Maid to teach
Raman Kumar's new serial "Miilee" tells the story of a maidservant who wins over a family
IF AS a film director, Raman Kumar has tasted success with Saath Saath, as an assistant director, he has flicks such as Deewar, Basera and Noorie to his credit.
If as a writer-director of thriving tele-serials, he has Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi, Tara, Ehsaas... Kahani Ek Ghar Ki and Agneepath to talk of, as a documentary filmmaker, Raman has Distant Thunder: An Introspective Study of Assam and Kaifi Azmi: A Profile in his kitty. Now busy making two films Sarhad Paar and Maya Mirage, he has also squeezed in time to write and direct a prime time tele-daily Miilee. It will begin on Star Plus on April 4 at 9 p.m.
Excited about the soap, he says the story is about an orphan maidservant who teaches love and humility to her masters.
Hiring a new face from Delhi, Mona Vasu to play Miilee, he has a rather unusual version of a housemaid here, complete with a body fitting short dress and a lace apron, projected though as the girl-next-door. And always bubbly.
"Miilee grows up in an orphanage for 18 years, and takes up the job of a maid in the nine-member Rastogi family. To win over each is difficult but she finally does it with her pleasant nature. There is a love story here too." Besides first-timer Mona, the Monday to Thursday serial will feature familiar faces Kiran Kumar and Sushma Seth.
Even as Miilee will be launched in April, the countdown forRaman's much-awaited release Sarhad Paar has begun. "Hopefully, it will be released in May this year," he adds. The film, on an Indo-Pakistan theme, features Sanjay Dutt, Tabu, Mahima Choudhury and Chandrachur Singh.
Also, Raman is shooting for an English film Maya Mirage featuring Kabir Bedi. Though he was heard talking about hiring `a big Hollywood actress' for the film, he has now changed tack, "I have short-listed a few foreign actresses for it.
In this film, I want to highlight that meditation and yoga have been part of our culture for centuries and we do not need Westerners to teach us this," he says.
SANGEETA BAROOAH PISHAROTY
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