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‘Work is on in full swing’

Tony Singh of DJs Creative Unit says despite efforts from the directors’ association to stall shooting, his shows and staff are undeterred.

tv Updated: May 13, 2010 19:59 IST
Rachana Dubey

Recently, it was reported that Deeya and Tony Singh, the owners of DJs Creative Unit, had landed in jail over a row with 40 people from the directors’ association. Tony Singh Denies this, saying his wife and he were actually the ones who filed a complain with the Saki Naka Police Station against a gentleman from the directors’ association, who, with 40 people raided his sets and stalled the shooting of his show for over four hours.

Harrasment

“The producers’ association came to my rescue and stood by me. We even explained the matter to director, Talat Jani, whose services had been mutually terminated. He had no issues taking his due fees and leaving the show, Aise Karo Na Vida, which we are doing for Colors. The directors’ association wanted its ‘five per cent service charges’, something that’s not a part of any provision made by the producers’ or directors’ associations. The matter has been put to rest. The shooting of Aise Karo Na Vida, is in full swing. My staff is with me and I am very happy that everyone whom I trusted
has stood by me, including Talat,” says Singh.

On Saturday night, three members of the Indian Film and TV Directors’ Association (IFTDA), including the general secretary, Iqbal Channa, were arrested. A production member working for TV show producers, Tony and Deeya Singh, lodged an FIR against them with the Saki Naka Police Station, since the show was being shot in that locality that day.

Stop gap

“We had to sort out the matter. We had to stop the shoot from 5.30 pm till about 11 pm that evening,” says Tony, confirming that 40 members of the directors’ association had indulged in acts of vandalism, by disrupting the shooting and trying to forcefully drag away the director from the sets. “They even tried to brainwash the other directors who work for me. They tried to stop the shoots of all my shows, but didn’t succeed.”

Looking ahead

Tony Singh, who has made shows like Banegi Apni Baat and Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin, is currently busy with two shows on air: Chhoti Bahu on Zee TV at 7.30 pm and Aise Karo Na Vida on Colors’ noon band. His production company is already working on their next show, Baat Hamari Pakki Hai, that goes on air towards the end of the month on Sony.

Buzz is that Singh is in talks with Zee TV, Star Plus and Sab TV for their next shows. Singh confirms, “We have almost finalised our show with Colors but I will have to wait for them to announce it. We’re also doing a comic show for Sab TV. We’re in talks with Star Plus too, but the details are still being finalised, as in the cast, the storyline and the slot. I can’t comment on Zee TV. We just have one show with them as of now.”