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What's it about?
In his early twenties, Saraswatichandra Vyas is a competent businessman who begins his day with prayers and meditation. At a time when guests — millionaires from across the world — are waiting for him to join his father's birthday celebrations, he chooses to instead do a puja for his father's long life. The son of a Dubai-based businessman of Indian origin, Lakshminandan Vyas, he is a bag of contradictions, rooted in tradition. This, however, doesn't go down well with Lakshminandan, who decides to have him marry his friend's daughter, Kumud, who hails from a village in Gujarat. While Saraswatichandra doesn't approve of the decision, he is given little choice. The girl, after initial hesitation, is more than willing as she sees in him the man of her dreams. The show explores this conflict and eventual love story.
Based on Govardhanram Tripathi's classic Gujarati novel by the same name, Saraswatichandra has been adapted for the small screen by filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali. In accordance to the format, he has taken creative liberty, altered the plot and introduced new characters. So, much of the plot revolves around Saraswatichandra's devotion to his dead mother and the unpleasant relationship he shares with his father because he remarried.
Who's in it?
He has been in the industry for over a decade, having done key roles in shows such as Baa Bahoo aur Baby, Mata Ki Chowki and Parichay. Yet, Saraswatichandra is the biggest platform Gautam Rode has had as an actor. He surely looks the part — the hero of a larger-than-life television drama with a physique to show off. Jennifer Winget as his lady love, Kumud, does not match up in personality and is only passable as a village belle. A favourite of her father, essayed by Yatin Karyekar, she is a teacher. Chetan Pandit is Lakshminandan and Monica Bedi is his second wife, Gumaan — a calculative woman conspiring against her stepson.