Forthcoming mythological TV show Buddha was initially planned to be a film. Filmmakers Shekhar Kapur and Ashutosh Gowariker had already started developing the script, however, producer B.K. Modi, felt that the TV medium would have a larger scope for such a project.
The show will narrate the life of Gautam Buddha - his life's journey and various teachings. "The scope of television today is larger than films and we wanted Buddha's story to unfold in all its splendour and reach out to the largest denominator of people possible. Only TV can give us that reach," Modi, who is also the founder and chairman of Spice Group, said in a statement.
Buddha, which goes on air on Zee TV Sunday, will star established names like Kabir Bedi, Samir Dharmadhikari and Nigaar Z. Khan.
Kabir Bedi makes a comeback on TV after a long break. "I am playing a sage who foresees the coming of the Buddha," he said.
It is also said that the show Buddha will be showcased in the same slot as the one which belonged to shows like Mahabharat, Ramayan and also Aamir Khan's popular show Satyamev Jayate.
B.K. Modi, the show's producer, is happy with the time slot."We are very excited to come in a prestigious slot of Ramayan, Mahabharat and now Satyame Jayate. Journey of 'Buddha' is a historical that people can watch with their families," Modi told.
Directed by Dharmesh, Buddha is based on the life of Gautam Buddha. It will go on air Sunday 11 a.m. on Zee TV. It will be showcased every Sunday.