By Anil Tyagi, Editor gfiles and Indianbuzz.com
Tripurari Saran is a mature bureaucrat and hails from a samajvaadi background as he has studied in JNU at Delhi. He has a large friend circle in Delhi starting from DP Tripathi (MP NCP) to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. He is sober enough not to express his disliking to Congress regime but power plays a mysterious role in one’s life. Tripurari Sharan, IAS and DG Doordarshan is one person who creates situations that he himself cannot handle. Recently after issuing sanction letters to the first lot of Producers for DD Urdu channel, he called them in for a briefing. Some forty TV Producers and some known names in the field gathered on April 12, 2013 at Mandi House.
According to Producers, Tripurari Sharan at the outset made it known that he was not in favour of doling out Commissioned programmes for DD Urdu but forced by the “Political Bosses". And what did Tripurari Sharan mean when he commented that these commissioning were a "Welfare Scheme" for the Delhi based producers. Does it mean Producers from Delhi are beggars. Does he not know how to feed Channels with software when his own in-house production facilities have depleted to serious levels?
He was shockingly categorical that all Producers from Delhi were non professionals and none knew what Film production was all about. He issued veiled threats to Producers that he was engaging Urdu Experts who would tail their shooting schedules and attend each programme made for the Channel. Not resting here, the DG went on to add that he was hiring more Consultants (read so called) only to oversee production of these programmes. Is Doordarshan really earning enough to fritter funds away like this?
While it all sounds music to ears and Producers are prepared to have such checks but most enquired whether it was also being done for all those Commissioned Programmes, Tripurari Sharan drainoff on huge budgets and yet giving poor results! They wanted to know whether inexperienced and some controversial Producers handed over approvals under Direct Commissioning were getting Doordarshan better TRPs or revenue returns for all the noise that was being created? Producers were aghast when Tripurari Sharan made a hasty retreat on seeing situation getting hot, he even discourteously did not introduce the ADG-Urdu, an experienced professional, who merited all the good words. Tripurari Sharan on the contrary was more interested in propping a rank outsider Anwar Jamal as Urdu Consultant who till the other day was trying to read Urdu bulletins on the Channel! Will anyone confirm how these fresh Consultants engaged with no understanding of Public Service Broadcast or are they used as tools to fix agendas! Producers also noted his disrespect in dealing with a lady Consultant, a senior Programmer when she tried to rephrase a contentious point people raised.
The meeting ended more on a sour note and Producers were agitated over his remarks on their professional capabilities. Interestingly, there were senior FTII trained people and some with prestigious International and National Awards who refused to accept his disgusting lecture. Tripurari Sharan has always promoted a coterie that subscribes to his questionable style of non performance and illogicalties. Perhaps he continues to nurse the hurt he got when ' rejected ' by the Selection Committee for his proposal through Jai Mata Di Films vide File no. 117 titled Baharein Phir Aayengi for DD Urdu. Some even said that he was infact instrumental in getting the first exercise stalled over this humiliation and CEO too is convinced of his role!
But how a DG could be allowed to ridicule the political system and say it so brazenly. What expertise he possesses to differentiate between a Film producer and a TV Producer. Perhaps he needs to educate himself that these are absolutely different mediums and require different trainings and approach. His continuous denunciation against non- Mumbai based makers has exposed his superfluity and intent of " adjusting " some close people for big budgeted serials under Direct Commissioning! Its time, Manish Tiwari to unleash his dynamism he is known for or else people like Tripurari Sharan will continue to mess with public funds and stall welfare agenda of Government .