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Ardhangani - TV's take on Devdas

Saturday, October 06, 2007

'Ardhangani', which will hit the tube very soon, is reported to be one of the most ambitious shows to air on Zee TV. So much so that the show produced by Jay and Kinnari Mehta's Jay Productions resembles Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 2002 magnum opus in terms of its big budget and setting. Though the daily show is not the TV adaptation of Saratchandra Chattopadhyay's classic novel 'Devdas', it has a predominant Bengali setting. It will tell the story of a very beautiful woman for whom her beauty becomes a curse.

Actress Sudeepa Singh who earlier appeared in Sony's not so successful ' Kabhie To Nazar Milao' is playing the lead role. "My character Kangana is a simple, very beautiful girl for whom her beauty becomes a bane. It's not a regular saas bahu saga and has a Bengali backdrop, which is quite rare. It's very different and stands out because of its costumes, set up et al. Earlier too I played the different role of a blind girl in ' Kabhie To Nazar Milao' and when this amazing role came my way, I decided to return to my first love, television," she says.

Now it will be interesting to note how an average looking Sudeepa will manage to pass of as an incredibly beautiful woman, a character reportedly inspired by Paro, more recently portrayed on screen by one of the most beautiful woman in the world, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. The show has Ajay Krish of 'Mamta' fame as the male lead and also stars the likes of Indira Krishnan and Shalini Kapoor. It is all set to go on air sometime in October. But what about its similarity in tag line with Star's new show 'Bidaai' which too talks about beauty becoming a curse?

A source clarifies, "Bidaai is the story of two sisters, one fair and the other dark. While this one has a complete different concept altogether. The similarity is just a co-incidence." Says a confident Ajay Krish, "It's a very intense love story made on a grand scale and set in contemporary times. Just as 'Saat Phere' on Zee is the journey of a dark girl, this is the story of a stunningly beautiful woman. Except for its richness and the Bengali backdrop it has no similarity to Devdas. Full marks to the production team for doing such excellent research and making each and every detail from costumes to the dialogues to the grand sets so authentic." Looks like the show is all set to rock the tube!

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