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Ajeeb Daastaan Hai Ye (Strange story it is) is an Indian television soap opera produced by Ekta Kapoor's Balaji Telefilms and was broadcast on Life OK channel.[1]

Ajeeb Daastaan Hai Ye
Ajeeb Daastaan Hai Ye.jpg
Logo of Ajeeb Daastaan Hai Ye
GenreRomance
Drama
Created byBalaji Telefilms
Developed byEkta Kapoor
Written byStory and Screenplay
Anil Nagpal and Mohd. Adeel
Dialogues
Ishita Moitra
Directed byMuzammil Desai
Santram Verma
Lalit Marathe
Creative director(s)Tanushree Dasgupta (Balaji Telefilms )
Creative Team
Sandiip Sikcand and Imran Mir
StarringSee Below
Opening themeAjeeb Daastaan Hai Ye
Composer(s)Lalit Sen
Country of originIndia
Original language(s)Hindi
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes110
Production
Producer(s)Ekta Kapoor
Shobha Kapoor
Production location(s)Mumbai
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running timeApprox. 24 minutes
Production company(s)Balaji Telefilms
DistributorStar India
Release
Original networkLife OK
Picture format576i
HDTV 1080i
Original release7 October 2014 (2014-10-07) –
6 March 2015 (2015-03-06)
External links
Website
Production website

The show was the television debut of Bollywood actress Sonali Bendre in fiction.[2] The title of the show Ajeeb Daastaan Hai Ye is inspired by the title song of the 1960 Bollywood film Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai, originally sung by Lata Mangeshkar.[3]

The show was broadcast between 7 October 2014 and 6 March 2015.

Contents

PlotEdit

Shobha (Sonali Bendre) is a middle-aged housewife married to politician Samarth (Harsh Chhaya). The couple has two teenage children and a seemingly happy marriage until Shobha discovers that her husband is having an affair. After confronting him, Shobha asks him to leave the house overnight. She then informs her children and ensures that they do not get to hear their father's side of the story. Her prolonged interactions with a feminist social worker and lawyer are used by the producers to educate the viewer of various laws and police practices that women in India can avail of in such circumstances.

Having taken possession of the house, Shobha decides to support herself and her children by taking up a job. Her boss, Vikram Ahuja (Apurva Agnihotri), is portrayed as a typical patriarchal misogynist. Vikram and Shobha gradually develop a friendship. The story then follows their relationship and Shobha's journey as a divorced single mother.

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ReceptionEdit

Initially, the show was seen as fresh take on the saas-bahu trope in Indian television serials.[7] Explaining why the show was taken off air, the show's co-creator Ekta Kapoor said that audiences were not ready for progressive shows that showed a married woman choosing to move on even after her husband mistreats her.[8] In another interview in 2017, Kapoor said that the show was poorly received as the idea of a woman in a bad marriage moving out and leaving her husband did not match the general accepted thought process of a family despite the show's depiction of reality.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sonali Bendre's show to replace 'Baawre'?
  2. ^ Sonali Bendre is childlike, says TV actor Apurva Agnihotri – Daily News & Analysis
    - Sonali Bendre enters fiction space on TV with Ajeeb Daastan Hai Yeh
    - I never thought of doing a fiction show: Sonali Bendre
  3. ^ Ekta Kapoor's next show on Life Ok titled Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh
  4. ^ "Sonali Bendre was interested in Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh bEcause iT was a finite show - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Sonali Bendre is childlike: Apurva Agnihotri". The Indian Express. 23 September 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Harsh Chhaya to make comeback with 'Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Ye', says not interested in playing father". The Indian Express. 29 September 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Ajeeb Daastaan Hai Yeh / Pilgrim's progress". The Indian Express. 24 October 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  8. ^ "Stop Calling Indian TV 'Regressive' – You're Part of the Problem". The Quint. 18 June 2016. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  9. ^ "Ekta Kapoor on why nobody questions TV, ideas that didn't work and her dream to see Ranveer Singh on small screen". The Indian Express. 29 June 2017. Retrieved 25 July 2019.

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