ALTBalaji and ZEE5’s magnum opus ‘Paurashpur’ was shot in just 22 days!

Maithili Shinde
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Given the scale, grandeur, and stellar cast of Indian OTT’s first epic fictional drama ‘Paurashpur’, it’s hard to fathom how the makers – ALTBalaji, ZEE5, and director Shachindra Vats managed to wrap up the shoot of the magnum opus in just 22 days!

To shoot a period costume drama mounted on such a lavish scale, with heavy VFX, the stellar cast and editing performances were undoubtedly a big challenge for the makers. But as they say, ‘all that begins well, ends well’, the makers with utmost focus, dedication, and round-the-clock shifts, managed to wrap up the show’s shooting schedule in mere 22 days.

The intriguing trailer featuring opulent sets, magnificent backdrop, and vibrant colours, ‘Paurashpur’ is appreciated to be Indian OTT’s first web show featuring heavy VFX, adding up to its popularity.

Director Shachindra Vats explains, “Shooting Paurashpur was certainly a big challenge, especially because we shot the entire show during the lockdown. So, considering the restrictions and safety protocols, the team still managed to shoot the entire show in 22 days.”

The show’s creative director Baljit Chaddha and his team were well prepared, with the pre-production work. They worked on the story and casting, keeping every character in mind, and planned each character’s looks before the director Shachindra Vats, came on board.

“The VFX team came on board during the pre-production work, and they started creating the 3D model of Paurashpur palace as we wanted to show it in a 360-degree format. Since it’s a fictional world, the team had to create it according to their imagination. So that process took some time. The sketches were approved, and then 2D versions were created, followed by their 3D versions. I’m grateful to the VFX team who worked day and night to ensure that the show gets ready within the given time. Luckily, the actors’ dates were sorted, so we completed shooting schedules according to their dates’ availability. The show has come out well, and I hope the audience likes it,” adds Vats.

Predicted to be one of the biggest series brought to the audiences, ALTBalaji & ZEE5’s magnum opus Paurashpur is already being discussed everywhere, making headlines even before release, with its super exciting and intriguing trailer and posters. The period-drama series stars the legendary actor Annu Kapoor, Shilpa Shinde, Milind Soman, Sahil Salathia, Anantvijay Joshi, Shaheer Sheikh, Poulomi Das, Flora Saini, and Aditya Lal, among others.

Witness the epic story of an extraordinary kingdom with stories both bold & brutal, as the sexes battle it out amidst royal betrayals, double standards, gender politics & a decision that questions the social fabric of an entire kingdom.

Stay tuned to watch the masterpiece ‘Paurashpur’ on 29th December 2020 only on ALTBalaji & ZEE5!