A leaf from historical past

Sony Entertainment Television is all set to launch its new historical show Punyashlok Ahilyabai, which will premiere on January 4. The show is a period drama set in the 18th century based on the extra-ordinary life of Ahilyabai Holkar, who with the support of her father-in-law, Malhar Rao Holkar, vehemently defied the pre-defined norms of the patriarchal society and made positive contributions for the welfare of people, particularly women. It’s a brave tale of Ahilyabai’s prolific journey, which wouldn’t have been possible without the guidance of her father-in-law Malhar Rao Holkar. To essay his larger-than-life character, renowned TV actor Rajesh Shringarpure has been roped-in by the makers.

Says Rajesh, “The show is special to me in more ways than one. Although I have done quite a few mythological shows, this is the first time I’d be essaying the role of such a heroic historical character. When I was approached to play Malhar Rao’s role, I was immediately drawn to it. Needless to say, the man was a visionary. Malhar Rao fought against all patriarchal norms and set an example by supporting his daughter-in-law Ahilyabai.”

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