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Zee TV launches new fantasy series 'Devi'

By afaqs! news bureau , afaqs!, New Delhi | In Media Publishing | March 12, 2015
This is the second part of the 'Maharakshak' trilogy and will be aired at 7 PM, every Saturday and Sunday, starting March 14.

Zee TV had launched 'Maharakshak' - the superhero trilogy in November 2014, introducing the first part of the series 'Aryan'. It brought alive a fantasy world through visual effects, graphics technology and stunt choreography. The show appealed especially to children and men, adding value to Zee TV's weekend 'family unifier' band.

The channel has now launched the second part of the 'Maharakshak' trilogy - 'Devi', which tells the story of a girl who discovers superpowers within her and sets out on a mission to combat contemporary social evils. It will be aired at 7 PM, every Saturday and Sunday, starting March 14.

Cast of Maharakshak Devi with the spokesperson on the press conference

Evil might have taken on different contemporary forms, but their origins can be traced back to ancient mythology. Taking cues from this, the show traces the journey of a divine child who is chosen for the important role of protecting the earth against powerful asuras who have manifested themselves in a number of modern-day avatars, ranging from vicious criminals to corrupt politicians and serial rapists to fraudulent scamsters. Unaware of the infinite power she possesses, God's chosen one has spent 17 years away from human civilization. Her extraordinary journey starts when she is mentored by her guru Brihaspati who helps her connect with her inner strength and sends her back to human civilization with a purpose.

At the launch announcement of the show, Zee TV unveiled the concept through a unique, enthralling display of sand art that brought alive the context and the circumstances that led to the birth and rise of Devi and the mission she sets out on.

Pradeep Hejmadi

Pradeep Hejmadi, Zee TV's business head, says, "Fantasy, as a genre, had little or no representation on Indian television until we introduced the 'Maharakshak' trilogy last year. The attempt was to give viewers an original Indian superhero series and the first part 'Aryan' was successful in that endeavour. With the second part, 'Devi', the premise of 'Good against Evil' endures, but our protagonist is now a girl blessed with superpowers that she will leverage to surmount evil that has manifested itself in various modern-day avatars. She is the embodiment of the collective strength of every contemporary Indian woman, and, in that sense, urges every woman out there to draw from her inner strength to be the Devi she truly is."

While Umang Jain will essay the title role of Devi, actor Rohit Bakshi will lend his powerful persona to the role of her guru Brihaspati. The evil Shukracharya will be played by actor Indraneil Sengupta. The show is produced by Essel Vision Productions, ZEEL's creative and production studio.