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Star is all set to telecast its first historical from mid-May, three times a week Friday to Sunday. And it’s Prithiviraj Chauhan. It’s being produced for Star by Ramanand Sagar’s production house. In the past the Sagars have had great success in the historical/ mythological genre with Ramayan and Krishna. Says Star’s COO Samir Nair, “There’s a lot of interest in the historical the world over. And you’ve to admit Prithviraj makes a punchy tale. He was the last Hindu king.”

Prithviraj will be played by Angad Bedi, son of former cricketer Bishan Singh Bedi, Angad also starred in Sashi Kumar’s arthouse film Kaya Taran. Prithviraj Chauhan was originally scheduled to go on air after KBC. Says Nair, “We couldn’t prepone it because it’s still in production. We’re very excited about Prithviraj Chauhan because this is the first time we’ve commissioned a historical. It costs a lot more than the average fiction programme.”

So what happens to Chandraprakash Dwivedi’s plans to make Prithviraj-Sanjukta with Sunny Deol in the lead' “We’re going right ahead,” says Dwivedi. “In fact, we had plans of making both a TV serial and a feature film simultaneously. But I vetoed it. I don’t think television can do justice to Prithviraj.”

Another big one for Star Plus is Rajshri Productions’ Pyar Ke Do Naam Ek Radha Ek Shyam. Says Samir Nair, “We were very impressed by their daily Woh Rehne Wali Mehlon Ki on Sahara. We were in talks with them beforehand. Television is a recent medium for them. And the Rajshris are now very much into it. The seri

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