Farhan Akhtar-Ritesh Sidhwani's next? A web series titled Taj: A Story of Mughal India


May,03 2017 16:53:50 IST

Mumbai: Actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar and producer Ritesh Sidhwani will produce a web series based on Timeri N Muraris' novel — Taj: A Story of Mughal India — under their banner Excel Entertainment.

They will be entering the digital platform in a big way and will bring out multiple web series, a statement on behalf of Excel Entertainment shared.

Directors Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti will be developing two other concept-based shows, and Farhan and Ritesh have three shows in the pipeline already.

Farhan Akhtar's next project at Excel Entertainment will eb the web series based on Taj: A Story Of India

Farhan Akhtar's next project at Excel Entertainment will eb the web series based on Taj: A Story Of India

The first three shows have already been licensed by one digital platform and will be rolled out within a year. The content will be showcased on different digital platforms.

Their flagship show, Taj: A Story of Mughal India, will begin later this year.

According to a source in the know, the rights to Taj: A Story of Mughal India have already been acquired and it will be directed by a top filmmaker.

On its Amazon page, the synopsis for Taj: A Story of Mughal India has been listed as follows:

When his queen, Arjumand Banu — Mumtaz-i-Mahal, the Chosen One of the Palace — died, Shah Jahan wanted to build a monument that was the image of his perfect love for her. For twenty-two years, twenty thousand men laboured day and night to fulfill the emperors obsession. The result was the Taj Mahal, a marble mausoleum lined with gold, silver and precious jewels.

This powerful novel narrates the story of the Taj on two parallel levels. The first one tells the passionate love story of Shah Jahan and Arjumand till her death through the voices of three main characters — Arjumand, Shah Jahan and Isa, Arjumand's favourite eunuch. The second recounts the later years of Shah Jahan's reign, the building of the Taj Mahal and the bloody pursuit of the fabled Peacock Throne by his sons. Intertwined with the narrative about the building of the Taj is the story of Murthi, the Hindu craftsman sent as a gift to the emperor to carve the famous marble jali around Arjumand's sarcophagus.

In this complex and fascinating book, Timeri N Murari has written much more than a historical romance. He has skillfully recreated the period against which the story is set: the opulence of the palace and the grinding poverty of seventeenth-century India, the vicissitudes of Shah Jahan's reign and the often bitter conflict between men of different faiths.

Updated Date: May 03, 2017 16:53 PM