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Star Plus lines up ‘Nisha Aur Uske Cousins’ to replace ‘Mahabharat’

MUMBAI: As its mega fiction property ‘Mahabharat’ comes to an end next week, Star Plus is faced with the daunting task of finding an apt show to fill in the slot. The channel has thus lined up ‘Nisha Aur Uske Cousins’, a show specifically targeted at the youth, revolving around the bond between cousins.

The show will air from 18 August, at 8:30 pm, from Monday to Saturday. With their new offering, Star Plus aims to bring a relatable story of young India while showcasing the bond between cousins, a relationship that forms the crux of everyone’s growing-up years.

Star Plus SVP of marketing and programming strategy Nikhil Madhok said, “In many ways Nisha and her cousins represent the Star Plus of today—young, energetic, wanting to break the mould and do something new. They respect Dadaji and their elders but don’t always agree with their stereotypical views. The show not only captures the unexplored but also the extremely interesting dynamic between cousins. It also deals with issues of today’s youth and their desire to challenge stereotypes.”

It will also capture the differences of opinion and friction caused by the generation gap between the elders of the family and the youngsters, especially when it comes to topics like careers, relationships, lifestyle and fashion choices.

Centring a joint-family set-up in Jaipur, ‘Nisha Aur Uske Cousins’ will see characters who are relatable and real, which include a shy romantic geeky cousin, a beautiful attention-seeking cousin, as well as a cousin who is the natural leader and who everyone looks up to. The show is produced by Bodhi Tree Productions.

Bodhi Tree Productions producer Sukesh Motwani added, “Cousins hold a special place in our lives. They are our first friends, first play buddies, rivals and partners in crime. There are some episodes of our lives that only our cousins can relate to and hence to showcase the bond, we’re here with our new show ‘Nisha Aur Uske Cousins’. We are very happy to bring forth this unique relationship in everyone’s lives.”

The show stars Aneri, who plays the role of Nisha, and VM Badola, who plays the patriarch of the family and the grandfather of the cousins. Other members of the cast include Suketu (Parv Kaila), Dolly (Purvi Mundana), Kirti (Heli Daruwala), Jwala (Barbie Jain), Umesh (Meherzan Mazda), Bunty (Nikunj Padaya), Vivek Mushran and Pubali Sanyal.