Indian TV shows have become so popular these days, the shows remind the audience of their roots back home and where they have come from and they also make us feel like home with all of the fun and serious times they portray in a show. The hugely successful TV producer Rajan Shahi is known for the creation of the most loved and long-running series “Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai”. Rajan makes sure that his audience always gets something new and exciting from his shows. In a candid interview, he reveals how he consistently delivers quality content and how to stay ahead of the game
What made you shoot in Switzerland with the Yeh Rishta team? How was the experience?
I would thank Star Plus and Swiss tourism for giving us the opportunity because the infrastructure and locations we got were excellent. It was one of the most user-friendly shoots I’ve been on. The entire team was available there and worked very hard. We were able to explore several different locations and chose the one that suited us. So, the kind of cooperation we got from the people was great and it brought a huge positivity in our entire team.
You are known as the person who makes shows with high production values and insists on the presentation. How do you that?
I have always maintained a certain quality with my shows. I always want that whenever DKP is mentioned, the quality and standard of production should be the first things that come to people’s mind. I am personally fond of an interesting presentation. And YRKKH (Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai) demands such kind of presentation. Also, the new story has given us an opportunity and scope experiment with new costumes and several other things.
You roped in Vishal Singh as the new Naitik. How do you choose your actors?
For Naitik’s character, I wanted someone who had not been much seen on television. I wanted to give dignity to his character, and Vishal Singh has that level of sophistication and class. Vishal is also like Naitik; both of them have nice souls.
Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai is doing well even after 8 years what is the success behind that?
YRKKH is based on a very sound foundation of family, relationships, and the beautiful bond that Naitik and Akshara’s share. Their relationship and their love story have progressed along with the young cast.
As far as having a formula is concerned, there is no formula for a long running show. The important factor is the creative writing and the production team, who know how to evolve with time and engage people in the show. I would credit the entire writing and production team and all the people behind the scenes including our actors who have supported us throughout this journey. I have only been able to sustain the show because of the active cooperation of the entire team.
What is the best compliment you have got for YRKKH?
Only recently, I was told by someone that the class that is seen in YRKKH can only be maintained by Rajan Shahi, which is very inspiring. It feels nice when someone appreciates your hard work and vision. But it’s important not to take success or failure too seriously. Everything in this industry is momentary, and hence it is important to keep your head on your shoulders.
Can you clarify your take on Hina Khan quitting YRKKH?
Even with all these rumours happening in India, the team bonded amazingly in Switzerland. Also, Hina and I have always maintained that our concentration and focus is working towards the show. We don’t get bothered by rumours.
Your actors say you are supportive and humble and that they share a great bond with you, what do you have to say about it?
I have always considered myself as a part of the entire team that works very hard to make a successful show. It takes a lot of efforts to make a successful show, and I always respect the hard work by actors, creatives and the technicians. I have worked from the grass root level. The broadcaster gives us an opportunity to make a good show, and they know that I will work with a lot of sincerity and it won’t be just another project. We work with lots of honesty and dedication.
Be sure to watch Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai only on Star Plus.