MUMBAI: Zee TV’s next prime-time fiction drama ‘Dil Dhoondta Hai’ will raise pertinent questions about the pros and cons of community living. It will show the dreams and aspirations of a millennial couple.
Capturing the struggles of the Indian middle class whose dreams surpass the boundaries of the small houses they reside in, the show will launch on 21 September and air every Monday to Friday at 10:30 pm.
Raavi’s never had to share space as her house back in Punjab, though modest, was a comfortable stand-alone accommodation with separate rooms for each family member. But destiny has her falling in love with Vishy and marrying into his Maharashtrian family, the Dalvis who stay in a small room in a Mumbai chawl where neighbours are as much a part of the family as your closest kith and kin.
While Raavi makes this enormous shift, quickly gets acclimatised to her new surroundings and even warms up to the closely-knit chawl neighbours and relatives, claustrophobia gradually begins to set in for both Vishy and Raavi as they barely manage any privacy or space for themselves. Though Vishy proposes that they move out of the chawl and into a 1 BHK apartment, Raavi refuses as he wants to move with his family.
Produced by Dashami Creations, ‘Dil Dhoondta Hai’ will highlight Raavi and Vishy’s story as they set out on a challenging journey of buying their dream house – a ‘3 BHK’ and planning a happy life with their family.
Zee TV deputy business head Deepak Rajadhyaksha said, “’Dil Dhoondta Hai’ is a unique concept which addresses the ever-growing challenge facing millennials – ‘family or personal space?’. The show depicts how modern India, despite being upwardly mobile, continues to be deeply attached to its core culture of family togetherness. With a robust weekend prime-time in place, we are strengthening our spectrum of offerings by introducing the show at the 10:30 pm late prime-time slot on weekdays. ‘Dil Dhoondta Hai’ marks our first association with Dashami Creations. However, Nitin Vaidya, who helms the production, has been an integral part of Zee TV’s journey with a 10-year stint with the network and having been the channel’s business head. We look forward to creating a strong viewing proposition with the show.”
Producer Nitin Vaidya of Dashami Creations said, “’Dil Dhoondta Hai’ ventures deep into the heart of Mumbai’s chawl-life set-up, and focuses on the very real struggles of space and privacy that the middle class faces while also touching upon the warmth and togetherness that comes along with this lifestyle. Raavi and Vishy’s life reflects the ever-increasing dilemma of choosing between community living and a more nuclear set-up. With apt casting and a finely nuanced slice-of-life treatment, we hope to touch hearts with this endearing story. ”
Dil Dhoondta Hai’s cast includes Shivya Pathania as the strong-willed and spirited Raavi and Stavan Shinde as the calm and determined Vishy. The show will also feature actors Ashish Dixit, Pratiksha Jha, Rajan Bhise, Purnima Talvalkar, Varsha Dandle and Hunza Sabir in pivotal roles.