New TV show 'Buddha' on Zee TV

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Mythological shows have always been a rage among tv audiences. The larger than life characters have been a great watch for them. The next in the pipeline is a TV show on the life of Gautam Buddha. Zee TV has taken the responsibilty to telecast a TV series on the life and teachings of Lord Buddha. It will be produced by B.K. Modi, global Chairman, Spice Global.

The first shot of mythological show ‘Buddha‘ was taken on the occasion of Buddha Purnima at the Film City in Mumbai and the makers say it will spread the message of non-violence and equality among the youth. The first shot of the serial was shot by the actors Sameer Dharmadhikari and Kabir Bedi, who play important roles in the serial.

Calling “Buddha” a personal commitment to himself, B.K. Modi, global Chairman, Spice Global, said: “Buddha is perhaps the most important personality to have born in the recorded history of India and we are sparing no effort in making this effort special. Today’s youth has to be free from all prejudices and hypocrisy. They need to connect with youth globally to spread the message of non-violence and equality.”

Though the rest of the star cast has been finalised, the hunt for the leading man to portray the iconic life of Lord Buddha is still on.

We have put together a very competent cast and are close to finding the actor who is going to play the role of Buddha. This epic will showcase to help the youth to be fearless and move confidently for success in their lives,” Modi added.

Veteran actor Kabir Bedi is making a come back in acting after a long hiatus. Kabir has an important role to play in this epic drama.”I am playing a sage who foresees the coming of the Buddha. I couldn’t refuse Dr BK Modi (producer), who is a friend of mine,” says Kabir. Very few people know that Kabir Bedi has a karmic connection with Buddhism. His mother has spent 15 years as a buddhist nun in Tibet. Kabir himself has lived a life of a monk for an year in Burma. He feels connected to the role hence, gave a green flag to Mr. Modi who is a good friend of Kabir.

The show which was ideally supposed to be a movie will now be seen as TV show. According to an insider, Modi had initially wanted to produce a film on Buddha. “Two years ago, he was working on a film based on the same subject with filmmakers Shekhar Kapur and Ashutosh Gowariker helming the research and script development. But the project never took off. Though Shekhar and Ashutosh are now not involved in the TV show, Modi is going ahead with the serial and planning to make 50 episodes that will air on a leading channel,” says the source.

Lord Buddha’s life and his journey toward enlightment is a good topic to impress the viewers but it largely depends on how the channel and production house will depict it on the small screen. Agreed TV has the maximum reach but presenting such a high budget show on a tight deadline is a giant task. In the past periodic dramas such as Jhansi Ki Rani (Zee TV) and Chanakya (DD) have been superhits, others like Shobha Somnath Ki (Zee TV) and Chittod Ki Rani Padmini Ka Johur (Sony) fared badly. Other dramas such as Meera (Imagine), The Great Maratha (DD) and Sai Baba (Star Plus) got a lukewarm response from the audience.

Seems Mr. Modi is very confident about his project as he says “We know it’s not easy to make something of this significance and scale. But we have the benefit of years of research. The scope of television today is larger than films and we wanted Buddha’s story to reach out to the largest number of people possible. Only TV can give us that reach. Many big names have contributed to this project,” says BK Modi, owner, Spice Studios, the production house that is making the show.

Well, let’s hope that this epic is a success and it inspires youth to live fearless and embark a self motivated life just as the life of Lord Buddha himself. Do share your views and feedback about this show on Twitter-iDubba and set reminders for your favorite shows on iDubba app..

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