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Another historical serial on DD


A scene from the television serial, Aamrapali

PRODUCERS SEEM to be fed up (not that the viewers are enthralled) with the regular soaps on television. They appear to have run out of ideas and have started looking back in search of stories.

The latest historical serial is Aamrapali. The director of the serial, Ravi Kemmu, was in the City recently to promote it. Like his counterparts who direct serials of this genre, Mr. Kemmu claims that a lot of research has gone into the making of this mega serial.

Aamrapali's past is as tumultuous as the happenings later in her life.

Abandoned by her parents under certain circumstances, Aamrapali was found as an infant under a mango tree by Mahanaman. He took her to a village on the outskirts of Vaishali where she grew up and fell in love with Harsh.

Out of curiosity, she visited Vaishali to see the Phalguni Utsav organised every seven years to crown the new Janpat Kalyani of Vaishali. Janpad Kalyani is supposedly a beautiful and extremely talented woman who entertains the men folk of her choice.

Aamrapali's visit to the utsav changed the course of her life. She worked for the uplift of women and waged a battle to end the practice of Janpat Kalyani. In the process, she lost her beloved as well as her freedom, and embraced Buddhism.

``The subject is highly relevant in today`s times. Vaishali was a democratic state, but the status and the socio economic conditions of women were not much different from those of today.

If Aamrapali fought for women's rights and their uplift, we have the same thing happening today in India which makes the story relevant,'' Mr. Kemmu said.

Produced by D. Venkateshwar Rao, Aamrapali has several veteran and seasoned actors playing key roles. They include Narendra Jha, Benjamin Gillani, Kanika Shivpuri, and Neelima Azim. Shilpa Shinde dons the lead role.

The budget of the serial may cross Rs. 10 crore at the end of 52 episodes, Mr. Kemmu said. You can watch it on Doordarshan from 11 p.m. every Sunday.

By Preeti Mishra

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