Hindi general entertainment channel Life OK is launching an unconventional love story 'Ek Tha Chandar Ek Thi Sudha'. The show, launching on September 21, is based on the iconic novel 'Gunahon Ka Devta' written by Dharamvir Bharati. It will be aired Monday to Friday at 7 pm. The author, who was awarded Padma Shri in 1972, is also known for his creations like 'Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda' and 'Andha Yug'. 'Gunahon Ka Devta' was published in 1949 and 71 editions of the book have been published so far.
The novel was written at a time when Indians were moving from colonialism to independence, but were still engulfed by regressive norms within the country. 'Gunahon Ka Devta' was among the first Hindi novels that discussed subjects like sexuality, caste and religious discrimination. The book questioned the place of sex in ideal love, a topic that resonated deeply with the youth of that time. The book, written way ahead of its time, inspired an entire generation of writers and movie makers to court the conflict between physical and platonic love more openly. In the last 65 years, multiple filmmakers have tried to adapt the story.
Life OK is part of Star India which is a fully-owned subsidiary of 21st Century Fox. It broadcasts more than 40 channels in seven languages, claiming to reach more than 720 million viewers every week, across India, and in 100 countries worldwide. The network's entertainment channel portfolio includes Star Gold, Channel V, Star World, Star Movies, Star Utsav, Movies OK and Star Plus. It has presence in regional broadcasting as well, through a bouquet of affiliate channels which includes Star Jalsha, Jalsha Movies, Star Pravah, Asianet, Asianet Plus, Suvarna, Suvarna Plus and Vijay.