'You will find Kastur in every second household' - Saurabh Tewari

TellyBuzz in conversation with Saurabh Tewari, Head of Programing – Fiction, Imagine TV, on the much awaited show Dharampatni...

Saturday, August 13, 2011 | 10:55:47 AM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Dharampatni, the compelling new drama on Imagine, talks about the story of every Indian woman whose unconditional love, strength and commitment towards her husband turns out to be the stepping stone for the man's success. Through this powerful narration, Imagine and DJ's Creative Unit will bring to you the tale of the devoted and selfless lady Kastur, played by Aasiya Kazi who is married to Mohan, Harshad Chopra.

In an exclusive conversation with TellyBuzz, Saurabh Tewari, Head of Programming, Fiction, Imagine TV, talks about the show and the expectations that the channel carries when it comes to this new fiction offering..

Tell us about Dharampatni. How much is this show inspired from the story of Gandhiji and Kasturba?
Frankly speaking, this show bears no connection with the story of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and Kasturba. If we talk of the similarities, there are three. One is that both have the Gujarati backdrop, and in both cases, the hero comes back to his homeland after studying abroad. And the striking similarity lies in the names, as our protagonists have the names of Mohan and Kastur. As far as the content goes, there is nothing common and the similarities end here. Our show will not show the freedom struggle and life of Indians during the British era.

So how would you describe the concept of Dharampatni?
Dharampatni is primarily a love story set up in a Mumbai based Gujarati backdrop. The story is extremely relatable and simple, and you will find a housewife like Kastur in every second household. Almost 99percent of  housewives in India don't have a professional identity and are contented in investing their happiness for their family. While the wife makes all sacrifices for her husband and his family, she does not get to be part of the husband's success and achievements. She is happy and satisfied with the unconditional love she has for her husband, and does not expect anything in return.

The protagonist in the show Mohan Galla for a change is not the typical good boy and has certain shades of grey. Can you explain..                                                 
Yes, Mohan as a character has grey shades. He is fascinated with the western culture and is embarrassed over his own identity. He does not like being referred to as a Gujju. He dislikes the traditional set up that his family has. He has built up a fake identity for him, and has ego problems. All that matters to him are his stylish clothes and the different world that he lives in. He comes back home to get a shock of his life as his parents want him to marry the girl he had got engaged to two years back.

Tell us about the casting of Harshad Chopra.
We had tried many actors and realized that we needed a seasoned actor to carry forward this different character. Harshad Chopra has the right mix of aura, screen presence and innocence that is needed to play Mohan Galla.

Harshad has this goody boy image as he has done only such roles in the past. Do you think his fans will accept him in this different image?
See, people do not have any fixed image for an actor, and lot depends on how the actor delivers in the said role. Let's not forget that Shahrukh Khan in his prime days got popular for his grey shaded roles. We are confident that Harshad with his brilliant acting skills will put in a lot of conviction to the role.
'Behind every successful man, there is a woman' - how much does this saying hold good for the female protagonist, Kastur?
Kastur hails from a middle class family and is a typical Indian girl. She aspires to marry the man she got engaged to few years back. Kastur represents any normal Indian housewife. She is not the street smart and over charming girl you get to see in shows. There is nothing extraordinary in her; she is not educated and is not presentable too. Her simplicity is what makes Kastur special. But when it comes to reforming Mohan, she knows all about it and does her best.
Aasiya has been the face of Imagine from Bandini days.
Yes, we decided to recast her as she fits the character of Kastur very well. And the character of Santo was very different from what Kastur is going to be.

We have heard the channel and production house got into lot of detailing to get the story line right.
Yes, we did study the mindset of people who have got back from abroad. We had to research a lot on this to get the characters right.

How is the association with DJ's Creative Unit been?
DJ's have always been in the thick of things when it comes to Imagine. They produced Radhaa Ki Betiyaan Kuch Kar Dikhayenge when Imagine launched.

What are the expectations of the channel when it comes to Dharampatni?
Expectations are very high, and we are confident of this concept doing well. Looteri Dulhan did not work, but this should. The slot of 9.30 pm is highly competitive and we are looking forward to the challenge.

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Posted on: 31 August 2011 at 7:17am
@st786 what do u know...we so many have experienced..why would they show the episode on youtube b4 its was imagine tv's fault..u can see balh npkyek of ekta have so many promos on sony n star dont blame thm..its channels big fault..accept it..

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Posted on: 21 August 2011 at 8:15am
His description of Kastur is quite inaccurate...I found her to be a strong, smart, streetwise young girl who nonetheless is an out-and-out romantic where Mohan is concerned. The way he described her made her sound like some simpering babe-in-the-woods! Lovely show...and to all you KMH fans, all the best for KMH-3...hope you get your show back too!

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Posted on: 18 August 2011 at 2:21pm
@st786 my facts r damn correct. Even kmh epis during d start were so beautiful. Bt these ppl gave a sudden ending with most twists left closed. N we watch it on tv ok. As mentioned below they dint gave us any promos of kmh. U can see bavd is their show so they constantly keep showing its promos. I remember whn d show was on air i would constantly see imagine tv to see kmh promos bt all i could see was bavd n crap promos. U better get yor facts right ok. We r nt cursing imagine tv jst like tht. Its nt our choice bt they r forcing us by being impartial. Dp got a gud start bt who knws d end cos its useles to watch imagine shws. U better dnt waste yor time to support such brainles ppl. Whn there was 10 30 slot left why couldnt they shw it thn. Atleast an extension of 1 mnth would do to bring out all mysteries. Even if a maha epi at d end would have given kmh could have ended with a high point twist in d end. Hate these dumbos for making our beautiful kmh end all of a sudden. Frm tht very day i have decided nt to see any i shws. Whts d use whn they dnt respect their viewers. U dnt say without knwing. U cn enjoy dp bt plz dnt deny d fact wht imagine heads did.

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Posted on: 18 August 2011 at 5:18am
DP is going well! But we need a proper reason for Kastur discontinuing the studies! She acts well like educated but not uneducated!

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Posted on: 17 August 2011 at 11:03pm
@ST786 it is not that we are cursing him 4 ending KMH we are not liking him because he didn't give it a proper ending atleast if he had extended the show for a month then balaji could have done something and the other thing what Mr Tiwari has said that 99% housewives dont have a professional identity i think this is not right now the time has changed. I dont deny his statement completely but as of now it is not 99% there are many who support their family.

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Posted on: 17 August 2011 at 5:47pm
thank god it is not a love story between gadhi and kastur, as flashed... probably it was a gimmick

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Posted on: 17 August 2011 at 8:45am
first episode of DP was great.. waiting for HC entry

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Posted on: 16 August 2011 at 9:51am
Hate imagine tv d mst. They dnt knw how to take decisions. St is a big lier. Earliear this channel was so popular n gud bt nw its damn unpopular. My best frnd who is a big big hc fan does nt even know abt dharampatni. I m feeling sad for hc n asiya tht they r working for imagine. It wont run more thn a year. I never ever switch to imagine after wht they did to kmh. They r such grt liers. Kmh2 was doing gud b4 crickt ipl inspite of thm nt showing promos. During d last three months there was hardly one or 2 promo tht too were nt shown on tv. They would leak d epi on you tube b4 d epi aired at 8. Thn how wil trps come. Stil kmh managed to gain trps more thn other imagine shows inspite of least promotion. We were promisd a title vid n kmh2 runing longer thn kmh1. Everythng unfulfild. They even did nt give a maha epi at end. Over tht insted cut our fri epi. Just b4 20 30 days d leads got to knw its ending. Such a crap. They did unfair atitude just wit kmh so hate it to d core. D epis leakd b4 can be a mistake once bt nt so many times n why nly kmh. They did nt ever leak their other shows. This chnel is going d sahara one way. Hate saurabh jutha tewari. Bt feel bd for Aq n hc. They dnt deserve a hel chanel like imagine tv.

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Posted on: 16 August 2011 at 8:17am
hello mr. tiwariji, where are u?. now a days girls are better than boys. see this is only fiction and tv. come to real life nobody is like what u said about kastur and nobody is like mohan to marry uneducated girlfor the sake of his family the one who studied tell some real life.ok harshad all the best for dharampatni.

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Posted on: 16 August 2011 at 7:52am
Cant wait for HC returns.
He is going to Rock as Mohan Galla

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