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Stars don't make a show: Tony Singh

Tony Singh talks to Riya V Anandwala on why Jeete Hain Jiske Liye was yanked off the air.

tv Updated: May 25, 2007 16:59 IST

The maker of Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin, Tony Singh elaborates on what went wrong with his serial Jeete Hain Jiske Liye.

What went wrong with Jeete Hain Jiske Liye?
It was also a tele-novella like our earlier Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahin. But, somehow Jeete Hain...wasn't accepted by the viewers. The channel asked us to wind up. If there's no viewership, then there's no point in prolonging the show.

The protagonists of Jeete Hain… have gone on record saying that Deeya (Singh) and you failed to use the potential of a strong star cast.
Who said that? I agree that the show had a huge star cast but stars don't make the show. Left Right Left and Jab Love Hua are doing very well with a cast of complete newcomers. It's high time that the actors accepted this and stop the blame game. You have three shows on air.

Was it difficult to give priority to each one of them?
Not at all! We had given our 100 per cent to Jeete Hain... and the other shows. The channel had also promoted it very well with hoardings. So there's no question of mismanaging the show. <b1>

Why is Left Right Left often riddled with controversies?
If you're asking about Rajeev Khandelwal, then I must say that he is the most professional actor I've come across in the last 15 years. As far as Vikas Manaktaka is concerned, yes, he does throw his weight around. We've given him an ultimatum. If such behaviour continues, then we will have to find a replacement.

Why did you decide to end Rajeev's track in Left Right Left?
Again, who said so? He's very much a part of the show. We were planning to end his track be cause otherwise the story would not have progressed. But Rajeev is very important for our show. He knows how to make his character exciting.

What's new with Jab Love Hua?
We've somehow man aged to complete 225 episodes. The only problem with Jab Love Hua will be during the monsoons since we shoot outdoors. We have tried to shift the track to a town setting, but it hasn't worked. Zee has to take a call now be cause it doesn't make sense to mess up the show.

What's the status on your new show?
Jhoomein Jiya Re will star Gaurav Chopra, Gauri Tonk and Preeti Amin.