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Details of Yudh, Amitabh Bachchan's debut fiction TV show, have been kept safely guarded from the media for a long while now. But some sources have spilt the beans about a key concept that the show will be portraying - lesbianism. Actresses Mona Vasu and Rishina Kandhari will be essaying the roles of the two women in love.
"There will be a lesbian relationship shown between Mona Vasu's and Rishina Kandhari's characters in one of the tracks on Yudh. It will so happen that a bridge constructed by Bachchan's construction company will collapse, and Mona, who plays his secretary, would want to find out the truth," sources confirmed.
The sources also added, that "In the quest for truth, she will encounter Rishina's character, who is a news channel reporter. Rishina's character will confesses her liking for Mona's character (also named Mona), who will be shown as an opportunistic woman who can use situations to her advantage."
It is said that 'Yudh' will have subtle references to lesbianism through gestures and that the content won't be anything explicit that could irk the viewers. Mona and Rishina were unavailable for comment due to a non-disclosure agreement.
This has not been the first portrayal of homosexuality on Indian TV. Serials like Star TV's Vivian Dsena starrer Pyaar Kii Ye Ek Kahaani, Maryada, and Sony's Mahi Way, have featured gayhood. However,it will be the first depiction of lesbianism on Indian telly.
While Miilee actress Mona Vasu has certainly been known over the years, as much for her bold avatars as much as her homely on-screen portrayals, Rishina has only been seen in non-glamourous roles, such as Princess Khyati of Devon Ke Dev Mahadev. It will be interesting to see the two ladies in this challenging role.
See pictures of the Yudh team during the unveiling of the poster...
Yudh Cast At Poster Launch
Amitabh and Sarika greet the media during the poster launch of Yudh.
Amitabh Unveils Yudh Poster
Amitabh Bachchan unveils the first look of the poster, while Sarika cannot stop singing praises.
Amitabh Addresses The Gathering
Amitabh is seen talking to the media at the poster launch event.
Amitabh As Yudhishtir Sikarwar
"I play a construction company owner. There is business rivalry and family issues along with health issues which might be terminal...how he balances is what you will get to see," Amitabh Bchchan said at the poster launch in New Delhi. (PTI)
Amitabh Excited For Yudh
Amitabh had earlier quoted that the USP of Yudh is the storyline, not him.
Lesbianism In Yudh
Yudh will have Amitabh's secretary played by actress Mona Vasu, who will be romancing Rishina's character in the fiction show.
Amitabh With Yudh Co-Stars
Amitabh sharing the stage with his co-stars, Sarika and Aahana Kumra.
Amitabh Disappointed With Yudh Launch
Yudh received a simple launch, as opposed to a grand release. Amitabh was apparently feeling low.
Not The First Time
Earlier, serials like Vivian DSena's Pyar Kii Ye Ek Kahaani and Maryada have depicted homosexuality. But lesbianism is a first with Yudh on Indian telly.
Enitre Yudh Team
The entire team of Yudh- Creative Director Anurag Kashyap, Sarika, Kay Kay Menon and Nawazuddin Siddiqui were present, among others.
Generating Enough Buzz
The team has been trying to generate enough buzz for Amitabh's debut fiction show.
Mona Vasu As Miilee
Mona Vasu is remembered for her portrayal of Miilee in the serial of the same name.