P.O.W. - Bandi Yuddh Ke

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P.O.W. – Bandi Yuddh Ke
P.O.W-Bandi Yuddh Ke poster.jpg
First poster
Genrefamily, thriller, drama
Based onHatufim
Written by
  • Aseem Arora
  • Aniruddha Guha

Nikkhil Advani

Directed by
Nikkhil Advani

Gauravv K Chawla Kaashvi Nair

  • Nikhil Gonsalves
Theme music composerArjunna Harjaie
Opening themeArjunna Harjaie
Country of originIndia
Original language(s)Hindi, Punjabi
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes110[1]
  • Monisha Advani
  • Madhu G Bhojwani
Running time20–24 min
Production company(s)Emmay Entertainment
DistributorTurner Broadcasting System
Original networkStar Plus
Picture format576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release7 November 2016 (2016-11-07) –
15 March 2017 (2017-03-15)
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P.O.W. - Bandi Yuddh Ke is an Indian political thriller television finite series developed by Nikkhil Advani,[2] and is loosely based on the Israeli drama Hatufim.[3] The series premiered 7 November 2016 on Star Plus.[4] The show was featured at MAMI film fest followed by a talk with Gideon Raff, who developed Hatufim and served as a consultant for this series.[5][6][7][8]

Plot summary[edit]

After seventeen years in captivity, two soldiers, who seem to share a dark secret, return to their families. The two families try to pick up where they left off, while a government agent tries to expose their dark secret. Meanwhile, the POWs try to acclimatise to the environment that they left 17 years ago. The government agent tries several methods to expose these POWs but ends up in trouble.




Star Plus approached Nikkhil Advani after watching his latest film D-Day, to direct a show based on the similar plotline on their channel. Star Plus had him watch both Hatufim and its American counterpart Homeland. Advani sought to make a show like Hatufim since he thought a show like Homeland would not suite Indian's sensibilities.[13]


Advani decided to rope in Amrita Puri, Purab Kohli,[14][15] Satyadeep Misra, Manish Chaudhary and Sandhya Mridul – the former debuting on the small screen and the latter returning on the small screen after a hiatus of two years.[16] Sahil Salathia, Anurag Sinha and Parul Gulati make a major entry post Episode 60 in the series as the further story unveils. Theater actor Abhishek Gupta plays RAW officer Santosh and Lala (Rashid Jamaal) is played by Denzil Smith in the series.[17]


Arjunna Harjaie made his television debut with this show. He composed all the music tracks, background score, soundtrack, and also sung some songs except the title track.[18]

Critical reception[edit]

Gursimran Kaur Bangal of The Times of India "The show has managed to hold us all through the three episodes aired so far. The narrative is gripping and stirs you emotionally. It keeps you glued to what will happen next. This one is not to be missed!"[19] Anvita Singh of India Today praised the show's unique plot, strong female characters, actors and the good cliffhanger.[20] Mid-Day has compared the show with its American counterpart and considered that while it aids in etching the underlying theme of the series, the treatment given to the two adaptations are significantly distanced from one another.[21] The show won awards including Jury award for best Asian show at Seoul International drama awards and for its promotion and music at the Abby. It also had 12 nominations at the ITA awards, winning in categories such as: Best Drama-Jury, Best Actor-Jury (Purab Kohli), Best Actor in a Negative Role (Denzil Smith).


  1. ^ Jamkhandikar, Shilpa. "POW: Indian adaptation of thriller 'Hatufim' hopes to break new ground". Reuters. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Nikkhil Advani: 'P.O.W.' equal to 22 films". The Times of India. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Gideon Raff: I am worried whenever 'Prisoners of War' is remade". The Times of India. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  4. ^ "B-Town: Nikkhil Advani raising the bar on TV". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 24 September 2016. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Purab Kohli's tv series became first show to be priemered at MAMI". International Business Times.
  6. ^ "Gideon Raff: I am worried whenever 'Prisoners of War' is remade". Times of India. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  7. ^ Maneck, Ankita. "Hatufim creator Gideon Raff talks POW: Bandi Yudh Ke, Homeland, remakes and research". Firstpost. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  8. ^ Schneider, Michael. "'Homeland' Was Just the Beginning, as Gideon Raff's 'Prisoners of War' Inspires More Shows Globally". IndieWire. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  9. ^ "How Amrita Puri struggled after shooting P.O.W.- Bandi Yuddh Ke". NDTV. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  10. ^ "Tough to understand the trauma of wives of war heroes". The Times of India. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  11. ^ "Playing on contrast". The Hindu. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  12. ^ "Aditi is my closest friend: Satyadeep Mishra". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  13. ^ "Nikhil Advani: My show is not an adaptation of 'Homeland'. That kind of show won't work in India". The Times of India. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  14. ^ "Purab Kohli goes raw for Nikhil Advani's show". The Times of India. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  15. ^ "Purab Kohli didn't want to do daily soaps after 'Hip Hip Hurray'". The Times of India. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  16. ^ "Amrita Puri to play the lead role in Indian remake of Homeland?". India Today. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  17. ^ "Star Plus' P.O.W- Bandi Yuddh Ke gets 3 new faces - Times of India". The Times of India.
  18. ^ "Arjuna Harjai: Making music for Nikhil Advani's TV show is a lot of fun!". The Times of India. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  19. ^ "Review: P.O.W. – Bandi Yuddh Ke strikes a chord with its engaging content". The Times of India. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  20. ^ "P.O.W. – Bandi Yuddh Ke Review: Nikkhil Advani's powerful show might set new standards for Indian television". India Today. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  21. ^ "'POW: Bandi Yuddh Ke' is 'Homeland' with more heart". Mid-Day. Retrieved 9 November 2016.

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