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Big Magic launches weekend series as extension of ‘Har Mushkil ka Hal Akbar Birbal’

MUMBAI: Comedy entertainment channel Big Magic is all set to innovate with another extension of its biggest property ‘Har Mushkil ka Hal Akbar Birbal’, by launching a special weekend series ‘Chatur Aur Chalaak: Birbal Aur Viraat’.

The new series as an extension of the flagship show will launch on 31 January, airing on Saturdays at 9 pm. Each one hour episode of the series will see Birbal and his prodigy Viraat taking on a detective take to solve crime cases along with its usual humour.

Big Magic creative director Uditanshu Mehta said, “Chatur aur Chalaak, Birbal aur Viraat is a natural extension of Akbar Birbal which is popular amongst age groups. We are launching this as weekend series due to more available time for our viewers.”

It will see the introduction of Viraat enacted by popular TV actor, Rohit Khurana who joins the artist line up comprising of Kiku Sharda, Vishal Kotian, Delnaaz Irani, Kishwer Merchant and Thakur Anoop Singh.

Viraat is a young prankster, with a scheming mind, a penchant for stealing rare and precious items from influential families, but very bright. The show will delve into more shades of Birbal, creating a partnership between Birbal and Viraat. Birbal realises Viraat’s potential and rare talent and seeks to befriend him for a larger cause of the kingdom. Viraat admires Birbal as he is a man of principle.

The show’s creator and script shop Big Ideas head Paritosh Painter said, “Our viewers wish to see more shades of the witty Birbal and hence the introduction of a new character as an aide to Birbal in Viraat.”

He added that when the show commenced, the team had a brief to create legendary characters which have depth. Thus, they take an effort to make sure that all the episodes have a sense of purpose and do not just comprise of loose humour.

Meanwhile on the flagship show, romance will intensify between Birbal and Urvashi. The couple will be seen addressing larger social issues, adding humour with a message. Based on audience feedback, the romance between the two will be further built up.

With Sagar Pictures bringing in the expertise on the production front, head Moti Sagar said, “Mythology and historical fiction has always been our forte, but with this we added a layer of humour to our experience. Creatively we have looked at every small detail to re-create the grandeur of Mughal era on television. We look forward to creating another successful extension and are confident that our viewers will love Birbal and Viraat.”

The channel has recently inked a deal with DTH player Tata Sky, and will be available on the platform on channel number 138 starting 1 February.