Now, a serial on PM Narendra Modi’s community

The muhurat of serial Diye Jalte Hain took place in Gandhinagar with the Prime Minister’s eldest brother Somnath, better known as Sombhai Modi, as guest.

Written by Hiral Devrajbhai Dave | Gandhinagar | Updated: May 7, 2015 10:30 am
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A serial planned for television will put Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the league of emperors Chandragupta Maurya and Ashoka, projecting them as men who have done the oil-pressers community proud. Modi belongs to the Ghanchi community of oil-pressers in Gujarat.

The muhurat of serial Diye Jalte Hain took place in Gandhinagar Monday with the Prime Minister’s eldest brother Somnath, better known as Sombhai Modi, as guest. The muhurat shot was of a young Teli boy, unsure of his roots. “His mother tells him about the community’s glorious past, its heroes Chandragupta, Ashoka and Modiji,” Maharashtra-based producer Suresh Chaudhari said.

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The serial will narrate the history of the Ghanchi-Teli community by weaving biographies of its famous members. “It will give the message that one should be proud of the community that has produced so many great personalities,” Chaudhari said.

Part of the serial will be shot in Gujarat, Modi’s home town Vadnagar included. Vadnagar is the site of an ancient Buddhist monastery and the Taranga hills, a Jain pilgrimage destination. Chandragupta was said to have been from the Moriya tribe and converted to Jainism before his death. Grandson Ashoka embraced Buddhism after the bloodshed of the Kalinga war.

The Ghanchi community is classified as an OBC and the message of the serial is to instil pride in the community’s heritage.

The muhurat was performed in Pethapur, Gandhinagar. Sombhai told The Indian Express: “The serial is about our glorious past, the leaders that the community has produced. From Samrat Chandragupta Maurya and Samrat Ashoka, even a commoner like Gangu Teli, who are important in the history of India. It also includes a biography of the Prime Minister.”

Chaudhari, who also belongs to the oil-presser community, began researching for the serial some years ago. He claimed he had been in touch with Modi from the time he was Chief Minister of Gujarat. “We met him when he was Gujarat Chief Minister. Since then, we have been in touch. All these years, we did extensive research… While we have so many legendary personalities from the past, our biggest leader in the present is Modiji,” he said.

Serial director Saif Subedar said: “We are yet to do casting for the role of Modiji… just a muhurat shot was done today”. Chaudhari said they will decide within a month who plays Modi’s role. Sombhai said the director and the producer had approached him for the muhurat shot. “This will help tell the world the contribution of the community,” he said.

(An earlier version of the report quoted the producer as saying the serial would be telecast on Doordarshan, a claim that turned out to be incorrect. Doordarshan said no such project was under consideration or had been approved for any of its channel.)

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    Ashutosh
    May 8, 2015 at 11:51 pm
    Dear god! Thank u so much u fellow Indians for writing whatever u wrote! Only doubt is why r u all blaming/abusing indianexpress for the news piece! I am not a big Modi fan n I sense most of of u are, which is fine by me coz I believe in democracy, but how can this be a bad reporting by Indianexpress all you fine ladies/gentlemen??? This has to be a mistake on the part of Doordarshan, or dont't u people think?? They should have done their homework!!!
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      Amit
      May 6, 2015 at 11:59 pm
      Fake story run by Indian Express. There is no such serial planned by DD.
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        Ashok Chakra
        May 7, 2015 at 3:26 pm
        The reporter is fake, the newspaper is fake. How can a newspaper like Indian Express lie like this? The DD news has denied any such serial being made. The editor of the paper in Gujarat should apologize to PM Modi and DD News
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          hakimullah al
          May 7, 2015 at 7:40 am
          fake news
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            anand
            May 5, 2015 at 12:05 pm
            Chandragupta Maurya was a Gujarati?
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              Hanamant Kulkarni
              May 8, 2015 at 9:09 pm
              Silly Indian Express! Why don't you check up before publishing? Who pays you to publish? Does it not prove that such reports are the work of 'news traders'?
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                Rakib
                May 5, 2015 at 3:54 pm
                Indians have the honour to be ruled either by descendent of an Italian or of a Greek, as now. Alexander left behind Selucus as his Governor at Peshawar when he departed for Greece. In due course Selucus got his daughter married to Chandragupta Maurya. Direct in the line of the Greek lineage is Narendra Modi;of Italian inheritance is Rahul hi. Zorba v/s Antonio!
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                  Rakib
                  May 5, 2015 at 12:22 pm
                  Not only Gujarati, he was a Modi from Vadnagar too.
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                    Kuntimaddi Sadananda
                    May 7, 2015 at 12:59 am
                    Why do they give fake news. The editor should be made accountable.
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