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Siyaasat (English: Politics) is an Indian historical drama which aired on The EPIC Channel.[1] The series is an adaptation of the popular award-winning novel The Twentieth Wife by author Indu Sundaresan.[2]

Siyaasat
Genre Historical fiction
Directed by Siddharth Anand Kumar
Starring Charu Shankar
Sudhanshu Pandey
Uday Tikekar
Deepika Amin
Jannat Zubair Rahmani
Country of origin India
Original language(s) Hindi
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 42
Production
Producer(s) Rishab Seth
Production location(s) Rajasthan
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Green Light productions
Release
Original network The EPIC Channel
Picture format
Original release 20 November 2014 (2014-11-20)
External links
Website

The series revolves around Mughal politics, inter-personal conflicts, sabotage, grandeur, power and the love between Prince Salim (the Mughal emperor Jahangir) and Mehrunissa also known as Nur Jahan, who was Salim's twentieth and final wife.[2][3]

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PlotEdit

Siyaasat is a drama about the Mughal political battle for Akbars' throne entwined with the Salim- Mehrunissa love story, a couple who fought against all odds to become a formidable alliance which altered the course of Mughal politics and charted their path into Indian history. The serial is shot within a palace-turned-hotel so it gives a very nice backdrop making it one of the most loved Indian TV serials. [4][5]

The show premiered on 20 November 2014 with 42 episodes, with episode duration of 60 minutes.[6]

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

The series was shot over a period of six months in Bikaner, Rajasthan,[11] with the Laxmi Niwas Palace acting as a substitute for Emperor Akbar's capital Fatehpur Sikri. Costumes for the series have been designed by Pia Benegal, the daughter of director Shyam Benegal.[12]

Charu Shankar made her Indian television debut with Siyaasat. She described how she bagged the lead role, "I had read all three books in the Taj Mahal trilogy and liked them. The producers called me and said that they were trying to make a Game of Thrones-style series out of it, to which I said, "Excellent. What role do you want me for?" And that is when I got to know that it was for Mehrunissa [Nur Jahan's birth name]. I was driving at that moment and I almost banged my car out of excitement." Shankar described how she prepared for the role of Nur Jahan. "I had a month to prepare for the role before we went to Bikaner, which is where we shot the series. I happened to be doing an art history course at the National Museum at that time and I spent it at the gallery studying Mughal miniatures and trying to imagine the world that Mehrunissa lived in."[11]

The show has been shot across various scenic locales in Rajasthan and real palaces of Bikaner.[citation needed] Siyaasat brings alive the decadent lifestyle, architecture, art, and stories of the Mughal royalty.[13][not in citation given]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Can a mythology and history-based channel be an #EpicWin?". Best Media Info. 17 November 2014. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "A genuinely interesting TV serial at last?". Deccan Herald. 30 Aug 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Mahesh Samat's 'Epic' run to begin on November 19". AFaqs. 7 November 2014. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Sudhanshu Pandey takes over 'Siyaasat' from Karanvir". Zee News. 19 March 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "The reigning queen of Siyaasat: Charu Shankar on playing Noor Jehan". The Sunday Guardian. 3 January 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  6. ^ ""We know we have to work on awareness level," says Epic's Mahesh Samat". Indian Television.com. 3 February 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  7. ^ ""We know we have to work on awareness level," says Epic's Mahesh Samat". Indian Television.com. 3 February 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  8. ^ http://www.sunday-guardian.com/young-restless/the-reigning-queen-of-siyasat-charu-shankar-on-playing-noor-jehan
  9. ^ "India's first genre-specific Hindi entertainment channel, The EPIC Channel, to go on air". Times of India. 3 February 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "India's first genre-specific Hindi entertainment channel, The EPIC Channel, to go on air". Times of India. 3 February 2015. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  11. ^ a b Majumdar, Payal (3 January 2015). "The reigning queen of Siyaasat: Charu Shankar on playing Noor Jehan". The Sunday Guardian. Retrieved 17 May 2017. 
  12. ^ Team, Tellychakkar (10 Mar 2014). "Pia Benegal designs costumes for Samvidhaan". Tellychakkar.com. Retrieved 17 May 2017. 
  13. ^ "Siyaasat: Celebration turns into a murder plot". The Times of India. 17 December 2014. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 

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