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Colors launches ‘Gurbani’, a tale of brides deserted by NRI husbands

Premiering on March 18 at 10.30 PM, Monday-Friday, it replaces ‘Parichay’. The show will compete with Veera on Star Plus – both set in Punjab

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Mumbai | March 8, 2013

Colors is launching a new fiction show Gurbani starting March 18 in the 10.30 PM slot and will air Monday to Friday, replacing the current show in this slot, Parichay. Gurbani is all set to compete with Veera on Star Plus – both the shows are set in Punjab – Bade Achche Lagte Hain on Sony and Punarvivah on Zee TV.

Gurbani is a heart-wrenching tale that depicts state of young girls from Punjab who have been enticed into the NRI dream by their parents and are still waiting for their husbands to return and take them back. Captured in the tag line “Hazaro betiyaan Punjab Ki ... Byah kar bhi na hui bida...” Gurbani goes beyond the norms of “And they lived happily ever after” and dares to show the harsh realities of marriages that are lured by the NRI tag!

Set in beautiful locales in Punjab, the story revolves around Gurbani, a young, lively girl from Amritsar who is forced into living her mother’s unrealised dream of getting married to a prosperous NRI suitor and enrich the family. Not knowing what the future holds, Gurbani makes her family’s dream into hers.

In another instance, in a small village in Punjab, Rano, dressed as a bride, waits at the station, runs after the train which is supposed to bring back her husband. She impatiently scans every face which alights at the station but to no avail. Rano isn’t a newlywed young woman but a 40-year-old woman who has been married for 20 years – and waiting for her husband for the past 20 years at the very station she had last seen him. Her NRI husband after their marriage had promised to return but never came back. At various stations in different villages for years, thousands of Ranos have been waiting for their NRI husbands but their wait sees no end.

Prashant Bhatt, Weekday Programming Head, Colors, said, “Gurbani’s story is inspired by true cases that we came across during our year-long research on the subject. As they say, the effect is nothing but an extension of the cause. In this case with Gurbani, we wanted to highlight a very important issue of abandoned NRI brides and how parents need to change their mindset, be more cautious about the choice they are making for their daughters. The show has the perfect combination of strong characters, a socially-relevant subject and a riveting storyline.”

Produced by Damini K Shetty’s Mystic Entertainment, Gurbani showcases the quintessential Punjabi culture, landscape and fanfare. Viewers will get a glimpse of various picturesque locations and a few iconic spots like Khasa railway station at the India-Pakistan border, and Sirhind Canal near Ludhiana.

Damini Shetty said, “Moving from writing on paper to reproducing work on screen, Gurbani is a dream project for me. Working with a cast that is a mixture of veterans and fresh faces, the show offers viewer’s a unique insight into the Punjabi culture. Hopefully it not only brings in the authentic Punjabi flavour with its mannerisms and dialects, but also enhances the overall experience with picturesque locations like Khasa railway station at the India-Pakistan border and Sirhind Canal near Ludhiana. With its endearing tale, I hope Gurbani will touch a chord with viewers for its harsh portrayal of reality while yet maintaining the elements of anticipation, drama and suspense."

The show also brings on board noted Sufi singer Harshdeep Kaur in an unconventional role of narrating Gurbani’s journey to the viewers through music.

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