MUMBAI—Fighting societal norms and hoping to give ‘kinnars’ (transgenders) a life of dignity, Aapka Colors’ “Shakti… Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki” has been doing well with its engaging narrative. Featuring Rubina Dilaik and Vivian Dsena, who play the protagonists Saumya and Harman, the show is on a new track that threatens the foundation of their relationship.
Testing the depth of their love is Saumya’s decision of participating in the ‘Aravan Puja.’ Having accepted Saumya the way she is, Harman is against this puja that highlights old traditions of the ‘Kinnar’ community. Seventy real ‘kinnars’ have been brought in to maintain authenticity and depict it esthetically. The makers of the show have also selected a beautiful outfit for Rubina. She will be seen draping a rich, red Banarasi saree.
Dilaik elaborated: “Symbolic of a marriage to the Aravan God, the puja is a landmark ritual for the Kinnar community wherein they pray to be born as women in their next births. Saumya wants her relationship with Harman to last for eternity, but little does she know that this puja will, in fact, threaten the love and respect that he already has for her.”