TVF Pitchers

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TVF Pitchers
TVF Pitchers - Official Poster.jpg
GenreComedy drama
Created byArunabh Kumar
Developed byArunabh Kumar
Written byBiswapati Sarkar
Story byArunabh Kumar
Directed byAmit Golani
Starring
ComposerVaibhav Bundhoo
Country of originIndia
Original languageHindi
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producerArun Kumar
ProducerThe Viral Fever Media Labs
CinematographyVaibhav Bundhoo
EditorPrashant Machhar
Running time30–57 minutes
Production companyThe Viral Fever Media Labs [2]
DistributorThe Viral Fever
Release
Original network
Original release10 June 2015 (2015-06-10) – present

TVF Pitchers is an Indian Hindi-language web series created by The Viral Fever (TVF) and developed by Arunabh Kumar. It features Naveen Kasturia, Arunabh Kumar, Jitendra Kumar and Abhay Mahajan along with Maanvi Gagroo and Riddhi Dogra.

The first season, which went on to receive much acclaim, was written by Biswapati Sarkar and was directed by Amit Golani. The story follows four friends, Naveen, Jitu, Yogi and Mandal, who quit their jobs in order to develop their own start-up company.[3][4] The season consisted of five episodes and premiered online on TVF's content portal TVFPlay on 10 June 2015.[5] 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.

For the second season, the series moved to ZEE5 as a part of its original programming. The series has been written by Arunabh Kumar, Prashant Kumar, Shubham Sharma and Talha Siddiqui. It has been directed by Vaibhav Bundhoo and Arunabh Kumar. The story is set years after the end of season 1 and traces the story of the same startup that was founded by the four friends.[6] It premiered on December 23, 2022.

Premise[edit]

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.

Cast[edit]

Portrayed by Character Appearances
Season 1 Season 2
Naveen Kasturia Naveen Bansal, the one who has the start-up idea and was earlier working as executive regional manager at MOKART Main
Jitendra Kumar Jitendra "Jitu" Maheshwari, who was working at Infocrat technologies company as a senior developer Main Does not appear
Arunabh Kumar Yogendra Kumar "Yogi" Pandey, who was probably operational incharge at EliteCore technologies Main
Abhay Mahajan Saurabh Mandal, who was a senior consultant marketing head at a company and also an MBA graduate Main
Maanvi Gagroo Shreya, Naveen's girlfriend Main Guest
Riddhi Dogra Prachi Meena, Pragati's (firm) investor and board member Does not appear Main
Sikandar Kher Prabhash Mehta, CEO and co-founder of Alpha 1, a competitor of Pragati Does not appear Main
Aakanksha Thakur Saumya Maheshwari, wife of Jitu Recurring Does not appear
Abhishek Banerjee Bhati Recurring
Pranav Bhasin Dungeon_Master Recurring
Gopal Datt Ravi Ram Rastogi ("RRR") Recurring
Jaimini Pathak Rajat Khanna, the CEO of MOKART Recurring
Rajesh Sharma Gary Bhujiawala (2 episodes) Recurring
Biswapati Sarkar Puneet Recurring
Sameer Saxena Ankit Bhardwaj Recurring
Ronjini Chakraborty Aparajita "Appu" Does not appear Recurring
Neena Kulkarni Naveen's mother Does not appear Guest

Production[edit]

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.

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally releasedNetwork
15June 10, 2015 (2015-06-10)TVFPlay
YouTube
25December 23, 2022 (2022-12-23)ZEE5

Season 1[edit]

No.
overall
EpisodeTitleDirected byWritten byDate of Broadcast
11"Tu Beer Hai"Amit GolaniBiswapati Sarkar10 June 2015 (2015-06-10)
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.
22"And Then There Were Four"Amit GolaniBiswapati Sarkar1 July 2015 (2015-07-01)
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.
33"The Jury Room"Amit GolaniBiswapati Sarkar22 July 2015 (2015-07-22)
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.
44"Bulb Jalega Boss"Amit GolaniBiswapati Sarkar12 August 2015 (2015-08-12)
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.
55"Where Magic Happens"Amit GolaniBiswapati Sarkar30 August 2015 (2015-08-30)
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.

Season 2[edit]

No.
overall
EpisodeTitleDirected byWritten byDate of Broadcast
11"The Valley"Arunabh Kumar & Vaibhav BundhooArunabh Kumar, Prashant Kumar, Shubham Sharma and Talha Siddiqui23 December 2022 (2022-12-23)
The pitchers are on the verge of a breakthrough as they await major funding. To close their next round, they must convince KC Enterprises, an offline player in the same sector, to partner with them. While initially they get no response from KC Enterprises, however after a viral Twitter thread, they finally get a meeting. Do they succeed?
22"The Pivot"Arunabh Kumar & Vaibhav BundhooArunabh Kumar, Prashant Kumar, Shubham Sharma and Talha Siddiqui23 December 2022 (2022-12-23)
After the deal's failure, Naveen decides a change of approach is needed, but Prachi is reluctant to accept as she finds it a desperate move. At last she presents a new condition to support the change - find a new CTO in 3 days.
33"The Sprint"Arunabh Kumar & Vaibhav BundhooArunabh Kumar, Prashant Kumar, Shubham Sharma and Talha Siddiqui23 December 2022 (2022-12-23)
The company goes on a sprint to finish a product within 30 days. But their sprint seems to have gone wrong because just three days before the launch most of the employees decide to resign.
44"The North Star Metric"Arunabh Kumar & Vaibhav BundhooArunabh Kumar, Prashant Kumar, Shubham Sharma and Talha Siddiqui23 December 2022 (2022-12-23)
Post the product launch, the three pitchers chase their own North Star Metrics: valuation, money in the bank, and employee satisfaction. Where does this search lead them?
55"The Term Sheet"Arunabh Kumar & Vaibhav BundhooArunabh Kumar, Prashant Kumar, Shubham Sharma and Talha Siddiqui23 December 2022 (2022-12-23)
The Pitchers engage in a heated argument over the tax allegation issue. Pragati is on the verge of shutdown. Alpha1 owner gives a proposal to acquire Pragati. Pitchers accept the offer or not.

Soundtrack[edit]

TVF Pitchers
Soundtrack album by
Vaibhav Bundhoo
Released5 September 2015
GenreSoundtrack
Length39:09
LabelThe Viral Fever
ProducerVaibhav Bundhoo
Vaibhav Bundhoo chronology
Permanent Roommates (Season 1)
(2014)
TVF Pitchers
(2015)
Permanent Roommates (Season 2)
(2016)

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.[7] 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.[8]

All music is composed by Vaibhav Bundhoo.

Track listing
No.TitleLength
1."The Relevant Sound" (Pitchers Theme)0:51
2."The Relevant Sound"4:05
3."How You Want To Leave"3:28
4."Historical Intersections"3:38
5."Bounce"3:11
6."I Cannot Wait" (End Title Credits)2:25
7."I Cannot Wait" (Sad Version)0:49
8."The Heist"1:14
9."Bulb Jalega Boss"3:07
10."Aage Peeche" (End Titles)3:32
11."Jitu Destroys"1:43
12."Mandal Speech"2:52
13."The Cheque"1:09
14."Mere Sapnon"4:06
15."One Step at a Time"2:59

Release[edit]

Arunabh Kumar, who co-starred in TVF Pitchers and also the founder of TVF, announced that the series will release in May 2015.[9] The official teaser was released on 3 April 2015, confirming the said date.[10] However, the 4-minute teaser trailer of the series, which released on 27 May 2015,[11] 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.[4] TVF Pitchers is the first ever web series to be released directly through TVF Play with its inception in early 2015.[5] The last episode of the series was unveiled on TVF on 30 August 2015 and in YouTube a day later.[5]

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.[12] 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.[13]

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.[14]

In June 2021, the OTT platform ZEE5 announced a content partnership with TVF to exclusively stream its upcoming shows including the second season of TVF Pitchers.

Season 2 was officially announced on 5th December 2022 and the trailer was released on 13th December 2022. The second season of the show premiered on 23rd December 2022 on ZEE5.

Reception[edit]

Season 1[edit]

The first season of TVF Pitchers has been well received by the internet audience[15] The first episode has more than 7.7 million views.[16] It holds an impressive 9.1 on IMDb, making it one of the highest rated TV shows on the site[17]

Season 2[edit]

The second season received a largely positive response. "Pitchers 2 is a worthy sequel, thanks to its true-to-life characters and themes of start-up business challenges," noted the Times of India.[18] The Hindustan Times wrote, "And when it comes to getting it right, Pitchers season 2 doesn’t shy away from serving bitter reality without a sweetener."[19].

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "TVF Pitchers Is The Latest Experiment By The Viral Fever Guys And We Think It's Rather Cool!". MissMalini. 10 June 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  4. ^ a b "The Viral Fever's New Web Series is About India's Frenzied Start-Up Scene". The Huffington Post. 5 June 2015. Retrieved 12 June 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ a b c "TVFPlay". TVFPlay. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  6. ^ "TVF Pitchers Is The Latest Experiment By The Viral Fever Guys And We Think It's Rather Cool!". IndiaToday. 13 December 2022. Retrieved 15 December 2022.
  7. ^ "TVF Pitchers Music | Audio Jukebox - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 21 February 2021.
  8. ^ TVF Pitchers (Music from the Original Web Series) - All Songs - Download or Listen Free - JioSaavn, 21 February 2017, retrieved 21 February 2021
  9. ^ "TVF Pitchers – TVF Play". GQ India. 14 November 2019. Retrieved 21 February 2021.
  10. ^ "TVF Pitchers - Official Teaser | Full Season now streaming on TVFPlay (App/Website) - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 21 February 2021.
  11. ^ "TVF Pitchers Season 01 - Official Trailer | Full Season now streaming on TVFPlay (App/Website) - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 21 February 2021.
  12. ^ "TVF launches Tamil channel Machi". Firstpost. 5 October 2017. Retrieved 21 February 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. ^ "TVF Pitchers Season 2 - What Went Wrong? 🤔 E03 | TVF #Pitchers Season 2 Release Date 🍻 - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 21 February 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. ^ "TVF teases 'Pitchers' Season 2, Twitter says 'here comes the hope!'". Free Press Journal. 22 February 2021. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  15. ^ "TVF Pitchers-Best Web Series in Hindi". CelebsWhoop.com. 23 April 2020.
  16. ^ TVF Pitchers S01E01 - 'Tu Beer Hai'. Youtube. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  17. ^ TVF Pitchers (Comedy, Drama), Contagious Online Media Network, The Viral Fever, 3 June 2015, retrieved 31 December 2022
  18. ^ "PITCHERS SEASON 2 REVIEW". Times of India. 23 December 2022.
  19. ^ "Pitchers season 2 review: This masterclass in how not to run a startup is subtle and effective". Hindustan Times. 23 December 2022.


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