Jhansi Ki Rani arrives at Zee TV

August 16th, 2009 - 4:41 pm ICT by IBNS  

Mumbai/Kolkata, Aug 16 (IBNS) Zee TV unravels its new show ‘Ek Veer Stree ki Kahaani… Jhansi Ki Rani’ - the story of an ordinary girl who went on to become an extraordinary ruler, on Tuesday (Aug 18).

Her defiance against the British is exemplary even today. The fervour that she aroused gave birth to various leaders and revolutionaries who finally freed our nation from the British.

Through this venture, Zee TV attempts to bring forth the various facets of this remarkable woman which are yet unknown to people. The Rani is shown as a mother, as a wife, as a daughter, as a warrior and essays all the roles with equal aplomb. The show is a tribute to her bravery, gallantry and patriotism, said a Zee release.

Born as Manikarnika, Lakshmi Bai, also known as ‘Manu’ was the daughter of a Maharashtrian Brahmin Moropant Tambey from Varanasi. While the other girls of her age chose to do household chores, she played and defeated the local boys in muddy matches of kabaddi. She married Gangadhar Rao, who was the Raja of Jhansi, at a very tender age. It was after her husband’s untimely demise, while she was still an adolescent that the agile Rani became a true warrior and an epitome of women’s power in the country.

In this historical tale, Zee TV attempts to portray how an ordinary woman became an extraordinary exponent of Indian freedom movement.

Nitin Vaidya, COO of ZEEL and Business Head of Zee TV said, “Rani Lakshmi Bai was an icon of the Indian Independence movement. The new show on ZEE TV will present it from an outlook that will definitely leave its audience inspired. It will talk about how a simple girl turned out to be a revolutionary by merely making difficult choices. In this time and age where shows are adopting western content to grab eyeballs, ZEE TV, the original architect of Indian TV entertainment has yet again broken clutter with a story of the famous Indian warrior told differently.

“The topic has been well researched and even the minutest of details have been borne in mind so as to capture the true essence of that era. I see the Rani as an inspiration to every woman of today, who wants to carve a niche for herself, while simultaneously taking care of her family. The topic is very much relevant in contemporary times, when women are being inflicted with so many atrocities.”

The show has been shot extensively across 4 states - Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan with opulent sets and ostentatious presentations.

The show is being produced by Contiloe Films and boasts of some established theatre and television personalities like Aruna Irani, Shailesh Datar, Ravindra Mankane, to name a few.

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