Yudh – An average fare

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There is a cardinal rule that governs each and every successful Indian fiction show on television since time immemorial – ‘Your story needs to engage the great Indian family.’ Amitabh Bachchan and Anurag Kashyap seem to have not really got it right in their endeavour to give Indian television a brand new revolution through Yudh on Sony Entertainment Television. Let’s analyze why.

The opening sequence shows Big B in his night clothes waking up alone in his bed with a start. One can see beads of sweat rolling down his face indicating that he has had a possible nightmare. He inexplicably looks at his toes and around before wandering out of the room looking utterly lost. A lady sleeping in the adjacent room reminds him to have his badam mixed milk before leaving while Amitabh continues looking disoriented. Amitabh at his vulnerable best was not how one envisaged the superstar to make his highly billed TV fiction debut.

Cut to scene two, Amitabh sports a new suit and a new facial expression this time, that of being gloomy, despondent and forlorn and continues wearing the same for most of the episode. Other characters like the corrupt commissioner (Kay Kay Menon), Amitabh’s right hand man (Zakir Hussain) and his PRO (Mona Wasu) are introduced here in such a manner that one is left to infer through the dialogues the exact role of these new actors….

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