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Sadiya Siddiqui
Sadiya Siddiqui

Chandigarh, November 26, 2014 (Online News India): Zee TV has consistently entertained audiences with differentiated content that has resonated with its core positioning of Umeed. The channel now brings its viewers yet another story of hope, Satrangi Sasural. The show centers around Aarushi who marries Vihaan Narmada Vatsal, a man raised by not one but seven very strong and independent mothers. Actress Sadiya Siddiqui and Sonali Sacchdev visited Chandigarh to talk about their upcoming show.

Based in Delhi the Vastals are a unique family that represents a cross section of India’s vibrant culture as each of the mothers hail from diverse backgrounds and have their own individual personalities. While Dadi Maa influences Vihaan in terms of having a mature point of view while tackling the problems of life, Narmada Maa his biological mother is his emotional anchor and coaches him on being sensitive to others. Bua Maa inculcates in him an intrinsic strength and the ability to stand up for what is right. Chachi Maa takes care of his diet and ensures he’s eating right at all times.

Mini Maa being the fitness enthusiast she looks into his health and well being. Tai Maa is his spiritual anchor teaching him to stay connected with God and Maasi Maa is his intellectual guide who ensures that he excels in his career. How will his wife Aarushi who hails from a nuclear family of modest means, where she is the sole bread winner adapt to a joint family with seven mother figures?

Sonali Sachdev
Sonali Sachdev

One of the most challenging aspects of the show was to arrive at its casting as each of these mother figures called for actors of a certain caliber and maturity to portray the nuances effortlessly. The ensemble star cast includes some of the most iconic faces of Indian television. Veteran actor Farida Jalal returns to the small screen as Vihaan’s grandmother who binds them all together. Powerhouse performers like Bhavana Balsaver, Sadia Siddiqui, Resham Tipnis, Sheetal Thakkar, Sonali Sachdev and Samta Sagar have stepped in to play the other mothers. Satrangi Sasural has Ravish Desai as the male lead protagonist Vihaan, opposite Mugdha Chaphekar who essays the role of Aarushi.

The show is produced by 24 Frames spear headed by Purnendu Shekhar, Nandita Mehra, Gajra Kottary and Bhairavi Raichura.

Talking about the show, Namit Sharma Programming Head, Zee TV said, “Having launched differentiated content such as Jamai Raja and Kum kum Bhagya, the superhero series Maharakshak Aryan and Bandhan that explores a bond of sibling love between man and animal, we now bring our viewers Satrangi Sasural a show that explores a unique scenario where the man of the house has been raised by seven mother figures and is all set to marry a girl who must then stand up to the expectations of each of these doting mothers, adapt to this new environment and build relationships within the family. Written by Purnendu Shekhar, whose partnership with Zee has produced gems like Astitva, Ek Prem Kahaani and Saat Phere, the show has a stellar cast in place. So, we look forward to entertaining our viewers with yet another interesting story.”

Sonali Sachdev known to opt for meaty and performance driven roles in theatre, films and television will be seen playing a doting mother in the show. She shares her experience “I play Vihaan’s biological mother who is a calm, balanced woman who does not talk much but is a strong individual and has a mind of her own. Even though her husband has left her without telling her, she is not bitter about life. Instead she’s raised Vihaan instilling in him, strong values to make him a loving, kind and compassionate human being. The concept of seven mothers-in-law seemed interesting and different from the average, run of the mill fare one typically samples. That is what compelled me to opt for the role. To work with creative minds like Bhairavi Raichura and Purnendu Shekhar is a privilege.”

Having impressed the audience and critics alike with her power packed performances, Sadiya will be seen yet again in an author backed role. She said, “I am playing the character of the elder bua Vihaan’s father’s elder sister and daughter of Dadima (Farida Jalal). She has been through a traumatic marriage. Despite the bad experience, she has bounced back with determination and renewed vigor. She completely dotes on Vihaan. The manner in which Vihaan connects with each of his seven mothers is depicted beautifully and will tug at the heart strings of the viewers.”

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