Tuesday, October 28, 2008

DD HAS GIVEN ME CREATIVE FREEDOM

The grand old man of cinema and teleserials, Lekh Tandon, is back-this time with a Varanasi based serial-Bikhri Aas Nikhri Preet.

Lekh Tandon, the man with films like Professor, Amrapali, Jhuk Gaya Aasman, Prince, Jahan Pyaar Mile, Dulhan Wahi Jo Piya Man Bhaye, Agar Tum Na Hote and serials like Darar, Adhikar, Milan, Farmaan, Phir Wahi Talash, etc has now directed this serial, based on the novel Vyavadhan published in 1963 by Late Shanti Kumari Bajpai,. The novel, hailed as a literary classic, was nominated for the Hindi Sahitya Award.

The serial, which begins its run on DD National from April 27 at 9 pm, has songs put to music by noted music director Khayyam with lyrics by Naqsh Lyalpuri, Maya Govind and Ahmed Wasi.

"The good thing about working with Doordarshan is that it allows you to dig your grave or make your mark. Interference with the creative sensibilities of a director is not an issue unlike private channels where you have creative heads constantly dictating to you. I find that very difficult to adjust to. This serial has given me the chance to explore my creative abilities to the fullest and leave my directorial stamp on the work. And DD National gives it a very strong outreach-especially to the hinterlands of the state and other parts of the country which is essentially my target audience. Also the grand scale of the serial owes its thanks to the huge investment made by the producers, unparalleled in the history of Doordarshan in India."

NRI couple Trinetra and Kanika Bajpai joined hands to produce in this serial which is quite a family affair-what with both acting in the serial too along with daughter Anshula who has contributed to the screenplay and dialogues.



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