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Inside Programming : Aamrapali

On The Sets Of

The end of March may bring better tidings for Doordarshan, the Indian behemoth pubcaster.

At a time when almost nearly all producers worth their salt have ditched the national broadcaster, a historical serial of rare canvas, Aamrapali, makes its bow on DD1. And if the ultra lavish sets at Film City, Mumbai, are any indication, this show may well go down as a truly memorable serial.

The serial is produced by four individual entities comprising two separate companies- DV Rao and LR Enterprises who make up DVR Films and actor Amit Behl and budding entrepreneur Dhilin Mehta who form Sri Ashtavinayak Telefilms. The directorial burden falls on the shoulders of Vijay Pande (remembered for The Thief Of Baghdad). The producers are all gung-ho about the enterprise; there's more to come from their stable - Agnipankh, a serial on the Indian Air Force is all set to launch in about a month's time.

Aamrapali, set in ancient Vaishali, is the story of the sudden transformation of a beautiful, innocent girl into a mature adult. How this happens and how it transforms her is what the story revolves around. Of course, adding to the drama will be innumerable interesting elements absorbed from events prevalent at the time.

On the sets, one comes across a plethora of animals and junior artistes (a minimum 200 artistes are hired every day) - all contributing an authentic village feel. The sets, the canvas and the overall volume of it all is no doubt very impressive. If the serial clicks, it might well resurrect the somnolent pubcaster from its generally lacklustre programming.

Here's what the people involved with Aamrapali have to say -

The producer
  The writer    
      The lead actress



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