Tanuja to appear on a TV show, Aarambh

Sources say that Tanuja will soon be seen in the fiction show Aarambh produced by Goldie Behl. The show that traces the beginning of civilisation will see the clash between two clans — Aryans and Dravidians.

Tanuja will belong to the Dravidian clan and play the spiritual sooth-sayer who guides her clan. The show also stars Rajniesh Duggal and south actress Karthika in the lead roles. The shooting will start by the end of this week and the serial is slated to air either from the last week of February or first week of March. In the past, Tanuja has judged a TV show Rock-N-Roll Family along with Kajol and Ajay Devgn.

Tanuja was last in the news for the remake of 1971 mega-blockbuster Haathi Mere Saathi. The film broke all box-office records in the 70s’. It was directed by Tamil director MA Thurumugham. The remake will be directed by another Tamil director Prabhu Solomon and produced by Ajit Thakur.

However, it won’t be easy to do a remake of a film where an animal plays a pivotal role, warns the chief of the censor board Pahlaj Nihalani. “The Animal Welfare Board is constantly monitoring every thing to do with animals in our films. What was acceptable 45 years ago won’t be acceptable today. In the original Haathi Mere Saathi the elephant was killed. The Animal Welfare Board won’t allow that. There was a superhit song ‘Chal Chal Mere Haathi’ where the elephant pulls Rajesh Khanna and Tanuja’s broken-down car. Again this would not be approved by the Animal Welfare Board,” says Nilahani. However, Ajit Thakur, the producer of the remake, maintains that the remake would be very different from the original.