Television actress Shilpa Shinde, who is well known for her role of Angoori bhabhi in Bhabhi Ji Ghar Par Hain, will now be seen playing the role of Queen Meerawati in her upcoming web series Paurashpur wherein she challenges the male-dominated laws where women are objectified.
The show traces the story of a medieval city fraught with crime, corruption, abuse of power, misogyny, rape and love, and is set against the backdrop of 16th century India. The trailer of Paurashpur reminded many of Girish Karnad’s 1984 erotic drama, Utsav, starring Rekha and Shekhar Suman . However, Shilpa says that people shouldn’t make comparisons between her character and Rekha. She feels that she can’t match up to the level of Rekha who played the titular character in Utsav.
“I feel we shouldn’t make comparison between my character in ‘Paurashpur’ and Rekha ji’s character in ‘Utsav’. A lot of things are similar between our project and ‘Utsav’ in terms of costumes, jewellery and body language of the characters, but I don’t think I can match up to the level of Rekha ji character in ‘Utsav’. We have just tried to create something new,” Shilpa told IANS
Set in 16th century India, the show is about the world of Paurashpur where actor Annu Kapoor’s character, Raja Bhadrapratap Singh, rules the misogynistic kingdom.
Talking about the web series, Shilpa said, “There is a lot of mystery elements in the show. I can assure the audience that they will not be disappointed. Paurashpur is a male-dominating kingdom and women are there only to have physical relationships but in this show we have also shown that if a woman can seduce a man, she can kill him, too. So, you shouldn’t mess around with her.”
The show also features Milind Soman, Shaheer Sheikh, Annu Kapoor, Sahil Salathia, Poulomi Das, Anantvijay Joshi, Flora Saini, and Aditya Lal in key roles. It will release on December 29 on Zee5 and ALT Balaji.