Yudh an endeavour to be different: Amitabh Bachchan

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan always wanted to do a serial on the small screen, and he is glad that his debut fiction show on the tube, Yudh is an attempt to offer something ‘different’ to the viewers.

In an interview, the 71-year-old veteran speaks about the show, about his TV journey and about working on the growing medium.

Yudh is the title chosen for your first fiction show on television. Please shed some light on the title.

 Yudh is the name of the character I play...Yudhishtir! But there is a yudh (war) in his life too, which he battles with on many fronts.

What made you choose this as your first foray into fiction on television?
I had wished to do a serial some day. Endemol came up with this project and idea. I liked it and then we set about building a team and getting down to constructing it.

What do you think of the standard of other fiction shows on television?
I am no judge. The audience is. The ones that garner good ratings are obviously the ones that must come in the category of good. I suppose they set the standards.

What prompted you to take the plunge into fiction on television specially at a time when your hands are full with so much to do?
Nothing. Just the desire to work on an aspect I had not attempted.

What is your role in Yudh? Do we get to see you do something different on television as compared with what you've done (so spectacularly) in the movies?
I cannot say. You will have to judge when it airs. The basics are the same. No matter what medium, we actors are acting. And that is how you shall see this serial as well. But Anurag Kashyap and the team wished that they present it differently from what has been coming in the category of soaps and serials. That is the endeavour.

Do you watch any television? Do you think the content on Indian television has shown a healthy growth over the years?
Yes, I do watch TV and yes, the growth of television in India is by far the largest and the greatest in the world. With about 800 channels currently operative, it's perhaps larger than the entire volume of global channels put together. IANS
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