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Saturday, July 20th, 2024

Interview: The story of Chandan Kumar who filled the emotions in Panchayat 3, said- I enjoy the memes, not the ideas


Do you know how the series ‘Panchayat’, which scored a hat-trick of success in three consecutive seasons, started? How were characters like Banaras Bhushan, Pradhan, Secretary created? Can you see how much brainstorming went into dialogues like Binod? We got the answers to all these questions from its creator and writer Chandan Kumar himself. Read this special interview:

Highlights

  • Interview: The story of Chandan Kumar who filled emotions in the dialogues of ‘Panchayat 3’, said- I enjoy seeing memes, not getting ideas
  • Chandan Kumar tells about the beginning of ‘Panchayat’, ‘This story started with a one-liner that a man from the city goes to the village to work’
  • Apart from the main characters of the series, every character from ‘Banarakas’ Bhushan to Vinod, Bam Bahadur are on the lips of the people

Are you watching Vinod… No one will go before time… Hold meetings, play meetings… How long should I count, every few minutes you will see a meme on one of these dialogues on social media. In some memes, the Secretary will be seen surprised and worried, somewhere Prahlad is seen showing his/her might and somewhere ‘Banarakas’ Bhushan is seen twisting his/her face…, the magic that the characters, scenes and dialogues of the web series Panchayat have done on people, such success is rarely seen. Since the release of Panchayat in the year 2020, most of the memes are being made on the dialogues and scenes of this series, especially on political topics, and the credit for this magic goes to its writer and co-creator Chandan Kumar. In a special conversation with us, he/she made many interesting revelations about the formation of this Panchayat and its development.

Starting with a small idea

Chandan Kumar tells about the beginning of Panchayat, ‘This story started with a one-liner that a man from the city goes to the village to work. After that, it was developed that for which job he/she goes to the village, so the idea of ​​​​Gram Panchayat came to mind. Then there will be Pradhan, Deputy Pradhan, Secretary and Assistant in the Gram Panchayat. After that, the story was woven around the work of the Panchayat. The rest, the story fit right, the casting was right, so people liked it. When Panchayat came, crime thrillers were dominating OTT. The village was also missing from the big screen, so how did you think of creating a village story? On this, Chandan Kumar says, films like Swades have been made on villages before, but yes, at that time people were not making them or if someone made it, it did not work. Sometimes some things go out of fashion, but I myself am from Patna. My village was nearby. Mummy, Mummy Papa lived there, so I used to visit there frequently. Our director Deepak Mishra is also from a village near Banaras, so we found the idea right and started working. There was no agenda to bring about any change or to change the face of the village. I was enjoying writing, I felt it was something fresh. Then people in the company liked it and the series continued. Then, the rural population of our country is so high, even those who live in the city must be connected to the village in some way or the other and the way the internet has reached every village today, we were confident that this is going to be exciting.

I avoid straying from the track

After the series has become so popular, has it become more challenging to think in which direction to take the story forward? And based on the many memes that are being made, do you keep people’s preferences in mind while writing further? When asked this, Chandan says, ‘There are challenges, but a blueprint is decided from the beginning, I try to follow that. I avoid deviating according to preferences. Like, it was known from the beginning that if there is a Panchayat, then there will be elections after a point, this was the thought from the beginning. Therefore, in the first season, things about elections have been shown and gradually we moved towards elections. In the next season, elections will be at the center. We did not do that if people are liking the love story, then focus on it. We also like memes but do not make it the basis. We do so much with the feedback of the people that like in the first season, people liked Bhushan, so in the next season we needed an opponent against Pradhan, so we pitted him/her against us. When people are liking him/her, then why bring a new character. This season, some people found the track of firing in the village strange. On this, he/she says, ‘There will be no firing now, whatever was to happen has already happened. By the way, only one bullet has been fired which has hit the Pradhan and the weight of this bullet will be seen in the next season. We did that because an impact point was needed, otherwise the election would have been very dull.’

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Emphasis on the journey of every character, big or small

Apart from the main characters of the series, every character from ‘Banarakas’ Bhushan to Vinod, Bam Bahadur is on everyone’s tongue. Many dialogues are favourites of meme makers. Talking about the hard work and struggle behind creating them, Chandan Kumar says, ‘I try to ensure that every character has an arc, a journey, a purpose, a conflict. For example, if there is Vinod, what will be his/her story? his/her toilet will not be installed, someone will provoke him/her and he/she will protest. Similarly, there is Bam Bahadur, whose pigeon was brought, it died, he/she was getting threats so he/she took one side. Secondly, there should be relatability to them. For example, you will find people like Bhushan everywhere. It is not that such people are only in villages. If you look in the office, you will see a man who has a problem with everything. Apart from this, if the writing is right, the casting is right, then the audience enjoys it. As far as dialogues are concerned, hard work is definitely put in on it. While writing some dialogues, it is felt that people will like them, some are surprise hits. Like, you see Vinod, this was a casual conversation but it struck a chord with people. And, no one will leave before time… even while writing this, I felt that it will have a good impact.’

Every filmmaker needs a good story

There is always a cry of lack of good original writers in the industry, while many good writers do not even get opportunities. What is Chandan Kumar’s view on this situation of writers? On this, he/she says, ‘Good writers are needed. My experience on OTT has been very good so far. I also get calls from outside production houses, because everyone is looking for a good story. There will not be any production house that would want a good story to go out of its hands. What happens is that sometimes the story does not excite that much at the script level and sometimes something goes wrong in the making. The success rate in this field is anyway low. When everything is right, that the script is right, the casting is right, the execution is also right, then it works out, but I know that a lot of work is going on. People are working everywhere. They are making different stories. Everyone is also learning in it, so the quality content will gradually increase.’

Upma Singh

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Upma Singh

17 years of experience in journalism. She reached presswire18 Times after sharing her experience from Amar Ujala Lucknow and Dainik Bhaskar Ludhiana. Currently working as Assistant Editor in NBT Mumbai. Cinema is her love, passion and profession, so she has a deep grasp on topics related to cinema and film personalities. She also writes sharply on gender equality and women’s issues. For this, she has also been honored with the Ladli Media Award for Gender Sensitivity.… Read more



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