Ekta Kapoor’s new show Kumkum Bhagya is set to replace Pavitra Rishta. Kumkum Bhagya is a story of two sisters, Bani and Bulbul whose personalities are like chalk and cheese, yet they are always supportive of each other. It’s loosely based on Jane Austen’s classic, Sense and Sensibility. While Sriti Jha will play Bani in the show, Mrunal Thakur has been roped in to play Bulbul. Thakur was earlier seen in shows like Mujhse Kuch Kehti Hai…Yeh Khamoshiyaan, and Arjun on Star Plus. The story is about how Bulbul dreams of being the next big singing sensation, but is actually a madcap struggler. About being finalised for the role, Thakur says, “This is the first time that I will be working with Ekta madam and I am glad to finally have my dream come true. The role of Bulbul is quite different from all the other roles that I have played on screen so far, and for an actor, it is an honour to be offered varied roles with each successive project. I hope the show turns out to be a huge success.”
Dhoom 3 kid Siddharth Nigam in Maha Kumbh
Siddharth Nigam, the impressive kid in Dhoom 3, will now be seen in a serial on Life OK. Titled Maha Kumbh, the serial will replace the slot which is presently dominated by Mahadev after it ends. It will take off in May.
Based on Maha Kumbh mela, Siddharth will play the role of Rudra, a child who gets lost in the Maha Kumbh and how a sadhu takes him under his aegis. He will feature in seven episodes after which his character matures. The serial is being produced and directed by Arvind Babbar, whose Saraswatichandra, is presently on air.
A 15-day shoot of Maha Kumbh was held in Allahabad featuring Siddharth, after which the venue will shift to Benaras from March.
Siddharth, an eighth standard student of the Khelgaon Public School, in Allahabad begins shooting from March 3, and if required, he plans to shoot in Benaras, which is just two hours drive from Allahabad.