Star Plus’s Imlie is one of the most popular and longest-running shows on television. Produced by Gul Khan’s 4 Lions Films, the show previously featured Sumbul Touqeer Khan, Fahmaan Khan, Megha Chakraborty and Karan Vohra. This week marks the start of the story for the third generation of the show, which sees Sai Ketan Rao and Adrija Roy in the lead roles.
In the first episode, viewers got introduced to a village named Purvaiya, where Imlie (daughter of Imlie II and Atharva) lives with her late sister’s son Ashu. Imlie (Adrija Roy) appears as lively and street-smart as her mother and grandmother were. This time, however Imlie comes with a dream of being a chef but faces a difficult life as she tries to make ends meet and also save up for Ashu’s treatment. Imlie sings at a local bar to earn money, but the bar is not where her singing or any art is respected.
On the other hand, we met Agasthya Singh Chowdary (Sai Ketan Rao), a businessman who returned to India from London. Agasthya initially came across as arrogant and having a little bit of a narrow mindset. We see new shades in him when he reaches his home and meets his family. It is clear that he shares a strong bond with his grandmother and is also a favourite of the house. When we see that he does not receive love from his stepmother, we notice a deep sense of pain, and we wonder what the back story is. Agasthya’s ideas on business also seem to clash with his step-sister.
The story of the third generation of the show appears quite innovative, which will make the story stand out. The settings of Imlie’s village, the bar and Agasthya’s house are refreshing to the eye as well.
Adrija Roy brings in the fun element of Imlie well and also delivers the emotional scenes quite compellingly. The scene between her and her nephew is one of the scenes that stands out so far. Sai Ketan Rao immerses himself in his role of Agasthya. Whether it’s the arrogant shades or the softer, family man shades, Sai’s performance appears so natural, and it is unusual to see such a perfect fit in the first few episodes itself.
Imlie 3.0 is all-in-all appearing quite promising, and we cannot wait to learn more about all the characters and how Imlie and Agasthya’s worlds will collide!
Imlie airs Monday to Sunday on Star Plus at 8:30 p.m. in India and South Africa, 10 p.m. on Utsav Plus in the UK, and streams on Hulu in the US.
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