It incorporates exclusive moments with many celebrities and award winning directors. Join the actors on their sets as they perform for television and learn about the stories that made the shows come to life. Covering artistes and makers who impacted our world, such as Amitabh Bachchan, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Sai Paranjpye, Basu Chatterjee, Kundan Shah, Ravi Chopra, Ramesh Sippy, Farouque Shaikh, Aziz Mirza, Gulzar and Govind Nihalani.
The book is in all probability, the first ever story of Indian television. Besides taking one down memory lane, this could be a throw-back for all those connected with the medium, past and present. It gives you a feeling of travelling through time and watching history being made -behind the scenes.
That is what draws me to this book, appropriately titled, as it narrates
the story of a memorable era. Technology has always played a key
role in redefining the media, as I reconciled with changing times.
Of course, the paradigm shift-from the cinema screen to a 20-inch
monitor-was difficult for most of the popular film stars of the
1980s to reckon with. They were wary, wanted to test waters before
making lip their mind. In my case, the migration was a studied and
Initially, the idea to make a dance-based drama was conceived as a
classic film. But then the material couldn't be confined to a two-
hour screen time and so, the clarion call of television was heeded.
I decided to take the plunge as a producer-director-actor in my
first foray into television, Noopur. In the journey of the girl who
discovered the world and relationships through her love for dance,
That is where Once Upon A Prime Time comes in. Incidentally, the
author played a pivotal role, that of one who chronicled my life, in
Noopur. It was also the first time we ever met and worked together.
I am glad that Ananth took the initiative to put on record this
commercial phase of television that was dominated by stalwarts
for nearly two decades. Like film negatives, these memories too
need to be restored and archived for posterity, as they tell many an
untold tale worth cherishing.
Having run parallel to the television industry ever since the
inception of sponsored programmes in 1983, Ananth's innings has
been a long and unbroken oriel.
The book reads like an autobiography, but covers every major player
who was responsible for the nostalgia that Indian television now
evokes. Even as a lot of new candidates jumped in to get a piece
of the pie, the medium attracted prominent film figures. Culzar,
Basu Chatterji, Yash Chopra, Ramanand Sagar, Ramesh Sippy,
Sai Paranjpye, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, B R Chopra and Shyam
Benegal, to name a few. They all had stories to tell, in a style quite
different from their big screen 'successes.
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