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Paurashpur release LIVE UPDATES: ALTBalaji series opens to poor reviews

Here's what celebrities, critics and fans are saying about Paurashpur, starring Shilpa Shinde, Milind Soman, Shaheer Sheikh and Annu Kapoor.

Written by Arushi Jain , A. Kameshwari | New Delhi |
Updated: December 30, 2020 4:48:46 pm
PaurashpurPaurashpur is streaming on ALTBalaji and ZEE5.

Web series Paurashpur has finally started streaming on ALTBalaji and ZEE5. It stars Shilpa Shinde, Milind Soman, Shaheer Sheikh, Annu Kapoor, Poulomi Das, Anantvijay Joshi, Flora Saini, Aditya Lal, Sahil Salathia and Kashish Rai, among others. The synopsis of the period drama reads, “When the lust for power becomes uncontrollable, rebels are born and history is made. Women rise and fight for their rights.”

Talking about the show, Shilpa Shinde, who essays the role of Queen Meerawati, had shared, “I think most of the actors are always on the look out for a show like Paurashpur. The show touches upon a lot of serious issues, like patriarchy, gender politics, power, which used to exist even in those days. I am delighted to be a part of an interesting show shot on such a grand scale.”

Milind Soman, who plays transgender Boris in the web series, feels he got to explore a new world with Paurashpur. He told indianexpress.com, “This is the first medieval fantasy in the Indian OTT space. The look, the styling, the lighting, the costumes – it’s really fresh for this space. Paurashpur is set in a world some 300-400 years ago. It is ruled by a king who is quite mean. In this world, women are not treated well, very much like our society today. I play Boris in Paurashpur. Being a eunuch, he has been discriminated against all his life. He has been trying to find the respect he thinks he deserves as a human being. And I think that because he has been discriminated against, he realises other forms of discrimination. He sees that women are treated in a certain way, which is not on par with men, and so, he also fights for women.”

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16:48 (IST)30 Dec 2020
Milind Soman on representation of eunuchs in Indian cinema or television

In a conversation with indianexpress.com, Milind Soman spoke about how he avoided stereotypes while portraying the character of a eunuch. He said, "There is a certain kind of stereotyping in terms of the look, the clothes, the expressions, the mannerisms, the language, and the voice. I mean all of it has become almost caricaturish. I’m not saying all the representations, but definitely most of them. So the first thing we wanted to do was really steer clear of stereotypes. I see Boris as a whimsical person. He dresses the way he wants, but we wanted to showcase the human aspect very strongly. So, we kind of did away with all of the mannerisms, all the loud expressions. He behaves as any normal person would behave." READ MORE

15:55 (IST)30 Dec 2020
Meet Shaheer Sheikh's character Veer
 
 
 
 
 
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14:16 (IST)30 Dec 2020
'Blessed to be part of the show'
 
 
 
 
 
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Harshita Kashyap shared pictures of herself from the sets of Paurashpur.

13:30 (IST)30 Dec 2020
Meet Prince Aaditya of Paurashpur
 
 
 
 
 
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13:11 (IST)30 Dec 2020
Sahil Salathia on his Paurashpur character

Sahil Salathia opened up about his Paurashpur character. On Instagram, he wrote, "As an actor,the idea is to not repeat myself. Bhanu as a character is so layered and mysterious,it had to be added to my filmography! And i realise that i represent the fluid sexuality in the world of Paurashpur which probably has not even been written before in Indian Entertainment. Hence, the LGBTQ community 🏳️‍🌈 had to be represented with utmost responsibility and love along with keeping the artistic value and aesthetics intact."

12:30 (IST)30 Dec 2020
Hope I have fulfilled expectations of my audience: Shilpa Shinde

Shilpa Shinde thanked her audience for their constant support. Posting a video on Instagram, the actor wrote, "Thank you for cheering through these times, loving me like you always have! I hope you find this project of mine as entertaining as the other ones and have been able to fulfil your expectations as we all have really worked hard to ensure you all are getting the grand experience!"

20:52 (IST)29 Dec 2020
Our take

After watching the first few episodes of Paurashpur, indianexpress.com's Anvita Singh wrote, "Paurashpur makers possibly think the series is a groundbreaking epic drama about lust, revenge and patriarchy. However, it comes across as soft porn. There are unnecessary sex scenes, which, by the way, have not been shot aesthetically. There are also some disturbing scenes featuring Annu Kapoor and one of his queens. Bad CGI and lighting make things worse." 

Also read | Paurashpur first impression: A bad, bad show

20:36 (IST)29 Dec 2020
'What a phenomenal performances by Shilpa Shinde and Anu Kapoor'

"Saw first episode of #Paurashpur. What a phenomenal performances by #ShilpaShinde and #AnuKapoor ji. This is more than I expected 🔥 @altbalaji" @SuzyCrxn said via Twitter. 

20:18 (IST)29 Dec 2020
Meet Prince Ranveer of Paurashpur
 
 
 
 
 
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19:57 (IST)29 Dec 2020
Poloumi Das as Kala in Paurashpur

Poloumi Das essays a strong character in the magnum opus.

19:37 (IST)29 Dec 2020
Planning to watch Paurashpur? Watch its trailer here
 
 
 
 
 
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Paurashpur stars Shilpa Shinde, Milind Soman, Shaheer Sheikh, Annu Kapoor, Poulomi Das and others. 

19:17 (IST)29 Dec 2020
'You killed it Queen Meerawati'

A Shilpa Shinde fan wrote on Twitter, "Her Language through her eyes...you killed it #QueenMeerawati. Hell Gorgeous Queen of #Paurashpur. All the best to the entire. #ShilpaShinde" 

18:56 (IST)29 Dec 2020
Women of Paurashpur talk about the show

Shilpa Shinde, Poulomi Das and other female characters of Paurashpur talk about the show.

18:44 (IST)29 Dec 2020
Paurashpur to start streaming at 7pm

Streaming platform AltBalaji shared on Twitter, "#Paurashpur streaming today at 7 pm on the ALTBalaji app. Stay tuned." The period drama will also stream on ZEE5. 

Directed by Shachindra Vats, Paurashpur is mounted on a huge scale. While sharing the trailer of the web series, Annu Kapoor described it as, "Internal politics, betrayals, lust for power and a battle of the genders! The only way to achieve freedom is to revolt against the oppression of the empire!"

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