There is a popular belief in the creative land, that one need not necessarily be a hard-core romantic to deliver romantic scenes. When we talked to Ved Raj, the writer of Iss Pyar Ko Kya Naam Doon on StarPlus,we realized this versatile writer has so many facets to him, it is but impossible to attribute one particular type to him. The same holds true with the body of work that he has taken up as well. As we got on chatting with him about his writing, his shows, here is what he had to say.
Rangmunch: What kind of love Story were you visualizing as a writer when you first conceived Khushi and Arnav?
Ved: The story was supposed to be passionate rightly as the title suggested it was to convey the line“ Nafrat door jaane na de, Mohabbat paas aane na de." What I had in mind is not what is shown today, and what is shown was not in my mind. Having said that the basic concept remains the same. A stubborn egoistical man and a goofy girl, but the nuances of the characters keeps changing. We never thought so much humour would work but when it did we brought more of that in. When intense scenes are required, we do that too. So basically not all has changed but improvising here and there happens all the time.
Ved: Lets talk about Lavanya first. For her it was a man with money, style and aura. He personified class and Lavanya being today's girl identified with that. She did love him in her own way but it was not real love but an arrangement sort of love. From Arnav's side it was more of a woman who liked him, who gelled with his needs, and who was smart enough to hold her own in the media. She was his punching bag. He also somewhere knew that throwing tantrums at her won’t bother her as she knew exactly what kind of a guy he was. It was a mutual happy arrangement.
Rangmunch: It is hard to even believe at some level that a man like Arnav who claimed to be off woman and love would succumb to a relationship tag.
Ved: No, that’s not the case. We didn't want to stick to the cliche of TV shows where a character is shown off love and woman, that was not our concept. Arnav has no problem with Lavanya and the friendship they share. Its just that he is in a denial mode where subconsciously he is already in love with Khushi and hence denies being in love with Lavanya.
Rangmunch: What do you do when you face a writers block in story or with the characters?
Ved: (laughs) We don’t face one since there is no time to. But if it happens, we just bitch about stuff and get back to work.
Ved: Actually, its very difficult. I‘m living my characters 24/7. I’m always preoccupied. My wife tries to speak to me but I am lost somewhere else. It’s very chaotic in ones mind. I also write scenes of Gopi, that doesnt mean, I am thinking like her as well. It means, we know what goes where into the story.
Rangmunch: Being creative you have to switch off and on. How do you deal with varied emotions since you are working on multiple shows?
Ved: Yes, I’m creative but a machine as well at the same time. I am doing 4 shows, so everything is all over the place. I am a manager, a printing guy…and so much more ..(laughs it out). It’s like I do my work as it’s a job and switch off after that. I can't iron clothes or fold my shirts. My wife does that for me. Similarly when I work with all these emotions on the shows, I do that because may be I am good with that. It comes naturally to me. I'm bad at many things but good at this.
Rangmunch: Do you interact with the actors and let them know what you expect out of them?
Ved: No we don’t. We just meet in parties and have a chilled out time. If we start meeting actors then they would try to know their tracks and all would get very messy. So its better to stay on your own turf and do your job .
Rangmunch: What other shows are you doing at the moment?
Ved: I’m doing IPKKND, Saath Nibhaana Saathiya, Sasural Simar ka (COLORS), and Mrs Kaushik ki Paanch Bahuye…
Here is a Sneak Peak into Part 2 of this interview where Ved shall answer
questions on Iss Pyaar such as...
- In IPKKND, since both Arnav and Khushi have now broken off their engagements, so do we know see them exploring their relationship in a new light now ?
- Who’s brainchild is Arnav?
- What is it about Khushi that attracts Arnav towards her ?
Note:All this and more, in the next part of this interview! Do tell us what you think about this interview. We have kept in mind the growing questions in the minds of the audience while framing the interview. However owing to the fact that, there are various levels involved in the process of show making, the answers provided by the interviewee, are only those that are within his scope! We at Rangmunch.TV always endeavor to try and bridge the gap between those that live on either side of the camera! Hope you liked reading the above segment!
Niharika Vidya Sagar