It has been a long, long time since we’ve been excited about a show as much as this one – the trailer of AltBalaji and ZEE5’s show, Paurashpur just dropped and it is fantastic, to say the least. The trailer introduces us to Annu Kapoor’s character Raja Bhadrapratap Singh who is a misogynist piece-of-shit who treats women like objects of pleasure. Then, we are introduced to Shilpa Shinde, the Maharani Meerwati, Milind Soman who plays a transgender person called Boris and Shaheer Sheikh as the beautiful Veer Singh.

The show is being touted as a bold story dealing with topics of lust (obviously), love, revenge and gender politics. The show is set against the backdrop of 16th century India, in a kingdom where women have absolutely no power or individuality. However, Queen Meerwati is clearly fed-up of Bhadrapratap Singh’s ways and plots against him by joining forces with his enemies.

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The trailer has some fantastic sets and costumes which give us major Spartacus and Game of Thrones feel. Like most AltBalaji shows, it also promises some neatly shot intimate scenes which are definitely better produced than the Gandii Baat franchise. We wish the makers of the show had cast a transgender man in the role of Boris instead of casting a cishet man like Milind Soman.

“I think most of the actors are always on the lookout for a show like Paurashpur. The show touches upon a lot of serious issues like patriarchy, gender politics, power, etc., which used to exist even in those days. I am delighted to be a part of an interesting show shot on such a grand scale,” Shinde told Indian Express.

The show is directed by Shachindra Vats and will be available to stream on December 29 on ALTBalaji and ZEE5.

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