News is that Hema Malini’s fifth TV show, Maati Ki Banno on Colors, which is being co-produced by her brother, Mohan Raghavan, under the Hema Malini Media & Entertainment banner, has been pushed ahead by a couple of weeks. The actor-producer is busy concentrating on her daughter Esha’s re-launch movie Tell Me O Khuda, which also toplines her husband Dharmendra, and actors Arjan Bajwa and Vinod Khanna. The show, directed by Shyam Maheshwari, is now expected to start at the end of this year or early next year.
Maati Ki Banno, toplining Via Choudhury and Manoj Chandalia, had a 10-day long schedule in Mauritius in September, after which there was no further news of shooting in the studios. When asked, the channel’s official spokesperson, without confirming or denying the rumour, says, “Hema Malini is known for her commitment and dedication to whatever she takes up. She has been giving equal importance to her film and our show. But it’s correct that we haven’t locked in our date of launch as yet.”
The promos of the show have been on air for a while. Rumour mills were abuzz that it would arrive in November and occupy the 7 pm slot on Colors, currently taken up by Bhagyavidhaata. The Colors spokesperson responds, “Bhagyavidhata is going strong right now. It has struck a chord with the audience. It has just gone into a 20-year leap, with an extended storyline and new characters. We haven’t locked the time slot for Maati Ki Banno as yet.”
The show’s story revolves around a girl called Avanti who is orphaned at the age of eight and is forced to live as a housemaid at her aunt’s place in Mauritius. “The idea behind the show is to validate the traditional Indian belief that you can overcome any obstacle in life if you have great will power,” explains the spokesperson. “It’s a different and innovative show. And Hemaji is known to promote the female protagonist in all her shows, which have all been her own concepts. Ditto Maati Ki Banno.”