Drashti Dhami and Siddhant Karnick starring upcoming Zee TV show - Ek Tha Raja Ek Thi Rani, was launched today, 20 July, in Mumbai. The show is said to re-capture the lifestyle, hopes and aspirations of people from the pre-independence era, particularly the Indian royalty of 1940's.
Starting from 27 July, the Drashti and Siddhant show, is said to be a classic love story of a common girl and a king. "'Ek Tha Raja ' is about a 21-year-old girl, Gayatri, who belongs to a small family but later gets married to a Maharaja (Siddhant) and witnesses a sudden change in her life after she enters a royal family," Drashti, who will be seen sporting two plaits and cotton sarees in the show, told.
Talking about his role of Rana Indravardhan Singh Deo, Siddhant said: "Ranaji was an ideal prince, who after going through an intense past has become a tense person. However, he is still capable of being a prince and knows his sense of responsibility towards all."
"Kings of that time had to project themselves in a certain way because of the formalities they lived in. So I had to learn some action sequences, horse riding, and diction," Siddhant added talking about his preparation he did for the role.
Siddhant and Drashti were joined by actors Anita Raj, Darshan Zariwala, and Akshay Anand at the launch. To give a promising start to the event, Drashti and Siddhant performed a dance drama sequence based upon the theme of the show. The whole team was seen in their respective avatars donning period outfits, specially designed for them.
"The audience has shown a lot of respect for historical shows. We have tried to capture a beautiful love story in the show. 1940s was a time when India was coming towards independence and royalty was sort of loosing its splendour. So we have tried to do something unique with this show that viewers will love," Pradeep Hejmadi, business head, Zee TV, said at the launch.