Contiloe Pictures Private Ltd. was founded in 1995 by Abhimanyu Singh to provide quality video production services to television stations, non-profit organizations and government agencies. Some of the latest projects are Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat, Sankat Mochan Mahabali Hanumaan, and Adalat-2. Now the production house has extended their arms to launch their new show ‘Sher-E-Punjab: Maharaja Ranjit Singh’ in association with Life OK.
Q) Please share your feeling as presenting the show ‘Sher-E-Punjab: Maharaja Ranjit Singh’ in Delhi?
It’s a very nice feeling. I belong to this place and it is indeed very good to be back in Delhi and amongst all the Delhites.
Q) Are you promoting the show to other parts of the country as well?
Yes. Promotions are happening at different places but it’s not that I am going everywhere. It is a good and inspirational story and I think the entire country should watch the series.
Q) What kind of challenges you faced during the process (from casting to shooting)?
Every historical story has its own set of challenges. One big challenge that we faced is to get the casting right. The casting should be proper and depict Punjab. Even the sets and everything else should clearly illustrate Punjab. Another challenge was to get the right researchers as this era is not so popular and nothing much has been portrayed yet. The right researchers could give you advice so nothing goes wrong in the show. We have very good historians onboard. To mention some of the big names are, J.S. Grewal, Dr. Gurbaksh Singh, and Miss Indu.
Q) Why you have always chosen historical events to portray on television?
No. I have been into other segments as well. I have done Adaalat (with Ronit Roy), Shh Koi Hai (which was a horror series), and different kinds of genres.
Q) As per your opinion, can a historical series attract viewers and thereon create viewership?
Historical series has to inspire viewers. I think historical stories should have good learning and inspiring impressions. There are many histories that you don’t talk about. Whereas there are a lot of them that you should talk about to inspire others. So our intent is to tell an inspirational history.
Q) What is your expectation from this show (Maharaja Ranjit Singh)?
My expectation is always good (laughs) but it all depends on the audience. I have done my job with honesty and leave the rest to god.
Q) What are your plans for the year 2017?
Yes, we are working on some stuff and we will keep you posted.