MUMBAI: Nikul Desai is especially recognized for steering non-fiction reveals like Comedy Circus and Rising Star. Desai started his profession beneath the supervision of his paternal uncle Vipul D Shah, the co-founder of Optimystix Leisure. Beginning off as an assistant director again in 2001, he has labored his approach as much as head of non-fiction content material.
However luck performed its half too. Desai bought to don the director’s hat when the principle director of a TV present fell in poor health – and that was his first break as a full-time tv director. Fame shortly adopted when he made a splash with the runaway success of Comedy Circus. The present aired for 9 years with 18 seasons. Not solely this, he introduced numerous comedians like Kapil Sharma, Krushna Abhishek, Bharti Singh, Sudesh Lehri, and plenty of extra, into the limelight.
Now, Desai is developing with yet one more singing actuality present – Taare Zameen Par. Conceptualised as a platform for youths to showcase their signing expertise, the present will probably be telecast on Star Plus from 2 November at 6.30 pm. The programme won’t have judges, however mentors who will groom and prepare the youngsters. The makers have apparently roped in Shankar Mahadevan, Tony Kakkar and Jonita Gandhi as mentors whereas standard comic Sugandha Mishra and Aakriti Sharma (of Kullfi Kumarr Bajewala fame) will host the present.
Desai revealed that that is the primary time that any manufacturing home is making an attempt a non-fiction from a day by day standpoint. Mentioned he: “Taare Zameen Par is a mammoth present that’s retaining me and my workforce very busy. After which there are different tasks within the pipeline, we’re in dialog with Star Plus for just a few different reveals, which ought to hopefully get cleared by the tip of October or November. We’re additionally developing with an authentic collection, and a film in partnership with Ashwin Varde.”
As a result of Covid2019 pandemic, manufacturing homes should give you modern methods to evolve and improve within the new regular. As an example, the studio has minimize down on crew measurement – a measure that has generated its justifiable share of complications.
“A giant non-fiction present has wherever between 300 to 400 folks, however now the studio is functioning with wherever between 160 to 200 folks whereas the work stays the identical. Consequently, manufacturing has develop into significantly tougher, and the workforce has to pre-plan numerous stuff so there aren’t any final minute necessities and scramble,” stated Desai. It is because all of the props that are coming from the market should be sanitized and should be stored apart for 48 hours.
When it comes to the restrictions, solely cameramen and technicians are allowed to go on the ground, in any other case entry to the ground has been fully shut off. Additional, there’s zero bodily contact with judges and hosts. Contact and communication has undergone a sea change.
“Largely, the communication is totally killed from a safety standpoint, it is both from a pre-production standpoint the place we do telephone calls or Zoom calls. We’re taking pictures daily collectively, however we have not actually met one another. We’re strictly adhering to security and safety protocols,” said Desai.
Youngster contributors and their guardians, who got here from throughout India, went by a minimal of 14 days quarantine and it’s solely just lately that they’ve been introduced out from their lodge rooms for band rehearsals, he added.
Usually, the manufacturing management room (PCR) is a small, cluttered area. However this time to keep up social distancing. Optimystix has designed a much bigger space for PCR. The studio has created a partition between technicians by placing acrylic sheets so that everyone can watch the screens whereas taking pictures takes place. However solely restricted individuals are allowed within the room. For different crew members, the studio has made a viewing room the place individuals who need to simply watch the content material can really go to the viewing room and tune in.
“We have now given them the Zoom output off the entire grasp digital camera, in order that they’ll watch what’s taking place on the ground at any level of time whereas sitting at their properties. And so they can talk with us over the decision or Zoom chat. So, the best way we perform has fully modified. Earlier, lots of people was once there on standby to assist the folks current on the set however now 70 per cent of the crew is dealing with their very own work,” Desai elaborated.
The studio has additionally employed an exterior Covid2019 compliance firm named the Covid Marshal. The set and different gear are sanitised twice a day. Not more than two episodes are shot in a day. Desai additional talked about that attributable to security and safety measures the productiveness has comparatively been hampered.
Desai shared his view that audiences are actually extra eager than ever to look at light-hearted programmes, and in the long term non-fiction reveals will fare higher.