Time is often compared to being cruel by many poets as it erodes everything of value one day or the other. Couple it with the devastation brought in by the pandemic COVID-19 and one gets a recipe of unpredictable disaster. And Ram Vriksha Gaur, one of the directors of the famous Indian soap Balika Vadhu, is not new to this as he now sells vegetables in Azamgarh district to make his meets end.
Gaur who was episode director for Balika Vadhu had come to Azamgarh to do a recee for a film. He along with his peers were there when the lockdown was announced making it impossible for them to return back. The project which they were working on had to be stopped midway and the producer for the film had informed Gaur that it would take another year or more to get back on track.
Knowing no way out of the crisis, Gaur then decided to take on the job he is familiar with- selling vegetables on a handcart. He, while talking with leading news daily said that his father used to do the same business and has “no regrets.”
Gaur was all set to work on a Bhojpuri film and then on a Hindi film but the pandemic ruined all the plans. He says that he has his own house in Mumbai and that he is confident that he will return there one day. However, until then Gaur plans to do what he can.
The director went to Mumbai in 2002 and had firstly worked in the lighting department. He then slowly progressed to the production department of TV serials. Hereafter he was able to become the assistant director for many Indian soaps which led him to become the episode director and even unit director of Balika Vadhu.
Gaur has worked as an assistant director with directors of films of Milind Gunaji, Yashpal Sharma, Randeep Hooda, Sunil Shetty, Rajpal Yadav to name a few.
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