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    Default We never expected Maharana Pratap to reach such great heights so soon - Aashka Goradia

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    Aashka Goradia who portrays the role of Rani Bhatiani with sheer elegance and power in Sony Entertainment Television’s Maharana Pratap (Contiloe Telefilms) is excited with her show topping the ratings chart on the channel. She says, “I give full credit to the channel and the production house for this achievement. Internally we were always sure that we have made a very good product which will top the charts, but honestly nobody was aware that we would reach such great heights so soon.”

    “Here I wish to commend the channel for they have created a superb brand slot, now rating 1.7 TVR. This was no mean task given the fact that before our historical went on air, the 10 pm slot was rating only 0.5. Compared to other GECs (General Entertainment Channels), Sony does not have secure slots which will rate 3-4 TVR come what may, except for KBC (Kaun Banega Crorepati). Sony never gets a series of shows right, but their one property rocks and it really lifts their GRP ratings. It is a nice feeling that our show has contributed to higher numbers,” she expresses her thoughts.

    She further adds, “Kudos to the channel for trying a new concept like Maharana Pratap at a time when other channels have spent lots of time in recreating old but very popular stories like Mahabharat and Jodha Akbar. The best part of Maharana Pratap is that we got our show up and running in only two months.”

    On her previous show Shubh Vivah on the same channel not doing well, Aashka states, “Every show comes with its own destiny. Personally what I felt was that they had to recreate the feel of the yesteryears hit family show, Amaanat on Zee TV, but unfortunately public could not relate to five separate tracks going on at the same time.”

    She goes on, “Something similar happened to Khoobsurat which is on its way out. Producers Shashi and Sumeet Mittal were striking gold on other channels, but here their story did not work. At least the creatives had the courage of conviction to cast Rohit Khurana as the ordinary looking lead, when they could have easily taken a newcomer.”

    In closing, Aashka says, “Last but not the least, Sony is also bringing back actors from the golden era of Indian TV i.e. Sakshi Tanwar, Ram Kapoor (Bade Acche Lagte Hain), Shakti Anand and Rajshri Thakur with our show.”

    Aashka, all the best for the future of Maharana Pratap!!!



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