He credits the 10-year long success of MTV Roadies to the work culture at MTV, besides, of course, his creativity (him being the brain behind the concept).
Not many know that it was Raghu Ram who first wrote the theme songs of the reality series. Now, he aims to take a step further and author a book on the same. “My love for writing made me first write the theme songs of Roadies. Now, I have started penning a book, Rear View: My Roadies Journey. It is my story of how Roadies came into being,” says Raghu Ram, in Chandigarh on Monday.
Raghu Ram takes on the role of a turbaned Sikh in his next; is writing a book on his Roadies journey. HT Photo
Unveiling his many talents, Raghu takes us by surprise, again, and breaks into a song — based on the famous poetry of Shiv Kumar Batalvi — Maye Ni Maye, Main Ek Shikra Yaar Banaya.
Besides the next season of the reality show, you’d spot Raghu in the upcoming Punjabi movie, Love You Soniye, playing the role of a turbaned Sikh. Talking about his love for Punjab and Punjabis, he says, “I am a south-Indian by birth, but was brought-up in Delhi. Growing up, a lot of my friends have been Punjabis, including my best buddy, Rannvijay. Spending time with him and his family helped me learn Punjabi for this film, which is set for an October 24 release.”
Talking about his character, he says, “I play Karanvir Bohra’s brother in the film, a sardar. I am quite proud of this role and have tried to give it my best. What I have always liked about Sikhs is their innocence, larger-than-life approach and their warmth. So, my character has been inspired by a lot of sardarjis I have come across. While playing the role, the most important factor I kept in mind was, my character should be believable, not a caricature of itself.”
Love You Soniye is a young, urban, romantic Punjabi film, the college sequences of which were shot at GGDSD College, Sector 32, Chandigarh. Starring real-life couple Karanvir Bohra and Teejay Sidhu, the film also gives an opportunity to some former students of the college, says the couple, “This film has 14 debutants, some of which are GGDSD College alumni. We loved shooting here, the students were happy to have us around.”
Karanvir Bohra and Teejay Sidhu. HT Photo
“Belonging to a Jatt Sikh family, I have a strong hold over the language, and have tried to pass the same on to Karanvir. In fact, the story and dialogues of the film have been co-written by him. What’s different about our movie is that it would strike a chord with audiences outside Punjab as well. The Punjabi used in Pollywood films these days is very authentic, which is good, except, it’s a little difficult for everyone to understand. We have tried to keep the Punjabi as simple as possible, as we would be releasing the film in Mumbai and Delhi as well,” says Teejay.