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Monday to Friday,6.30 pm,Star Plus
Cast: Pooja Sharma,Aniruddh Vyas,Neena Singh
A handicapped man,Tarachand Mathur,arrives at his ancestral house in Varanasi with his wife and three children only to be told it belongs to Sadanand Tiwari,the tenant. Tiwari has now become the owner of the house by foul means. Dejected,but not one to give up easily,Mathurs family shifts to another house as tenants,but vows to get their home back.
Since all primetime stories have women protagonists,this one has Sanchi Mathur,the second daughter supporting the old man in his fight. She has topped her examinations and has got admission into one of Varanasis prestigious universities. The university is not short of student politics. The war is between two young men,one a white kurta churidar clad,bespectacled student leader,Prabal Yadav,and the other a goonda,Indu Singh,who knows how to wield power with his set of cronies who bully everyone.
Even as Sanchi and her father are tackling the lawyer menace,she crosses both Prabal and Indus paths as they both want to use her as a bait to win the prestigious university elections.
The story is interesting. The setting is not your usual badi havelis but a realistic background where characters speak authentic language of the region. The dialogues are crisp and refreshing. Credit goes to the producers Paresh Rawal and Hemal Thakkar,the writer and co-producer Kamal Pandey and director Santram Verma to put together a watchable show.
The performances too are consistently good. Leading the pack is Pooja Sharma as Sanchi,who is raw but has an endearing quality. Fortunately,she is not a weepy doll but has spunk and wit to come out of the stickiest of situations (for instance,when Indus boys try to molest a girl in the college,Sanchi rescues her by telling them that the girl is the daughter of the SP and they could land in jail if she spilled the beans). Then there is Aniruddh Dave as Indu,who plays the rascal with relish. Zubin Datt as the scheming Prabal,Gyan Prakash as the helpless father,Vijay Kumar as the slightly over-the-top Sadanand Tiwari and Sanjay Sugaonkar as the good-hearted Sitaram Panda who helps the Mathurs. However,my favourite is Neena Singh as Radha Tiwari,the lawyers venom-spewing wife who plays the vamp to the hilt. She is loud but she is very good. Its a pleasure to watch her big dark eyes and her face breaking into a thousand expressions. Its been a long time since we last saw a good vamp on the small screen. No scary background music when she comes on the scene,but she has enough namak to scorch the scene.
Finally,the story moves at a good pace and so far has been both engaging and entertaining.
Verdict: Its a great respite from mundane family dramas.