Amitabh Bachchan’s grand entry on TV with ‘Yudh’

Amitabh Bachchan was largely responsible for popularizing the genre of reality game shows on Indian television with his fantastic hosting of 'Kaun Banega Crorepati'. Now Big B is trying to repeat a similar success with his first ever fiction based show on TV, ‘Yudh’. The highly anticipated show began its telecast on Monday, 14th July. It is to be aired on Sony entertainment channel, Monday to Thursday at 10:30 pm.

In the series, Amitabh is playing the role of businessman Yudhisthir Sikarwar who is suffering from a neuro-psychological disorder and has to contend with a host of business and familial issue. Last month while talking to the media about the show Big B said, “For quite some time I wanted to get an opportunity on television in which I get to work in a serial…Television is a very powerful medium. Commercially the turnover of television is three times more than that of films. It means that more people watch TV than films...It is not about coming down to TV or going up to films. I think it is a healthy interchange of talent…” 

While the first episode was called a bit slow by some critics, it was nonetheless successful in raising the interest for the future as there was no clear hint about the plot line. The production values and acting has also been of great quality. Apart from Amitabh the show stars, Sarika, Kay Kay Menon, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Tigmanshu Dhulia. Dhulia who plays a corrupt politician in the series, has described Amitabh’s character by saying, "He wants his family to be at peace. He also wants to carry out his business in the right way, but then he faces the reality of the hinterland and all kinds of evil (people, situations, including me). How he manages to tackle them and whether or not he wins forms the story."

While Amitabh Bachchan has enough star power to make people watch any of his show, there are several other factors that can make ‘Yudh’ a very interesting show to watch. The show has been created by creative inputs from noted filmmakers Shoojit Sircar and Anurag Kashyap. It is a welcome break for many from the typical family dramas shown on prime time TV. Just like Anil Kapoor’s ‘24’, this will run for a rather short duration of 5 weeks unlike other daily soaps that go on and on. Since only one episode has been aired, it is too early to predict how the show will ultimately turn out, till then we must keep watching.