Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 22:
High on a cause was what brought popular producer Yash Patnaik from Mumbai to Bhubaneswar recently. The smart city witnessed ‘ Mumbai calling Odisha’, a talent hunt where the young crowd of aspiring actors showcased their raw talents before the connoisseur and his team. ‘Mumbai calling Odisha’, was an audition for young actors who climbed the first stepping stone to reach for a ticket to the city of dreams – Mumbai and an opportunity to work with current and upcoming Hindi serials on channels like Star Plus, Sony, Channel V, SAB TV, Life OK and other feature films and digital series.
“I want to pick up talents from Odisha and give them a chance in the entertainment world. The candidates who have been chosen will still have to compete in the final rounds. We were looking for three very important aspects in the candidates which were: ability to converse in good Hindi, willing to relocate and confidence. I am floored with the energy, innovations, out of the box imagination of these young actors,” said the uber cool Yash.
Born and brought up in Bhubaneswar he did his schooling from Lakhsmisagar High school. “I was just a mediocre student in school and scraped through my exams. My school fees amounted to Rs 1.25 per month during that time,” he laughs.
“I was my mother’s shadow. Childhood is a cauldron where the personality of a person simmers to ultimately become a potpourri of good and bad qualities which we adults define as maturity. As a child I always saw my mother smiling and whoever came to our house never went back without food. When I was very young I got the most positive energy from the kitchen. Today, my kitchen is the stress buster and I love cooking. I cook everything that I like eating and my favourite is the mutton curry,” he added.
Ace producer Yash Patnaik wants to hire talents from Odisha. “I will love to take not only actors but writers, technical people, designers and anyone who thinks has some special quality is welcome. I am known as the most accessible producer so it will not be a problem to contact me,” he smiles.
25 serials, 45 shows, new plans down the pipe line “ Beyond Dreams” the dream company of Yash and Mamta his lovely wife, started in 2007 and is riding high on the wave of popularity. The popular serial Saada Haaque made history with 300 episodes and bagged almost all television awards. Currently Jaana na dil se door, Kuch rang pyar ke aise , Main na bhoolongi are serials which have a very strong connect with the audience and Nagarjun Ek Yodha is ready to go on air. Rome was not built in a day and Beyond Dreams has taken 21 years to bloom into a beautiful flower.
According to Yash creativity is the mix and match of the different emotions which symbolises the spice of life.Different tastes can be created by mixing different proportions and this he believes is the true essence of storytelling.
In 2011 this smart and handsome producer from Odisha had the guts to challenge Shahrukh Khan for plagiarizing his story concept in the movie RA. Shah Rukh Khan , his production house Red Chillies Entertainment and Eros Entertainment were directed by the High Court to deposit a sum of Rs 1 crore as pay order to the court and then release the movie.