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And now, Ektaa flips the formula
Akashdeep, Dimple and Vishal in town for the promotion of Ektaa Kapoor’s new serial Kuchh Is Tara. Picture by Aranya Sen

Friendships on television are fickle. Small-screen spats do not seem to last either. After making it a point to stay away from Sony for years owing to differences with the channel honchos, Ektaa Kapoor is back with a bang. Spurred on by the middling success of Khwaish, the queen of the small screen is all ready with a love story — Kuchh Is Tara, to be aired on Sony’s weekday evening primetime slot. But even an Ektaa Kapoor serial needs to be promoted and so the lead actors — Akashdeep Saigal and debutantes Vishal Singh and Dimple Jhangiani — were in Calcutta on Thursday morning to talk about Kuchh Is Tara.

Kuchh Is Tara is touted as a modern love story where a “high society” Delhi boy Ayaan (played by Vishal) falls in love with Kanya, a middle-class girl from Mumbai, essayed by Dimple. Sounds familiar' But Kuchh Is Tara, its cast and crew insist, is ‘different’. Kuchh Is Tara has none of the elements that one would associate with a saas-bahu soap. It tells the tale of a real world, inhabited with real people whom the audience will be able to identify with instantly,” said Sanjay Upadhyay, programming and creative head for Sony.

So if you expect saas-bahu staples like rona-dhona, glitzy costumes, generation leaps and return from the dead, then Kuchh Is Tara promises to take you by surprise. “A lot of people have worked on this serial for a year in a bid to make it different from anything that the Indian audience has seen on the small screen so far. People will soon realise how fresh and real Kuchh Is Tara is,” said Akashdeep, a Balaji veteran who plays Ranbir Nanda, a cynical ‘hate guru’ who is out to mar the Ayaan-Kanya love story. “I am the one bringing in the side effects to the love story,” laughed Akashdeep.

How ‘different’ Kuchh Is Tara turns out to be eventually remains to be seen, but what does strike you about the serial is the freshness of the lead pair — Vishal and Dimple. Both models-turned-actors, Kuchh Is Tara is the duo’s first outing on the small screen. “It was the strength of the script and the reputation of the production house which acted as the clincher for us,” insist the two. Another significant aspect of the daily serial' The repeated jibes at saas-bahu soaps, showing that much like Shah Rukh Khan in Om Shanti Om, Ektaa Kapoor, too, has learnt to laugh at herself! “It was only Ektaa who could do a spoof of her own work like this,” smiled Akashdeep, who sports a new look for the serial.

With a supporting cast comprising Sudha Chandran, Rajendra Gupta and Tarana Raja, Kuchh Is Tara goes on air Monday, November 26, and will be shown Monday to Thursday at 9pm on Sony.

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