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Coming soon: A desi star war on telly

Star Plus is launching a new ?highon-CG space saga? called Antariksh starting October 2.

india Updated: Sep 14, 2006 16:21 IST
Piyush Roy (HT Style)
Piyush Roy (HT Style)

Come October and kids can look out for some desi star wars on primetime. Star Plus is launching a new “highon-CG space saga” called Antariksh starting October 2, unveiling the age old good versus evil battle on a galactic battlefield.

Star India’s vice-president (content) Deepak Segal informs us that the launch of Antariksh is part of an ambitious plan to change its current 8 pm primetime slot from being women-oriented to an all-family one.

Antariksh startson Star Plus on October 2, at 8 pm, (Monday to Thursday)

Amar, the hero of the story, is the eldest son of King Shylan and possesses the qualities to be Prithvi’s next king

Rankaal, the main villain, is an unstoppable mutant spreading terror in Akashganga (the Milky Way).

"Antariksh will help make the 8 pm slot an all-family one.” And though Antariksh is not a soap in the conventional sense, “it has all the elements of a soap — drama, suspense, and emotions — woven into the traditional good versus evil battle,” he adds.

Incidentally, the inspiration for the content of the new sci-fi serial happens to be our very own Ramayana and not Star Wars.

Antariksh’s main theme is the return of an exiled king, Amar, who is the hero of the story, and is the only one in the whole universe who can fight and end the tyranny of the evil mutant Rankaal.”

So is Amar another desi superhero in the making? Television had its last indigenous superhero in Shaktimaan.

“It will be great if we could repeat the success of Shaktimaan,” Segal says, adding, “This is not an unending saga. It will be wrapped up in a year.”

First Published: Sep 14, 2006 16:19 IST