was about to enter the film industry, people of my neighborhood started giving knowledge. The manager of the bank where I went to take a loan started giving me knowledge. The biggest thing is that people used to demotivate me also, because I did not know anyone in this industry. I first did a film making course, second, because of my nature, I did not have to do much struggle. So my first job was at Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s place. His sister sent me to him. Because my teacher was Bhansali and Sir’s sister was a friend. After that I never needed anyone’s help and then I never looked back.
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