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STAR Plus goes historical with Prithviraj Chauhan serial
IANS  [ Sun, Apr 23, 2006 ]
STAR Plus goes historical with Prithviraj Chauhan serial

  • Mumbai, April 23 (IANS) The life and times of Prithviraj Chauhan, the medieval Hindu ruler, is the subject of the first historical drama from the STAR Plus network.

    The serial, to be telecast thrice a week from mid-May, is produced by the production house of the late Ramanand Sagar.

    The production house has won many accolades for the mega serials "Ramayana" and "Krishna" in the historical/mythological genre.

    STAR chief operating officer (COO) Samir Nair said: "There is a lot of interest in the historicals the world over. And you have to admit Prithviraj makes a punchy tale. He was the last Hindu king."

    Angad Bedi, son of former cricketer Bishen Singh Bedi, is playing the lead role.

    Angad also starred in Sashi Kumar's art-house film "Kaya Taran".

    Prithviraj Chauhan was originally scheduled to go on air after the completion of the immensely popular game show Kaun Banega Crorepati featuring Amitabh Bachchan.

    "We couldn't pre-pone it because it's still in production. We're very excited about Prithviraj because this is the first time we've commissioned a historical. It costs a lot more than the average fiction programme," Nair said.

    With the STAR declaration, attention has also shifted towards Chandraprakash Dwiwedi's plans to make a film on the epic love story of Prithviraj and Sanjukta with Sunny Deol in the lead.

    "We're going right ahead," said Dwiwedi. "In fact, we had plans of making both a TV serial and a feature film simultaneously. But I vetoed it. I don't think television can do justice to Prithviraj."

    Another big one for STAR Plus is Rajshri productions' "Pyar Ke Do Naam, Ek Radha Ek Shyam".

    "We were very impressed by their daily 'Woh Rehne Wali Mehlon Ki' on Sahara. We were in talks with them beforehand. Television is a recent medium for them. And the Rajshris are now very much into it. The serial has opened well," said Nair.