DELHI: Sahara One TV has announced the launch of its new serial
Doli Saja Ke, to start from Monday, a soap on how a
girl child - Anupama became her father's eyesore because her
mother died the day she was born, and how she grows up in
hatred and how Prince Charming comes along and takes her to
the happily-ever-after dreamland.
a press conference that started one and half hours beyond
schedule, the Sahara One Programme Head Kalyan Sundaram started
off by saying: "This only seems to be a regressive story,
but it is only the beginning is regressive and the story is
actually extremely progressive."
said that this was Sagara One's fifth offering in the first
phase, and in the second phase they would go into non-fiction,
adding that over the past few months, "the channel's
TRP ratings have shot up dramatically".
the freewheeling dialogue between - mostly - producer Aroona
Irani and the media, she was asked repeatedly whether this
is not a stereotype that women are always portrayed as the
mnhoos, the accursed, the ruinor of families, etc., but she
said that this is what really happens in many cases.
how much she has borrowed from the old Hindi classic "Anupama",
she said the basic theme could have certain similarities but
"it is entirely different,"
major challenge came when a rather pushy scribe alleged that
the actor playing the role Vikramjeet Kapoor, Anupama's father,
Anuj Saxena has left the project even before the show has
gone on air, and another ator has replaced him, Iranu said
that Saxena has not really left but is having other offers
and the channel, Irani herself and he are tyring to work out
how to still manage his assignments for Doli
scribe then sprang another surprise, alleging that even the
second actor who had 'replaced' Saxena had also left after
some scenes being shot.
who was taking this barrage with cool, suddenly said whoever
was saying this is a "lier", and clarified that
Saxena's "possible replacement" has been chosen
and screen tested, but not a singles shot for the serial with
him as Anupama's father has been taken so far.
for some reason Anuj cannot manage both assignments and has
to leave, then we shall replace him, but so far, no one has
actually left," Irani asserted.
explained that in serials this is common and "no one
force an actor to stay on and do a serial, because then his
heart is elsewhere and he is doing the shoot merely for the
sake of is."
parried another tricky question about her previous serials,
"Mehndi tere naam ki", and "Desh main nikla
hoga chaand" doing good business, and yet the productions
after them (Vadehi) not quite creating ripples, stating that
even the best of super hit film directors cannot guarantee
success all the time.
) is fantastic and it should do well, but
god forbid, if it does not, well then we shall pack up our
after all, everyone is here to make money, not
to lose it," she said.
was also asked why she quits serials in between and starts
acting in films and then takes up other serials, especially
this being her second coming in Sahara One. So was she half-hearted,
mercurial and not really professional?
said that acting was her first love, a bee that once it gets
into the bonnet stays put there for life.
when I get a chance to act, I can rarely resist. But having
said that, yes, I have left serials when I could not manage
to give my best due to excessive pressure of many assignments
together. But that is part of the game, it happens all the
far, the serial has been planned for one year or 208 episodes.
"But this may be extended if you people love the programme
and the story would be extended, as it happens in all soaps,"
issue of the women being portrayed as evils of society cropped
up repeatedly, and Irani joked and said: "Why is it that
you say nothing when in the big screen all the evils shown
are always men?"
held, however, on a more theoretical note: "Soaps are
mostly about families and the family is basically women, who
stay at home. Outsider men cannot enter that in any manner,
so it is all about them and their intrigues."
denied that all these 'evil women in serials' are being imitated
and increasing social and familial crises. "If you are
Hema Malini, and on seeing you, I want to become Hema Malini
does it work that way? A person has his or her own basic characters,
and they are not changed because you watch someone being bad.
announcements in most serials, where producers are tight lipped
about the likely ending, Irani let slip her storyline.
teaser ad for the serial poses the question that given that
Anupama's father always hated her, would he give her a blessed
send off when she gets married.
this would be the 'anxiety' which would purportedly keep the
audience glued to the series, Irani said suddenly, "Yes
which is why this is such a different story!"
Kapoor (her father) Anuj Saxena
Kapoor (her step mother) Jaya Mathur