Sony TV Porus Review – A visual treat, Praneet Bhat is deliciously wicked

Siddharth Kumar Tewary’s period drama Porus is visually captivating

Sony Entertainment Television’s much hyped and anticipated historical show, “Porus“, hit the small screen on  November 27, 2017.

As promised in the promos and several interviews, ‘Porus’ is a grand visual spectacle. 

Porus story so far: 

The pilot was almost an hour long, but it managed to keep the storyline at its pacy best. The show  opened with Jhelum river’s voiceover, narrating the history of India, and more importantly, the beginning of the great war (Battle of Hydaspes) fought between King Porus of the Pauravas and Macedonia’s King Alexander.

The hour-long first episode introduces the viewers to the kingdom of Paurava, which is ruled by Bamani. There are many images to establish the Bharat of that age as ‘Sone ki chidiya’ with riches like gold, precious stones, exotic spices, the finest ‘mulmul’ cloth and more. But I wonder, did every person in Paurava have to be clothed in Indigo hues. There was an overwhelming use of the colour blue. 

The viewer is introduced to the world of Paurava through Darius’ eyes, who finds a ventriloquist as his guide through the kingdom! 

The character dynamics and politics of that era are soon established when Ambiraj, king of Taxila arrives for some kind of a bout with Bamani, King of the Paurav kingdom, for control of the trade along Jhelum’s coast. Ambiraj’s sister, princess Anusuya, is introduced in a great scene where the feisty lady is astride a horse and rescues a child who is about to be trampled under the hooves. 

After some well-shot underwater fight sequence, Bamani emerges victorious. In a trade meet following the bout, Anusuya is also introduced as an astute observer, clever negotiator and unafraid to speak her mind. She defeats Darius’ move to capture the trade through a show of wealth. “Jo ek ka daam paanch se chukaye, woh ya toh moorkh hai ya dhoorth,” says the princess, exposing Darius’ ulterior motive. This earns her Bamani’s appreciation and respect. However, Bamani’s older brother Shivdutt is unhappy about the way things are working out. Shivdutt attacks Ambiraj. Bamani marries Anusuya and she is happy to be his queen.

The next day of marriage, Shivdutt attacks Anusuya who is further shocked to find out that Bamani had intrusted to attack her. Bamani reveals that this marriage for to seek revenge from Ambiraj for his brother’s insult. Anusuya is shattered with this betrayal and insult.

Porus Review

The main cast is convincing in their roles, Rati Pandey’s portrayal of Queen Anusuya and Aditya Redji’s King Bamani draw you in to the big, and unbelievable world of wars and kingdoms. 

However, there is one actor who stands out; Praneet Bhat is captivating as Darius, the Persian king. Praneet was earlier seen in Star Plus’ mythological show Mahabharat, wherein he essayed the character of the scheming Shakuni mama.

Those apprehensive about ‘Porus’ being just another boring history lesson need not fear. It might not be an authentic representation of the life and times of that age, but then not much is known about King Porus and his times. But the ride is a grand one, and we are hopeful of a visual treat and interesting storytelling as the series unfolds. 

The show been made with a global audience in mind and the reported budget of Rs 500 crore is money well spent. 

The creative team of the series has surely put in a lot of work to make it the visual treat it has turned out to be. The attribution of a specific colour to different kingdoms, for instance – the all blue tint given to the Pauravas and a combination of beige and brown is given to the Takshashila inhabitants looks intriguing and quite belonging to a particular place and this harmony is broken by the multi-coloured robe laden Persians who try to intrude and make their presence felt amidst it all.

The photography looks stunning and grand, especially when the camera glides smoothly over the beautiful Thailand seascape that is being passed off as Jhelum.

 A splendid usage of montage and ariel shots during the humongous dance sequence filmed in a bid to introduce the majestic Paurav Rashtra are quite unbecoming of the television sphere but they have been incorporated and splendidly so! Add to that a team of 200 dedicated VFX designers and the result is more than just impressive.

Soon, in the upcoming episodes, viewers will get to a parallel story of Queen Olympia (mother of Alexander). Queen Olympia would have her own revenge story and would want to rule the world.

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