Mythological stories always had a fascination and staunch following amongst viewers, as they present a sense of hope and direction. Of the many stories of various Gods and Goddesses, the alluring tales of Lord Shiva have always drawn special interest amongst people of all ages. There are many fascinating stories of Lord Shiva and his various avatars, but one avatar that has not been spoken of much or seen is of his Baal Roop. Which is why &TV is presenting for the first time on Indian television an untold and unheard story on Mahadev’s Baal Roop in its brand-new mythological show, ‘Baal Shiv’, premiering on 31st August, at 20:00, airing every Monday to Friday.
Produced by Zee Studios, the show will have an impressive ensemble of stellar star cast, comprising of Aan Tiwari as Baal Shiv, Mouli Ganguly as Mahasati Anusuya, Siddharth Arora as Mahadev, Shivya Pathania as Devi Parvati, Krrip Kapur Suri as Asur Andhak, Praneet Bhatt as Narad Muni, Danish Akhtar Saifi as Nandi, Dakssh Ajit Singh as Indra, Anjita Poonia as Indrani, Ravi Khanvilkar as Archarya Dandpani, Rajeev Bhardwaj as Rishi Atri, Pallavi Pradhan as Maina Devi, amongst others.
The show will depict the untold mythical Katha of the mother and son, Mahasati Anusuya and Baal Shiv and their eternal bond. Lord Shiva had taken several avatars but had never experienced childhood and a mother’s love. Considered Infinite and the Unborn, Lord Shiva’s marriage to Devi Parvati helped him find a balance. As Prakriti and Purush, Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati complemented and completed each other. However, his hermit nature often concerned Devi Parvati as she felt he lacked an understanding of domiciliary duties. To fulfil Devi Parvati’s wish, Mahadev took the Baal Roop and became a dutiful son of Mahasati Anusuya to experience maternal love and fulfil his family duties.
Talking about the show, Vishnu Shankar, Business Head – &TV, says, “Indian mythology is a treasure trove of extraordinary tales and our fascination with them is limitless. We’ve all grown up hearing them so many times and yet we never miss a chance to revisit them. Among these are the legends and tales of Lord Shiva and his various avatars. However there is one roop which is rarely spoken about and that is his Baal Roop. At &TV we are proud to present for the first time on Indian television this untold, unseen story of Mahadev’s Baal Roop, through our show ‘Baal Shiv’. Through this show we want to narrate the tale of his childhood and the beautiful relationship he shares with his mother Anusuya. We invite all our viewers and Lord Shiva’s ardent devotees to watch and enjoy the show wholeheartedly.”
Adding to this, Anshul Khullar, Business Head, Zee Studios, says, “We at Zee Studios are pleased to bring an unheard story and another unique concept on-air called Baal Shiv. We all have grown up listening to stories of Lord Shiva, but this endearing story of Baal Shiv is a welcome change in the mythological space of Indian Television. The energy and the excitement with which this project is being worked upon is unprecedented. I sincerely hope that our audiences like this initiative and fall in love with the characters, the show and Baal Shiv.”
Sharing his excitement on portraying Baal Shiv, little Aan Tiwari says, “I am very happy to be a part of the show and play Baal Shiv’s role. Lord Shiva is my most favourite deity, and I worship him. I know his stutis by heart and can recite them effortlessly.”
Elated to portray Mahasati Anusuya’s role, Mouli Ganguly says, “Anusuya’s character is one of the most prominent roles in the show. She is the perfect balance of compassion and determination. As the headteacher of Gurukul, Anusuya takes care of its children as her own, imparts the best of her knowledge and cultivates discipline in them. She did not have any children of her own. So, she performed severe penance and received the vardaan to be Tridev’s mother. Her unwavering faith and devotion in her husband earned her the title of Mahasati.”
On his role of Lord Shiva, Siddharth Arora says, “I have this eternal belief that one doesn’t choose the role of Lord Shiva. It comes to them as a blessing from Him! It is obvious how blessed I feel to have been chosen to essay Lord Shiv’s character. It is not the typical depiction of what the audience has seen before. Viewers will get to see a different side of him in the show. I hail from Benaras, the land of spirituality and Shivji has been a huge part of my life. I have grown up listening to his tales and he is undoubtedly one of the most revered Gods on my side of the family and personally for me. I could not have asked for anything more significant than essaying his character on screen.”