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Umang Jain plays super-goddess in ‘Devi’

Thursday, March 12, 2015
By Sandeep Hattangadi

With a vision of bringing audiences an original Indian superhero series, Zee TV introduced ‘Maharakshak’  the superhero trilogy. Experiencing a fantasy world brought alive through cutting-edge visual effects, state-of-the-art graphics technology and stunt choreography of international standards for the very first time on Indian television, viewers instantly connected with the first part of the trilogy, ‘Aryan’. The show appealed especially to children and men, adding great value to Zee TV’s weekend ‘family unifier’ band that aims to provide entertainment for each member of the family. Having raised the bar for action thrillers and the fantasy genre on Indian television with ‘Aryan’, the channel now presents the second part of the ‘Maharakshak’ trilogy, ‘Devi’.

What’s the USP of the show?
Taking the heady mix of drama, action, thrills and emotions associated with the ‘Maharakshak’ trilogy to the next level, ‘Devi’ tells the story of a girl who discovers superpowers within her and sets out on a mission to combat contemporary social evils. Starting 14th March at 7 pm every Saturday and Sunday, Zee TV’s ‘Maharakshak Devi’ will urge every Indian girl to look within for the strength to make a difference, because there’s a ‘Devi’ inside you.

What kind of evils are you going to fight in the show?
Evil might have taken on different contemporary forms but their origins can be traced back to ancient mythology. Taking cues from this, the show traces the journey of a divine child who is chosen for the important role of protecting the earth against powerful 'asuras' (demons) who have manifested themselves in a number of modern-day avatars ranging from vicious criminals to corrupt politicians and serial rapists to fraudulent scamsters. Unaware of the infinite power she possesses, God’s chosen one has spent 17 years away from human civilization. Her extraordinary journey starts when she is mentored by her guru Brihaspati who helps her connect with her inner strength and sends her back to human civilization with a purpose.

How different is this ‘Devi’?
She is  a girl blessed with superpowers that she will leverage to surmount evil that has manifested itself in various modern-day avatars. She is the embodiment of the collective strength of every contemporary Indian woman and in that sense, urges every woman out there to draw from her inner strength to be the Devi she truly is.

There are a lot of action scenes in this show. Were they difficult for you?
I am a black belt in karate and from school onwards I have learnt different martial arts and this helped me to portray the difficult action scenes in the show.

Is it a finite show?
Yes. There will be a definite start and an end to the show.

Who are the other actors in the show?
Popular actor Rohit Bakshi will lend his powerful persona to the role of her guru 'Brihaspati'. The evil Shukracharya will be played by the talented actor Indraneil Sengupta. The show is produced by Nitin Keni’s Essel Vision Productions Ltd (EVPL), ZEEL’s creative and production studio.


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