Aghori will strengthen Zee TV’s weekend primetime line-up: Aparna Bhosle
Zee TV’s latest weekend fiction offering is a story of love, mysticism and deceit. Produced by Essel Vision Productions Ltd, ‘Aghori’ will premiere on June 22, 2019 and air every Saturday and Sunday at 9.30 pm on Zee TV.
Commenting on the new show, Aparna Bhosle, Business Head, Zee TV, said, “Our next content offering is a weekend primetime fiction drama, where we present audiences with a love story told against a truly unique, compelling canvas – a world that most people know only vaguely of, but have a lot of curiosity to find out more about as they have grown up hearing all kinds of colorful folklore about – the Aghoris. It is the very first time on Indian television that a show is exploring this space. Neither is it an attempt to spread awareness about Aghori practices nor do we make claims of documenting their reality. The show takes cognizance of the fact that Aghoris could exist amongst us without our knowledge and takes off from there to narrate a fictionalised account of a seemingly ordinary man, who is actually an Aghori on a mission. It follows him as he crosses paths with a woman who falls in love with him, unaware of his Aghori practice, and a war between their heads and hearts that ensues as they set off on a journey of love, deceit, hidden agendas and a thirst for immortality. After our announcement of an exciting season of ‘Dance India Dance: Battle of the Champions’, we plan to further strengthen our weekend primetime line-up with this exciting fiction property.”
Shariq Patel, CEO, Essel Vision Productions Ltd, added here, “Breaking the clutter of love stories on Indian television, the romance of ‘Aghori’ navigates its way through a very intriguing, fictionalised world of the Aghoris. Our story follows Advik, a strong-headed, well-trained student of Rudranath, an Aghori in search of immortality. On a mission to fulfil the command of his guru, Advik must get Kamakshi, a young woman born under a rare planetary alignment, to readily sacrifice her own life. The story turns dramatically interesting as this determined young Aghori has to weigh his duties to his guru against his own growing love for Kamakshi, who loves him and is innocently unaware of his agenda. We have a stellar cast on board and hope to engage our audiences with this captivating concept.”
Speaking to Adgully on the association with Zee TV, Patel said that after acing non-fiction Essel Vision now wants to work more and more on fiction shows. “We started with &TV first and now we are returning to Zee TV. We have a strong development team in place for fiction.”
He further said that the idea for ‘Aghori’ had come from Zee TV itself. “It took us a few months to develop the idea and now it is ready to be aired,” Patel added.
Popular actor Gaurav Chopraa essays the lead role of Advik. Cast opposite him as Kamakshi is debutante Simaran Kaur. Parag Tyagi will be seen as Aghori Rudranath. ‘Aghori’ also features a powerful cast, including Preeti Puri, Poulomi Das, Zafar Rajdhani, Malhar Pandya and others in pivotal roles.
What will happen to Kamakshi’s love as she finds out about the truth about Advik and his mission? How will Advik balance his mission and commitment to his guru Rudranath’s command while he finds himself hopelessly falling in love with Kamkashi? Will love give them the strength to triumph over evil? These form the core of ‘Aghori’.