The Director Psyche: NOEL SMITH !

Noel Smith, is one name that easily fits to various genres of show making. He has experimented with mythology, love stories, family drama, films and has excelled in all of them. Noel has recently taken up Ek Hazaro Main Meri Behna Hai on StarPlus and we at thought, it would be a wonderful time to take you through the ‘PSYCHE' of this Master Maker. They say there is many a slip between the cup and the lip, and to ensure that does not happen, a Director has to not only be tactful at his job, but he also has to be a person who deals with life in general in a certain way! That is the reason why we have chosen to introduce this brand new segment on that will cover the other side of a person, involved in the craft!

On a scale of 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) how many marks would you give to the following?

¨      Importance of story:   5

¨      Importance of screenplay:  5

¨      Importance of music:   5

¨      Importance of a good assistant: 5

¨      Importance of good-looking actors. 3

In the options given below which one of the following inspires you the most. Starting from 5 - 1 (5 being highest and 1 being lowest) mark them in the order of priority.

¨      A book - 5

¨      A movie  - 3

¨      Another show - 1

¨      A real life experience - 5

¨      A rival doing better than you - 0

If your day at work has been really crappy, you would:

¨      show it on family and friends

¨      go take a walk

¨      bitch out hard to a friend till your mouth hurts and heart eases

¨      Ignore it as a part and parcel of your job routine.

If you found out two of the actors on your show have become a real life couple you would:

¨      Confront them and tell them you will not tolerate this on your set.

¨      Congratulate them and incorporate more of their scenes in the show.

¨      Be indifferent to them as they are not concerned with your life.

¨      Treat them differently on the set, treat them differently outside.

In case of a conflict in vision with your writer, you would:

¨      Talk to him/her and explain it is visually not possible.

¨      Ignore what is written, take a call, shoot, and then let the writer know

¨      Ignore your vision and shoot what is present in the script as long as the episode goes on air.

¨      Try to balance out between what is written and what can be presented in order to not wreck your personal equation with the said person.

An actor is repeatedly performing badly and has been receiving negative feedback. As a Director, you would:

¨      Take him out on a friendly informal dinner and explain stuff to him/her.

¨      Yell at him, since you are tired of repeatedly telling him/her.

¨      Ask his closest friend on the set, to talk to him/her and explain stuff

¨      Give him/her as little screen space as possible to cover up the flaws.

Your close buddy in the same profession as you has won an award that you sincerely believed you deserved. You would:

¨      Congratulate him/her first and hope to win the next year.

¨      Take your time to come to terms with it and then give her/him a call to wish them.

¨      Ignore the person totally till the time; you have the award in your hand next year.

¨      Totally give up on the concept of rewards and Awards as a benchmark for performance.

One fine day you realize that you are no longer interested in your current project for whatever reason, you would: 

¨      Prepare to pack your bags and move on to the next project that catches your attention. 

¨      Introspect, find out the reason for your lack of interest, and go about correcting them.

¨      Ignore the feeling and go about your work as best as you can. After all, you are being paid for it.

¨      Continue the project and let everyone on the sets bear the brunt of it.

On behalf of Rangmunch.TV, we would like to thank Noel for doing this unconventional segment with us and wish him Good Luck for his new show Ek Hazaron Mein Meri Behna Hai.

Note: Pysche as a segment has other facets to it, where we will bring you a Director each and every week. The results of the same shall be announced soon on Rangmunch. TV! So stay tuned!

Interviewed by:
Niharika Vidya Sagar


  1. Bus Yuhi Jeeye Hum Sab

    Hi There,

    There are many successful and underachiever's in TV media industry. Both sides have got their chances to play their hand. However, there is another breed who never did get the chance to portray their work/ability.

    I guess, I am one of those who have taken life as it comes, living to achieve what family desires and somehow got stuck in making the ends meet. Work/life balance can sometime take you so far away from your real talent that, becoming who you really are becomes a distant dream in your heart. Mind wonders here and there to go out and break the daily cyclic deadlock but then you wake up in the morning and "kaam karo paise kamaao" shaadi karo, ghar kharido drags you to the bottom of the reality ocean.

    Anyway, I am not the only one in this rat race but I may be the only one to connect with that someone who could value talent.

    Below is my script/story line (fiction for a TV (GEC) which has been in my mind...

    "Bas Yuhi Jeeye Hum Sab"

    Abstract: Its a story about a man, who's lived a rich life until he's 30 (connecting with the audience between 25-60). His family provided him with all they could a middle class family can aspire for their kids. Like every Indian family, education becomes the important goal of life and personal desires gets somehow lost or buried in the life's living. The central character goes through the journey of life of a middle class family, studies, living life to fullest with family's money in India and goes abroad for higher education. Family is also a well to do family, who has strong values and honor in society. Father has gone through fascinating challenges in his life and mother has been a obedient woman who has worked in government for 30 years, managing life/passion/kids all in best possible manner (which 90% of TV viewing female audience has gone through but never been depicted in TV actually). The boy learns value of money/family's sacrifices/long distant relationship challenges with his love in India and utmost respect towards India whilst staying abroad. He has a successful lifestyle in Australia (Sydney) and comes back to face the challenges in India (work wise/family wise and relationship with his gf wise). Going through all this, he discovers his passion and also the journey of lifetime he goes through whilst engaging in daily chores of life.

    I can be reached at

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  3. Noel Smith is one of the most crafty technicians and directors to reckon with on the Television firmament. Wish him great success in the coming seasons. Brilliant director!


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