Nagarjuna – Ek Yoddha is touted to be a different show on many levels. Unlike most daily soaps, it has a male-centric story. The production is a lavish one. The makers have roped in some interesting actors. And the content promises to be different.
Naagins have been ruling TV but here the story is about the mythical Naag Lok that is a part of Puranas and epics like Mahabharata. Astika (Nikitin Dheer) is a fierce Nag warrior who brings the Naagmani to Takshak, the ruler of Naag Lok. The power hungry Takshak wants to use its powers to rule over mankind and the heavens. Worried, Astika’s mother approaches Vasuki, a divine serpent to prevent the destruction of the world. He has to save Astika’s son born to his human wife, Pranali. The child has super powers and is one who can prevent the great war between serpents and humans. He saves the child who grows up in a human household. The story will later focus on his awareness of his super powers and the battle between the two kingdoms.
The makers have been greatly influenced by the Puranas and that’s evident in the names – Takshak, Astika and Vasuki. It has been shot outdoors unlike other soaps. Nikitin Dheer looks imposing as Astika, the fierce general while Manish Wadhwa and Shruti Ulfat are suited for their roles. Tomorrow, we will see the entry of the super hero Arjun (Anshuman Malhotra) on the show.
Kids will enjoy the grand sets, special effects and larger than life canvas of Nagarjuna. However, the story is convoluted and those unfamiliar with mythology won’t be able to find the co-relation. While the makers should be appreciated for not cutting costs, they need to make the story a little more for the layman.