In his much talked about book Urban Naxals, filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri has written about an incident that took place some time in the late 90s. Vivek was planning to diversify from ad filmmaking to making television shows in those times, and he got a lucky break when Anupam Kher decided to produce a TV serial titled Yeh Kahan Aa Gaye Hum to be directed by him. The pilot episode of the serial was approved by a channel, which was then headed by Karan Thapar.
However, things couldn’t move further after Thapar’s first meeting with Vivek. Thapar apparently liked the serial but didn’t like the casting. He demanded that Pallavi Joshi be dropped, “But she is dark. I want someone fair,” Karan Thapar told Vivek Agnihotri, as recounted by Vivek in the book.
Vivek Agnihotri is currently in the US for the book tour. Till now, the book has made stops at Bloomington- Indiana, Silicon Valley- San Fransisco, Yosemite camp- California, Houston- Texas, Dallas, Purdue University,- West Lafayette, Indiana, Ohio State University, Detroit- Chicag, DC and the big apple- New York. As a part of the international leg of the tour, Agnihotri will also make a stopover in the UK before returning to India. The tour mostly features book launches at various renowned institutes preceded by talks and interesting sessions by Vivek and stalwarts from various walks of life.