MUMBAI—Is Masculine & Heroic the True Mard (man)? Aapka Colors introduces “Roop” – Mard ka Naya Swaroop” that questions this dogma. Premiering May 28, it does ask about such set beliefs.
Tough, strong, muscular and in control epitomizes the “ideal” man. What’s more – masculinity defines the true Mard as one who never shows a weakness, doesn’t shed a tear and considers being sensitive a sign of being feminine. With an aim to shatter such stereotypes, the show introduces viewers to “Roop – Mard Ka Naya Swaroop.” It is produced by Rashmi Sharma Telefilms Ltd.
The young Roop (played by Afaan Khan) is born into a family with three sisters. By default, he loves helping his mom and playing with his sisters, which in the real world isn’t considered appropriate for boys. As an 8-year-old boy, Roop is very confused why the universe is pushing girls to become inspectors, pushing girls to drive but look down upon boys who want to study Home Science or enjoy stitching and cooking. He is very perplexed because his father is a cop who thinks men should be very macho and should play with guns to show their manhood. Why must a man establish his manhood through things that are aggressive and violent?
Producer Sharma said, “We may believe that we have evolved towards modern thinking, but the truth is that deep down, we still harbor certain preconceptions that go unquestioned. Why does our daughter get a kitchen set while the son plays with a car? This thought needs to be relooked, and we are attempting to bring a positive change in the mindset that prevails in today’s society.”
Speaking about his character, Yash Tonk said, “A cop who takes pride in his moustache, Shamsher Singh answers to no one and advocates strength as a sign of manliness. But, I urge all men of this country to understand that women have the same sentiments and aspirations like men and we should accept them as an equally important part of the society. I think the channel and Rashmi Sharma have managed to create something that will leave a deep thought in the mind of the viewers and I can’t wait for the show to start.”
Vaishali Thakkar said, “I have had the opportunity to play diverse roles on television, but the story of ‘“Roop - Mard Ka Naya Swaroop” is not only entertaining but educative as well. My character is that of an Orthodox woman who believes that only boys can do wonders. But with this show, we want to change this idea and teach our boys a new definition of being a real man. Our boys should be strong yet emotional, take care of their people and overall, be respectful of the other sex.”
“Roop” attempts to leave the idea of “Beti ko Beta Banao (make daughters as good as sons)” behind and embrace the idea “Bete ko Beti Jaise Banao (make sons to be like daughters). It features an ensemble cast with Nikki Sharma, Ananya Agarwal and Tasheen Shah also in pivotal roles and is fun as well as thought-provoking.