Colors Tamil is to launching a new social justice-themed drama Myna on 10 June, highlighting the issue of bonded labour in India.
The story is narrated by a seven year old, free-spirited girl called Myna (played by Divyadarshinias), whose poverty-stricken family trade their unborn child for money.
Colors Tamil describes Myna as capturing the dynamics of the socio-economic divide that pushed several families from across villages into bonded labour. With the families facing harsh realities of power-play and struggles to endure their everyday labour, Myna is born as a promise of freedom.
Born into a system of injustice and enslavement, the story trails Myna’s resilience and courage to take on the antagonist, Singaperumal, a local politician and a wealthy landlord in her own charming free-spirited manner.
“Bonded labour is a national issue and still widely prevalent in the 21st Century. The issue needs attention from various stakeholders, and we intend to play the catalyst role in bringing to the forefront the grappling struggles faced by these labourers through Myna,” said Anup Chandrasekharan, business head, Colors Tamil.
“We hope that our audiences will join Myna on her journey from innocence, realisation, hope, freedom, and achievement.”
Myna director Nithyanandan said: “Myna is the story of not just one child but many who struggle to break free from the shackles of bonded labour in a modern world. The show with its powerful storyline will take the audience on a journey filled with resonating emotions of courage and conviction to fight injustice.
“Myna’s rebellious yet delightful nature in her battle with Singaperumal is sure to strike a chord with the audience. We are confident that the show will break free from the clutter and offer an inspiring story of survival and hope.”
Other cast members include Vishwaroopam Fame, Mukthar Khan, who plays the antagonist Singaperumal, Tamil TV actor Ranjith as Kanthasamy, Myna’s father and Sreevani as Kasturi, Myna’s mother.