Actors Atul Srivastava and Alka Kaushal have been roped in for comedy drama series Mannphodganj. Sameer Nair-led Applause Entertainment, the content studio of the Aditya Birla Group, along with DJ’s A Creative Unit is working on the series which is an adaptation of the book Band Baaja Boys by Rachna Singh. The story revolves around a 22-year-old girl Binny Bajpai, to be played by model Pranati Rai Prakash, who challenges the customs and traditions in Mannphodganj.
Vikas Chandra is directing the series from a screenplay by Amitosh Nagpal. It also stars Anurag Sinha, Farmaan Khan, Abhinav Anand, Kritika, Aru Krishank and Samar Vermani. “Mannphodganj is a light-hearted comedy. I always wanted to direct a show which the audience can relate to… I am thrilled to work with such outstanding cast and can’t wait to for the audiences to watch it,” Chandra said.
To this, showrunner Tony Singh added: “It has turned out to be a beautiful amalgamation of something that is fun, ‘desi’ at heart and youthful while being real.” Nair adds: “Light-hearted, comic family dramas allow us to push the boundaries of storytelling, to get closer to the real issues that face modern India in its small traditional towns.