Monday to Friday at 10pm only on &TV
Produced By: Saregama Production
Cast: Shweta Tiwari, Shivangi Joshi, Narendra Jha, Sulbha Arya and Madhvi Gokhte.
Story so far: It starts in 1974 when Ammaji's (Sulbha Arya) two sons Phulan (Narendra Jha) and Bhushan Thakur who started out as small time dacoits took over the entire city in no time. Phulan took over the reins of Begusarai like a king while his brother Bhushan stood by his side loyally. Manjitha is their loyal soldier who stood like a guard to protect them at all times. Both brothers have divided their property to avoid any dispute among their children and enjoying their rule over the land of Begusarai'. Phulan has 3 sons, Mikhilesh, Priyom, Rajkumar and a daughter Guddi. Manjitha's daughter Poonam (Shivangi Joshi) is also considered as the part of the Thakur family. Poonam is a simple girl whose only dream is to study further in college. Her special tea is most popular with the entire Thakur family. Poonam is waiting for her results but couldn't get a hand on single newspaper. When she goes in search of newspaper along with her friend, Phulan Thakur's daughter Guddi, she comes across Phulan's son Priyom Thakur. Priyom with his Casanova image is every girl's dream comes true, but he doesn't believe in marriage but only casual love affairs. After repeated failed attempts to get hold of a newspaper, Poonam is disappointed. When she has lost all hopes of finding out her results, she hears loud music outside and rushes out along with other family members where she saw Priyom arriving with a band, playing loud music. He proudly announces Poonam's result and declares that she has passed with flying colours.
To celebrate Poonam's success, Laakhan too invites his cronies for a liquor party and brings Poonam to witness it. Priyom objects to it. Mikhilesh reaches the scene where the party is going on and he slaps Laakhan for trying to misbehave with Poonam. But Priyom intervenes and takes the blame on himself, so now Mikhilesh's anger shifts towards him. During their walk to her home, Laakhan pulls out a pair of earrings from a lady's ears leaving her bleeding and later gifts them to Poonam. Poonam feels pleased when Laakhan hands her a college form and asks her to fill them up. Later, Phulan takes Laakhan along with him and orders him to apologize to the women from whom he had snatched the earrings. Laakhan is embarrassed but decides to follow the orders. During meal Dadi announces that Poonam will now be going to college. While everybody is happy about this, Laakhan ends their happiness by objecting to this. He states that since Poonam is going to marry him, he has the right to stop Poonam from going to the college and he does exactly that. Poonam gets upset and begins to cry while her mother consoles her. Mikhilesh's wife is upset about entire episode and takes promise from him that their children's future won't be decided by anyone. Later, Priyom tries to speak to Laakhan on Pooneam's behalf, to allow her to study further but before he can say anything Mikhilesh calls Laakhan for important work. Laakhan later realizes the job is to bring the famous dancer Bindiya' from Patna. Bindiya is a sexy seductress who loves her hard earned money and nothing else. Though she is famous, her earning is not upto the mark and is on the lookout for a rich patron.
What works: To rope in the noted film maker Tigmanshu Dhulia to design the first look of this multi-starrer on the small screen, was the clever decision from the channel's end. It gave the entire show a movie like look. Casting is up to the mark. Dialogues spoken in Bihari dialect brings out the true essence of the language. Narendra Jha suits the bill as Phulan Thakur'. Sulbha Arya's English speaking Ammaji is adorable. Shivangi Joshi plays demure Poonam' perfectly well. Priyom played by Sartaj Gill, aka Mikhilesh and Laakhan played by Vishal Aditya Singh all have blended themselves with their role superbly. But the one who is going to be cynosure of all eyes is undoubtedly Shweta Tiwari!! Shweta who is a terrific dancer is perfect for the role of 'Bindiya' who is not afraid of any one. It will be a landmark role in the actress's career. Outdoor location and realistic sets brings out the flavor of the Begusarai region.
What doesn't work: Except for the 10 pm timing, there is nothing to point out as far 'Begusarai' is concern. Family audience might give a miss to this show due to its late timings.
Our take: We had shows earlier which were based in our country's interior, and Begusarai' instantly tweaked that curiosity with its title and its unbelievable star cast. Ace director Tigmanshu Dhulia brings out his own touch to this multi-starrer. Look of the show is grand, movie like. What turmoil spicy 'Bindiya' brings into the Thakur family will be worth the watch.