At a time when there is intense debate over the recent High Court judgment legalising gay relationships in India, Doordarshan is going ‘gay ga’ with a romantic comedy, called ‘Bajega Band Baaja’, which revolves around a gay man. The public broadcaster has begun airing this all new prime time serial on DD National from July 14, 2009.
Produced by Hasmukh Shah and Navita Kessar, and directed by Sundeep Dara, the serial depicts the dilemma of a young NRI man, who is a gay and is faced with a difficult situation to marry an Indian girl. Actor Swapnil Joshi plays the young gay ‘Sameer’, who comes from the US to meet his dying father, who leaves behind a will saying that Sameer has to marry an Indian girl within one year or else he stands to lose his entire fortune to a trust.
In his hunt for an Indian girl, Sameer is caught in a quadrangle game of love, giving an interesting twist to this romantic comedy that has Ami Trivedi, Pallavi Chandran and Prinal Oberoi in the female leads. The highlight of the serial is its music by Lalit Sen.
Another interesting offering from Doordarshan is a daily soap, ‘Kasak’, also on DD National. This afternoon serial directed by Alok Nath Dixit revolves around the story of an honest, fearless and committed woman journalist, who sacrifices everything to expose the misdeeds and corruption of powerful people, including media owners.