DELHI: Renowned actor turned filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, whose
film Elizabeth has won the Oscar apart from several other
awards for prominent films like Bandit Queen, will be seen
for the first time as an anchor on a television show in India.
will present and anchor the show Pradhan Mantri, a first of
its kind show to be shown on Indian television. The show will
be telecast every Saturday night at 10.00 pm from 13 July
on ABP News, and will be repeated on Sunday mornings.
Initially conceptualised for 23 episodes, the weekly programme
will chronicle the history of India from 1947 to the present
India has had 13 Prime Ministers in these 65 years, and the
programme will attempt to present the changes in the country
during their tenures.
A research and scripting team comprising Sanjay Nandan, Franklin Nigam and
Apurva Srivastava has done the research and also some of the
sources told indiantelevision.com that the series will have
at least six episodes on Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and four
on Indira Gandhi, apart from covering all the others who have
occupied this office.
Apart from interviews with experts and political personalities
and historians, the series may also show some re-enactments
by professional actors of certain sequences. For example,
there is an episode relating to Mohammed Ali Jinnah re-drawing
the map of India in a Bungalow on Aurangzeb Road just nine
days before Independence Day.
The sources said it is expected the show will unearth several
relatively unknown facets of the Prime Ministers and little-known
facts of history. It is also the first time that a series
of this kind is being run on any Indian news channel.
Complex questions relating to Partition, the genesis of the
Kashmir dispute, India-China relations, the privy purses,
Bank Nationalisation, the National Emergency, and relations
with states etc. will be covered in the various episodes.