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article imageStar India's Mahabharat series pulling 9.3 million viewers a week

By Sravanth Verma     Aug 5, 2014 in Entertainment
The weekday Mahabharat TV series on the Star Plus TV channel pulled 9.2 million viewers in week 30 of 2014, according to TAM India data. The show holds the second spot among weekday serials.
The Mahabharat serial is based on the ancient epic of the same name, which is the longest poem in the world at around 100,000 verses. The Mahabharat story focuses on the Kuru clan and the civil war that erupts between the cousins, the Pandavas and the Kauravas. The story is set in the north Indian plains and centers around the cities of Hastinapur and Indrarashtha (modern-day Delhi).
The serial is the second major venture in two-and-a-half decades to recreate the epic on the television screen, the previous one having aired in 1988. The serial launched in September 2013 after a lot of buzz, and has steadily drawn larger audiences. It has approached a crucial stage in the story line, namely the Kurukshetra war, the apocalyptic civil war which results in the death of all 100 Kauravas — the antagonists — and all the sons of the five Pandavas — the protagonists.
Of course, the story can't go on much longer, and rumors are circulating about the impending end of the show, much to the chagrin of fans.
Producer Siddharth Kumar Tewary spent four years with a team of 500 people to put together the show. When asked about its future, he said, "We have a lot in store. I can’t reveal what it is at this moment. Expectations really put a lot of pressure on everybody and that isn’t a way to live life. I have made an effort to challenge myself with every story that I had to tell. But the fact is that we have no control over the outcome. Then why expect any result of the efforts I put. All I can do is try to remain honest to my work."
The other Hindi serials making it big on Indian TV at the moment are Diya Aur Baati Hum and Jodha Akbar. Kapil Sharma’s Comedy Nights With Kapil continued to stay on the TRP top 10 list at number 5, and movie actor Amitabh Bachchan’s Yudh and Madhuri Dixit Nene and Karan Johar’s dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa missed out on the top 10.
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