Mum’s the word
On screen,she’s a tough cookie,a worrying,on the edge prejudiced mother who is prepared for the worst. Off screen,Vibha Chibber is a contrast. “Because television is not the only thing I do,” she rolls out quite a time-table – telly time,films,theatre – the first and only love,family,children,and acting classes. “These are more of diction and action classes. When a generation starts thinking in English,they lose touch with their mother tongue. So,we have aspiring actors coming to us to improve on their Hindi diction,and I can tell you it’s pretty bad!” she laughs. When she’s not doing her serial Bidaai on Star,Vibha,an NSD passout,gets going with theatre. “I was associated with the National School of Drama for 25 years and been the director of Barry John’s Theatre In Agitation which is for children,” the need for more recognition drove Vibha to the small and then big screen (remember coach Krishna in Chak De and constable Vyjanti in Ghajini?). Looking forward to Let’s Dance and Mocktail,Vibha says television will restrict to Bidaai for it takes up most of her time. “I’m happy playing the mother,always one-step ahead with her sixth sense,” Vibha elaborates on her character whose forever fearful of ‘dark skinned’ daughter’s destiny. “I have a 14-year-old daughter and I can relate to a mother’s anxiety! Well,she’s fair,so that part is taken care of,” Vibha gets candid how when it comes to Punjabi families,the fairness index is a big factor. “Being a girl is as it is difficult in this country and dark skin is still a huge complex and it can only go away with education and awareness,” she says. If only people were that open.
That’s right,Jyoti’s the new TV series all set to roll out on February 16 on NDTV Imagine,and we got chatting with its producer,Sphere Origins’ Sunjoy Wadhwa who has to his credit serials like Des Me Nikla Hoga Chand,Hey! Yahi To Hai Woh,Saathi Re,Betiyan-Apni Ya Paraya Dhan,DON all for STAR One,Rooh for Zee TV,costume drama Thief of Baghdad,Arth,also for Zee and the the award-winning Saat Phere,which has completed more than 500 episodes! “Well,after the success of Balika Vadhu,next in line is Jyoti,” Sunjoy tells about the concept of his new show which centers around this girl who is “son of the house”. “Just like her name,she is the light of the house who does everything,but all her thankless family cares about is her salary,” Sunjoy’s already set with the turning point on the 50th episode. Hmmm,so are we going to be treated to tele-centuries? “Well,we’ll see,” he winks,adding how they have formatted 208 episodes and will make sure the audience is not burdened by it. “Jyoti was with us for six years,and this is the right time to get her out,” tele-viewers will be treated to a new face,Sneha Wagh as Jyoti. “It’s scripted by Parmendu Shekhar and it’s not a saas-bahu drama. See,women are an integral part of our viewer base and understand emotions better than men,so these serials work. But yes,stories are changing,you’ll see more of relationships,detective,horror and action,” he signs off.
Five hundred! That’s the number of episodes TV series Baa Bahu Aur Baby on Star Plus will complete this week. Launched in August 2005 and produced by J D Majethia’s Hats Off,the show presented the hues of life packed with high emotions,temperaments,idiosyncrasies of real people and even more real situations which became an instant hit with the viewers and bagged a total of 52 awards. This week,watch Vaishali Thakkar (Benaf Dadachanjee) alias Baby get engaged to Birju (Amit Verma).