If one makes a list of iconic Bengali TV serials, the Ravi Ojha directed Ek Akasher Niche will definitely feature high on it. From a stellar cast with fresh faces — many of whom are ruling Tollywood now – to a compelling storyline and great acting, the serial still resonates with a lot of viewers. Ahead of World Television Day, we got four women, who watched Ek Akasher Niche (you can now watch it on ZEE5), to rewind and tell us what they liked about the serial. Read on.
Somini Sen Dua: I used to love the show and fell for Koushik Sen. Actors like Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Saswata Chatterjee, Swastika Mukherjee were all launched in the show. It was meant for the urban audiences and was a very fresh concept. We could relate to it. Ek Akasher Niche was about a modern joint family in Bengal and the characters spoke of topics like politics, medicine, equal rights and not break into a dance and stuff. It was very cosmopolitan. It showed a Bengal away from the zamindar family and ornate jewellery and antels from Jadavpur University stereotypes. I am a south Kolkata resident from one of the premium schools and a student of Nabaneeta Dev Sen too so a melting point of both in the serial appealed to me. There were no multiplexes then and we could enjoy half an hour of modern soap in my language over a cup of tea.