Zee TV latest primetime is a 'social drama'

By afaqs! news bureau , afaqs!, Mumbai | In Media Publishing | October 29, 2015
'Kaala Teeka' will attempt to break the shackles of superstition.

Zee TV's new primetime offering 'Kaala Teeka', which launches on November 2, at 7 pm, attempts to break the shackles of age-old superstitions and endeavours to create awareness amongst the masses against such social ills. Set in Mithila, Bihar, it is the story of two young girls whose lives are entwined by an act of superstition.

The show captures the journey of a girl child 'Kaali ' who is treated as a human 'Kaala Teeka' for another child Gauri, and is expected to shadow her everywhere for the well-being of the latter. This regressive, superstitious belief of using one child's presence merely to ward off evil influences from another poses several obstacles in the former's path of growth and overall development. It showcases Kaali's journey of hope as she overcomes these challenges and enables Gauri to find her true self.

Kaala Teeka

Produced by Tony and Deeya Singh under their banner DJ's Creative Unit, the show features actress Mita Vasisht. She will play the role of the matriarch, and be responsible for all the troubles in the lives of the lead protagonists, Gauri and Kaali. The show also introduces two new faces Adaa Narang and Sargam Khurana as Gauri and Kaali respectively.

Pradeep Hejmadi (1st from left) with the producers and cast of the show

Zee TV business head Pradeep Hejmadi says, "With Kaala Teeka, the objective is to sensitise audiences to question age-old beliefs, define their own limits to blindly follow superstitions in their lives and to bring about a progressive shift in their mindsets. The attempt is to encourage our viewers to think rationally and do away with archaic traditions and blind faith that impedes one's growth and overall development. Our previous association with Tony and Deeya Singh has produced hits including Banegi Apni Baat and Chhoti Bahu. We look forward to a great show in Kaala Teeka."

Producers Tony and Deeya Singh say, "Kaala Teeka says a big no to bigotry and urges people to broaden their horizons and ignore outdated superstitious beliefs. In showcasing the journey of Kaali and Gauri, we're trying to create awareness about certain age-old, redundant practices and superstitious beliefs that are unfortunately still prevalent in India. The story captures Kaali's journey of hope as she fights for her place under the sun and reaches out to her own dreams and aspirations, rather than being relegated to leading the life of a human kaala teeka."

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