Why Amitabh Bachchan’s ‘Yudh’ failed to strike the right chord with the audience

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New Delhi: Recently actress Juhi Chawla talked about Amitabh Bachchan’s TV serial ‘Yudh’ and said that she found his character very dull and wouldn’t like to see him in that avatar. And it’s not just the actress who feels so. Big B’s debut serial has received lukewarm response and not many people are following the show. But we won’t blame it on the superstar for the show’s failure. The slow screenplay and extremely sloppy direction are to be blamed for this.

Storytelling is an art and one can make even the most boring story sound interesting if delivered in a particular manner, but ‘Yudh’ makes an interesting story look boring. It’s not that the show doesn’t have any fan following, but the number is certainly less. Initially, we thought that the show would be a welcome respite from the regular saas-bahu sagas on Television, but with the TAM ratings one could easily guess that people are more interested in seeing Amitabh Bachchan hosting KBC rather than seeing him playing businessman Yudhisthir Sikarwar.

Although the show is replete with seasoned actors like Sarika, Kay Kay Menon, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Tigmanshu Dhulia, but owing to the bad storytelling, their acting skills get sidelined.

The first episode itself sets the tone on how the story will go forward . The show starts with a close up shot of Amitabh Bachchan’s face covered with sweat- which becomes a pattern of sorts throughout the first episode with Bachchan, dressed in suits, sweating profusely in almost all scenes.

The story is, of course, centered on the superstar who plays a high profile builder based in Ghaziabad. The man speaks less, is mostly very glum, has two wives, children, and is hallucinating about clowns and empty halls- he suffers from neuropsychological disorder.

Of course being a daily soap, the makers can afford to such a thing but too much silence, too many close-ups, dim lights made the first episode a tedious affair.

Being the most expensive fiction show on television ‘Yudh’ seems to be fighting a tough battle with the Pakistani show’s like ‘Zindagi Gulzaar Hain’ and ‘Kitni Girhain Baaki Hain’.