Zee TV to replace Jhansi ki Rani with Shobha Somnath Ki

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MUMBAI: Zee TV has decided to take its audience back to history. After the end of Jhansi ki Rani, the channel is geared up to launch historical drama, Shobha Somnath Ki- Matrubhoomi ki Prem Deewani, from Monday, 20 June, at the 8 pm band.

Shobha Somnathi Ki narrates the story of India's unsung heroine Shobha who stood tall and strong in the face of a fiery invasion by Mughal emperor Mahmud of Ghazni. The story follows her journey as she learns all about love, life, valour and sacrifice from her closest relatives, the King Daddachalukya and his wife Maharani Gayatri Devi of Bharuch.

For Zee TV, it is one of the biggest fictions, and the channel is spending lavishly on the production of the show. The set of Shobha Somnathi ki is built on a plot of 9 acres with 500 skilled artisans’ working over a year, claims the channel. The vision of the set takes back to the 11th century.

Zee TV head- fiction programming Sukesh Motwani said, "We've gone the extra mile to ensure that we get the finer nuances right. Over a year of extremely meticulous research and development on the set, costumes, jewellery, dialects and diction, traditions and rituals has resulted in an extremely authentic re-creation of the royal lifestyles of
Bharuch and Patan from over 10 centuries ago.”

The cast of Shobha Somanth Ki comprises Yash Tonk playing
Daddachalukya, model-turned actor Amrita Raichand essaying the role of Maharani Gayatri Devi. Baby Ashnoor Kaur, who was last seen playing Prachi in Jhansi Ki Rani, will step into the shoes of young Shobha. Sadashiv Amrapurkar will make his Hindi television debut as the evil priest Rudrabhada.

Other names include Pankaj Dheer, Avinash Wadhawan, Roma Bali and Sudhir Dalvi. The show is being produced by Indira Media and Candlestick Productions.

Zee TV and Zee Cinema head- marketing Akash Chawla said, “At a time when most channels are making a beeline for high-TRP recipes with three basic ingredients - stars, controversies and reality shows - Zee TV has chosen to take the least trodden path of digging into unexplored chapters of Indian history that have the potential of making a remarkable story when told interestingly.”

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