Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, all set to make his grand fiction debut on television withYudh, hopes that the unique story of the series will help him connect to a larger audience. Yudh boasts of a plethora of talent in its writing and casting departments, led by Bachchan's character of a real estate baron.
The 71-year-old star, one of the first from Bollywood to take a plunge into television by hosting popular gaming reality show Kaun Banega Crorepati, said he wanted to explore the narrative format for a long time.
"For quite some time I wanted to get an opportunity on television in which I get to work in a serial. I got in touch with Anurag Kashyap last January. Then we together took this forward. For me it has been an amazing experience. And I am thankful to those people who have worked with me and helped make this series," said Bachchan, who unveiled the first poster of Yudh in the Capital.
Bachchan, who has starred in over 180 films in a career spanning more than four decades, says he decided to be a part of the series because he understands the potential of TV.
"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... there are more than 800 channels. I wanted to contribute to this. It is not about coming down to TV or going up to films. I think it is a healthy interchange of talent," he said.
Yudh has been directed by Ribhu Dasgupta with Kashyap on board as creative director and 'Madras Cafe' helmer Shoojit Sircar as creative consultant.
"The story is the USP of 'Yudh' and not me. I feel the directors, the writers are the main guys involved in this show. If there is no story then I am useless. I am a mere puppet and I did what they asked me to do," Bachchan said.
Yudh' has a stellar ensemble cast with the likes of Sarika, Kay Kay Menon, Nawazuddin Siddique and Tigmanshu Dhulia among others.