News capsule inspires TV soap on con women
Luteri Dulhan, the newly launched soap that deals with con women in north India, draws inspiration from a news capsule that ran on Sansani on Star News.tv Updated: Apr 05, 2011 13:41 IST
Luteri Dulhan, the newly launched soap that deals with con women in north India, draws inspiration from a news capsule that ran on Sansani on Star News.
“I haven’t seen the news story in question but I’m told it was a cracking package on con women in Haryana, Punjab and other north Indian states who marry rich old men to loot them on the first night of the wedding,” says writer Rakesh Paswan who developed the idea into a daily soap.
The teams from BAG Films and Imagine were supposedly struggling to turn the concept into a serial. Paswan admits that he was approached only a month ago to turn the idea into a show that can easily run four-days-a-week for a year at the least.
“It’s easy to run a news piece or make a two-hour film on such anti-social women. But the challenge on TV is to have a heroine who’s not a Miss Goody-Two Shoes, and is imperfect with a thick shade of grey in her character,” reasons the writer who turned a TV serial producer with another daily on Imagine called Baba Aiso Var Dhoondo, late last year. “Unlike others, my heroine is a con, who has the highest chances of developing a disconnect with her viewers.”
The promos of the 9.30 pm show, also inspired by Tanuja’s 1972 film, Mom Ki Gudiya, revealed that it would be a funny take on the community.
“That’s right,” admits Paswan. “But the show’s humour is subtle and lies in the way people are conned. When I wrote the first episode, it was supposed to shock viewers. But our first promo revealed too much about our con woman. And that’s why we missed the big impact when we began.”