Shivan Giri Talks New TV Series, “Abs of Steel”
HI SHIVAN, WELCOME TO ABOUT INSIDER! THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME TO CHAT WITH US! CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF, WHO IS SHIVAN GIRI IN YOUR OWN WORDS?
Hi, I’m Shivan and I am from Mumbai, India. I am a filmmaker and storyteller, and I am passionate about creating authentic stories and building a unique brand through my work. Before entering the film industry, I gained experience in various fields such as marine construction, real estate, and event management, which I believe has provided me with a diverse foundation for my work. Alongside my love for film and television, I am also an enthusiastic fan of soccer. Thank you for having me on About Insider, it’s great to be here!
TELL US ABOUT YOUR JOURNEY AS A CELEBRATED FILMMAKER.
After graduating from the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles, I began working as a freelance producer on various independent films, TV shows, and music videos. My creativity, management skills, and discipline helped me stand out, and I became a popular producer among my peers in the independent filmmaking industry.
One of the highlights of my career was working on the project “Fracture” with Mr. Joel Novoa, who is known for directing the Netflix series “Cobra Kai.” This experience helped me establish myself as a producer and First AD with strong skills and experience in the Hollywood industry. As a result, I began receiving offers not only from A-list Hollywood professionals but also Bollywood directors who sought to collaborate with me.
Overall, my journey as a celebrated filmmaker has been exciting and fulfilling. I am grateful for the opportunities that I have had so far and look forward to creating more impactful projects in the future.
TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR TV SERIES, “ABS OF STEEL”
My new TV series, “Abs of Steel,” follows the story of an overweight real estate agent who faces rejection from his crush because of his size. The show takes the viewers on a journey as the protagonist sets out on a mission to lose weight, battling with his work, love life, and spiritual crisis.
Each episode of the show will delve into a new theme of the protagonist’s life, such as payback, mental health, priorities, lust, temptations,fixing broken relationships, urban lifestyle, savior mentalityand more. Through the show, we aim to explore how our life goals are often influenced by others’ acceptance and try to find answers to what success truly means to us.
The project will be filmed in Mumbai, India, in June 2023. The series will consist of eight parts and is scheduled to be completed by December 2023. We are excited to bring this unique and inspiring story to life and hope that it will resonate with our viewers.
WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE SCRIPT?
The inspiration behind the script was largely influenced by my personal experiences. I struggled with being overweight for a long time, and my motivation to lose weight was initially driven by a need for acceptance from others. However, I found that I would often workout for a short period and then lose motivation and stop working out altogether.
As I began to prioritize my overall health and well-being as a primary motivation for my weight loss journey, I came to the realization that there was more to life than just trying to please others. This shift in mindset helped me make a positive impact on my health and achieve lasting results.
Moreover, I also recognized the significance of emotional health and stress on our lives. They have a profound impact on our relationships and decision-making abilities and can either make or break us. These insights served as the driving force behind my script, and my hope is that my personal experiences can inspire others to prioritize their own well-being and start their journey towards a healthier and happier life.
In summary, the script is a reflection of my personal journey, and I hope that it can inspire and motivate others to take charge of their own health and well-being.
WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS FOR THE PROJECT?
We are thrilled to share that we are currently in discussions with a major OTT platform for the release of our show in March 2024. We believe that this partnership will help us to reach a wider audience and provide us with the resources we need to bring our vision to life. In addition to this, we will be continuing with the production process and working closely with our team to ensure that everything runs smoothly. We are excited about the future of this project and cannot wait to share it with the world.
In terms of filming, we are in the pre-production stages of the project. We are currently in the process of casting and location scouting for the pilot episode. Once the casting is finalized, we will make further announcements. We are thrilled to announce that an A-lister actor has agreed to be part of the project, and we cannot wait to reveal their name to the public. As we move forward with the project, we will keep everyone updated on the progress and any further developments.
WHAT’S SOMETHING WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT YOU THAT MIGHT SURPRISE US
Well, as a filmmaker, I have a passion for watching movies and TV shows to get inspiration for my work. However, something that might surprise you is that I haven’t watched any shows or films in the past six months. This is because I’ve been completely focused on bringing my own project to life. As soon as the idea popped into my mind, I couldn’t wait to start working on it and bring it to reality. So, I’ve been pouring all my energy and time into that, and it’s been an exciting journey so far. I hope this surprising fact about me gives you a glimpse into my dedication to my craft and the passion that drives me forward.
WHAT IS ONE MESSAGE THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO GIVE TO SOMEONE TRYING TO DO WHAT YOU DO?
If there is something that you don’t know about, but you desperately need to know it to achieve your goals, don’t let a lack of resources hold you back. Instead, find a way to learn it, because there is nothing in the world that you cannot teach yourself if you put in the effort. Remember, learning is cheap, and the more you know, the more valuable you become. So, keep pushing yourself to learn and grow, and never give up on your dreams.
WHERE CAN OUR READERS FIND YOU ONLINE?
My projects are listed on IMDB and My Instagram is: @shivangiri