MUMBAI: TV and film actor-turned-producer Kunika Sadanand Lall announced that her first product 'Strivers and Achievers' is ready to hit the tube on 13 April. The show will be aired on DD2, every Sunday at 10 am. As of now, Kunika is acting in only one serial- 'Kittie Party'.
The programme, anchored by Kunika herself, will celeberate the lives, struggle and achievement of people with physical/mental/situational handicaps.
On being asked that what had made her don the producer's hat, she said, "The seeds were sown when I saw a Oprah Winfrey show in the US sometime back. Oprah spreads a tremendous amount of goodwill in her society. So I thought, why not I? The seeds began to germinate when I was working on an AIDS awareness programme, under the guidance of Dr. I S Gilada. I have worked under him for the past 10 years. I discovered that people suffering from a terminal disease had more positivity, resolve and inner strenth to combat life, rather than others."
"Furthermore, I have had a learning experience in life which had almost made me a recluse. During that period, many people came forward to help me in different ways. I would not like to comment on whether our celebrities have given back to the society as much as they ought to have, and would disagree if someone were to say that there is no kindness left in this world."
Asked whether people would prefer seeing her show more than 'saas bahu' seials, she retorted, "Firstly, my show will be on Sunday mornings. I had asked for this time and got it. I am not fighting with daily/weekly soaps. I am not looking for any TRPs. I bet that this serial would help us to consider every 'special' child as a God's gift.
The show has been granted a permission of 26 episodes. 16 episodes are ready for telecast, says Kunika.