Ahilyabai Holkar’s accomplishments, wisdom and courage have made a mark in history and the brave and just queen’s legacy lives on in the form of the numerous temples, dharamshalas, and the enormous amount of social work she dedicated her life to. Sony Entertainment Television’s magnum opus Punyashlok Ahilyabai takes us through the life journey of the queen who brought peace and prosperity with her wisdom and proved that one becomes great not by gender or birth but by deeds.
Child actor Aditi Jaltare essays the character of Ahilyabai Holkar in the show. She believes that while Ahilyabai Holkar had always been a remarkable person, it’s only after her marriage to Khande Rao, son of noble Subedar, Malhar Rao Holkar, did her life completely change. With the unwavering and unconditional support of her father-in-law, Malhar Rao Holkar, Ahilyabai set out to challenge the patriarchal society and shatter stereotypes, thereby creating history as one of the finest female rulers in Indian history. In the show, the wedding celebrations of Ahilya and Khande Rao are on the anvil and the makers have left no stone unturned to bring out the true essence in which weddings took place back then. Audience will be able to enjoy beautiful Maharashtrian rituals starting 11th Feb.
Sharing her thoughts, Aditi said, “Ahilya’s marriage to Khande Rao is a turning point in her story. Her father-in-law believed in her even more than her own parents. He supported her and helped her overcome all odds. Which is why, I believe that her journey truly began when she got married into the Holkar family. I hope that I’m able to do justice her glorious legacy.”