Updated: December 5, 2014 1:00:18 am
By Priyanka Bhadani
Much was written about Raghu Ram’s temper when he was judging Roadies — an unscripted show that has become a cult now. It’s apparent that his temper that has become almost synonymous with the show, isn’t leaving him even after he decided to move on from it to explore newer ventures. Ram’s twin brother, Rajiv Lakshman, who worked behind the scenes and joined him on screen, only in the eighth season of the show, also became popular for displaying a similar temper. A few recent reports claim that the two brothers are not a part of the twelfth season of Roadies because the channel had issues with their temper.
But the reality is that the brothers, along with a business partner Ravi Luthria have started their own venture, Monozygotic — a platform agnostic content and communications hub. The reports upset the two brothers enough to call for a press meet and clarify that the reports are wrong.
“We are having a great time ideating for new concepts. Somewhere, I felt that in the last decade I have been limited to just thinking about one show, which was getting to me and it was not doing justice to whatever training I have had,” says Ram as he adds that the news about their temper being a cause for leaving Roadies won’t serve them well in future and thus a clarification was important. “Also, I don’t want a decade long relationship with the channel to be maligned.”
Interestingly, despite the alleged differences, the brothers are working with the same channel. Though their company is looking forward to more than just creating television content, one of its next project is an unscripted show for MTV India. “We are looking at a fun and interesting format that has travel and discovery as its core essence. It’s going to be very different from Roadies. It’s in the non-fiction format,” informs Lakshman, who also adds that the two brothers won’t be seen on-screen for this show. “It will have a youthful zeal,” he says.
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