ZEE TV is axing ‘Hitler Didi’ in August to make way for new drama ‘Do Dil Bandhe Ek Dori Se’, BizAsia can confirm.
‘Hitler Didi’, which stars Rati Pandey in the lead, has been under the scanner for many months and has tumbled in the ratings recently. ‘Do Dil Bandhe Ek Dori Se’ will be Arhaan Behl’s first show since ‘Pratigya’ ended on Star Plus last year.
Asked him what made him take up this role, Behl said, “As an actor I want to do a variety of roles. Until now I was being offered roles which were similar to my earlier character Krishna. I didn�۪t want to repeat myself. What attracted me to this show was the simplicity of my character Raghu. Raghu is an average guy. He doesn�۪t possess any hero like qualities. I play a simple lower middle class boy in the show who is loyal and hard working. My character is very down to earth and that is what makes him special. He is a very strong character but he is not aggressive. This role is quite different from my earlier character. This is my first show on ZEE TV and I hope my fans will give me equal love and affection like my earlier show.�
Last seen as Heer in ZEE TV�۪s ��Rab Se Sohna Ishq�۪, the bubbly and vivacious Mansi Srivastav has been cast as Shivani in Film Farm�۪s latest production. Ask the actress about her role in this show and she says, ���I got to know that I was selected after many other actors were auditioned, so I�۪m definitely feeling lucky and blessed. An opportunity to work with the very popular Arhaan Behl and a veteran like Alok Nath is huge for me. The character of Shivani is like a princess in a fairytale. She is pampered by her grandfather (played by Alok Nath). She has grown in the lap of luxury and has always protected by her grandfather from the grim realities of life. Then one day, she�۪s caught up in circumstances that suddenly changes her life forever!�
The acting bug had bitten Mansi right from childhood. ���I loved acting and talking to myself in front of the mirror as a child. I used to mimic other people and entertain everybody around so it was natural for me to pursue acting as a career��_� says the actor. As she grew up, she honed her skills with theatre groups like Rangsaptak, Ateliar Theatre and Pratibimb.”
Alok Nath also plays a pivotal role in the show. Synonymous with being a father figure in umpteen serials and films, Alok Nath will now be seen playing a rich grandfather (Balwant Rana) to Mansi Srivastav in the show. The actor said, ���After ��Yahaan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli�۪, this is my next show on ZEE TV where I play a doting grandfather to my grand-daughter Shivani who has lost her parents. And like every guardian, Balwant Rana�۪s only dream is to find an ideal groom for her granddaughter who�۪ll keep her happy life long before he dies. It�۪s a beautiful story that will pull at your heartstrings. I hope like ��Yahaan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli�۪, this show is also loved by the audiences!�
‘Do Dil Bandhe Ek Dori Se’ launches on Monday 12th August at 20:30 in India. In the UK, the show launches on Monday 13th August at 21:30, which will result in ‘Connected Hum Tum’ being shunted to the 22:30 slot.