A new series, Gangaa, an inspirational story about a widowed young girl will be premiering on Zee World this October. It will be replacing Begusarai which ends on October 17.
The story of Gangaa also known as Sagar Ki Gangaa tells the inspirational story about a young girl named “Gangaa” who becomes a widow on the same day as her marriage when her husband and her father, with whom she was very close, are killed in a riot on the bank of river Ganges in Varanasi.
The show follows young Gangaa’s struggle for her right to live happily, opposing all the restrictions placed upon widows by society as she is blamed for the death of her husband whom she never met or knew, despite being at an age where she didn’t know the meaning of marriage. However, she is adopted by Lawyer Niranjan Chaturvedi and his wife Madhvi who soon treat her like their own daughter and like their two other kids, Pulkit the elder one and Sagar, the youngest one, despite the objection of Niranjan’s mother, Ammaji.
However Gangaa was raised by Ammaji who treated her like a widowed servant who although know that she is not only a widow but also a child. Gangaa was taught all the rules and ways that a widow should live like much to her dislike. But she still loved Ammaji and never refused her.
The story develops on Ganga and Sagar’s childhood friendship where he always stands by her side. One day, Sagar had to apply vermillion on Gangaa’s forehead so as to save his life as told by Ammaji as Sagar had a hole in his heart. However Sagar and Ganga are separated as Sagar moves to London to study in aboarding school. This was planned by Madhvi and Ammaji as they thought that Sagar would be away from them if he continued living with Gangaa. Gangaa believed that she is onlySagar ki Gangaa (Sagar’s bride and the true love of his heart.)
The show has three seasons. The first season follows Gangaa as a child who is treated as a widow because she lost her supposed husband.
Season 2 begins with a 10 years leap and a grown up Gangaa is still waiting in anticipation for her Sagar to return home from schooling abroad; she hides and adores vermillion believing she is fulfilling her duty as Sagar’s wife. However when Sagar returns, he doesn’t seem to share that childhood affection they had because he has found a new love called Jaanvi, (a girl who studied with him in London.) Gangaa is heartbroken but soon enough Sagar realises that he truly loves Gangaa.
There is a also 7 years leap where the second season ends when on Makar Sakaranti, Gangaa, Sagar and Krishna witness a major accident in river ganges that causes Gangaa to lose her memory.
In 2015, the show won the award for Best Programme with a Social Message at the Indian Telly Awards, as well as a Best Child Actress award for Ruhana Khanna as young Gangaa.
Gangaa replaces Begusarai which comes to an end on October 17. It will be showing at 20h00 WAT.