The young stars of the TV serial “Uttaran” dawn upon the Seelampur slums
Despite the heat and dry air, the Ram Mandir at Seelampur — one of the biggest slums in the city – was brimming with eager residents, gathered there to catch a glimpse of their favourite stars from the TV serial Uttaran aired on Colors.
After a special community screening of their prime time shows, the channel organised a quiz for the young fans of Ichcha and Tapasya — the two lead characters of the show. Prizes were given away to the lucky winners. The children got even more excited as they were given an opportunity to interact with the actors and ask questions. A delightful evening full of games and laughter followed.
The plot of the serial revolves around Ichcha who is shown to be living in the slums of Mumbai but has her eyes set on the sky. To make ends meet, her mother takes up a job at a rich household, where Ichcha meets Tapasya, the only child of the affluent family. A friendship develops soon between the two despite their starkly different family backgrounds. The social stigma attached to her being a maid’s daughter jeopardises her friendship with Tapasya, which makes her question her fate and come to terms with the harsh reality.
The children were elated not only because they could meet actors of their own age but also because they were able to relate to the character of Ichcha due to the similarities many of them share with her life. Nine year-old Sparsh who essays the role of Ichcha in the serial, said, “I am happy to have made so many friends today. They are children just like Ichcha and Tapasya. They all have big dreams and aspirations like Ichcha.” Asked what she feels about slum-dwellers, she said, she wants to be an IAS officer and build “flats for them with tiles.” Eleven year-old Ishita who plays Tapasya remarked, “It makes us very happy to know that they like Uttaran and our roles. I hope I get to meet them again. This is a wonderful experience.” Though she loves acting at the moment, Ishita dreams of becoming a doctor someday. The little leading girls study on the sets between the shoots and enjoy doing so.
The show is telecast on Colors at 10:00 pm from Monday to Thursday.ABAN USMANI, SAARTHAK JUNEJA