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Deepto TV to launch three daily serials tonight

  • Published at 09:15 pm January 4th, 2019
Deepto TV press conference for launching three serials on January 5, 2019
Chief Executive Officer of Deepto TV Urfi Ahmed (centre, seated) with the cast of the serials: 'Kholnaok,' 'Bhalobashar Alo Adhar,' and 'Maan Obhimaan' | Courtesy

The daily soaps are titled, 'Kholnaok,' 'Maan Obhimaan,' and 'Bhalobashar Alo Adhar.' The press meet was chaired by Chief Executive Officer of Deepto TV, Urfi Ahmed, and conducted by Head of Programs, Fuad Chowdhury, and Head of Marketing, Golam Morshed. All three gave speeches, as  did representatives of each serial’s production team, including the cast, the writing team, producers, and directors

Deepto TV will air three new daily serials starting tonight. The announcement was formally made at a “Press Meet” event held on Thursday at the Deepto TV offices on Panthapath.

The daily soaps are titled, “Kholnaok,” “Maan Obhimaan,” and “Bhalobashar Alo Adhar.” The press meet was chaired by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Deepto TV, Urfi Ahmed, and conducted by Head of Programs, Fuad Chowdhury, and Head of Marketing, Golam Morshed. All three gave speeches, as did representatives of each serial’s production team, including the cast, the writing team, producers, and directors.

CEO of Deepto TV, Urfi, told Dhaka Tribune Showtime: “My vision for Deepto TV is to make it a one-stop entertainment destination in Bangladesh. I want everyone to believe that, if you want quality drama then Deepto TV is the channel for it.”

In regards to branching out into other genres, CEO Urfi said: “Our current focus is family drama. When it comes to branching out into other genres, well, let us look at horror. Historically horror has not worked in Bangladesh, as no one has been able to do it right.

“Therefore it is not easy to just branch out and explore other genres. We have to do proper research and assess market demand before we take such a venture.”

“As for the three serials people will be able to see from January 5, all of them have little bits of comedy in them. But the focus is on drama, family, and romance,” Urfi added.

In response to how TV stations get feedback on their shows, CEO Urfi said: “Direct feedback is difficult to get as we deliver content almost like a monologue. We broadcast and then the viewers watch the content. Whatever interaction we have with our viewers is either through our Facebook page or our YouTube channel. Audience interest in our shows is gauged through the TV ratings published every week by research organizations. Sometimes we have open dialogues with our channel viewers, and that is when we get direct feedback on our content.

“So far we have been doing well. We started with three daily serials and a flagship international serial ‘Sultan Suleiman.’ We have been within the top 5 in terms of popularity, more often than not. So far so good,” Urfi added.

Rosey Siddiqui will be portraying a mother with five daughters, an allusion to Mrs Bennet from 'Pride and Prejudice' | Courtesy

Star of “Maan Obhimaan,” Rosey Siddiqui, shared comments with Dhaka Tribune Showtime. Rosey said: “This kind of serial is a first for me. I was offered parts before by Deepto TV but due to other commitments I was not able to work with them before. I got interested in the character I will be portraying because the story is inspired by the classic English novel, ‘Pride and Prejudice,’ written by Jane Austen.” 

Rosey will be portraying a character who is the mother of five daughters, which is also a direct allusion to Mrs Bennet from the original novel. Regarding her character role, Rosey said: “I will try to give the role a fresh portrayal. Ever since I got the role, I have not looked at any famous portrayal of the character, as that would corrupt my originality. I am designing the portrayal in a way that would be relatable to a Bangladeshi audience. It will not be hard for me to adapt a Jamalpur-Mymensingh accent, as the story is set in that region.”