Published On : Tue, Feb 2nd, 2016

Tamanna – ‘Does a woman’s dream have an expiry date?’

Protagonists Anuja Sathe and Vishal Gandhi are currently shooting in Kolkata for a crucial sequence

Lead actress Anuja Sathe and ProducerAjinkya Deo

Lead actress Anuja Sathe and ProducerAjinkya Deo

Nagpur: “Every woman has a dream, but does she see them coming true?” thought Waseem Sabir and Abhinay Deo. It was this thought which inspired the talented directors Waseem Sabir and Abhinay Deo to conceptualize the story of STAR Plus’s upcoming show Tamanna: a story about a woman and her dreams.’ Tamanna brings alive the journey of Dharaa – set on a path to fulfill her dreams and her struggle to conquer all the hardships that come her way. Designed as a finite series, the show is being produced by Ajinkya Deo. The unconventional story is all set to unfold from February 1, 2016 onwards every Monday to Saturday at 10 PM on STAR Plus.

While speaking to media personnel, Tamanna featuring Anuja Sathe who plays the role of protagonist Dharaa Solanki explains about her passion for cricket and her journey through the different phases of her life. Staying true to STAR Plus philosophy ‘Rishta Wohi, Soch Nayi’, the show challenges the existing stereotype that a woman’s dreams come with an expiry date as it showcases how Dharaa endeavors to fulfill all the relationships in her life, as well as to retain her drive to pursue her unconventional dream.


An original finite series, Tamanna is an inspirational story of Dharaa Solanki essayed by Anuja Sathe, a well-known face in the Marathi Entertainment Industry, who takes the leap to mainstream Hindi television with ‘Tamanna’. She said, “Tamanna is the story of a simple girl Dharaa, who has an unconventional dream of becoming a cricketer. Everyone faces challenges at various junctures in their life but nothing is impossible if you believe in yourself and most importantly, your dreams. Despite the various hardships that Dharaa faces, she doesn’t give up on her dreams. Young girls and women will definitely relate to Dharaa’s story. For me, to take up this show was a big challenge. The approach with regards to the dialogues, the writing and the characters is very different and that’s what the best thing about Tamanna is. There is something new in everything we do.”

She added that every woman will identify with the protagonist.

In a nation where cricket is worshipped almost like a religion, Tamanna will present an unique take, which will encompass relationships at home and work with cricket as a powerful backdrop. Shot at real locations, the makers want to retain the authenticity of the story and the lead cast is currently shooting at prime locations like Howrah Bridge, Victoria Park and Eden Gardens in the city of Kolkata.

Producing the show, under the banner of Ramesh Deo Productions (RDP), Ajinkya Deo added, “Tamanna is a story that will urge us all to confront the existing norm that a woman’s dream comes with an expiry date. It is a story that will inspire and motivate people to achieve their own dreams. We have tried to push our boundaries, by providing differentiated content for our viewers through our storytelling. We are confident that audiences, especially women, will relate to the protagonist Dharaa’s story and appreciate our efforts.” Sons of veteran actor Ramesh Deo, Abhinay and Ajinkya the duo have successfully established themselves in the Hindi film industry with movies like Delhi Belly, Game and their upcoming 2016 release, Force 2. Tamanna also marks acclaimed Bollywood Director Abhinay Deo’s entry into the world of television shows as the series director.

While speaking to media personnel, Ajinkya Deo said that since Dharaa travels widely in the serial, one will get to see many places in India. They have used Cricket as a metaphor to describe how a simple girl who dons different roles like grand-daughter, daughter, sister, daughter-in-law etc pursues her passion of playing cricket.

When asked why Anuja and not anybody else, he said that there were 160 auditions and while most girls did suit the role, Anuja stood head-and-shoulders-above everybody else.

Anuja Sathe also claimed that most dreams are unconventional. She said that most women have some dreams which they have left unfinished due to various circumstances or situations. While explaining about her training, she said she had to learn playing cricket for 6 months. This was followed by four months of hard work while shooting for the serial.

While explaining her own dreams, Anuja said that she had done her graduation in psychology. While in college she had done a lot of theatre. Finally she met her guru named Pundit Dubey who changed her dreams and she ventured into acting.

STAR Plus has always looked at exploring unique and disruptive content that has the power to inspire a billion imaginations. Tamanna is one such story that will inspire women all across the nation that it’s never too late to follow your dreams! Hindustan Unilever’s Fair & Lovely once again partners with STAR Plus and comes on-board as the presenting sponsor on Tamanna.

Tamanna starts from 1st Feb, Monday to Saturday at 10 pm on Star Plus