ZEE TV is set to launch two new fictions ‘Meet’ and ‘Rishton Ka Manjha’ on Monday.
While ‘Rishton ka Manjha’, produced by Tent Cinema, will instil a fresh burst of positivity via its optimistic lead protagonist with a ‘never say die’ attitude – Diya, the next show ‘Meet’, produced by Shashi Sumeet Productions, is all set to raise pertinent questions about the roles set aside for the sexes in every Indian household and build a strong case against gender discrimination.
Stirring optimism amongst viewers, ‘Rishton Ka Manjha’ will explore the intense love story of Diya and Arjun who, despite being players of the same sport, share very contrasting outlooks towards life. Based in Kolkata, the show revolves around Diya, (played by Aanchal Goswami) – a bright and chirpy middle-class Bengali girl who hopes to build a meaningful life for herself and support her middle-class family. No matter what curveball comes her way, she stays afloat saying “Kuch toh tod nikaal hi lenge”. On the other hand, Arjun, essayed by Krushal Ahuja, is a former Badminton champ who comes from an affluent Marwari business family. He has given up on life after a scandal jeopardizes his career and even his near and dear ones don’t support him through his most testing times! How Diya shines the light of optimism and reinforces Arjun’s belief in her philosophy – “If all isn’t well, it isn’t the end” will form the crux of the show.
ZEE TV Business Head Aparna Bhosle said, “Our 7 to 8 PM slot now packs in twice the excitement for our viewers with two new stories that will not only entertain but inspire and spread positivity amongst our viewers. While Rishton Ka Manjha talks of the power of optimism and never losing sight of the light at the end of the tunnel – an extremely relevant message in the current context, Meet brings you a spirited protagonist who will shatter gender stereotypes and prove that a girl, today, is as adept, if not more, at juggling responsibilities both within and outside the house. We look forward to our audiences falling in love with these new members of the Zee TV kutumb.”
Commenting on Meet’s premise, producers Shashi and Sumeet Mittal said, “While there are certain shows that entertain audiences, there are some that manage to make them sit up and think about life, question their mindsets and hope to bring about a positive change over a period of time. Meet, for us, is that exceptional story, that will not only touch people’s hearts with its engaging narrative but also get them to introspect. Our lead protagonist is a Haryanvi girl who believes that when it comes to responsibilities of a house, it shouldn’t matter if it is a man or a woman fulfilling them. A delivery agent, a fixer for every little problem around the house or even her neighbors, a provider for her family, she is every bit the ghar ka chirag that people typically consider the son of the house. Through her example, we hope more and more families begin to view the women in their house as completely capable of juggling responsibilities both inside and outside the house.”
Thrilled to step into the shoes of an unconventional character, Ashi Singh who will portray the title role of Meet said, “I sincerely believe that Meet, as a show as well as a character, addresses a very pertinent subject for society to dwell upon. If it touches the hearts of our audiences and even a few families realize the importance of gender equality and rethink their views on what’s a male prerogative and a female prerogative and how even the girl child of their house can very well be the ghar ka chirag, we would have truly made a difference! I am very excited to explore this character’s journey because I feel as an actor, it holds a lot of potential for me to grow and I look forward to lots of love and support coming in from the viewers.”
Shagun Pandey who will play the lead opposite Meet said, “As a show, Meet is a concept that holds the potential to break archaic patterns of our society when it comes to gendered division of responsibilities. I am personally honored to be a part of such a show. Moreover, I am also thrilled to return for yet another project with Zee TV and truly hope that all the viewers and my fans will support me and my team in this new journey.”
Talking about Rishton Ka Manjha’s unique plot, Susanta Das from Tent Cinema said, “With Rishton Ka Manjha, the idea is to bring forth a narrative about two people who’re at the opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to life, hope and optimism. Many of us go through phases of life when it doesn’t feel fair – while some of us throw up their hands in despair, there are some of us who have the knack of spotting that silver lining. And all of us need someone of the latter kind to shine the light and show us the way, pulling us out of our gloom. Our show captures the journey of our lead protagonist Diya, who with her positivity will become an anchor in the life of Arjun and make him realize how even if life isn’t as fair as Badminton, the sport they both play, there is always a solution for every problem and if all isn’t well, it isn’t the end. We hope many more Arjuns find the Diyas of their life after seeing the show!”
Ecstatic at making her debut as a lead with Rishton Ka Manjha, Aanchal Goswami who will play the role of Diya said, “I am truly privileged to be playing such an important role – Diya is a middle class Bengali girl whose core belief in life is kuch toh tod nikaal hi lenge … Her optimism ensures that she never gives up no matter how insurmountable the problem ahead of her is. The change she is able to bring in the hero Arjun’s life and his approach will touch everyone’s heart. As a person, I am instinctively very positive about everything in life just like Diya and hence portraying her journey feels like an effortless task. I am truly excited to see audience reactions to our show.”
Talking about making his Hindi television debut with Rishton Ka Manjha, Krushal Ahuja who plays the character of Arjun said, “Frankly, I believe I couldn’t have got a better character to commence my journey on Hindi Television because Arjun is starkly different from all the roles that I have essayed so far. His transition from the intense brooding character he is at the beginning to the change Diya brings about in his thinking is a very interesting graph. Moreover, shooting for this show in my hometown, Kolkata is truly like a cherry on the cake. The Bengali audience and my fans have always supported my performance and I hope to win the hearts of people and Hindi TV enthusiasts across India as well now.”
‘Rishton Ka Manjha’ and ‘Meet’ starts on Monday 23rd August. ‘Rishton Ka Manjha’ will air at 18:30 (UK) and 19:00 (India). ‘Meet’ will broadcast at 19:00 (UK) and 19:30 (India).