Punjab on Ekta's radar


By Hindustan Times

NEW DELHI, Dec. 15 -- After producing TV shows in Marathi, Bhojpuri and south Indian languages, soap queen Ekta Kapoor is now looking towards Punjab. Her first show in her mother tongue is titled, Kinna Sona Tennu Rab Ne Banaya.

The show, currently being shot in Film City, will also be shot in the interiors of Punjab. he show's lead actor, model Teejay Siddhu, will be shown running a roadside dhaba with her two sisters and mother, all of whom have been abandoned by their alcoholic father.

The show's title has been borrowed from a hit number by the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. It has been used in a track specially created for the show, sung by Jaspinder Narula. "My parents will be the happiest to watch the episodes," beams Teejay, who is making her acting debut with a show in her mother tongue.

"As kids, they ensured that my brothers, sisters and I never spoke English at home in Vancouver. We were taught to speak, read and write Punjabi." The show is based in rural Punjab, and highlights the struggle of a four-woman family. The first promos of the show have been put on air with footage of Ekta's previous popular shows like Kahanii Ghar Ghar Kii and Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi as reference points. Talking about the viewership of regional shows, Teejay says, "Regional channels always have a better following in the respective language regions. They're also watched abroad."