RJ Rajan is undoubtedly the most renowned radio jockey in Nagpur right now. Apart from being an RJ, Rajan is also an extremely popular host and singer in the city. RJ Rajan aka Rajan Alone, who came to Nagpur many years back from his native place Pulgaon, has come a long way. Today, hes not just a popular RJ of 94.3 My FM, but has also hosted some of the biggest and high profile events in the city. The most recent of them being, the opening ceremony of Khasdar Krida Mahotsav wherein Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar was the chief guest. In an interview with Nation Next, 94.3 My FM’s RJ Rajan speaks about his career in the radio industry, his work as an RJ and more. Excerpts:
You’re one of the most popular RJs in the Nagpur right now. When and how did you become an RJ?
It was by chance that I became part of the radio industry. During the initial days of my career, I was a stage artist and a choreographer but dancing didn’t fulfill my familys needs. I, then, became a singer after which I got attracted towards hosting events. Post my graduation, I took up a job at the multinational company ?Johnson and Johnson? and shifted to Mumbai. While working there, I would get a lot of calls from Nagpur to host events. After working at the company for seven long years, I left the job and came back to Nagpur to live a life of an artist again. I started hosting events and got settled. There was a time when I would earn more than a lakh in a month just by hosting events! As I wrapped up hosting one of my events, I met a girl who asked me if I was interested in being an RJ. I wasn’t very interested but I still gave it a try and became an RJ.
You host the morning show Salaam Nagpur? at 94.3 My FM. Morning shows require a lot of freshness and energy. How challenging is it to host the morning show for you?
When I host the morning show, I realize that around eight lakh Nagpurians are listening to me. I have always worked for my audience and not for myself. Doing that has helped me be energetic always on my show. We all have a certain energy in us, it’s up to us how we make the most of it. If you think positive, do positive things and love your work, you will always be enthusiastic and energetic.
How do you prepare for your show? What kind of research goes into it?
Everybody is updated these days so our job is basically to make things a little fascinating for our listeners. I always try to give something new to my audience. I research a lot on every single thing as radio is about infotainment and not just entertainment.
RJ Milind who use to previously host Salaam Nagpur, in an interview with Nation Next, said that you’re doing a fantastic job for the morning show. What kind of rapport do you share with him and other RJs of the city?
I help everybody selflessly. If someone needs help, I help them without any selfish intentions or expecting anything in return from them. I don’t know what others think about me, but as I said, I believe in helping others selflessly.
When you’re hosting your radio show, you’re on-air. How do you manage things when there is a goof-up or a fumble inadvertently? Has it ever happened to you?
It is a must for a radio jockey to have a good sense of humor. Having said that, at times some people don’t have control on their words and they say something they shouldn’t. Being an RJ, you have to realize that there are lakhs of people who are listening to you. You have the power to change somebodys perception with a simple sentence. So, an RJ should be responsible enough not to say wrong things or make mistakes, which can have a lot of impact. Sometimes, it’s possible that you may fumble while on air, but I think that’s okay because an RJ is a human being too!
An RJ is supposed to be happy all the time. There may be time when you’re going through some problem in your personal life. How do you manage to hide that while you’re on-air?
Everybody is an actor in this world. We all, at some or the other point of time, have to act. When my grandmother passed away, I had to host an event. I hosted the event and did not even tell the organizers about the tragedy in my family. Basically, what I mean to say is, nobody is really interested in your problems. As an RJ, my job is bring a smile to my listeners no matter what.
Apart from being an RJ, you’re an extremely popular anchor and singer in Nagpur. Whats your favorite between these three things
I enjoy everything. I seriously believe that if you enjoy everything, everything will be your favorite. One should always work for fame and respect. If you don’t get the two things with what you do, you should stop doing it. Also, whatever you do, always give your best shot!
There are many people who want to enter the radio industry for their careers ahead. Apart from being a radio jockey, what are the different working areas in a radio station?
There are so many things apart from being an RJ that a person can do in the radio industry. There are directors, assistant directors, copywriters, audio editors, etc. in the radio industry. Also, there’s a new concept called Concept Paying, wherein you call sell a concept in the radio industry.
You used to work with Radio Mirchi before My FM. RJ Neel, who was your colleague at Mirchi, is now a content writer with 92.7 Big FM. Do you plan to diversify in the future as well and experiment with different roles in the radio industry?
RJ Neel was already a writer and has been writing since the beginning of his RJ career. Whereas, I have always been interesting in talking! But yes, singing is my passion and I want to do something good with it.
What would be your advice to youngsters at large who want to pursue a career in the radio industry?
There are so many opportunities in the radio industry. Don’t try to imitate anybody; create your own identity. Try to showcase your skills in front of people. If you have the talent in you, you can easily be a part of this industry.
Even today, I call up people I want to work with: Sharman Joshi
Sharman Joshi came to fame with romantic-comedy ‘Style’ (2001), his first hit. But, he was already a known face by then with few films to his credit. However, the actor was still trying to set his foot in the industry and had his share of struggle too. In a recent interview, the actor remembered his struggling days.
The ‘3 Idiots’ actor used to call the director for work in those days. “There was a director, who used to have telephone numbers of many directors from Bollywood. I took the list from him and would call them on their landline as those were ‘no mobile’ phone days. One thing that helped me big time was my background in theatre,” shared Sharman.
But Sharman also confessed that some directors’ would also be considerate. “When I would call the directors and they would talk very respectfully, some even called for a meeting. See, people from showbiz business understand what it takes to be here. So whether you work together or not, that doesn’t really matter. In fact, even today, I just pick up the call and dial to people I want to work with,” said Sharman who made his debut in Bollywood with Godmother in 1999.
Mannat se guzar raha tha, toh ek mannat maang li: Ayushmann Khurrana
Like many, even actor Ayushmann Khurrana is a Shah Rukh Khan fan. And when the actor happened to be in Bandra on Sunday, he stopped by in front of King Khan’s house Mannat. In fact, he made a wish in front of the gate looking at Mannat through the sunroof of his car.
The actor shared a picture on his social media page from SRK’s house and captioned, “Mannat se guzar raha tha. Toh ek mannat maang li #AnActionHero #2ndDecember #SRKian” He added the song ‘Baazigar O Baazigar’ from Shah Rukh’s film ‘Baazigar’ along with the picture.
Ayushmann, who’s busy promoting his film, ‘An Action Hero’, received lots of comments from SRK as well as his fans.
Just because you don’t like Mr Modi doesn’t mean India is under threat: Harish Salve | Interview
Senior advocate at Supreme Court, former Solicitor General of India and King’s Counsel Harish Salve, in an exclusive interaction with Nation Next, speaks about Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Prime Minister late Indira Gandhi, recent gruesome murder of Shraddha Walker involving her boyfriend Aftab Poonawala, Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA) and much more!
Corrigendum: In one of the questions during Mr Harish Salve’s interview, interviewer mistakenly quoted former Chief Justice of India Justice Sharad Bobde, saying, “Constitution is under threat.” Justice Bobde never made this remark. We sincerely apologise to Justice Bobde and the audience for committing this mistake. Inconvenience caused is regretted!
Watch the full interview here: