Applause partners Contiloe to co-produce period drama series based on Mughal Empire

MUMBAI: Applause Entertainment has partnered with Contiloe Pictures to produce a period drama series ‘Taj – A Monument of Blood’. The magnum opus series is based on the rise and fall of one of the Mughal Empire which rules India for over three centuries. Writing is currently underway and the first of five seasons will start filming soon.

The series will be told over 5 seasons of 12 episodes each. Using the birth and death of Shahjahan as bookends, the series delves deep into the Mongol origins, bloodlines mixing with Persian and Rajput royalty, the court and palace intrigues, the repeated and horrific purging of aspirants to the throne, the regional kings and satraps who paid tribute to Mughal suzerainty and amidst all this, the arrival of the British and Portuguese.

Applause Entertainment CEO Sameer Nair said, “I am a big fan of revisionist narratives of history. Our history books have been written by victors and often paint very two-dimensional pictures about past empires. When Abhimanyu and I first discussed this idea, we immediately moved away from a typical historical to a darker and edgier version of the Mughal Empire, a version in which symbolically the Taj is more a monument of blood than a monument of love.”

Contiloe Pictures CEO Abhimanyu Singh stated, “Sameer Nair’s industry experience and deep-seated understanding of the content space has always shown through in every endeavour he has undertaken. We are thrilled to have associated with Applause Entertainment for this show. It will take viewers on a historic journey showing them an unseen perspective of this illustrious dynasty which leads to their rise as the greatest empire in medieval times and the quest for power, within it, that finally lead to its downfall.”