In an interview, the 71-year-old veteran speaks about the show, about his TV journey and about working on the growing medium.

When asked to shed some light on his new endeavor the actor told "Yudh" is the name of the character I play Yudhishtir! But there is a 'yudh' (war) in his life too, which he battles with on many fronts. I had wished to do a serial some day. Endemol came up with this project and idea. I liked it and then we set about building a team and getting down to constructing it.”

Talking about the standard of other fiction shows on television he said “I am no judge. The audience is. The ones that garner good ratings are obviously the ones that must come in the category of good. I suppose they set the standards.”

When asked what prompted him to take the plunge into fiction on television especially at a time when his hands are full with so much to do, he said “Nothing. Just the desire to work on an aspect I had not attempted.”

Speaking about his role in ‘Yudh’ he said “the basics are the same. No matter what medium, we actors are acting. And that is how you shall see this serial as well. But Anurag Kashyap and the team wished that they present it differently from what has been coming in the category of soaps and serials. That is the endeavour.”

When asked if he watch any television and does he think the content on Indian television has shown a healthy growth over the years, he said “Yes, I do watch TV and yes, the growth of television in India is by far the largest and the greatest in the world. With about 800 channels currently operative, it's perhaps larger than the entire volume of global channels put together. TV in India has overtaken the return of cinema three fold, within a spate of the last 10 to 15 years. Compared to a 100-year film industry, this must be looked upon as a healthy growth.”

He has proved to be a game-changer on television with Kaun Banega Crorepati.

When asked what expectations his audiences can have from ‘Yudh’, he said “I am no game-changer, nor do I ever aspire to be one. I just want to do my stipulated work. The audiences will decide the fate of ‘Yudh’. And that is how it should be.”

Talking about the new phase and endlessly reinvented career Big B quoted “Phases in a person's life need deeper thought and consideration and comment. TV is just another aspect of a profession I already practice. This fresh attempt is another project. Let us not give it so much importance.”

(Agencies)

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