Porus review: This TV show is certainly worth a watch

Nov 29, 2017, 08:25 IST | Sonia Lulla

The tactfully crafted sequences of Porus are testimony that Siddharth Kumar Tewary has dipped into the learning from his various mytho shows to give his best for this ambitious project

Porus
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The tactfully crafted sequences of Porus are testimony that Siddharth Kumar Tewary has dipped into the learning from his various mytho shows to give his best for this ambitious project. Mounted on a budget of approximately Rs 500 crore - touted to be the highest on Indian television - Tewary has, inarguably, spent judiciously to make every frame noteworthy.

Porus
Porus

The historical drama is among the few to revisit the life of the king of the Pauravas, and in particular, the battle he fought with Alexander III. The story, set in about 350 BC, has only infrequently piqued the interest of filmmakers aspiring to create commercial outings. But, Tewary makes us question whether the decision to neglect this crucial part of history was wise.

The first episode that aired on Monday night did not feature the protagonist (Laksh Lalwani), but introduced us to a number of familiar faces that successfully established themselves with their opening acts. Returning to play the antagonist - or as it is pitched here - for the second time after his act as Shakuni in Tewary’s Mahabharata (2013), Praneet Bhat is instantly despicable as Darius.

Aditya Redij and Rati Pandey - who will eventually play parents to Porus - are the highlights of the first episode, with a brewing romance subtly making itself evident amidst animosity. A promising action sequence is thinned by a desire to show too much, too soon, but a series of hand-to-hand combat scenes test the place of action on the small screen. With more hits than misses, Porus is certainly worth a watch.

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