Shekhar Kapur turns narrator for TV series

Press Trust Of India   | July 12, 2013 17:00 IST (New Delhi)
Bandit Queen

Shekhar Kapur's last stint on the small screen was as a judge on India's Got Talent

Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur is looking forward to his new role as the narrator of politics-based reality series Pradhan Mantri, which aims to bring to the audience never seen before facets of Indian history.

"We are trying to tell untold stories. History is an interpretation. In this show, we have tried to do as much research as possible. Our past leaders left behind a lot of letters, which somehow never got into print and those are the main research material used in this show," said Kapur.

Initially conceptualised for 23 episodes, the weekly programme will chronicle the history of India from 1947 to the present day.

"It is a story about independence with a specific point of view and we have tried and dealt with stories which still affect us and has a significance in our lives," the Bandit Queen director said.

India has had 13 Prime Ministers in these 65 years, and the 67-year-old director said the programme will attempt to present the changes in the country during their tenures.

"For me it was an eye opener. I also got to know a lot of things which I have never heard of. I know the show will be controversial because a lot of things which were buried will be brought out in this programme," said Kapur.

The director, who was last seen on the small screen as a judge on reality show India's Got Talent said, "I feel the current generation must know what was going on. This show will provide a window to people to go out and find the truth about the past."