The Barkha Bisht-Viraf Patel starrer “Naamkarann” has replaced Diya Aur Baati Hum on Star Plus
Mahesh Bhatt’s must awaited show Naamkarann saw its premiere 12 September 2016 on Star Plus.
Namkaran story is inspired by the 1990 movie Zakhm which was based on Mahesh Bhatt’s life. It is the story of a young girl Avni (Arsheen Naamdar) who lives with a single parent and begins a quest to define herself in this world with its prevalent, hypocritical, tumbling moral structure and she finds herself locking horns with them, adjusting to them, and finally emerging.
The essence of Mahesh Bhatt’s Namkarann is captured in the first dialogue mouthed by its 10-year-old protagonist Avni, in the show’s powerful opening sequence.
“Who am I?” She partly asks her mother and partly herself.
In the first episode we saw Barkha Bisht (Asha) and Viraf Patel (Ashish Mehta), who have a child born out of wedlock. However, Asha and Ashish lie to the world and their daughter Avni (Arsheen) that they have been married for 11 years.
But that lie falls flat when Avni insists on her father’s presence on her sports day, and he is unable to do so. Being a has to hide his relationship with Asha from the society as he is a renowned film maker. At the same time, Asha gets pregnant again and Ashish promises to marry her and give their kids a normal life.
The episode also introduces Ashish’s mother Daya Ben – a staunch Gujarati woman played by Reema Lagoo. Despite her being an ideal mother, Ashish is unable to tell her the truth about his relationship as he respects her a lot and worried about her illness (asthma)
In the later episode its is revealed that Asha is a Muslim and Ashish is a Hindu. The show also saw entry of a new character – Neela, played by Sayantani Ghosh. She made an entry as director Ashish Mehta’s (Viraf Patel) best friend.
Neela’s father Hemant Bhai has been a Godfather to Ashish and huge support to Dayaben during her struggling days on the roads of Mumbai. And now, as Hemant Bhai is diagnosed of Brain Tumor, his last wish is to see his daugher Neela married to Ashish. Dayaben who is indebted to Hemant Bhai agrees to the marriage proposal assuming her son would fulfill her promise. Daya Ben plans to get Ashsish and Neela married as soon as possible owing to Hemant Bhai’s illness.
Will Ashish mary Neela? or will he be able to reveal his relationship with Asha to his mother? Will they ever be a complete family for Asha and Avni or will they be hanging forever in uncertainty?
Avni’s list of questions will keep increasing and so will the show’s intensity.
Naamkarann is everything that it had promised to be-intense, interesting, emotional and powerful. You cannot ignore the autobiographical elements from Bhatt’s life. Performances in the show are subtle yet powerful. Arsheen Namdaar, Viraf Patel, Barkha Bisht Sengupta, Reema Lagoo do complete justice to their characters.
he pace is slightly sluggish, but you still manage to stay glued to the soap. We also rarely see original songs in TV soaps these days, and being a musical is another strength of Naamkarann.
The show has replaced Diya Aur Baati Hum and will air on Star Plus every Monday to Friday at 9 PM.
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