Jallianwala Bagh series ‘The awakening of a nation’ by Ram Madhvani
Ram Madhvani, creator of the Emmy-nominated Disney Plus Hotstar series “Aarya” and director of the upcoming Netflix original film “Dhamaka”, is currently preparing the series “The Waking of a Nation”.
The series is set against the backdrop of an infamous event in Indian colonial history, the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, which took place on April 13, 1919. A large peaceful protest rally, which is part of the independence movement of India, was held at the Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar, Punjab. British troops led by Brigadier-General REH Dyer surrounded the place, blocked the only exit and opened fire on the rally, killing hundreds and thousands more.
The massacre is seen as a pivotal moment in the Indian freedom movement. A commission, headed by Lord Hunter, was appointed by the British Indian government in October of the same year, to investigate the events in the Punjab.
“It’s a six or seven part series, which is going to talk about the commission, so it’s kind of like a court case, but it also talks about what happened, what led to it and what happened. what happened next, which I think is as important as what happened that day, ”Madhvani said Variety. “? And I think a lot of us don’t know why it happened – we know what happened, but what led to it? “
The final script will be ready in two months, and a leading global streamer has already approached Madhvani about the series.
Meanwhile, the busy filmmaker delivers Season 2 of the hit series “Aarya” to Disney Plus streamer Hotstar. The series is an adaptation of the Dutch show “Penoza”, where a woman must join a mafia gang and avenge her slain husband. The project was originally set up as a feature film at Fox Star Studios, but fell through a month before filming and Madhvani went on to direct the acclaimed hijacking drama “Neerja” (2016), starring Sonam Kapoor, for the studio. .
“Aarya,” however, was on the Disney Plus Hotstar radar and gave the show the go-ahead. The series is directed by former Miss Universe and Bollywood star Sushmita Sen, for whom Season 1 was a triumphant return after a five-year hiatus due to illness. There are plans for more seasons of “Aarya”.
What draws Madhvani to a project is the thought behind it, not just the plot. In “Aarya”, for example, he was fascinated by the character of Sen, who simultaneously fulfills the roles of wife, mother, daughter and boss even as she grapples with the friction between dharma and dharma. karma.
“I put a certain philosophical angle, and when I get that angle, I say I want to do it because you have to get it out of the plot,” says Madhvani.
Likewise, when Bollywood star Kartik Aryan approached him with the idea of an Indian adaptation of the Korean film “The Terror Live” (2013), about an ambitious news anchor covering a terrorist storyline in course, which became “Dhamaka”, Madhvani looked beyond the plot.
“Just as ‘Neerja’ is not just a story of hijacking, ‘Dhamaka’ is really about a fallen hero, a tragic hero, who pays the price for ambition,” Madhvani explains.
“I want to try and see how I can get this to get to you so that a question is asked, what will you lose?” And what are you going to gain? And what are the value systems? ”Says Madhvani. “Because one of the things I want to post is that I love tragedy. I think catharsis is very important. In today’s world, I think we have to cry.
Meanwhile, Ram Madhvani Films laughs with several ongoing projects, made by “like-minded people,” as Madhvani describes the company’s in-house team, including the underwater thriller “Dive,” directed by Nitin Parmar.
“Dhamaka,” produced by RSVP Movies by Ronnie Screwvala and Ram Madhvani Films in association with Lotte Cultureworks, Globalgate Entertainment and Lionsgate, will air on Netflix from November 19.
“Aarya” is nominated for Best Drama Series at the International Emmy Awards, which take place on November 22 in New York City.