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Cult classic Mother India inspires new DD show

After 18 years, Prasar Bharti and Mumbai Doordarshan have joined hands to produce an in-house serial. The 30-episode soap has 20 songs promoting women’s empowerment.

tv Updated: May 29, 2012 13:58 IST
Roshmila Bhattacharya
Roshmila Bhattacharya
Hindustan Times

After 18 years, Prasar Bharti and Mumbai Doordarshan have joined hands to produce an in-house serial. The weekly social drama, Jamunia, has been shot in Kolhapur and premiered at 10.30 am on Sunday. The brainchild of the channel’s deputy director general and the series’ consultant, Lakshmendra Chopra, Jamunia has been directed by Suresh Singh Bishnoi.

“It’s like Mother India on TV. Richa Soni plays a modern-day Nargis. After her teacher-husband is killed by the local landlord, she braves all odds to bring up her two kids and urges the villagers to fight for their rights,” says music director, Nikhil Kamath, who has recorded 20 songs for the 30-episode serial, working closely with director Suresh Singh Bishnoi and creative director Udhayanath Nayak.

“I composed the title song, which Raajesh Johri wrote. Suresh and the DD team were so happy with it that they decided to use music to take the message of social reform and women’s empowerment forward,” says Nikhil, who along with Raajesh has given Jamunia the feel of a Bollywood movie rather than a soap.

Incidentally, Jamunia also marks Nikhil’s comeback to TV. He last worked on Ravi Rai’s serials, Thoda Hai Thode Ki Zaroorat Hai and Teacher, though he has done quite a few shows on DD in the interim including the New Year’s Eve gala.

Upbeat about the 20 tracks he banked in 20 days, Nikhil says, “When Jamunia is taking her husband’s body to be cremated on a cart Kya Tera Insaaf Daata is playing in the background. She urges the villagers to fight for justice through Satyamev Jayate. Music is an integral part of the story.”

Album coming soon
Jamunia’s soundtrack will soon be released as an album. Music director Nikhil Kamath says, “The CD which will be released by Worldwide Records, should be out shortly.” Incidentally, the show has offered a few promising newbies a platform: “Anee Chatterjee (the voice of Jamunia) has sung 16 to 17 songs. San Francisco-based singer Tori Datta Roy has also been given a chance to showcase her talent.”

First Published: May 29, 2012 11:17 IST