NEW 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.
Kapur 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 day.
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 interviews.
ABP 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.