TVF Pitchers (TV Mini-Series 2015)
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|Company||Contagious Online Media Network, The Viral Fever|
TVF Pitchers is a web series created by The Viral Fever (TVF) and developed by Arunabh Kumar. Written by Biswapati Sarkar, the series were directed by Amit Golani and features Naveen Kasturia, Arunabh Kumar, Jitendra Kumar and Abhay Mahajan. It follows four friends, Naveen, Jitu, Yogi and Mandal, who quit their jobs in order to develop their own start-up company.
The first season consists of five episodes and premiered online on TVF's content portal TVFPlay on 10 June 2015. A week later, on 17 June, it premiered on YouTube. The season finale premiered on TVFPlay on 30 August 2015. The show was highly appreciated and has since developed a cult status.
Four friends — Naveen Bansal, Jitendra "Jitu" Maheshwari, Yogendra "Yogi" Kumar and Saurabh Mandal — enter the business world by launching their own start-up company. Naveen becomes angry for not getting a project from the company in which he works, gets drunk and resigns. He faces a dilemma when he is offered a position in a branch office located in Beijing. He leaves for the airport but upon reaching there he realizes that he is not destined for routine jobs. At the same time, he receives news of his "B-Plan" reaching the final of the NASSCOM start-up conclave. This sets off a chain of events in which the four rediscover what they really want in life, and face challenges in getting their start-up idea off the ground.
After the release of the first trailer, the show's premise was compared to that of the American TV show Silicon Valley. However, when the pilot premiered, viewers realized this was not the case. Arunabh Kumar, founder and CEO of The Viral Fever, told The Huffington Post that if there's an American TV show that did inspire Pitchers – not in content but in spirit – it is the HBO drama Entourage about a young Hollywood star on the rise.
- Naveen Kasturia as Naveen Bansal, the one who has the start-up idea and earlier working as Executive regional manager at MOKART (5 episodes)
- Jitendra Kumar as Jitendra "Jitu" Maheshwari, who was working at Infocrat technologies company as a senior developer (5 episodes)
- Arunabh Kumar as Yogendra Kumar "Yogi" Pandey, who was probably operational incharge at EliteCore technologies (5 episodes)
- Abhay Mahajan as Saurabh Mandal, who was a senior consultant marketing head at a company and also an MBA graduate (5 episodes)
- Aakanksha Thakur as Saumya Maheshwari, wife of Jitu (5 episodes)
- Maanvi Gagroo as Shreya, Naveen's girlfriend (4 episodes)
- Jaimini Pathak as Rajat Khanna, the CEO of MOKART (2 episodes)
- Rajesh Sharma as Gary Bhujiawala (2 episodes)
- Biswapati Sarkar as Puneet (2 episodes)
- Sunil Sinha as Jitu's Father (2 episode)
- Sameer Saxena as Ankit Bhardwaj (2 episode)
- Abhishek Banerjee as Bhati
|Episode||Title||Directed by||Written by||Date of Broadcast|
|1||1||"Tu Beer Hai"||Amit Golani||Biswapati Sarkar||10 June 2015|
|Naveen is upset with his company for not letting him lead a project for which he'd worked really hard. His mentor Bhati asks him a very fundamental question: "What are you?" Naveen and his friends discover the answer to the question in different ways.|
|1||2||"And Then There Were Four"||Amit Golani||Biswapati Sarkar||1 July 2015|
|While the startup is the idea of the three friends – Naveen, Jitu and Yogi – Naveen's roommate and IIM graduate Saurabh Mandal wants to join, and needs to convince the trio that they need him.|
|1||3||"The Jury Room"||Amit Golani||Biswapati Sarkar||22 July 2015|
|With all four members on board, the guys look for investors and are overwhelmed by the plethora of start-ups. Also, Jitu needs to convince his father to allow him to join the start-up.|
|1||4||"Bulb Jalega Boss"||Amit Golani||Biswapati Sarkar||12 August 2015|
|Continuing from the previous episode, Naveen, Mandal and Yogi determine to succeed at the event under any circumstances, while Jitu has his own agenda to take care of at home. The events unfold parallel to each other.|
|1||5||"Where Magic Happens"||Amit Golani||Biswapati Sarkar||30 August 2015|
|The gang is one step away from their seed fund, but one innocent mistake might take it all away. Naveen's love life is also tested.|
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||5 September 2015|
|Label||The Viral Fever|
|Vaibhav Bundhoo chronology|
For the original soundtrack for TVF Pitchers, The Viral Fever roped in Vaibhav Bundhoo who was a part of the media's previous series Permanent Roommates, after the overwhelming reception of the series. It consists of 15 original compositions created, produced and mixed by Bundhoo and was released in a separate jukebox format on YouTube on 5 September 2015. However the music album for the original series was released on 2 February 2017, as it took more time for mastering the tracks for streaming platform.
All music is composed by Vaibhav Bundhoo.
|1.||"The Relevant Sound" (Pitchers Theme)||0:51|
|2.||"The Relevant Sound"||4:05|
|3.||"How You Want To Leave"||3:28|
|6.||"I Cannot Wait" (End Title Credits)||2:25|
|7.||"I Cannot Wait" (Sad Version)||0:49|
|9.||"Bulb Jalega Boss"||3:07|
|10.||"Aage Peeche" (End Titles)||3:32|
|15.||"One Step at a Time"||2:59|
Arunabh Kumar, who co-starred in TVF Pitchers and also the founder of TVF, announced that the series will release on May 2015. The official teaser was released on 3 April 2015, confirming the said date. However, the 4-minute teaser trailer of the series, which released on 27 May 2015, announced a new release date of 10 June 2015.
The first episode of the series was released on The Viral Fever's official media streaming platform TVF Play, and a week later, on 17 June 2015, it was uploaded on YouTube. Each episodes were released within a three-week window so as to upload simultaneously in TVF Play and YouTube. TVF Pitchers is the first ever web series to be released directly through TVF Play with its inception in early 2015. The last episode of the series was unveiled on TVF on 30 August 2015 and in YouTube a day later.
After The Viral Fever announced a new Tamil streaming platform titled TVF Machi, in order to cover the audience across the regional market, the makers released the dubbed Tamil version of the series on 6 October 2017. In late 2016, it was reported that the second season of the series was reported to be in the process, however was not confirmed officially.
In February 2021, TVF released a video to announce their line up for 2021 on their YouTube channel. The video consist of clips from the upcoming TVF series as well as old clips from the existing series hinting their further seasons. The climax of the video shows an archive footage from the first season of TVF Pitchers teasing the possibility of the second season.
TVF Pitchers has been well received by the internet audience. The first episode has more than 7.7 million views. The series, hosted on TVF's official YouTube channel, has gathered over 1 million views for each episode.