Contrary to her name, Vidya ( played by popular TV star Meera Deosthale ( ‘Chakor’ from Udaan’ fame) is an illiterate army widow who gets a compensatory government job as an English ( “Englisss”) teacher. But while it is an unfamiliar language to her, she gathers all the courage and strength to teach English, incorrectly at first but gradually learns and overshadows her weakness. Colors new social drama offering Vidya will not only take the viewers back to school but also generate spurts of laughter through Vidya’s linguistic quirks and innocence. Produced by Mahesh Pandey, VIDYA will air from 9th September every Monday to Friday at 7:00 PM on Colors.
Set against Devgarh, a small village in Uttar Pradesh, the show brings to fore Vidya’s apprehensions and struggles as she steps into the role of a school teacher to financially support her family after her husband’s demise. In the process, she has an encounter with the Pradhan of the village (played by Waqar Sheikh) who poses as a big hindrance in her outing. As she goes along in her journey, Vidya discovers many loopholes in her school and the overarching education system. There is only one person, district magistrate Vivek Singh (played by Namish Taneja), who recognizes Vidya’s efforts and acts as her support. Ultimately, she not only ends up winning over her personal struggles but also pins down the people plaguing the education system. Speaking about the show, Manisha Sharma, Chief Content Officer, Hindi Mass Entertainment, Viacom18, said, “We live in a society wherein people are quick to pass judgments about each other basis their language skills. But there are very few who try to correct them or motivate them to learn better. Vidya is a quirky take on many such moments that we experience in our life through the perspective of an illiterate teacher with the same name. She faces criticism and disparagement, but she tides over them and turns her weakness into her strength to become an English teacher.” Meera Deosthale essaying the de-glam character of Vidya Singh commented, “As an actor, I always dreamt of essaying a character that is impactful and creates a stir. And I am fortunate to have received an opportunity to play such a powerful character for the second time in a row. When I heard the narration of Vidya, it ticked all the right boxes and hence I decided to take it up. The show chronicles the life of an under-confident and uneducated girl and her struggles of becoming an English teacher through a slice of life concept and I am looking forward to it.”
Senior actor Vaquar Shaikh playing Nanku Thakur commented, “I’ve been a part of many TV shows in the past, but Vidya is one of the most unique one. I portray an influential negative character, Nanku Singh who misuses the power of being the pradhaan of the school. His conflict with Vidya results in reflecting role of education in curbing social evil. I am thankful to Colors for honoring me with this character.”
Along with Meera Deosthale, Namish Taneja and Waqar Sheikh in the lead role the show will feature the midget-man Liliput playing pivotal roles.
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