Ayub Khan, Reena Kapoor and Mahira Khurrana put in good performances
Stories on two sisters are working well on Indian TV. Kumkum Bhagya and Swaragini being the two examples right now. Rashmi Sharma Telefilms is back with Shakti Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki, a show based on the unwanted girl child, at least by the looks of it. Gradually, both the girls will fall in love with the same man, played by Vivian Dsena.
We are introduced to a well-to-do Punjabi family in Gurdaspur. The wife saves her newborn baby girl, who has been buried deep by her husband and mother-in-law. Angry, she swears that she will protect her daughter 24x7 and no one would dare touch her. Eight years later, the little infant has grown up to be Saumya (Mahira Khurrana), a lovely but lonely little child, who has never stepped outside her home. Does this premise remind you of the Room? The mother's care borders on the verge of paranoia but the real reason has not been revealed so far.
Her father, Maninder played by Ayub Khan dotes on his younger daughter and refuses to even accept the existence of the older one. Speculations fly around about how his wife was already pregnant with her elder daughter before her marriage with him. A fist fight over this issue lands him in police custody but his wife, Nimi played by Reena Kapoor is worried about Saumya, who has stepped outside her home for the first time. The mother had warned her daughter against stepping out saying she would be kidnapped by chudails (witches) and we see a woman stalking Saumya.
Was it so murky about Saumya's past that she is kept hidden away from the world? Is it her uncertain parentage or something more sensitive? The first episode has ended on a mysterious note and we really want to know the real reason behind Saumya's social isolation.
The lead actors have put in a good show, especially Ayub Khan who has aced the hatred for the child. Mahira Khurrana looks innocent and you can feel her plight. The makers have not showcased Punjab in a touristy way but kept it very real.
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