With the festive season around the corner, Zee TV has a bumper entertainment extravaganza coming its viewers' way with a vast array of fresh content in the month of October.
Over the last one week, several popular faces of Zee TV, including Sriti Jha, Shraddha Arya, Karan Jotwani, Kanika Mann, Adnan Khan, Sehban Azim, Reem Sheikh, Abhishek Kapur, Pratibha Ranta, Manit Joura, received hampers at their respective homes that left them guessing about a train called the ‘Zee TV Entertainment Express’ delivering a big surprise from the channel on September 28.
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They took to social media, expressing excitement about these hampers that contained delicacies from four different cities of India like Jaipur ke Ghewar, Bhopal ki Gujiya, Punjab di Chana Barfi and Agra ke Pethe, asking their fans to guess and watch out for the unveil of a special October surprise from Zee TV.
The channel finally let the cat out of the bag at its virtual press conference, unveiling four exciting upcoming shows that it plans to launch all in a span of a month — Ram Pyaare Sirf Humare, Apna Time Bhi Ayega, Hamariwali Good News and Brahmarakshas 2.
Through the unique device of a train called the ‘Zee TV Entertainment Express’, the channel took the media fraternity and netizens on a virtual journey to four different destinations in India where each of its four new fiction shows is based and the intriguing new show concepts were revealed for the first time by its lead protagonists.
Actors Juhi Parmar, Anushka Sen, Jyoti Sharma and Nikki Sharma spoke of how all the four shows reflect the positive change in relationship dynamics that is taking place currently and represent a contemporary picture of the emerging great Indian middle class — Aaj Ke Kirdaar, Aaj ke Kisse.
Ram Pyaare Sirf Humare is a light-hearted situational comedy following the life of Dulari and her maryada purushottam husband Ram. The story captures how this Bhopal-based married woman, who feels insecure because of her ideal husband being the cynosure of every woman's eyes, turns to a book of worldly wisdom and traditional ‘nuskhaas’ to keep him safe from their clutches.
Ram Pyaare Sirf Humare will premiere on October 5 and will air every Monday to Friday at 10:30pm on Zee TV. Jyoti Sharma, who plays the role of Dulari, said, “I’m quite excited about essaying the role of Dulari. It seems like quite a challenge since I am very different from this saucy, sassy Bhopal-based housewife. To see her fears of losing Ram translate to the use of some hilarious nuskas from a traditional book and then landing up in an even bigger mess in the whole process will prove to be an entertaining watch for viewers.”
Apna Time Bhi Ayega is a thought-provoking drama that debunks the deep-rooted class system and questions its unwritten rule book of ‘aukaat’ in our society — one that curtails the chances of the lower strata in taking charge of their destiny and rising above their means. The show follows the story of Rani and her father, who despite being from a modest background has raised his daughter like a princess. Although Rani learns to dream big and becomes an engineer, unusual circumstances compel her to take on his position as the head servant in the Rajawat household. She faces many challenges owing to her social status and financial background. Will Rani be able to establish her own identity and rise above her roots? Apna Time Bhi Ayega premieres on October 20 and airs every Monday to Saturday at 7pm on Zee TV. Anushka Sen, who plays the role of Rani, said, “I’m quite excited as Apna Time Bhi Ayega addresses the pertinent issue of class barriers in our society. I feel shows that talk about such issues are extremely important for the society as TV holds the power to influence many. Essaying the role of Rani who breaks the shackles of her background and emerges #AukaatKeBaahar is something I look forward to.”
Hamariwali Good News is a completely refreshing take on the evolution of the saas-bahu relationship in Indian society. The show presents a most unique role reversal between the daughter-in-law Navya and her mother-in-law Renuka to give their family the much awaited ‘Good News’. This time around, it is the Saas who rather than pressurising or berating her bahu for not being able to conceive, will go the extra mile, brush aside considerations such as age and 'Log Kya Kahenge', by conceiving a baby with her husband to bring the 'Good News' that they collectively await.
After all, who better than your own family to back you up when your chips are down and there seems to be no hope! Hamariwali Good News will premiere on October 20 and will air every Monday to Saturday at 7:30pm on Zee TV.
Juhi Parmar, who plays the role of Renuka, said, “I am always up for challenges and when Renuka's role was offered to me, I felt that this would be very different. The makers have given the saas-bahu relationship a dynamic and fresh twist by redefining the equation. More and more saas bahus are sahelis today and our show reflects that. The story line is very unique and for a woman to have a child for her own son and daughter in law is so different.”
In collaboration with Balaji Telefilms, Zee TV is also set to take its audience on a trip to the land of fantasy with the second season of its immensely successful Brahmarakshas. The second season will depict the journey of an ordinary young girl, Kalindi — whose destiny gets entwined with the evil forces and a drastic twist of fate has her drawing all her inner strength to combat the evil Brahmarakshas.
While the latter garners its strength from kidnapping brides of Songadh on their wedding day, and casting a dark spell over the town, Kalindi’s only source of strength is her love for her partner, Angad.
Brahmarakshas 2 will premiere soon on Zee TV as a weekend thriller. Nikki Sharma, who will essay the role of Kalindi, said, “This is my debut as a lead and the fact that this opportunity comes with my first thriller fantasy show is all the more exciting. Fantasy shows are one of my favourites as they come with a lot of scope to experiment which I believe is always such a treat for an actor’s soul. The grand launch on board the Zee TV Entertainment Express was also really unique and now I hope the audiences just love our show.”