ZEE TV has wielded its axe again, this time on ‘Housewife’, to launch new show drama ‘Ek Muthi Aasman’.
Actor Shilpa Shirodkar, who enjoyed immense popularity in the 90’s with hit films like ‘Mrityudand’, ‘Khuda Gawah’, ‘Hum’, ‘Aankhen’ and ‘Gopi Kishan’, bid adieu to stardom and walked to the altar with UK-based merchant banker in 2000. Having played wife and mom for over a decade now, Shilpa returns to her first love – acting, with ‘Ek Muthi Aasman’ where she plays the lead protagonist Kamala Bai.
‘Ek Muthi Aasman’ is about making a new beginning. Kamala Bai’s character, through her own journey of hope, will set an example for millions of domestic workers to follow – where they will begin to believe in their own strengths, see a dream, set goals for themselves and work towards a better future. In a way, Kamala Bai’s character proudly declares, “Shuruaat Toh Mujhse Hi Hogi!”
The plot of the show centers around Kamala Bai who works as a housemaid in the affluent Kapoor household. She delivers her own child Kalpana at the same time that the Kapoor khandan bahu delivers her daughter Pooki. The show captures Kamala’s journey of putting her own maternal responsibilities towards Kalpana on the back-burner in order to double up as a mother for Pooki. What develops over the years is a tender bond of motherly affection between Kamala Bai and Pooki even as her heart longs to be with her own daughter Kalpana, for whose education, bright future and every happiness Kamala works so hard at the Kapoor household!
Also making a comeback to television after a long hiatus is actor Ashish Chowdhry who will enter the show as Vikramaditya Scindia, a 30 year old suave, shrewd, sharp-talking advertising agency head. Young Pooki and Kalpana will join him as interns. As a mentor, he will be the man to motivate Kalpana to scale her fullest potential. An interesting work dynamic will develop in the office between the trio wherein he will encourage Kalpana to stop seeing herself as subservient to Pooki just because her mother serves as a housemaid in Pooki’s house.
Child actor Mehnaz Mann who wowed the audience with her power-packed performances on ZEE TV’s acting talent hunt show for kids, ‘India’s Best Dramebaaz’ has bagged the role of young Kalpana, Kamala Bai’s daughter.
Ajay Bhalwankar, Head-Content, Hindi GECs, ZEEL said, “Domestic workers devote their own lives to relentless toil so that their children can grow up enjoying the fruits of education and live life with dignity in the future. Unfortunately, many of us turn a blind eye towards the hard reality surrounding the lives of our house-help and take them for granted despite their invaluable contribution to our homes. ‘Ek Muthi Aasman’ is the story of one such domestic worker and how she sets out to make a difference! It talks of the class divide that exists in Indian society and the struggle between the haves and the have-nots. It’s an attempt to present the reality of domestic workers and get more and more people to adopt the right, sensitive approach towards them.”
The show is produced by DJ’s ‘A Creative Unit’ with whom ZEE TV goes back a long way and has together produced successes such as ‘Banegi Apni Baat’ and ‘Choti Bahu’.
‘Ek Muthi Aasman’ launches on Monday 26th August at 19:00 (India) and Tuesday 27th August at 19:00 (UK).