Middle age romance returns to small screen

Agra: Middle age romance, the subject matter of popular nineties soaps like `Saans` and `Astitva`, is making a comeback on the small screen.

`Bade Acche Lagte Hai`, a new show on Sony, has the two popular faces of Indian television, Ram Kapoor and Sakshi Tanwar, portraying a middle-aged couple who fall in love after marriage.

Conceptualised and produced by daily soap queen Ekta Kapoor, the show explores how two people with very different personalities come together.

Sakshi, 38, plays Priya, an unmarried woman in hern early thirties who believes that marriage has passed her by. Yet, she continues to be a romantic soul.

"Priya believes in love and she knows that she will fall in love one day. She is a happy-go-lucky woman who takes joy in everything around her. She has already given up on marriage but is a firm believer in love and all the rosy
things attached to it," said Sakshi.

The actress, popularly known as Parvati from the hit show `Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki`, took a break from daily soaps, making small appearances in `Balika Vadhu` and `Crime Patrol`.

She is making her comeback in the small screen as a leading lady with the show.

Ram plays a 40-year-old business tycoon who never found the time to think about getting married. He dotes on his extended family and never felt the need of a life-partner. But somehow marriage come knocking at his door and before he knows, he is married.

"I play this character who has no sense of humour at all. He is a perfectionist and hates socialising. He is completely opposite to Priya and yet they get married.

"Thats the very essense of the show. Personally I believe that arranged marriages are more successful than love marriages, even though I have had a love marriage," said Ram.

Yesteryear`s superstar Jeetendra, who was present at the serial`s launch in Agra, couldn`t hide his excitement about the show.

"The promos are too good. It made me feel so good that I came here all the way from Mumbai. They (Ram and Sakshi) look so good together," he said.

The show was conceptualised by Ekta keeping Ram and Sakshi in mind and she waited for almost three years for them to say yes.

"Bade Acche Lagte Hai is a concept very close to my heart. Everything about the show is full of love right from the title to the storyline to the characters. I look forward to the continued support that Balaji enjoys among the audience," said Ekta.