P.O.W. - Bandi Yuddh Ke
|P.O.W. – Bandi Yuddh Ke|
|Genre||family, thriller, drama|
Gauravv K Chawla Kaashvi Nair
|Theme music composer||Arjunna Harjaie|
|Opening theme||Arjunna Harjaie|
|Country of origin||India|
|Original language(s)||Hindi, Punjabi|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||110|
|Running time||20–24 min|
|Production company(s)||Emmay Entertainment|
|Distributor||Turner Broadcasting System|
|Original network||Star Plus|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV) |
|Original release||7 November 2016 –|
15 March 2017
P.O.W. - Bandi Yuddh Ke is an Indian political thriller television finite series developed by Nikkhil Advani, and is loosely based on the Israeli drama Hatufim. The series premiered 7 November 2016 on Star Plus. 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.
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.
- Amrita Puri as Harleen Kaur
- Sandhya Mridul as Nazneen Khan
- Purab Kohli as Naib Subedar Sartaaj Singh
- Satyadeep Mishra as Squadron Leader Imaan Khan
- Manish Choudhary as Major Vikram Singh
- Rasika Dugal as Shobha Thakur
- Anurag Sinha as Lt. Siddhant Thakur/Sadiq
- Sujata Kumar as Squadron Leader Iman Khan's Mother ( Mrs khan )
- Arun Bali as Harpal Singh
- Parul Gulati as Afreen
- Suhaas Ahuja as Salim Khan
- Ghazal Thakur as Shaira Khan
- Krishh Pathak as Ayaan Khan
- Shivani Singh as Naina
- Ravinder Bakshi as Satpal Singh
- Ragini Sharma as Veera
- Anindita Nayar as Dr. Nandini Kapoor
- Vrushabh Naik as Arjan
- Denzil Smith as Lala / Rashid Jamal
- Sahil Salathia as Yusuf
- Sameksha as Indira Jaisingh
- Pramod Pathak
- Abhishek Gupta
- Kanisha Malhotra as Ananya
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.
Advani decided to rope in Amrita Puri, Purab Kohli, 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. 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.
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!" Anvita Singh of India Today praised the show's unique plot, strong female characters, actors and the good cliffhanger. 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. 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).
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