PANAJI: Hungama Play, a leading OTT platform owned by Hungama Digital Media, has launched its latest Hindi original anthology – ‘Hasratein’. The series feature eminent actors who will be seen playing pivotal roles that, include the likes of Monalisa, Adaa Khan, Krishna Mukherjee, Ravi Bhatia, Vin Rana, Shilpa Tulaskar, Sana Sayyad, Siddharth Sharma, Ayussh Anand, and Sahil Uppal. Produced by Shakuntalam Telefilms and directed by Hemant Prabhu, Neelima Bajpai, and Anshuman Kishor Singh. Hasratein traces the stories of five women in different age groups who are on the quest to seek equality in a patriarchal society and take action without being apologetic about their desires.
While a man’s desire is deemed as his right, a woman’s expression of pleasure and her need for love are frequently looked down upon or criticized. The anthology showcases the stories of five small-town women who face all odds and challenges posed by society to fulfil their desires whilst dealing with unequal society norms.
Mr. Siddhartha Roy, CEO, Hungama Digital Media, said, “At Hungama, our aim has been to tell stories that will add a sense of meaning and value to the lives of our audience. Hasratein pivots away from the usual construct of physical love that emphasizes the importance of a man’s desires and addresses the subject from a woman’s perspective. We hope that each story leaves a lasting impression on the audience.”
Monalisa, known to essay an array of popular characters in Bhojpuri and Hindi TV shows, said, “I play the character of a married woman named Purvi, who is a victim of abuse and craves the feeling of love but is deprived of it by her husband. She is a woman with dreams who has forgotten what love feels like but is determined to find her path to happiness and love. The story will strike a quotient of relatability with the audience and put a different spin to experiencing physical love.”
Adaa Khan, who has witnessed incredible popularity in the television scene, said, “Hasratein first-hand deals with the raw and rapidly prevalent emotions that many women go through on a daily basis. These issues are always kept under wraps, and women are constrained to suppress their desires. To be able to play a role so distinct from my previous characters, I hesitated a lot at first, but then, putting my confidence in Shakuntalam and our Director, I tried on this role. It was very challenging for me because I hadn’t done this before, but the Director helped by shooting all scenes aesthetically. We look forward to a positive response from our audience for this series.”