The reigning queen of television declares, "If I could put a part of my life in a show, it's in Tere Liye."
She goes on to tell, "The show has a lot of inspiration from my teenage years. All of my feelings from my teenage years…what I went through when I had my first pimple…how I felt when I went to school one day and everyone was celebrating Valentine's Day…all of my emotional ups and downs that I went through during such times have been incorporated into the show."
When asked if it's too real, Ekta was careful to draw the line and say, "No it's not all about my life."
Ekta's description of the plot is lucid. "Tere Liye is a journey of a couple in love. It portrays their growth as they discover love; how they learn to handle it when they know it's for real with them and finally become so mature even to make sacrifices for it! Tere Liye is my tribute to the English sitcom The Wonder Years."
When asked Ekta why she chose Harshad Chopra and Anupriya Kapoor for the lead roles Ekta explained, "Harshad is one of those actors who can be silent and reflect the intensity of the shot. Harshad being placid is never boring. That ability is in very few actors and Harshad fit the bill perfectly. Anupriya's smile completely took me away. When we got both of them to do a joint screen test immediately we had a crackling chemistry! So we decided to get them onboard."
Tere Liye launches on June 14th at 10 pm on Star Plus.
Reporter and Author: Susan Jose