Ranjeet Chitrakaar: Main Monica has all the elements required to make a blockbuster—
Who is Ranjeet Chitrakaar, and what is he famous for?
Ranjeet Chitrakaar is a writer and producer who is famous for creating the web series “Main Monica.” The show has elements such as murder, kidnapping, ransom, chase, songs, comedy, and drama. It is a realistic and reactive story with a fractured screenplay that keeps the viewers engaged.
The show has been well-received, with positive word-of-mouth publicity. Ranjeet’s production house, Creative Play, is developing more such content, and they are also working on a fantasy-drama-comedy project and feature films. Ranjeet began his career as a Production Assistant while in college, and after working in various broadcast channels, he started his production house with Paromita Ganguly and Amber Wasi.
Ranjeet Chitrakaar is open to making more such interesting content. In fact, season two of the series is also being planned. The writer and producer talks about MM’s success, future plans for his production house Creative Play and also opens up about his journey so far. “The USP of Main Monica is that it is a realistic, spontaneous and reactive story, laced with humour based on day-to-day silly situations that any person can relate with, everyday plain and straightforward dialogues.
To top it up it has a non-linear fractured screenplay, which does not let you settle. It also has murder, kidnapping, ransom, chase, songs, comedy and drama, that is every element required for a mega blockbuster.
Looking back, Ranjeet shares about how and where it all started. “I was never good at academics, most of my time as a child was spent on the cricket ground. I’m talking about a time when Mumbai was Bombay and there were open spaces, playgrounds, no other channel apart from Doordarshan and every man and woman walking in the area knew whose kid you were. My studies were my mother’s nightmare. On the other hand my elder sister was the bright kid of the family. Growing up in a Sikh family we spoke Punjabi at home and that gave me a good control over the language.
I had a pretty smooth sail as a child, zero pressure from my parents to pursue a fixed path. My dad was an amazing artist and a top publicity designer of his time producing posters for all the major production houses like Yash Raj, Johars, Kapoors in the 70s & 80s. Both my mom and dad being ardent film lovers, our home would always be filled with melodies of old Hindi film music and conversations of art and Bollywood.
I feel my dad’s passion for painting and storytelling instilled the love for my art from early days. My childhood was spent in Mulund, a small suburb on the central railway line of Bombay. Our home was in a refugee camp at the foothills of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. What else a kid wants when he has a National park as his backyard.
And, above everything else is the simplicity of the story narration,” he says. The show has been very well received considering the main form of advertisement is word of mouth, according to Ranjeet. He adds, “People are really enjoying the nuances of the character and their scenes. They especially love the characters of Rajveer, Lingapalli, Mangu and Jasbir a lot. We personally love every character and how well each actor has played their parts. A lot of hard work and sacrifices has gone into making it, every feedback matters.”