Waaris (2016 TV series)
Waaris (English: Heir) is an Indian Hindi drama-thriller television series, which was broadcast on &TV from May 16, 2016 to December 1, 2017. The title track of the series have been sung by Nooran Sisters. Based on the practice of Bacha posh, the show stars Aarti Singh and Sania Touqueer in lead roles respectively, supported by Anand Suryavanshi, Akshay Dogra, Swati Bajpai in other pivotal roles.
|Genre||Social drama thriller|
|Created by||Devyani Rale|
|Written by||Devyani Rale, Manasvi Sharma, Malvika Asthana, Pranjal Saxena, Nikhil Vaddiboina and Nishikant Roy|
|Directed by||Manmeet Singh Sodhi Tabrez khan|
|Creative director(s)||Niraj Kumar Mishra|
|Theme music composer||Ashish Rego and Saurabh Kalsi|
|Country of origin||India|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||398|
|Producer(s)||Ashvini Yardi and Devyani Rale|
|Production location(s)||Mumbai, India|
|Running time||20 minutes approx.|
|Production company(s)||Viniyard Films, India|
|Distributor||Zee Entertainment Enterprises|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV) |
|Original release||16 May 2016 –|
1 December 2017
Plot : SEASON 1Edit
Waaris tells about the story of Amba Pawaniya (Aarti Singh), a Punjabi mother who is forced to raise her girl child, Manpreet Pawaniya, as a boy, in efforts to keep peace in the village and prevent her violent brother-in-law Jaggan Pawaniya (Akshay Dogra) from taking leadership.
The show deals with its consequences, and focuses on different situations. It shows the horrible gender discrimination still popular in society, along with every mother's protective nature towards her child.
7 year later : SEASON 1 ...Edit
Amba has brought her own seven-year-old daughter Manpreet (Sania Touqeer) who is named Mannu as a boy, to keep Mannu's father Charan Pawaniya (Mohammed Iqbal Khan)'s title. Amba doesn't want Jaggan to become leader of the village as he is a cruel ruler and he will destroy the village - if given the power.
Mannu naturally tends to go for female things like her older sisters who were also Amba & Charan's another daughters, Simran aka Simmi (Farhina Parvez) and Gunjan, once Mannu learns of her truth, she decides to become the son her mother needs and suppresses the girl in her. Mannu's oldest sister, Simmi, learns of Mannu's truth and supports her whenever she wants to indulge in her feminine side.
Later, Mannu befriends Raj Bajwa (Wahib Kapadia), a handicapped boy, who is neglected by his father Harjeet Bajwa (Anand Suryavanshi) due to his disability. Although the Pawania's and Bajwa's are known for their rivalry, they both work together to try and bring peace to the village.
Mannu also befriends an older man named Jai (Ashish Kapoor), and even thinks to match make her mother and Jai. Unfortunately, Jai dies in an accident. Then enters Mohini (Jasveer Kaur), Jai's friend from his former life, who loves Jai dearly. Meanwhile, Simmi falls in love with Harjeet Bajwa's eldest son, Raman.
Mannu sees this as an opportunity to bring the clashing families together, and to form a bond of love between the Pawania and Bajwa families. Amba and Harjeet Bajwa refuse to accept this, and when Raman and Simmi elope to get married, their families find them. An intense confrontation leads to Mohini secretly shooting Raman, and in return - Harjeet shoots Simmi.
Due to the fact Mannu was holding a gun pointed towards Raman during this, the Bajwa's assume that Mannu is responsible for their son Raman's death. Simmi is declared dead, the friendship between Raj and Mannu is broken, and Raj & Raman's mother, Amrit (Vandana Lalwani) takes Raj to a city with her, leaving her husband Harjeet Bajwa and her another son, Rohan (also Raj & Raman's brother).
Ten year leap : SEASON 2Edit
Manpreet (Farnaz Shetty) has grown up to be Mannu, the Shah of the village. Now, Mannu's second older sister, Gunjan (Ankita Bahugana), also knows about Mannu's truth. Mannu secretly dresses as a girl every once in a while and goes by the name Preet (now her second nickname). When Raj (Neel Motwani) returns to the village, he falls in love with Preet, not knowing she is Mannu herself.
Eventually, Raj comes to know that Mannu and Preet are the same person. He convinces Preet to show her true identity and marry him. When Amba finds out about the relationship between Mannu and Raj, she tries to kill him. But Preet dresses up as a bride and takes Raj to a temple to marry her.
As soon as Preet-Raj get married, Raj reveals that it was all a plan by him to take revenge on her for his brother Raman's death. The village council dethrones her from the title of shah, and she is sentenced to live her life outside of the Pawania clan.
With the help of Amrit (Raj's mother), Preet enters the Bajwa's house. Then enters Sakshi (Roop Durgapal/Vindhya Tiwari), Raj's best friend who also loves him, but Raj doesn't return her feelings. Sakshi and Mohini (who is now Harjeet Bajwa's second wife) try to create distance in Raj and Preet's relationship.
Later, Simmi is revealed to be alive but has lost her memory and is mentally unstable. Rohan (Sanket Choukse), Raj's alcoholic brother, finds Simmi when she is running away from where Amba has hid her. He wanted to use her to destroy Pawania's respect, but eventually feels bad for her, and keeps her hidden. Due to Mohini, Simmi is exposed, and forced to live with the Bajwas as their dead son Raman's wife.
Mohini becomes very afraid because Simmi knows that she killed Raman. Raj makes a deal with Preet that states that he will help her in recalling Simmi's memory, but has to divorce Raj right after. Raj and Preet do everything to make Simmi memory back but fail.
Mohini who is scared, brings Simmi's former fiancé who leaved her 10 years ago named Chandar (Angad Hasija) back to their lives who has now became Chandar Baba, a fraud guru who flirts with Preet and Simmi both. He decides to get married to Simmi, which Preet and Amba don't want because they know his truth.
Preet decides to get married to Chandar to save Simmi. Seeing Preet close to Chandar, Raj realises that he now loves Preet, but she no more believes him. Raj and Rohan find out that Mohini has killed Raman, not Preet. He decides to prove it but fails and according to Mohini's plan, Preet is again framed. Jaggan is arrested now because of kidnapping his own daughter Bubbly and blackmailing his family.
However, on the day of wedding, Mohini is arrested and Simmi is married to Rohan secretly and she recalls her memory. Preet is saved from Chandar, but is shot while saving Raj from him. Chandar is arrested but is still conspiring against Preet. Simmi rejects Rohan and doesn't believe their marriage.
While Amba doesn't want any Bajwa's connection with her daughters Simmi and Preet, Raj proposes to Preet and confesses his love, but Preet rejects his love and hates him. Now both Raj and Rohan fight for their love while Preet and Simmi both reject them. While Preet makes Amba the Shah of Pawania's, others oppose her and there is a major conspiracy done by Chandar. There is a fight between men and women.
Raj supports Preet but she doesn't believe him. To help and save Pawania's and women from the conspiracy, Raj and Rohan come to the Pawania's home as women of an NGO. Raj and Rohan eventually win over their respective ladies and Amba becomes Shah. The epilogue shows Preet teaching her kids, nieces and nephews that there is no difference between men and women. FINAL EPISODE : 25 MINUTES RECAP OF THE ENTIRE SHOW
- Aarti Singh as Amba Pawania
- Farnaz Shetty as Manpreet Pawania (Preet/Mannu)
- Neel Motwani as Rajveer Bajwa (Raj)
- Anand Suryavanshi as Harjeet Bajwa
- Jasveer Kaur as Mohini Bajwa
- Akshay Dogra as Jaggan Pawania
- Farhina Parvez as Simran Pawania (Simmi)
- Kaivalya Chheda as Sukhveer Pawaniya (Sukhi)
- Sanket Choukse as Rohan Bajwa
- Ankita Bahugana as Gunjan Pawania
- Nitin Goswami/Unknown as Gunjan's husband
- Swati Bajpai as Ravee Pawania
- Vandana Lalwani as Amrit Bajwa
- Unknown as Bubbly Pawania
- Kushabh Manghani as Nihaal Bajwa
- Angad Hasija as Chandar
- Mohammed Iqbal Khan as Charan Pawania (Cameo)
- Sania Touqueer as young Manpreet Pawania (Mannu)
- Wahib Kapadia as young Rajveer Bajwa (Raj)
- Unknown as young Rohan Bajwa
- Yatin Mehta as Raman Bajwa
- Unknown as young Gunjan Pawania
- Roop Durgapal/Vindhya Tiwari as Sakshi
- Lavina Tandon as Swaroop Bajwa
- Mukesh Khanna as Lalaji 
- Sucheta Shivkumar as Deena Pawania
- Rahul Verma Rajput as Raj's friend
- Lakshya Wahi as Yuvraaj
- Dolly Bindra as Dumroo Daayan
- Pankaj Berry as Suraiya
- Gaurav Sharma as Veeru
- Bhavana Balsavar as Sushila
- Sneh Mirani as young Sukhveer Pawania (Sukhi)
- Ashish Kapoor as Jai
Urmimala Banerjee of Bollywood Life has commented "Waaris has the feel of the JP Dutta films of the 80s – earthy, masculine and dramatic. The highlight is obviously the performances. Right from Iqbal to Aarti Singh, they are in fine form. The plot has resemblances to Anup Singh’s Qissa. Here the difference is instead of the father, it’s the mother who makes her daughter live like a son. According to the makers, it is based on the tradition of Bacha Posh, which is quite prevalent in Afghanistan and Pakistan. With supernatural sagas and family dramas ruling TV, Waaris has a newer theme. It remains to be seen how the makers keep up the tempo, which is quite good in the first episode."
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