Revealed: Star Plus’ NaamKaran to have child artiste Ashween as lead!

She will be joined by Barkha Bisht Sengupta, Viraf Patel and Sayantani Ghosh

We know that Mahesh Bhatt has never shied away from revealing his personal life. After Zakhm, which was a film based on his life, the same story is being adapted for TV. NaamKaran that replaces Diya Aur Baati Hum on Star Plus has a small change. Unlike the film, the story will be told from the perspective of a girl. It is not surprising as female leads are more preferred by channels. Actress Ashween has been roped in to play the main protagonist, Avni.

The story will take in a manner similar to Mahesh Bhatt’s 1998 film, Zakhm. The role of Shireen i.e. Mahesh Bhatt’s mother will be essayed by Barkha Bisht. Pooja Bhatt played the part in the film. The father’s role will be played by Viraf Patel who won the Mr India title in 2005. He was last seen on Life Ok’s Ek Boond Ishq. Nagarjuna played the role of Mahesh Bhatt’s father in the film.

While Kunal Kemmu and Ajay Devgn essayed Bhatt saab’s role in the film, actress Ashween will do it. She will play the role of young Avni. The child artiste is a new face and the channel have kept her under wraps.

TV actress Sayantani Ghosh will play Viraf’s wife on the show. As it was shown in the film, Viraf though is married to Sayantani will be also married to a Muslim lady played by Barkha Bisht Sengupta. The serial will be from the child Avni and the role will be played by child actor Ashween. The serial will show the struggle of the child who fights for her legitimacy caught between Muslim society and a orthodox Hindu family.

The show will take Star Plus’ prime time slot September 12. It’s produced by Mahesh Bhatt and Gurudev Bhalla who are producing Udaan on Colors and Rishton Ka Saudagar…Baazigar on Life Ok. It is a huge risk by Star Plus, which is replacing a superhit show like Diya Aur Baati Hum with such offbeat content. We hope it is a welcome change in the rigmarole of saas bahu soaps and supernatural fare.