New show on Sahara One

Indian rural life, unforgiving yet richly hued, is steadily becoming the preferred setting for many television dramas. Sahara One is among the growing crop of channels that has harvested the village milieu to create a series.

Sahara One's new show, "Kesariya Balam Aavo Hamare Des', which began on November 16, is set amid Rajasthan's sand dunes and is an account of the everyday-survival battles of Rukmini, the protagonist. She carries a crippling consequence of an unhappy childhood incident.

Rukmini is the eldest of three siblings born to a poor Rajput family, in Rajod. She has a younger sister, Rasal; and a brother, Gheesu. The girls are the breadwinners of the household. Rukmini crafts Krishna idols out of clay, while Rasal is the official letter writer of the village.

Mushtaq Shiekh, the creative director of Sahara One Television, says, "Indian television dramas usually revolve around lovers or a tiff between a woman and her mother-in-law." He said even if the starting point of a plot was premised differently, it frequently tapered into a love story.

"But "Kesariya Balam Aavo Hamare Des' is not your regular drama," Shiekh says. "It is about Rukmini and her fight with destiny; her attempt to prove to everyone that there is more to her than her deformity. I think everyone will be able to relate to the story at some level because everyone has faced rejection, and everyone has some flaws to hide."

Sahara One believes that "Kesariya Balam', produced by Ajai Sinha (who made "Ghar Ek Sapna' for the channel, under the Ananda Telefilms banner) will appeal to every Indian woman.

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