Monday, December 13, 2010
Taking law into their hands
Dec 3, 2010
Zee TV’s Apno Ke Liye Geeta Ka Dharamyudh, a saas-bahu conflict, revolves around the misuse of Section 498A or the dowry laws of our country. A first for a serial...
Apno Ke Liye Geeta Ka Dharmyudh is the story of the shy but feisty Geeta Bhagat, the 19-year-old who stands up to protect her family who are victims of Section 498A. This law of the Indian constitution gives certain rights to women to use if they are being ill-treated in any manner by their in-laws. But unfortunately it is also abused by many. So while her mother-in-law, Malini Yadav, misuses it, Geeta tries to set things right.
Geeta is being played by Sargun Mehta, the bubbly Neetu of 12/24 Karol Bagh.However, this time round she will be seen sporting spectacles, and a plain Jane look, a complete contrast to her character, Neetu. “I could relate to Neetu who is a lot more like me as a person, but Geeta is a contrast in nature. I had to read the scenes carefully, and work on my body language and expressions to portray her convincingly,” says Sargun.
Urvashi Dholakia, who is best remembered for her portrayal of the scheming Komalika in Kasauti Zindagi Ki will play the shrewd and opportunist mother-in-law, Malini, who twists the law in her favour. The serial is a sort of comeback, for it is almost after three years that the actress will be seen flashing her dagger looks in a serial. “After Kasauti.., I started doing a lot of reality shows like Comedy Circus and Mithi Churi and consciously stayed away from playing negative parts. So when I was approached for this part, I was apprehensive at first. But I quite liked the concept of Geeta, and the role too was very different. I thought it would be a challenge to play a mother of four young adults and a part that was not exactly glamorous,” says Urvashi.
Interestingly both Sargun and Urvashi are aware of 498A and feel that the serial will create an awareness amongst women about this Section. “It’s very important for every woman in today’s world to know the law, and her rights. I know there are many women who do not know that after 6pm there has to be a female police officer present if she is taken for interrogation,” says Urvashi.
“With the serial, many such rules and laws will be highlighted which will help educate the women,” adds the 20-year-old Sargun.
Geeta is one of the two shows in Zee TV’s new primetime slot which starts from 6 pm from December 6.