Amitabh Bachchan’s “Yudh” promises to change the small screen’s fiction landscape
As the battle for eyeballs begins on television this festive season, Sony has put the big cat among pigeons. This July, Amitabh Bachchan will make his debut in television fiction with Yudh. In a show of strength, the cast and crew came to Delhi this past week to release the poster of the series.
Along with a strong ensemble cast of talented actors like Sarika, Kay Kay Menon and Nawazuddin Siddique, the show has creatively been assisted by top creative talent of the industry like Anurag Kashyap and Shoojit Sircar. Kashyap said the series resolves around the life of Yudhisthir Sikarwar ,a real estate baron, his struggle with his collapsing health, his battle with business rivals and his complicated family equations. An elated Bachchan, who plays Yudhishthir, said he wanted to do something like this for quite some time. “It is not just a TV series but a piece of cinema through which we are seeking to revolutionise the concepts of television shows. The focus of the seriesis kept on the plot rather than TRPs or makeup and costumes.” As for fitting into small screen, Bachchan said that he still gets nervous before facing the camera or participating in any media event. “Anurag told me that he wants me to come prepared on the sets in the sense that I should know my dialogues but once the camera was on he wanted me to do my own thing. It was a new direction for me.” The show has been in production since last January and has been jointly produced by Endemol India and Bachchan’s Saraswati Creations and is directed by Ribhu Dasgupta. He promised that audience will see Bachchan at his best in many years. Sarika, who is playing the wife of Bachchan said she agreed to do the series because of him.
Talking about the project, Kashyap who is the Creative Director of the series said unlike other television series Yudh is going to be really engaging. “We didn’t make it keeping the television format in mind. We made it like we make any film.” Sircar said that women won’t be able to cook their meals while watching the show. “If they do they will miss out on crucial plot points.”