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Big Magic's Akbar Birbal to see a revamp.

Harsha Masand | August, 01 2015

BIG Magic, is all set to revamp its flagship show Akbar-Birbal, with cutting edge and differentiated content according to the strategic vision. The historical comedy will be seen in an all new avatar, bringing in freshness and innovation with quirky, relatable content and a brand new star cast. Triangle Films will continue as producers and the show will be shot on the gorgeous set which was redone recently.

In the last one year, Akbar Birbal has grown tremendously. Popular for its unique content and stellar star cast, it featured some of the best comedians from the industry like Kiku Sharda, Delnaaz Irani, Vishal Kotian amongst others, who contributed tremendously to the show’s popularity and growth.

The Akbar Birbal prequel will focus on issues which are powerful, topical and relevant. It will feature a younger Akbar, who wants to make his own decisions (even if they may be wrong), live life and rule on his own terms. Only one person encourages and allows him to do so - his biggest ally, his biggest critic, his friend, philosopher and above all, his guide, Birbal. A strong and powerful character, Birbal will act as an agent of change, a reformist as identified with today’s world, targeting solutions and transparency in governance issues, a strong protagonist who believes in democratic views and rights.

Elaborating on the new concept of the show, Paritosh Painter, Network Creative Director, Reliance Broadcast Network Limited said, “In our endeavour to provide fresh new content to our viewers, we have decided to revamp Akbar Birbal, one of our highest rated shows on BIG Magic. The new story line will be relatable, fresh, surprising and unpredictable with a high degree of humour. Respected and hugely popular stars like Kiku Sharda, Delnaaz Irani, Vishal Kotian amongst others have made this show iconic and the No. 1 show on the channel. By introducing a new, younger star cast, our focus will continue to build iconic characters which are stand out, quirky and funny.”

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