The mother of daily soaps, Hum Log, will return in a younger avatar on August 15. Titled Hum, it has a mix of new artistes from Bihar’s theatre groups and seasoned actors. Daadi Sushma Seth will take over from the late Ashok Kumar as sutradhar.
Set in Bihar, it is being shot at Sitamarhi village. According to Shobha Doctor, the producer of Hum Log and the mentor of Hum, the show will have a 52-episode run.
Haryana to Bihar “We have 10 episodes in the bank and footage for six more. Everything is on track and we’ll be back after 26 years,” says Doctor.
The idea came from the Union Health Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad, who during a Parliament session rued the absence of shows like Hum Log. Doctor says that Hum draws heavily from the book, Resource Conversion Mantra Model, written by Dr Aruna Sharma, the Director General of Doordarshan who is also involved with the show.
On the change of setting from Haryana to Bihar, Doctor says, “Bihar is a state that’s developing rapidly but is still plagued by social problems. So, setting the story there makes it easier to bring up certain issues.”
The village in the show is close to those in real life. “It has mobile phones, Internet parlours and modern vehicles but also suffers from government negligence,” she points out. “This show will help various government departments put across their messages through an entertaining story.”
Hum will be produced by Pulse Media, popular for non-fiction content on channels like National Geographic. It is directed by Sanjay Tripathy. The cast will be introduced by Sharma on a show called India Advantage on Doordarshan in a segment titled A Journey From Hum Log To Hum, on July 24.