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SAB to air soap on beauty parlour

SAB TV's new serial, Twinkle Beauty Parlour is about the middle class woman and a part of her life which is unexplored.

india Updated: Apr 29, 2006 18:36 IST
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The hoardings of SAB TV’s new show with moustachioed women (gross) would not have escaped anybody as Twinkle Beauty Parlour set in Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar is all set to go on air on May 15.

So while female protagonists of other shows are undergoing makeovers, Twinkle Beauty Parlour (TBP) will have one who helps in giving these makeovers.                                                                                         

Produced by the makers of shows like Remix and India Calling, the serial is about the middle class woman and a part of her life, which is unexplored. Says producer Shrishti Arya, “A beauty parlour is an interesting place to explore what goes on in a woman’s mind. It’s a place where some go to put on a new façade but it’s also a place where facades just slip away".                                      

She also adds laughing, “that a lot of men are intrigued to know about the goings-on in a parlour".

Starring veteran actor Sulbha Arya who runs the parlour with Narayani Shastri aka Ranjana, TBP also has Maaninee Mishra aka lawyer Ragini, Smita Bansal who plays Niyati, a housewife and Simple Kaul as Sameera, a failed model. Interestingly, all these actors have a specific look styled for them.

For instance, Narayani will sport braids while Maaninee has a very Fab-India kind of look with simple churidar-kurtas in muted tones. Says Arya who’s worked on the distinct looks of the five primary characters keeping in mind their mindset, profession and backgrounds, “For instance, Maaninee plays a professional working woman, and her clothes too are non fussy, but not in the line of power suits.                                            

 Narayani Shastri sports a new look in Twinkle Beauty Parlour

Narayani, plays a typical Delhi girl, and we have used earthy tones for her look, with a tied back plait which is unconventional for her, as her hair is normally her asset in any look she has had.”

Ask her why she chose to set the show in Delhi and she says, “Because unlike Mumbai which is a melting pot and which is very much a mind-one’s-own-business culture, the society in Delhi is more intermingling and reflective of the charm of the true Indian ethos. Everybody there seems to be involved with everybody else’ lives.”

Arya says with Twinkle Beauty Parlour they have deliberately broken the central character norm “it’s more like a multiple-protagonist show. It deals with many lives — four families and five key characters played by the five female protagonists and works at various levels.

There is a lot to a woman’s life than kitchen and home and with this show we want to go beyond that".

Would she have rather the show came on Sony and not its sister channel SAB TV? “Not at all. I’m very happy it’s coming on SAB because the channel right now has no extra baggage attached to it and so it suits our show absolutely fine".