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Saas-bahu saga gets bigger

Balaji Telefilms will converge three prime time serials on March 26. Usha Thomas tells more.

tv Updated: Mar 20, 2007 15:46 IST
Usha Thomas (HT Cafe)
Usha Thomas (HT Cafe)

March 26 is going to be a day to watch out for. Apart from new shows launching across various channels, Balaji Telfilms will put out a one and half hour spectacle on Star Plus from 10 to 11 30 pm.

Taking Arabian Nights as the theme, all actors' part of Kahani Ghar Ghar Kii, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and Kayamth will be part of this special episode.

The theme revolves around a party thrown by Parvati (Saakshi Tanwar), in which the families of Kyunkii.. and Kayamath are invited.

Confirming this, Balaji Telefilms creative director Ektaa Kapoor says, “The basic workforce will have over 90 actors. All the three sets of the respective serials in the time band 10 to 11 30 pm will have the same look.

“So, the shoot can take place simultaneously in all the three shows and it can be seamlessly be integrated to air as one episode. It’s going to be shot by five directors in a matter of three days. ”

She adds, “Three big secrets will be revealed during this episode. And, Parvati and Tulsi (Smriti Z Iraani) may even dance together. Besides, it’s the first time that the Gen Next of all three serials will interact with the senior stars.” Why March 26? “It’s the only day free of World Cup matches,” she remarks. The banners for this episode will be put out by Thursday.

Did the new serials launching on that day have anything to do with the making of this special episode?
“No, I don't have anything on the 9 30 pm time slot. Besides, I wouldn’t have used Smriti in the special episode if it were countering her show. That would have been very unfair to her. But, yes, we’re countering Teen Bahuraaniyaan (Zee),” states Kapoor.

The Viranis of Kyunkii.. will be pittied against another Gujarati family drama appearing on the same slot. The Gheewalas are the protoganist family in Teen Bahuraaniyaan.

The Zee show deals with the universal theme of the entry of three bahus in a household that is different from the one they’ve been brought up in. About the show being centered on a Gujarati household, producer Paresh Rawal says, “Being from the same community, I’m familiar with their customs, characteristics and traditions. I’m sure I’ll be able to give better insights of a Gujarati household than are currently on air.”

On the buzz that Iraani’s dates aren’t available for Kyunkii.. since she is busy with her production ventures. “Yes, but when a new show is launching, such issues are common. Things will settle down once Viruddh is launched,” says Kapoor.

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First Published: Mar 20, 2007 14:53 IST