Updated: July 25, 2014 1:00:36 am
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Sarika, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Kay Kay Menon, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Ayesha Raza Mishra, Pavail Gulati, Aahana Kumra, Zakir Hussain Mona Wasu
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By Siddhi Pathak
When Amitabh Bachchan first associated himself with Indian television as the host of Kaun Banega Crorepati, he achieved a milestone in his illustrious career and it was nothing short of a revolutionary move that changed the face of Indian television. While, earlier stars stayed away from this space, Bachchan’s association sent a message that even superstars were now willing to explore and exploit the wide reach of television. And now, Big B is back on the television screen, doing what he does best, acting.
Yudh is a fictional drama that revolves around the complex life of Yudhisthir Sikarwar, played by Amitabh Bachchan. He is the affluent owner of a construction company, going through immense emotional and physical trauma, owing to a peculiar neuropsychological disorder. He wants to venture into the business of mining but has merely around three to five years of life at hand. The disorder is incurable and often leaves Yudh panting with anxiety and sweat or hallucinating with visions of clowns. It leaves unanswered questions and creates a very mysterious setting.
The opening shot of Big B’s face with a questioning, anxious look and beads of sweat is powerful enough to create a sense of panic among viewers. Throughout the show, tightly composed frames tend to create restlessness and uncertainty that remain unfulfilled. The background score also adds an element of seriousness and enigma. It does evoke several questions, but none of them are clearly answered. The slow pace, at which the drama unfolds, doesn’t help at all. An element of mystery is always exciting, but only if it is fast-paced and leads to definite solutions. In a slow-paced drama series, these unanswered questions keep lingering on and consequently the show walks the fine, unseen line between mystery and boredom.
However, Bachchan’s extraordinary acting makes sure that the viewer is glued to screen, at least as long as he is in the frame. As is the case in most serious drama shows, there are minimal dialogues, complemented with wonderful acting by all the actors. The sound of silence is successfully used to convey powerful messages. Yudh is not a show that you can watch (rather listen to) while doing other things. It requires complete patience and attention. You might miss out on minute hints and details if you even bat an eyelid. Even as it turns watching television from a passive activity to a slightly more active one, the plot line holds great promise and could rivet the attention of the viewers in the coming episodes.
Verdict: Worth a watch.
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