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Zindagi to premiere 5 new shows in January

By afaqs! news bureau , afaqs!, Mumbai | In Media Publishing | January 08, 2015
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The channel's new offerings are 'Piya Re, 'Khwahishein', 'Maya', 'Mausam' and 'Ijaazat'.

Zindagi, the premium Hindi entertainment channel from Zee Entertainment Enterprises, has announced the launch of five new shows in January.

The channel, that has been airing finite content acquired from Pakistan since its launch, has expanded its portfolio to engage and entertain audiences with fresh stories.

Piya Re

Maya

Priyanka Datta

The channel premiered 'Piya Re' and 'Khwahishein' on January 7. Coming up are 'Maya' on January 12 and 'Mausam' and 'Ijaazat' on January 20. Says Priyanka Datta, business head, Zindagi, "We had made the promise of showcasing superlative differentiated content to our viewers. The five new shows will not only fulfil this promise but also leave a lasting impact in the hearts and minds of our viewers. Each story is unique and has a compelling narrative and will surely make for some awesome television viewing. We hope to continue to entertain our audiences and these five shows are a perfect start to 2015."

An introduction to the shows

Piya Re is a love story that touches upon love, marriage, and the fragility of relationships, sacrifice and acceptance. It's the story of a couple, Faisal and Ujjala, who are madly in love from a young age and finally get married after much hesitation from the girl's father.

The story explores what marriage is really about - sticking together through tough times and through all circumstances, good and bad. Piya Re will see Aamina Sheikh (previously seen in Maat, Ishq Gumshuda and Aina Dulhan Ka) and Adeel Hussain (Mera Naseeb) in the lead roles. It will air at 8 pm.

Khwahishein

The channel has lined up Khwahishein at the 8.30 pm slot. The show is story of Ajia, who like most young girls, dreams of a fairytale life for herself where a Prince Charming will come riding into her life and sweep her off her feet. She hopes for a bright and beautiful future for herself that would take her away from her current middle class existence that is fraught with hardships. The cast of the show includes Aiza Khan (Kahi Unkahi), Mohib Mirza (Yeh Shaadi Nahi Ho Sakti) playing the central characters.

Maya will occupy the 10.15 pm slot on the channel. It is a story of sisterly love that has the capability to strengthen as well as weaken a family. Set in the scenic locales of Murree, Maya is about two sisters Maya and Zarmeena. The story follows the narrative from Zarmeena's point of view as she talks about her sister Maya and their life together. Having lost their mother at an early age, the two sisters are extremely close and inseparable. Maya is chirpy and outspoken, yet sensitive and adorable, whereas Zarmeena is mature and responsible.

However, a family secret related to Maya comes to light, which threatens to ruin the bond between the sisters. The show introduces Neelam Muneer and Ainy Jaffri as the two sisters and has Danish Taimoor (Kaash Mein Teri Beti Na Hoti) and Javed Sheikh (Zindagi Gulzar Hai) playing pivotal roles.

Making its debut on January 20 at 9 pm is Mausam that has one of the most sought-after Pakistani artistes, Sanam Balouch, playing a double role. Mausam is the story of love and sacrifice spanning two generations. The first generation of lovers are the star-crossed cousins Roshan Ara and Mansoor, while the second generation consists of Momin and Sitara, whose love is put to test and what remains to be seen is the fate of their relationship. The roles of both Roshan and Sitara are being played by Balouch who has featured in shows like Dhoop Chaaon and Noorpur ki Rani on Zindagi.

Ijaazat is a compelling tale of love and betrayal. It narrates the story of Sahil, a film director and his writer wife, Seep. Sahil and Seep are madly in love with each other, such is their bond that Seep writes a story about Diya, the woman of her husband's dream, for his upcoming project. Sahil gets obsessed with finding the perfect girl to play Diya and finally meets Pares, who fits the bill. Completely entranced by his female lead, Sahil's love for his wife is questioned as Pares becomes the centre of his world.

Humayun Saeed as Sahil (from Ishq Gumshuda), Deepti Gupta (an actress of Indian origin) as Seep, Adnan Siddiqui (from Mere Qatil Mere Dildar, Maat) as Behraam and Humaima Malik as Pares lead the cast. It will air at the 9.30 pm slot.

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