After recent hits like Bade Acche Lagte Hain and Kyaa Hua Tera Vaada, Ekta Kapoor will now remake Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), one of the biggest Bollywood hits directed by Aditya Chopra, into a TV show for Zee. Sources claim there will be modifications to the narrative while the basic plot of a love story and an NRI family returning to India will be retained.
Sara Khan, who made her acting debut as a young politician in Star One’s Dhoondh Legi Manzil Humein (DLMH), will be seen playing the lead role of Raavee, loosely based on Kajol’s character. “Yes, I am doing the Balaji show,” she confirms, without divulging more.
The show, tentatively titled Diya Mann, will go on floors this March and will probably go on air in April. Sources reveal that this love story will be shot in Punjab. The other variation in the tale is that unlike Simran from DDLJ, the lead, Raavee, is an adopted child, raised by a loving, NRI Punjabi family that comes to India. The search for the male lead is still on.
Ekta’s new show is said to be replacing either Ram Milaayi Jodi or Choti Bahu, which air at 9.30 pm and 7.30pm respectively, claim sources.
Sara claims she wasn’t looking for a show when this one came along. “Post DLMH, I completed my book The Rules for Parents and released it in London. Balaji contacted me for this show and I auditioned online.”
Sara, amused with her ‘foreign-returned’ tag, adds that she’s also thrilled about her cameo in Anurag Kashyap’s upcoming flick, Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana, where she plays a London-based Indian girlfriend of Kunal Kapoor.