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Finally Sahara One has come up with the name and cast of its new daily soap to replace the 8.30pm slot of HKKC. It is called Solhah Singaarr and will be
Adding one more woman-oriented serial to its already crowded kitty of Rani, Kittu, Ambika and Sati is Solhah Singaarr that showcases the story of a young, vivacious, delightful, carefree girl -Meerra, and her family based in Benares. Mapping out Meerra's life that's set in the holy city of Benaras, which is imbued in an era of age-bound traditions, awareness and practices far beyond imagination, the serial promises to get TRPs soaring with the freshness of its concept.
Shantonu Aditya, CEO, SaharaOne Television says, "As part of our constant
Solhah Singaarr also showcases the story of the protagonist Meerra's interpersonal relationships with each member of her family and how she strives to keep her family bonded through all the ups and downs in their lives."
Produced by Jai Mehta Productions Solhah Singaarr is directed by Pawan Kumar who has previously directed shows like Sindoor…Tere Naam Ka, Ek Laadki Anjaani Si, Piya Ka Ghar. Akangsha Rawat a fresh face in the industry will
Throwing more light on the serial, Producer Kinnari Mehta says, "the story revolves around Hindutva and the first few episodes have been shot on the various ghats in Benares to lend it authenticity. It is all about doing away with regressive traditions and Meerra's struggle to reinstate the love and happiness in her widowed mother's life for which she herself is prepared to sacrifice a lot. It's a mother-daughter story and no saas-bahu drama."
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Sudha Chandran all set for gray matter!
Sudha Chandran is set to become Indian television's latest lady in white and she seems quite gung-ho about her makeover. Chandran goes from black to white in Sahara One's forthcoming serial Solhah Singaarr.
Dressed in a white sari with light embroidery on the border, a white blouse with arm length sleeves, a rudraksh mala in hand, a necklace of white beads and a long yellow tika dividing her forehead, she could easily pass off for one of the sadhvis on Aastha.
Albeit that touch of glamour sets Chandran apart. So what's the mother of all TV vamps doing in a dadi maa avatar? "I wanted to break away from the monotony of negative characters that I had got into in the last five years. Even my fans were telling me that I was looking repetitive," she begins.   ;   ;
Does it mean that the fiery Ramola Sikand has finally mellowed? "Not exactly My character of Ammaji in Solhah Singaarr is that of strict matriarch who adheres to her values," she says, adding, "But she is not regressive like the of recently launched ammas and dadis on telly pining for a son or grandson. She believes in what she says and has seen a lot of ups and downs in her life. That's what attracted me to Ammaji's character."
Incidentally, Chandran wasn't the first choice for Ammaji's role. "Though Ammaji's role intrigued me a lot, it was initially supposed to be done by Arunaji (Aruna Irani). But once I came to know that she wasn't doing it, I was all game for the role and promptly lapped it up," says Chandran.
It was also courtesy her good equation with Jay Mehta, producer of Solhah Singaarr, who's previous offer to her for a role in Sindoor Tere Naam Ka she turned down due to her then busy schedule.
"I shoot five days a month in Chennai and 20 days in Mumbai. But they are much more professional out there. We canned 20 episodes in just five days of my last shoot in Chennai," she says.
Chandran, who's quite popular in the southern telly circuit, plays another author backed role in Jayyam, a serial currently being shown on Jaya TV "It's . a very stylised role and this time around I am making a conscious effort of setting a trend through my style," she adds.
Chandran's Ramola not only counts amongst one of the most stylised characters on TV ever; her famous signature bindis had also led to the launch of a Ramola line of bindis.
"Earlier I was decked up to kill. This is the only role where I gray my hair," she shares. But isn't she worried about getting typecast in the role of a dadi?
"Was Shah Rukh Khan typecast in the role of an old man after doing Veer-Zaara?" asks Chandran, adding, "Even Ramola was a dadi, but not many remember that perhaps because of my glamorous bearing. As Ammaji, I sport a nice chandan tika and drape a golden shawl. Perhaps now I will give a few fashion tips on making the old look good."
Black, gray and white, so what is going to be the flavour of her next character? "I am keen on doing a comedy in a full-fledged positive role," she signs off.
My favourite 5 TV roles
Zahira (Kaise Kahun): She was a down-market Muslim lady, who could laugh and cry at the same time. She was a rooted to the soil character.
Guruma (Tum Bin Jaun Kahan): A very classy woman in black, I loved the way she was decked up.
Ammaji (Solhah Singaarr): Her convictions in her beliefs and her upholding of and standing up to her traditional values is what appealed to me. The fifth one's yet to come.
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Anuj readies Kulvaddhu for Sony!
Anuj Saxena's first production venture, a daily soap for Sony TV, initially titled
Akhand Sau Bhagyawati, is now re-christened Kulvaddhu. Also the final cast is out and includes reknowned names like Milind Gunaji, Kitu Gidwani, Sushmita Mukherjee, Suhasini Mulay, Seema Bhargav and fresh face Daljit Kaur.
The story of Kulvaddhu is that of a modern day, happy-go-lucky girl (played by Daljit Kaur) whose life is transformed by a man who is caught on the wrong side of fate. She has to endure many trials and tribulations and has to find her place in the conservative ethos of Indian culture and traditions. She also has to deal with her father-in-law (Milind Gunaji) who is always at loggerheads with her due to clash of attitudes.
"I am very excited and am looking forward to my show Kulvaddhu, which my production house Maverick is making for Sony. For me the most important thing is the quality, content and the look of the show. I hope I will be able to make my viewers proud and hope it will be better than the best", says Anuj Saxena, the producer-cum-actor-cum-restaurateur whose production house has by far made commercials and films down south.
The actors will commence shooting on 6 November and this primetime show is expected to go on air in December.
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|Offers galore for Anuj!|
In spite of Rishton Ki Dor not doing too well, Anuj Saxena seems to be flooded with offers.
We all know that he's doing a cameo in Sahara One's Solaah Shringaar. And now news has filtered in that Anuj is being considered to play the lead opposite two lovely ladies for two new shows on Sony TV - one opposite Renuka Shahane in Jeetiye and the second opposite Aamna Shariff in an untitled venture. But a source reveals that the actor is probably declining both the shows.
And the offers don't end there! It seems even Aruna Irani has offered him a role for her new serial on Sahara One, to be directed by Ashok Gaikwad (of Prratima fame).
Meanwhile, Anuj's Maverick Productions is currently busy with finalizing the star cast for his first telly show Akhand Sau Bhagyawati. Sources reveal that with a new lead protagonist, the show promises many established names. And Anuj has himself gone on record to claim that he will soon be seen as a lead in his in-house production.
If rumours are to be believed it is also speculated that Anuj is aiming at Bollywood, not as a producer but as an actor to star in a film!
Seems the actor's career is going great guns as his kitty looks quite colourful!
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What is your role like?
I play Meera, a carefree teenager who thinks the world to be picture perfect and rosy. The apple of everyone's eye in the Bharadwaj family of Benaras, Meera whiles away her time by playing with children in and around the bylanes of the Holy City and tasting the pickles made by elders of the house. Lost in her own world she is unaware of the underlying friction in her parent's marriage. In short she lives a 'carefree life'.
How is Meera's attachment to her family?
Meera loves her family a lot. But more special to her are her mother Alaknanda, grandmother Ammaji and her best friend Shlok.
Does she change and how?
Yes she does. An unfortunate event in the family brings out Meera from her dream world to face the harsh realities of life. It makes her realise the importance of Solhah Singaarr in a woman's life..the significance of what it means to be loved by ones husband..the meaning of why women apply sindoor, wear bangles and apply mehendi.
What is this unfortunate event you are talking
(smiles) Well! Well! I will not disclose this. You may ask the same to Ammaji (Sudha Chandran)- my grandmother.
How does the transformation take place?
From being a carefree girl Meera transforms into a sensible woman. Now being today's woman, Meera fights for what is right for herself and near and dear ones, more so for her mother who has suffered an ordeal.
Does she win?
If I come out with the facts why will you see the serial?
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Anuj Saxena's body double, who was playing his corpse, couldn't lie still as he was tickled by the insects in the flowers on him
The cast and crew of Solhah Singaarr had a good laugh a few days back when they were supposed to be shooting a serious scene. As Anuj Saxena who plays Kumar Vardhan Bharadwaj in the show dies, a body double was hired to enact the death scene.
Recalling the incident, Akangsha Rawat aka Meerra said, "It was a death scene and a body double was hired and his body was kept in the centre of the hall. There were sweet smelling flowers all over in the hall and there were many bees and house flies hovering around the flowers. As there were many flowers on the 'dead body' too, those insects were all over the body doubles' body and he was getting really irritated."
Akangsha added, "I am playing Kumar Vardhan Bharadwaj's daughter and I was supposed to be close to him and cry loudly while looking at his face. As I went closer to him, I noticed that he was being tickled by the insects. While we all started crying along with the rudaali present in the hall, the 'dead body' started moving as the body double could not lie still. All the actors present over there started laughing. Next time, he was told not to move but he was trying to shoo away the insects away by twisting his face or eyebrows. We all were supposed to cry but we again burst out laughing. The body double was embarrassed and we had to take several shots to get the scene right."
Mrinal Kulkarni who plays Alaknanda in the show said, "As I play Kumar Vardhan Bharadwaj's wife, I was supposed to break my bangles. But, looking at his face twitching every now and then, we could not stop laughing. The room was full of bees and house flies and we were quite annoyed. The poor body double had a difficult time as he could not even move!"
The cast and crew were very sympathetic towards the man who was playing Anuj's dead body. "He was lying on that bamboo bed for three to four hours at a stretch. As shooting that scene took several hours, we actors were taking breaks but he was not allowed to move because would spoil the continuity of the scene. We all felt sorry for him," Akangsha added.
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