Mumbai : Sony Entertainment Television’s latest prime time offering Ladies Special brings forth the journey of three starkly different personalities, belonging to different socio-economic backgrounds, who happen to meet each other on a Ladies Special local train. With an engaging narrative that weaves three stories of hope, friendship, aspiration and womanhood, the show will redefine the audience’s outlook towards life. The stories and characters are rooted in the reality of middle class life in Urban India and so are their aspirations and anxieties. Produced by Vipul D. Shah’s Optimystix Entertainment, Ladies Special will premiere on Nov 27and will air every Mon-Fri at 9:30PM only on Sony Entertainment Television.
Meghna Nikade, represents the everyday struggles of a working woman, a hardworking wife and a mother. While she was raised in a lower middle class set up where dreams and aspirations were always measured and limited, she is determined to provide the best for her children. is it wrong for her to expect more for her children considering her family’s income is limited?
Bindu Desai, who hails from a small town in Gujarat, was ecstatic when she married a doctor from the city of dreams – Mumbai. But her happiness was shattered on the first night of her wedding when her husband confessed that he was in love with someone else. Yet, the optimistic Bindu, builds a relationship based on friendship and trust with her husband with a promise to reunite him with his love. She approaches every hurdle in her life with so much optimism that it’s not only infectious but makes the problem at hand look trivial. But how long will this optimism be able to hide her pain?
Prarthna Kashyap, has gracefully stepped out of the shadows and taken charge to provide for her family. Without her the family will wither. While she had the opportunity to settle down and leave her family behind, she did not. Being a woman, why does putting family at the forefront come at a cost?
These stories are not only relatable but a strong representation of women at large. Like they say, a strong woman loves, forgives, walks away, let’s go, tries again, and perseveres… but doesn’t let go of her hopes and aspirations no matter what life throws at her. Starring popular television and theatre personalities like Girija Oak(Meghna Nikade), Bijal Joshi(Bindu Desai) and Chhavvi Pandey(Prarthna Kashyap), get your ummeed ka ticket for this beautiful journey called life.
Ashish Golwalkar, Senior Creative Director – Programming, Sony Entertainment Television shared, “Ladies Special applauds the hopes and aspirations of today’s women and we are certain that women will identify themselves with the main characters and their stories. Vipul has kept the narrative and the look of the show very real and we are confident that this show will strike a chord with the audience.”
Bijal Joshi, portrays the character of Bindu Desai in Ladies Special said, “Bindu is a surreal character if you ask me. Her positivity is extremely contagious and there is so much that I have personally learnt from this character. Having said that, she is not funny. I had to consciously keep that in mind whist essaying the role. I went back to the time when I was actively involved with movies and theatre in Gujarat and I had observed how Gujaratis conversed in Hindi. That’s what I have maintained for Bindu so that it comes across as authentic as possible. Ladies Special as a show is beautifully scripted and I am confident that the audience will be able to relate to the stories as their own.“
Girija Oak, portrays the character of Meghana Nikade in Ladies Special opines, “ Meghana Nikade – the character I will be seen portraying on Ladies Special is an amalgamation of aspirations of your regular every-woman living in a city like Mumbai. She’s a wife, a mother, a daughter, a daughter-in-law…and a multitude of other roles that a woman fulfils through her lifetime. Her goals and aspirations are simple, also achievable, yet always ever so slightly out of reach. Meghana’s story is one of the constant struggle of a woman out to create a better life for herself and her family and securing a bright future for her children. All she wants in her life is for her to be able to give the best possible life to her children with the limited income that comes into the household. It’s a story of hope, determination, perseverance and above all, the relationships that we form as women with those around us.”
Chhavvi Pandey, portrays the character of Prarthana Kashyap commented, “The moment I read about Prarthana’s character, I knew I had to do it! Prarthana’s story is the story of a woman’s inner strength. When faced with adversities, Prarthana doesn’t cower in fear. She’s the kind of woman who rises to the challenge and faces it with grace. What is most fascinating about this character is that it showcases the true worth of a woman in the way she handles difficult situations and refuses to be defined by them. Not only is this character shaping up to be extremely interesting, as an actor, it has allowed me to learn more and grow. When you watch Ladies Special, I’m sure you will feel a sense of kinship and pride in the way these three women on the show navigate their lives and relationships and form a bond of friendship as they commute together every day.”
Ladies Special will be starting 27th Nov, every Mon-Fri at 9:30PM on Sony Entertainment Television