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'Night slot is best for Na Aana Iss Des Laado:' Neelima Bajpai

On February 6, 2012, 12:22

By Almas Mirza

After giving popular shows like Sapnon Se Bhare Naina, Gunahon Ka Devta, Banoo Main Teri Dulhann and more, Shakuntalam Telefilms is coming up with another interesting fiction on Imagine TV starting tonight, Mi, Aaji Aur Saheb. Producer Neelima Bajpai, in an interview with india.com, gives a lowdown on the new show and more.

 

 

Tell us about your upcoming show on Imagine TV, ‘Mi, Aaji Aur Saheb.’

 

The show is the story of Megha and her Aaji, who is her friend, protector and the guiding force of her life. The show talks about standing tall amidst misery, keeping one's dignity intact and amidst the struggle to survive the beauty of having a dream and then working towards attaining it.

 

Megha is a docile, passionate girl abandoned by her father after her mother passed away. Her maternal grandmother, Vasudha is an elderly lady, a woman of substance who goes against all odds to fend for her orphaned grandchild and provide her with life’s best. She has dreams and aspirations for her grand-daughter Megha.

 

The show will have a lot of sequences showing Aaji preparing various Maharashtrian delicacies. The backdrop of the show is Marathi and Aaji is involved in a lot of cooking. She prepares puranpolis, pickles, papads etc. which the women in the neighbourhood take away and sell in the market. Aaji cannot run around selling her products as she is old.

 

Kids always learn watching their elders. So one fine day Megha tells Aaji that she will also grow up to sell puranpolis and stuff. But Aaji wants her grand-daughter to be well-educated and have a good life. So she goes about finding herself a permanent job at Vishwaas’ place, who is fondly called as Saheb. She starts earning to educate Megha. The story will be told realistically and in a simple way.

 

 

What kind of relationship does Megha share with Vishwaas in the show?

 

Megha adores her Saheb Vishwaas whom she has high regard for and shares a great camaraderie with. Vishwaas is young, good-looking guy who is bestowed upon with great responsibility towards his family as he is the sole bread-winner handling the entire business single-handedly. Megha is the only child who soothes his frayed nerves by her innocence.

 

Megha has always seen people ill-treating her and her Aaji, including her own maternal uncle who considered them as a burden. So she idolizes Vishwaas, as he is nice to her and her Aaji and treats them both with respect. She grows up idolizing Vishwaas, and their relationship takes on a new dimension when Vishwaas sees the gawky school girl Megha as a confident, young lady years later.

 

 

How easy or how difficult is it to work with a kid like Reem (Reem plays the role of Megha)?

 

Reem is a very talented child. She knows her lines, her expressions are fabulous. Also, we’ve worked with her before for a show on the same channel called Neer Bhare Tere Naina Devi where she played Devi. She has already proved her mettle and she is experienced.

 

 

A number of shows coming up these days have leads having kids, like the recent show-Parrvarish-Kuch Khattee Kuch Meethi, Kya Hua Tera Vaada or Punar Vivaah. Do you think kids are becoming the prime focus of the fiction content these days?

 

No, it’s not like that. It all depends on the concept and the story. There are shows that do not include child artists as well.

 

 

Your show on Colors, Na Aana Iss Des Laado was shifted to the afternoon slot to be replaced with Bigg Boss 5. Now that Bigg Boss 5 has ended, the show is back to its night slot. Do you think the show suffered due to the shift?

 

I have always maintained that Na Aana Iss Des Laado is a night show and it has to be placed in the night slot. Laado was shifted when its TRP was 2.9. We conveyed to the channel that night slot is best for the show, but the final call is theirs. We hope to get back our viewers with theshift of slot again.

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