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The legend of Shivaji

Monday, September 05, 2011

Continuing with its philosophy of presenting path-breaking concepts, Colors is proud to showcase a historic magnum opus –‘Veer Shivaji’. The period drama, produced by Contiloe Telefilms, narrates the three-hundred year-old story of the revolutionary warrior king ‘Shivaji’ and brings forth to the audiences the lesser known facts and achievements he made during his lifetime. Besides narrating uncharted incidents from his life, the show highlights the relationship between mother-son, Jijabai and Shivaji that became an integral part of Shivaji's fight for Swarajya. The show also takes audiences through Shivaji Bhonsle’s life right from adolescence to his glorious rise as a leader which led him being rechristened as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Veer Shivaji premiered on September 2 and will be telecasted every Fridays and Saturdays at 8.30 pm only on Colors.

Talking on the launch of the show, Ashvini Yardi, Head of Programming Colors says, Great warriors go down in history because of the legacy they leave behind. Veer Shivaji chronicles the making of the legend Shivaji, his growing years, how he was mentored to take on as a warrior king. We will explore the uncharted pages from the life of this young Maratha legend and bring forth inspiring stories for today’s generation. Bringing a historical figure like Shivaji alive on our channel allows us to further our cause of providing meaningful entertainment for our audiences. Slotted for the weekends to build our weekend viewership, with Veer Shivaji we foray into the historical genre for the first time.”

Veer Shivaji will recount events starting from Shivaji’s growing years – the training in his childhood, to the warfare’s and marvelous contributions he made in the history of India as the warrior king. The biopic will also present an important aspect of the legends story - his mother Jijabai, a driving force that inspired him and was instrumental in cultivating the spirit of bravery and humanism. It was under Jijabai's guidance and tutelage that Shivaji tasted his first success of acquiring a fort at the tender age of sixteen.

The show brings together the most talented set of Marathi theatre, film and television actors to essay the powerful roles from history. Playing the protagonist, the fearless hero of Marathas - Shivaji is Paras Arora. Portraying theVisionary character of Shahaji Raje Bhosale, Shivaji’s father is Milind Gunaji; Jijabai - Shivaji’s mother, his source of strength and inspiration will be played by Shilpa Tulaskar. Mandar Jadhav plays Sambhaji, Shivaji’selder brother while the tyrant ruler of Bijapur will be played Ali Hasan as Adil Shah and Natasha Sinha will play Begum Huzur.

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