1. What is your creative process? How do you start thinking about building a character in a particular way?
2. Was switching careers a difficult choice for Biswapati Sarkar? What challenges did he face? And what does he recommend to budding writers?
4. What is good advice for someone who wants to make a viral video on YouTube?
1. I want to make a career in creating content and a viral video would really help: Don’t aim to make a viral video, try and make a good video every time. About something you like, something that bothers you or something you just want to create. Start making stuff first, you’ll learn what works for the audience and what you are good/bad at. The viral video will come to you, if you keep at it.
6. What is the main revenue source for TVF? What percentage of it goes for the team’s salaries?
7. How can one pursue a serious career with TVF?
8. What do you think should change in Indian engineering colleges?
I’m not really qualified to speak for all the engineering colleges in the country. My suggestions are merely based on my academic life and the few interactions I’ve had with students of other engineering colleges.
1. To begin with, I think there should be fewer of them. There is no point of having a degree in engineering, when there aren’t enough job requirements in the market.
2. Inter-department switch should be easier and perhaps the curriculum needs to have the flexibility for one to change his/her department even in the 2nd year.
3. Electives from other departments should be encouraged, at least till the pre-final year. Perhaps half or two thirds of the credits should be from one’s own department and the rest can be chosen by students depending on the subject/course of their choice.
4. A lot of engineering colleges look down upon extra-curricular activities and students are generally discouraged to have any life apart from academics. This should definitely change across the country. And students should be persuaded towards sports and cultural activities.
5. Entrepreneurship opportunities should exist within colleges to incubate and nurture early startups.
9. How difficult was it for Biswapati Sarkar and crew to budget their very earliest videos when TVF was kind of new?
It was tough, but a fun process. The good thing was I learned to write keeping the budget in mind. Only the things that we could show were written. I know the importance of any form of resource and now that we can afford a lot of things, the budget still plays plays a huge part in my mind while writing.
10. How different has the approach been towards making Permanent Roommates’ season 2 after the huge success of Pitchers?