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Ram Madhvani to helm new series on Jallianwala Bagh massacre; titled ‘The Waking of a Nation’

Ram Madhvani to helm new series on Jallianwala Bagh massacre; titled 'The Waking of a Nation'

Filmmaker Ram Madhvani, who is awaiting the release of his upcoming Netflix original film ‘Dhamaka’ featuring Kartik Aaryan in the lead, has already started prepping for a new series ‘The Waking of a Nation’. He has also directed the blockbuster hit Disney+Hostar series ‘Aarya’.

According to a report by Variety, the series is set against the backdrop of an infamous event in Indian colonial history, the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, also known as the Amritsar massacre which took place in 1919. A large, peaceful protest gathering, part of the Indian independence movement, was taking place at the Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar, Punjab.

The massacre is considered to be a pivotal moment in the Indian freedom movement.

A commission, led by Lord Hunter, was appointed by the British Indian government in October of that year, to look into the events in Punjab.

Talking about the project, the filmmaker told Variety, “It’s a six part or seven part series, which is going to talk about the commission, so it’s a bit like a court case, but it also talks about what happened, what led to it and what happened after it, which I think is as important as what happened on the day, Because, why did Jallianwala Bagh happen? And I think a lot of us don’t know why it happened – we know what happened, but what led to it?” he said.

Apart from this, Madhvani is also coming up with the crime drama ‘Aarya 2’ where Sushmita Sen will be seen in the lead. The season two of the Disney+ Hotstar series went on floors earlier this year in February.

The first season of the show revolved around Aarya Sareen, played by Sen, a happily married woman whose world turns upside down when her husband, pharma baron Tej Sareen (Chandrachur Singh) is shot. Created by Madhvani and Sandeep Modi, the series is the Indian adaptation of the Dutch crime-drama show ‘Penoza’.

Meanwhile, ‘Aarya’ is nominated for best drama series at the International Emmy Awards.

Talking about his upcoming film ‘Dhamaka’, a remake of the South Korean title ‘The Terror Live’, features Kartik Aaryan as a cynical ex-TV news anchor. Aryan’s character gets an alarming call on his radio show and sees it as a chance for a career comeback but it may cost him his conscience. ”It is always tough to make it culturally rooted and make it acceptable. It took me a lot of time to figure out how to make it for everyone across all age groups as a family film,” Madhvani had told PTI.

Citing the example of his 2016 award-winning movie ‘Neerja’, based on a real incident during the hijacking of the Pan Am Flight 73 at the Karachi airport in 1986, Madhvani said it was not a hijack film but a story about a mother-daughter and how the family overcomes the loss of their child.

“In this case, the title ‘Dhamaka’ is about the explosion in life, truth, love, etc so there is a certain metamorphosis in the title. It is about ‘Dhamaka’ that happens in the life of the character, be it physically or externally or internally,” he added.

Amruta Subhash, Vikas Kumar and Mrunal Thakur are also in the cast of ‘Dhamaka’, which will be out on Netflix on November 19.

(With Agency inputs)


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