Mumbai – Bringing alive the bond of sisters is a brand new offering from Colors – Shastri Sisters – a show that follows the life of four sisters – Alka (Neha Pednekar), Anushka (Ishita Ganguly), Devyani (Sonal Vengurlekar) and Peeya (Pragati Chourasiya) – as they make their journey from Kanpur to Delhi, while supporting each other on the rollercoaster of life. Produced by Shakuntalam Telefilms, Shastri Sisters will air every Monday to Saturday at 7pm.
The Shastri Sisters
Alka, Anushka, Devyani and Peeya find their lives changing drastically as they follow their father, Narayan Shastri (Rajesh Jais), who transfers to New Delhi for his government job. Facing the new world head on, smiling through not-so-easy moments of life, the Shastri Sisters become each other’s biggest strengths. Together, they learn to navigate the unfamiliar streets and ways of the big city, often finding themselves in chuckle-worthy and sometimes poignant situations.
Speaking about the show, Prashant Bhatt, Weekday Programming Head of Colors, said, “Through Shastri Sisters, we are looking at presenting a story people can relate to – a slice of life tale that brings alive the bitter sweet moments of life as witnessed by four young girls who are sisters and friends for life. Every viewer will find himself or herself in the story. And we are delighted to be partnering with Shakuntalam Telefilms once again to create a show that I’m sure will touch hearts and make each of you smile.”
Speaking about the show, Neelima Bajpai, Creative Head and Co-Founder of Shakuntalam Telefilms, said, Shastri Sisters is a concept tracing the journey of four sisters who find themselves uprooted from their family home in Kanpur to move to New Delhi. We have shot extensively across New Delhi – Lajpat Nagar, Chandni Chowk, Pahad Ganj to bring alive the storyline while building authenticity for the show.”
Commenting on her role, Neha Pednekar aka Alka, said, “I don’t have a sister in real life. Working on this show helped me understand sisterhood and the importance of the strong bond which keeps them together.” Ishita Ganguly, playing the role of Anushka, said, “For Shastri Sisters, I have moved from Kolkata to Mumbai. This created a sense of relatability because the sisters find themselves in a similar situation when moving from Kanpur to Delhi changes their lives!” Devyani aka Sonal Vengurlekar, said, “Even though I have dabbled in television before, working in Shastri Sisters is like a dream come true because it gives me an opportunity to explore various nuances of my personality.” Pragati Chourasiya, playing the role of the youngest sister Peeya, said, “After four hard and long years of working on television, I am excited about the fresh challenge that Shastri Sisters presents to me. My character is not only the youngest but also the over-protected sister who is the apple of everyone’s eye!”
With a fresh cast and relatable characters, Shastri Sisters includes strong actors portraying pivotal characters such as the simpleton father, Narayan Shastri (Rajesh Jais) who works for the government and the do-gooder Delhi-based landlord Sareen (Girish Sehdev), popularly known as “Lalaji” in the moholla who loves his daily dose of whiskey. Minty Sareen (Neelu Kohli) is the snobbish and stubborn wife of the landlord, the gossip queen of the neighbourhood and the proud mother of two sons Rajat (Vijayendra Kumeria) and Neel (Sumit Bhardwaj).
To ensure that Shastri Sisters are topic of conversations across the country, Colors has undertaken a 360-degree integrated marketing campaign across cable, radio, OOH including in-train branding, print and television mediums. The channel has also designed a special digital campaign encapsulating an interactive quiz across social media platforms.