• You don’t need a wise head over your shoulders to produce a typical Hindi family serial. They come a dime a dozen. Pick up any one of the clichéd hit storylines in an Indian setting, ‘saas-bahu’ being the safest, and get going. It doesn’t matter even if you don’t have a director in place, because he is going to be just a face. Zee TV announced one such serial in the ‘saas-bahu’ mould, though claimed to be with a “role reversal”, in Chandigarh on Friday. Brace yourself for an ‘exceptional’ story, at the centre of which is a family which has apparently multiplied faster than the fastest urban Indian family you would have imagined. ‘Guddan ...Tumse Na Ho Payega’ is about a 40 years old man, whose three daughters-in-law conspire to marry him off to a girl younger than them for their own vested interests (the girl is 20 years old). Phew!! That’s some speed of family progression. Any guesses, what age would be the sons of the 40-year-old man!

Anchored by veteran theatre artist and actor Daljit Soundh, the by now famous ‘dadi’ of the never-ending serial ‘Kumkum Bhagya’ (1100-plus episodes and still running), a team representing Zee TV which flew down to Chandigarh on Friday to promote the upcoming serial, announced that ‘Guddan ...Tumse Na Ho Payega’ will premiere on September 3 and air Monday to Friday at 8 p.m.

Theatre personality & TV actor Daljit Soundh 'dadi' of 'Kumkum Bhagya' fame 

Photos By : Life In Chandigarh

Daljit, who hails from Amritsar, and is again playing ‘dadi’ (Tulsi Devi) to the 40-year-old (Akshat) in the serial, shared with media persons that ‘Guddan ...Tumse Na Ho Payega’ is produced by Shoonya Square. But, wait!! Doesn’t the serial have a director!! The write-up shared with us does not make a mention of the director, though it names the producer and the actor. Daljit fumbles for an answer. “Yes, we have a director... Mr Dheeraj. Sorry, no he is the producer!” She calls out to a girl, accompanying her on the promotional tour, for assistance. The girl too appears clueless. Finally, she manages to mumble “we don’t have a director yet. The shoot begins only on August 20.” Good going!

Daljit says she has had a fairly long stint with the Zee TV family now. After doing
not-so- significant roles in several serials, the role of ‘dadi’ in the runaway hit serial ‘Kumkum Bhagya’ catapulted her to fame. “Very few people know me by my name. Everyone calls me ‘dadi’, and I am pretty happy with the love and respect which comes with that status.”

‘Guddan...Tumse Na Ho Payega’ is said to be a “light-hearted story” of a 20-year-old girl, Guddan (played by Kanika Mann), who having bumbled and fumbled through most of her life, and being told by her own family that she can barely get one thing right, finds herself becoming a very young mother-in-law to three older daughters-in-law by a quirk of circumstances.

A promo of the serial claims “For the first time on television, we will witness a role reversal of the typical ‘saas-bahu’ relationship as three daughters-in-law set out to seek a suitable bride for their 40-year-old father-in-law, Akshat (played by Nishant Singh Malkani) for their own vested interests and get him married to 20-year-old Guddan.

“Being a new ‘saas’ in the household, where the older ‘bahus’ have ruled the roost for the longest time, Guddan is the quintessential inexperienced outsider faced with resistance, challenges and is time and again stripped powerless by the phrase – ‘Tumse Na Ho Payega’. Will Guddan tide over self-doubt and brave all the daily challenges thrown her way to shut down her critics and cynics once for all by proving ‘Guddan Se Ho Payega’?”

In the serial, Tusli Devi is a constant pillar of strength and a guiding force to her grandson Akshat, who always looks up to his ‘dadi’ in trying times.

While Guddan is flamboyant, carefree and always ready to take risks, making her commit the silliest of mistakes, Akshat is a perfectionist with immense maturity. Set against the backdrop of the vibrant city of Indore, ‘Guddan ...Tumse Na Ho Payega’ will trace the journey of two contrasting personalities, as they struggle to find common ground to lead a happy married life. “As Guddan and Akshat’s contrasting worlds collide, it leads to a lot of drama, some lighter moments and the eternal quest for Guddan to prove that she can take on any challenge and nail it, no matter what her naysayers say,” the promo reads.

Adds Daljit “The show has an intriguing storyline and delivers a very strong message about having faith in yourself and achieving the impossible.”

Among other actors who will be seen in pivotal roles in the serial are Shweta Mahadik, Sehrish Ali, Mayank Verma and Rehan Roy.