The new show Tera Mera Saath Rahe is actually a prequel to the popular show Saath Nibhaana Saathiya, shares the director Ashish Shrivastav. While the story narrates what happened in the past. It has a lot of twists and turns and is high on drama.
“We have added a lot of spice into it to make sure it feels like a new story with more entertainment value. At the same time, we have stayed in the realistic zone. I enjoyed shooting it and believe that audiences will also enjoy watching the story,” says Ashish, who has earlier helmed popular shows such as Shaadi Mubarak, Yeh Rishte Hai Pyar Ke, Piya Albela and Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki on Television.
Many actors from Saath Nibhaana Saathiya have been retained in the prequel. “Obviously retaining old actors is helpful because they have their face value and a loyal fan base. Rupal [Patel] Ji, Gia Manek, [Mohammad] Nazim, Vandana [Vithlani] Ji are fine actors and audiences enjoy watching them on screen. So, getting the old cast on board is helpful,” he continues, “I have worked with Rupal Ji in Yeh Rishte Hai Pyar Ke she is a very professional and fine artist, Giaa Manek is also very good. In this show, they won’t be seen as Kokila and Gopi Bahu. Rupali ji will be seen as Mithilaben and Gopi bahu will be Gopika.” Ashish also shares that directing new and young actors are both fun and challenging.
New show Tera Mera Saath Rahe:
“It’s a little challenging to direct new and coming actors because we have to work hard on them. Sometimes we get good raw actors also who have talent which helps the show to give different prospect… There is a huge difference between working with established actors and young actors. We only need to brief established actors, but with young actors, we have to start from scratch,” he says.
A director is called the captain of the ship. Does he hold that authority in a fast-paced medium like TV? Ashish answers in the affirmative.
“When we start a show, channels, actors and producers trust directors. And that’s why set-up is done by the directors in a way that at least 15 to 20 episodes easily gets ready to ease the telecast pressure. Once the show starts on the air, we increase our speed of work and ensure that we maintain quality.” he explains.
Ask him if he had to make compromises at times in terms of meeting the demand of the producers or the channels. And Ashish answers, “Quality compromises happen on tv, but it depends on the situation. Like if something is supposed to happen on a big scale. We do it in a smaller way so that the flow doesn’t get affected. Now when the show’s budget is not high, producers try to maintain quality and sustainability. This happens because we invest more money in the initial days. And we plan to run the show for 3 to 4 years. So, there are times when the producers are left with not much money. But these days, producers have become smart when it comes to investment from day one.”