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Saturday Fever | The Distance

Happenstance. Serendipity. Happy Chance. They all mean the same; synonymous. One wonders whether one should believe this? Is life about series of coincidences, fate or destiny as it is referred to as?

What is it to go the distance? What is it to have the distance? What is it to create the distance? What is it to look into the distance? Reflection, introspection, aspiration are some moods that have something in common. The distance.

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A song came to mind when I was looking at these pictures. The distance, from Serendipity. Yes, some songs stick in the head like memory that refuses to go away. Like the past that shapes us and moulds us. We could blame it on circumstances, on fate but one hopes for serendipity that would change the very course of life.

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The sky has lost it’s color
The sun has turned to grey
At least that’s how it feels to me
Whenever you’re away

When one longs for things that one knows one cannot have. When one knows, the distance that lies between the two people is unbridgeable.

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I crawl up in the corner
As I watch the minutes pass
Each one brings me closer to
The time when you’ll be back
You’re coming back

As one thinks of the time that one missed. What ifs surround us, hoping for a second chance to perhaps change the very moment that makes us what we are today. We want to turn back time or wish for things to turn around. Hope that lives within us making us go that one extra mile.

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I can’t take the distance
I can’t take the miles
I can’t take the time
Until the next time I see you smile
I can’t take the distance
And I’m not ashamed
That I can’t take a breath without saying your name
I can brave a hurricane
And still be standing tall when all the dust has settled down
But I can’t take the distance

When dreams that seem to be shattering right before our eyes, of hopes coming to naughts. The distance seems so much more from fulfilment, from reaching the pinnacle and one wonders would one last the distance it takes to get what one wants? Can one brave the weather as the seas rise and rock the little boat that is precarious as it is?

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I still believe in feelings
But sometimes I feel too much
I make believe you’re close to me
But it ain’t close enough
Not nearly close enough

It is still the hope of meeting you, be it ones dreams, ones goals or the one, that pushes us to go the distance, look at the horizon and say, “I’ll get there!” There is a parallel world that one lives in where reality is the very dream one dreams. The distance perhaps diminished and that is what makes us want to wake up in the morning and carry on.

Tell us, what is the distance that you would go?

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Humsafars | BTS | Jail Sequence

Most behind the scenes that we bring you on this forum are about giving insight into how a show is made. Of course, the general bonhomie that exists amongst the cast and crew is also something that comes across. Besides this, how passion, dedication and hard work drives the art of making a television series is something that is underlined.

This particular behind the scene is courtesy Gorky M, who was testing a new camera on the set. And hence, this becomes a different type of BTS segment. We learn as we showcase what happens on a set. The mayhem, the chaos, the heat and multitude of people doing multiple things.

While the lighting department is working on getting lights the way the camera department wants, the Director is explaining to the artist the feel of the scene. On the other hand, a group of cast just hangs around chitchatting. You also notice the creative department explaining lines and mood. The junior artists perhaps just lolling around as till the shot is called, they just have to hang around before they do what they do best, pass by.

The energy, the atmosphere on a shoot is quite unsettling if one happens to visit a set for the first time.

This particular segment brings you glimpses of what goes on.

Watch Humsafars every Monday to Thursday at 10:30pm on Sony TV.

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Forum 32 | Happy Diwali

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We at Forum 32 do not usually have a greetings from all the artists from the shows we cover related to various festivals. We stay away from mundane messages or something that everyone (read Media) does. And we in our very filmy language would like to think that we are hatke ;-)

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Now, that being our basic principle, we again were following tradition and not go a week before Diwali to our sets, make all the artists repeat a line that would say something like, “Wishing all the viewers, a very Happy Diwali”, over and over again and then sitting in our editing studio, snipping clips off to make an  interesting Diwali message. Frankly, it is too much work. And, come on we want to enjoy a day off (yes, there is no shoot on Diwali, yipee). So we usually refrain from amassing Diwali messages.

But last evening we were working on the sets of Humsafars and somehow got talking with Shivya Pathania and Harshad Chopda who play Arzoo Nausheen Khan and Saahir Azim Choudhary and then we really realised how difficult it is to get a  Diwali messages.

We of course were goofing around and we rolled the camera after we posed a question, “how would you do it?”

And the result is evident. Yes, we also burst crackers after pack-up.

Happy Diwali to all of you. Wishing you prosperity, health and happiness.

Be Safe. Be Happy.

 

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Wallpaper Wednesdays | Sehban Azim

Sehban Azim plays the not-so-steady-on-his-feet Zaki Chaoudhary in the show Humsafars. And perhaps being a bad boy is what makes us want to give him not one but two wallpaper picture.

You see, the story is like this.

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We took his pictures, we wanted the bad boy image of his character to come across. Now, we do believe we succeeded to certain extent. And yes, we say it with a heavy heart for somewhere his eyes still effuse innocence. Damn! we did not want that. We wanted a total baddie. But on second thought, the innocence is part of the charm. The boy who can be converted and not totally. Every woman wants a bad boy who will be good for her and to her. Ain’t it? Do we hear gals sighing?

So, we have picked two of the pictures we felt did some justice. Hopefully.

Now, tell us how you like them.

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And then we had this conversation with Sehban, about dreams and reality. So we want to dub him Dream Catcher! Nah, actually it seems we have lost creativity and using a title of a movie to give him a name. Then another title came up and we felt may be Sterling Dreamer is appropriate for he talked about dreams that would turn into reality and reality that would feed the dream. Dig?

Don’t worry if we are not too eloquent, we shall get him to talk to us on camera and the man can explain the concept himself.

Stay tuned for an interview we shall bring shortly. The pictures in wallpaper size on the Google Plus are Dream Catcher and Sterling Dreamer.

Watch Sehban play Zaki in Humsafars, every Monday to Thursday at 10:30pm on Sony TV.

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Qubool Hai | BTS | Discussion and Debate

We have brought you behind the scene of the show depicting various aspect of filming, the off-screen camaraderie as well as them giving a piece to camera.

Today we bring an aspect that perhaps many wanted to know. How does the discussion related to characters, nuances and take on a scene happen? Of course, debates occur as well. Here is a video of what the creative Director Iccha Kohli, Director Aman Singh, Surbhi Jyoti and Karanvir Bohra have to say about the nuances and difference that Surbhi will bring with the swap of characters.

Of course, Surbhi is both the characters however, how the take of the character would  be with the same people as Sanam Ahmed Khan who is switched with Seher Ahmed Khan is something we are sure you all wanted to know.

Hope this discussion gives you a glimpse on what goes on, on the set with serious discussion, teasing and some ribbing happening alongside.

We shall bring more from the sets.

Watch Qubool Hai every Monday to Friday at 9:30pm on Zee TV.

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Humsafars | BTS | Talent Called Maira

Maira Khan played by young girl Diana Khan who is all of 15. She plays the youngest sister of Arzoo Nausheen Khan (Shivya Pathania) and is a riot when on the sets. Besides being a completely beautiful human being who perhaps takes us to the age when we really did not think we knew anything beyond our books or school or teachers (let’s not talk about our parents), she is part of a Television show where one has to learn so much on the fly.

She is mature in so many ways yet her innocence, her age comes across like a banner that is endearing.

Here is one of her talents that all of us on the set are in awe of. Watch this video.

And you all really need to be on the set when she is around for everyone wants to learn her talent. It is astounding how she can do it.

For more clips like this and other behind the scene fun, stay tuned.

Watch Maira in Humsafars every Monday to Thursday at 10:30pm on Sony TV,

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Sunday Driver |The Best Light

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Taking photographs in today’s age is so simple. Remove your smart phone from your pocket, handbag or wherever else you may put it, point to the object/subject in question and shoot. Then you have the best picture with best light, best angle, best colour correction all given to you at a click of a button. Be it night or day, the phone’s software adjusts everything for you. I feel the romance of taking a picture is gone. Do I see nods from fellow photographers?

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Sunday for me are a day of reflection (not much work to be done, you see!). Who am I kidding, I have to go to work. Yes, even on a Sunday unless I decide to not let no traffic on the road not be an incentive to go to work. Did you get this sentence? Did I make sense? No matter, point of my Sunday is the morning. A cup of Coffee and no I don’t read newspaper the traditional way, so e-paper as my laptop is ubiquitous to my existence. And then there are these pictures that I work on. It is a pleasure trip.

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Today I have picked pictures which has left me in awe. Did I really click these? The magic was the best light. The time of the shoot was around 4:30pm with my source being the Sun God himself who deigned to shine on me and my subjects giving them a halo that made them look divine. And I have captured that.

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Admittedly, I have not clicked pictures with them much. And to get them to pose for me on the last of the shoot to get this result was astounding. Then the wishes and the horses did their own round in my head.

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However, I present to you my Sunday Drivers. Yes, I believe I have finally followed my Guru where his mantra on taking vis-a-vis making a picture and seeing a picture or feeling it and put it to practice.

Do you agree?

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Of course, do let us know which one of these would like in Wallpaper size? Now, I actually am thinking to put all these up for you in Wallpaper size, would you like that?

Do tell.

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Humsafars | BTS | Throwing A Girl

Gallant is what one expects the hero to be. And Saahir Azim Choudhary did seem so when he saves a damsel in distress who had lain in front of a bulldozer in protest only to find the machine had a brake failure. Alas, the hopes of the romantics were dashed as he walked to a nearby Khaat  and dumped the girl on it quite unceremoniously. He literally threw her on the Charpoi.

Here is the behind the segment of the scene.

Of course, Harshad Chopda and Shivya Pathania did the scene with all the care so that she would not get hurt. The makeshift bed made with blankets, thermocol and all the dupattas that the set up guy could amass on the location.

Enjoy the video as we had lot of fun shooting the sequence with trials with a production guy, teasing Shivya and yes even creating the “bed”.

Watch Humsafars every Monday to Thursday at 10:30pm on Sony TV.

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Qubool Hai | BTS | Aahil’s Nightmares

We were clearing up our hard drive and organising our folders with appropriate labelling of the files and videos and yes we realised, we never did bring this video for you guys though we brought the other two videos shot on the same day. Now, are we forgetful? Perhaps.

But that is what “spring cleaning” is all about or shall we say “Diwali Cleaning”. Here is the video of Surbhi Jyoti who plays Sanam Ahmed Khan and Karanvir Bohra who plays Aahil Raza Ibrahim in the show Qubool Hai about the nightmares that he gets and how these become instrumental in them coming closer.

Well, there is lot of water under the bridge with some distance having come between them and also the swapping of the sisters but behind the scene segments at least serve the purpose of knowing how a scene was shot and how a shot was taken.

Hope you enjoy this short clipping.

We shall bring you more.

Keep watching Qubool Hai as it brings you all the twists and turns in the story about two sisters, two brothers and whole lot of family members. It airs every Monday to Friday at 9:30pm on Zee TV.

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Humsafars | Poetry and Song

Romance comes alive with two things, poetry and song. Of course, it is highly debatable what is more romantic, a song or a poetry, however each has it place in life. The range that either can reach is similar, whether in background or voice over, whether the characters sing the verses or recite them. Then there is a different lilt altogether.

Humsafars sees such moments. It perhaps falls under the realm of connections that two people share. Of course, all that was hinted at either directly or obliquely. From chance meeting on a plane to eating jalebi (one half each) to watching a moon together all was shown.

Now the next level was unknowingly Sahir Azaeem Choudhary (Harshad Chopda) refers to the very moon which is his destiny as lonely, incomplete and true. Is that his state that he is talking about? And more revealing are the lines about a time of the night and sleeping moon. It also struck that there was a song called Sleeping Satellite which resonates to an extent what Parveen Shakir’s Poem talks about?  May be the romantic in me see the dark side of the moon as well.

You all have seen the episode where Sahir is writing something, yet unable to formulate something that satisfies him. He stares at the moon with perhaps a thought that is indecipherable. A look full of reproach, remorse, recrimination of having lost something precious.

And the song that plays in the background is about meeting of destinies, of fates intertwined.

The poetry alludes to that, the song alludes to that. However, there were perhaps reasons for the poetry not making the cut and the song did in the final airing of the episode.

Thank you Gorky for bringing the true import of the scene for interpretation though obvious with the song in the background did have more depth with the poetry in place.

Watch Humsafars for more romantic gestures, symbolisms and layers in storytelling that is about how Saahir Azim Choudhary and Arzoo Nausheen Khan (Shivya Pathania)  find each other or will they?

Humsafars airs every Monday to Thursday at 10:30pm on Sony TV.

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