From Star Plus and the writer of Bahubali & Bahubali 2, K. V. Vijayendra Prasad, comes the magnum opus show Aarambh, the story of which narrates the clash of two civilizations born and built out of two different existential needs; one desperately wanting what the other had and the other fighting to defend what they believed to be rightfully theirs.
The story goes back to the time when the Dravidians ruled over the Indian subcontinent and the Aryans, the nomads from the west, were in search of Saptsindhu, the fertile land they had always heard about. The Dravidians had it all from fertile land to a flourishing civilization, while the Aryans were still in search of the land where their clan could settle down and flourish.
Aryans were given nothing on a platter. They found themselves born and struggling for survival in difficult terrains. They had a hunger which made them go hunting, adventuring, and conquering. The young Aryan civilization was looking for a land where, all that they struggled for was available – food, water, pleasant weather and a land that was fertile throughout the year. They found it as well, but it was somebody else’s. However, that never deterred anybody in history from going for it. And that’s the reason they came looking for the Aryavarta and made their final push to conquer it.
On the other side, the Dravidians were the lucky ones. They were born in a land which had all that wasneeded to survive. They had what their Godsordained for them. They built a great civilization. And a strict society because they did not want to lose all that they had.
On the Dravidian side we see Devsena, born in a matriarchal society and is groomed to be a queen. But she prefers her simple carefree life, as she feels that the throne will distance her from her father. As the would-be-queen,she is duty-bound to protect her clan from the Aryans. While Varundev, who hails from the Aryan clan, is a warrior down the ranks trying to restore respect for his father and fighting for Aryans to acquire the prosperous Dravidian land.
Devsena (Karthika Nair), the heir apparent and an unparalleled warrior, born in matriarchal society will be seen heading the Dravidian clan to defend it from the ambush of the Aryans, who in search of SaptSindhu were willing to leave no stone unturned. It is on the battlefield that she encounters an admirable warrior from the Aryan clan, Varundev (RajnieshDuggall), who through his endurance has risen up the ranks in a democratic society. This battle marks the beginning of not just the biggest conflict there once was between these two civilizations but also unfurls the story of two warriors who are fighting from opposite sides unaware of the fact that destiny has something else planned for them. This roller coaster ride of a show will transport the viewer to a mystical era where nothing is what it seems.
Sharing an insight into Varundev, Rajniesh said, “I am in awe of the character personally. Varundev is an Aryan warrior who will be seen rising up the ranks through his endeavor and would be leading his clan towards a better future.”
This weekend magnum opus also marks the debut of TanujaMukerji on television as Hahuma, the spiritual leader of Dravidians, who is beyond time and is seen prophesying the future of Dravidians as well as Aryans.
Aarambh is driven by all the variants of the human emotions’ spectrum – love, jealousy, pride, hatred, greed and all the other shades in between and therefore, is set to keep the audiences intrigued and wanting to see more.
Commenting on the project, writer Vijayendra Prasad said, “This is a creation of a parallel world of heroism. My story of Varundev brings to the forefront an Aryan warrior. He is strong and intuitive. This is the only project which has brought me to television.”
Aarambh has the potential to capture the audience’s imagination at multiple levels. In the superficial is the visual excellence. At a slightly deeper level are human emotions and dramatic content. At the deepest level is the philosophical take on how and why conflicts happen. However if we leave aside all of these, for the audience in general, it is great Entertainment, Entertainment, Entertainment.