Zee TV Launches new weekend fiction offering Detective Didi

Zee TV Launches new weekend fiction offering Detective Didi

Sonia Balani and Manish Goplani at the launch of Zee TV's Detective Didi

The Common Woman’s War Against Crime 

From Caring for Her Family to Cracking Down on Felony, She Juggles Both with Swag!   

Premiering on Saturday 9th December, Detective Didi will air every SaturdaySunday at 8 pm, only on Zee TV

 Sonia Balani (Bunty Sharma) and Manish Goplani (Bhim Singh Bhullar) in Zee TV's Detective Didi (1)

She is an indomitable woman of steel whose curiosity and keen attention to detail have helped decode many a mystery. A feminist at heart, she braves the big bad world and exposes criminals with as much dexterity as she manages her household chores and takes care of her family. Meet Bunty Sharma, Zee TV’s spirited Detective Didi who  is driven by the need to protect her city from the crimes its citizens are facing! Committed to offering its viewers empowering stories that nudge every Indian to push their inner boundaries and achieve their dreams, Zee TV presents a show that defies stereotypes and inspires the masses. Embodying the channel’s brand philosophy Aaj Likhenge Kal,  Bunty chooses a bold career in a male-dominated world, encouraging countless young girls across the country to unshackle themselves from self-imposed barriers and go after even their seemingly unconventional dreams and career choices. Produced by the renowned Ila Bedi D​a​tta. 

Sonia Balani (Bunty Sharma) and Manish Goplani (Bhim Singh Bhullar) in Zee TV's Detective Didi (2)

Detective Didi premieres on 9th December 2017 and will air every Saturday and Sunday at 8 pm!

 Sonia Balani (Bunty Sharma) and Manish Goplani (Bhim Singh Bhullar) in Zee TV's Detective Didi (3)

Set in the capital city of Delhi, Detective Didi follows the lives of special agent Bhim Singh Bhullar and private detective Bunty’s journey, amidst their professional assignments, making way for some lighter moments while they investigate the city’s most baffling criminal cases.  While Bhim is a jolly cop from the Delhi crime branch who investigates staying well within the rule book, Bunty takes matters into her own hands as she has no faith in the capabilities of the police.  In the chase for who solves the case first, Bhim and Bunty, a man and a woman who can’t stand each other, fight tooth and nail to catch criminals and solve many interesting cases. Brilliant at their work and having their own individual strengths, they employ distinctly different methods while solving the same cases. But, when both Bunty and Bhim work together as a unit despite their differences, they seem to successfully solve cases with relative ease. Detective Didi will be filmed in Delhi at incredible locations like the colorful streets of Chandni Chowk, Agrasen Ki Baoli and other iconic locales to add authenticity to Bunty and Bhim’s many adventures.Playing the dynamic character of Bunty Sharma is actor Sonia Balani while Manish Goplani will be seen stepping into the pivotal role of Bhim Singh Bhullar.

 Manish Goplani as Bhim Singh Bhullar in Zee TV's Detective Didi (2)

Deepak Rajadhyaksha, Deputy Business Head, Zee TV said, “Over the past 25 years, Zee TV has been at the forefront of presenting viewers with a relatable glimpse of the common man’s life and aspirations, and Detective Didi is another step in this direction. The show is a racy, action-packed show that traces the journey of a razor-sharp girl detective who, with her own knack for sleuthing, has made a mark for herself in  a domain otherwise dominated by men and considered unsafe for women. Juggling between nabbing criminals and managing her family responsibilities, Bunty will serve as an inspiration for many young girls who wish to strike the perfect balance between fulfilling their ambitions and staying rooted to their family values. It is the very first time that we have introduced a detective drama over our weekend primetime, adding variety to our offerings and inviting fresh audiences to sample our content. The show will tease the inner detective in all of us. The combination of Zee TV, producer Ila Bedi Dutta and Delhi has given us the immensely successful Hitler Didi in the past and we intend to create yet another successful show with Detective Didi.”

 L-R Zee TV Deputy Business Head Deepak Rajadhyaksha, Producer Ila Bedi Datta, Sonia Balani and Manish Goplani's at Detective Didi launch in Delhi (2)

Commenting on the show, producer Ila Bedi D​a​tta said, “Detective Didi is not only a show packed with action and sleuthing, but it also deals with a lot of emotions and real-life instances. Bunty Sharma is a reflection of many women within the Indian populace who are ambitious yet maintain a strong sense of responsibility towards their families.  She isn’t your typical professional detective, she is an amateur with an uncanny knack for spotting crime and arresting it in time. Being a family person herself, she closely understands the human angle behind the concerns of the common man in distress. It is often the emotional aspects of a situation that drive her to cracking a case and nailing the culprit. Bunty’s spirit and determination will uplift the hopes of many Indian women to start afresh and give a new meaning to their lives. Audiences will also enjoy the competitive spirit and spirit of sporty one-upmanship between Bunty and Bhim.  Given that the story is based in Delhi, we have shot the show extensively across real locations within the capital city to add a strong layer of authenticity to Bunty and Bhim Singh Bhullar’s many adventures.”

 Sonia Balani as Bunty Sharma in Zee TV's Detective Didi (2)

Speaking about playing the title role, actor Sonia Balani said, “Bunty’s character is not only strong but layered interestingly. This is the first time that I am playing a role of this type, and it was both exciting and challenging for me. It has been a fascinating experience running through the bylanes of Delhi, shooting action sequences and donning disguises. But one strong reason that made me take up this show is Bunty’s multi-faceted personality that allows her to stay rooted back at home even as she cracks down on criminals in the big, bad world outside. She exudes all the essential traits of a modern Indian woman as she strives to strike the perfect balance between her personal and professional life. I am elated to be a part of the show and hope that the viewers will appreciate and support me in this new role and endeavor.”

So don’t forget to watch Detective Didi fight against crime starting 9th December 2017, every Saturday and Sunday at 8 pm only on Zee TV!

About Zee TV

Zee TV, the flagship channel of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd was launched in October 1992. With a reach of more than 173 countries and access to 1+ Billion viewers globally, Zee TV has created strong brand equity and is the largest media franchise serving the South Asian Diaspora. Realizing its strength in programming and the need for Indian entertainment in the overseas market, it launched Zee TV in the UK / Europe (1995), the USA (1998), Africa (1998) and is available across five continents. Nearly two decades since its launch, Zee TV has driven the growth of the satellite and cable industry in India. The popularity of Zee arises from its understanding of Indian culture and beliefs that are reflected in its programming. Zee TV’s content library delivers a variety of choices for the great Indian middle class ranging from non-fiction formats that celebrate the talent of India’s common man to fiction shows that deliver strong messages and drive positive change in society while entertaining viewers. Zee TV’s content resonates with it’s core ethos – ‘Aaj Likhenge Kal’ that aims to inspire viewers to take charge of their destinies giving wings to their dreams and aspirations.

Since its inception, Zee TV is a pioneer in the Indian television space – be it introducing singing talent based reality television with Sa Re Ga Ma in 1995, revolutionizing the way dance was perceived in the country with Dance India Dance in 2009 or encouraging children’s creativity, spontaneity and acting skills through India’s Best Dramebaaz in 2013. Zee TV introduced a wave of popular game shows like Just Ek Minute, Saanp Seedi, Antakshari and clutter-breaking fiction concepts that were way ahead of their time such as Tara, Banegi Apni Baat, Chattan, Hasratein, Rishtey, Sailaab, Zee Horror show, Amaanat, Ashirwaad, Basera, Koshish Ek Asha, Ghar ki Lakshmi Betiyann and Mehendi Tere Naam Ki. All these programmes proved to be major primetime successes and set benchmarks for television. As a socially responsible broadcaster, Zee TV has touched upon a number of diverse social issues through path-breaking shows like Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijo, Aapki Antara, Saat Phere, Punarvivaah, Afsar Bitya, Phir Subah Hogi and Doli Armaanon Ki. Some of the channel’s biggest primetime successes in recent times include Jhansi Ki Rani, Pavitra Rishta, Qubool Hai, Kumkum Bhagya, Kundali Bhagya, Jamai Raja, Brahmarakshas, Piyaa Albela, Zindagi Ki Mehek, and Woh …Apna Sa.