Colors to premiere ‘Barrister Babu’ on 11 Feb
MUMBAI: Hindi GEC Colors is launching a drama series ‘Barrister Babu’ presenting an inspiring journey of Bondita, who with the help of her companion Anirudh finds her purpose, breaks the glass ceiling and becomes a ‘Barrister Babu’. Produced by Shashi Sumeet Productions, the show is set to premiere on 11th February and air every Monday to Friday at 8.30 pm.
Speaking about the show, Viacom18 head Hindi Mass Entertainment and Kids TV Network Nina Elavia Jaipuria said, “Stories have the power to inspire lives, win hearts and above all, change mindsets. Over the years, Colors has consistently presented content tuned towards highlighting social evils through shows like Balika Vadhu, Udann, Shakti…Astitva Ke Ehsaas Kii, and many more. Right from Meher’s determination, Vidya’s dedication to Pinky’s unbreakable spirit and now Bondita’s inquisitiveness, we have introduced viewers to strong and endearing female characters. With Barrister Babu, we will highlight how Bondita and Anirudh rather than succumb to traditions and cultural practices join forces to rise above all odds and bring about a radical change in society.”
Set against the backdrop of Kolkata, an eight-year-old Bondita is being married off to a 60-year-old man. But as fate would have it, her life takes a sudden tragic turn. While she becomes prey to social injustice, fate leads her to her husband Anirudh, a London-return Barrister who wishes to liberalise women and unstrap them from cultural stereotypes.
As he pledges to fight against the age-old norms and help Bonita find her identity, he unfolds a pathway for her to become a Barrister Babu. While Bondita asks some thought-provoking questions, Anirudh through her journey tries to fight them. Will Bondita and Anirudh be able to fight against this broken culture and mark the beginning of a revolution?
Viacom18 Chief Content Officer, Hindi Mass Entertainment Manisha Sharma said, “Fighting societal norms and injustice takes a lot more than just courage. To bring about a positive change, one needs to set an example for others to follow, and this is what we aim to bring alive through Barrister Babu. It traces the journey of a young and curious Bondita who becomes a victim of the injustice, but fate leads her to her mentor Anirudh. It’s their journey together of starting a new revolution and giving the nation a female ‘Barrister Babu’.”
Shashi Sumeet Productions’ Shashi Mittal stated, “With this unique show, we are trying to blend important social issues that women face with an intriguing storyline. To weave the challenges faced by women in pre-independence into the narrative was definitely challenging, but we are happy with the story that has emerged from this. With strong characters and a refreshing plot, Barrister Babu is a show that is both relatable and interesting. Viewers will not only connect with these characters but will also get to get a close glimpse of a very different era.”
The show marks the debut of Aura Bhatnagar who plays the leading role of Bondita. Actor Pravisht Mishra plays the male lead as Anirudh alongside Bondita. It also stars Arina Dey who has been roped in to play Sumati, Bondita’s caring yet docile mother.
Focusing on the journey of Bondita, Colors has designed a 360-degree campaign backed by strong print, digital, radio, on-ground and television plans to create major impact.