DD series reflects 'new empowered' Indian woman

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New Delhi, Jan 20 (UNI) Even as majority of soaps on Indian TV present an image of the Indian woman far removed from "ground realities", a new TV series on Doordarshan reflects a "closer-to- reality" image, that of a ''traditional but resolute woman'' trying to establish a niche for herself in a male-dominated system.

'Anaro', a new television serial on Doordarshan's National Network DD One, seeks to just show how a woman can - if she is determined - bring about a change in her own lifestyle and even change the wandering ways of her errant husband.

Based on the renowned novel by the late Manjul Bhagat, 'Anaro', being telecast by Doordarshan under the Classics series 'Katha Sarita' every Monday night at 2130 hrs, is the story of Anaro, a woman who is brought from her village with dreams of a great future with her newly-wedded husband in Delhi.

However, she realizes on arrival in the capital city that life is far harsher than she had ever realized in her small hamlet. Not only does she have to face the havoc of demolition of the slum she lives in, but realizes that her husband is a drunkard, but that he is also unfaithful. She is, therefore forced to fend for herself and her two children, sometimes even helping her demanding husband.

Living in a slum, Anaro begins life as a house maid working door to door in several homes, in an effort to give the best possible education to her children.

Ultimately, she manages to live life on her own terms, even managing to provide security to her growing daughter and finally finding a match for her, after going to the other metropolis - Mumbai - to search for her errant husband and bring him back to Delhi. When she marries off the daughter with her own hard-earned money, even the husband realizes her worth and salutes her as Anaro, the traditional resolute Indian woman.

Starring Alka Amin in the title role, this series directed by National School of Drama and FTII alumni Upender Sood also has Sanjeev Kumar, Kanupriya, Sanam, Aparna Ghosal, Alka Modha, Purnima, and Jyotsna Sood in the main cast.

A graduate of Delhi University, the National School of Drama, and the Film and Television Institute of India, Upender Sood is a renowned cine-biographer who has been extensively involved in research for various projects based on real-life incidents and characters, often with very little help from archival documents.

Among the various projects and programmes that Upender Sood has been involved in over the years are "Naushera Ka Sher", a telefilm based on the life of Brigadier Mohammed Usman MVC (Posthumous); "Ek Duniya Sarhad Ki" (Life along the Line of Control in J&K); "Hum Honge Kamyab", "Wily Warriors" (about the Naga Regiment), "Tarikh Gawah Hai" (a six-episode serial based on famous political trials in the pre-independence period), and "Changing Faces of Indian Countryside".

He also made "Lost Innocence", a collage of victims of militancy, for the Ministry of External Affairs, which was screened at the International meet against Terrorism in Geneva. He has also documented the history, life, culture and development of the 'Gond Tribe' for the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, which is a complete documentation of this tribe is the largest in the country.

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