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Zee TV’s ‘Ek Mutthi Aasman’ to go off air, making way for ‘Bandhan’

MUMBAI: Continuing with its proposition to strengthen its fiction line-up, Hindi general entertainment channel Zee TV is bidding adieu to its show ‘Ek Mutthi Aasman’ to make room for a new story of relationships ‘Bandhan…Sari Umar Hame Sang Rehna Hai’.

‘Ek Mutthi Aasman’ will air its last episode on 14 September and ‘Bandhan…’ will air from 16 September at 7 pm, every Monday to Friday.

Produced by Swastik Productions, ‘Bandhan’ will showcase a unique relationship between a little girl named Darpan and a new-born elephant calf named Ganesha, who she accepts as her younger brother.

One of the reasons for ‘Ek Mutthi…’ going off air could be the low ratings it has been garnering for a while now. With four of its shows already in the top 10 fiction list, Zee TV is now working on strengthening its weekday band by replacing non-performing shows.

In a recent interaction with TelevisionPost.com, Zee TV programming head Namit Sharma said, “What we are proposing to the audiences is a mix of fiction and non-fiction because non-fiction also has its cycles and ups and downs. We are trying to create a very healthy mix that will allow viewers to sample a variety of family-friendly broad-based content with differentiated ideas in the weekend. You can expect a lot of weekend action from Zee in the next two to three months.”

As per reports, the show will be set in a jungle and will take viewers through the innocent world of Darpan and her family. It has been shot extensively in the forest lands where the Karnik family stays in a picturesque house, with a river flowing by its side. Actor Aditya Redij will be seen playing the role of Darpan’s father, while Shweta Munshi will essay his wife.

When Zee TV launched ‘Ek Mutthi Aasmaan’ in August 2013, the show promised to give viewers a reality check and an insider’s look into the world of the domestic help. Produced by DJ’s A Creative Unit, the show presented the hopes and aspirations of a domestic worker.

The show also marked the return of actor Shilpa Shirodkar, who had made waves on the big screen during the ’90s with hit films like ‘Mrityudand’, ‘Khuda Gawah’ and more.

Speaking of the show drawing to an end, Shirodkar said, “Working on ‘Ek Mutthi Aasman’ has been a gratifying experience to say the least. With shorter attention spans in today’s day and age, I wasn’t sure if the audience would remember where I’d left off, so it was practically like making a new beginning. I loved the subject of the show and immediately said yes. I am extremely glad my role of Kamala Bai and the show made an earnest attempt to sensitize people to the realities of this underprivileged yet constantly struggling lot.”

It further saw actor Ashish Chowdhry return to the small screen. As the show’s plot draws to a climax, viewers will see Kamala Bai attempting to set right all that had gone wrong in the lives of her daughter Kalpi and Raghav.