Actor Kunal Kapoor says his upcoming Disney+ Hotstar collection The Empire will likely be a “visual spectacle” for the viewers, with battle sequences mounted on an enormous scale. The epic period-action drama, created by filmmaker-producer Nikkhil Advani, will comply with the story of a warrior, adventurer, survivor, and a king.
In the Mitakshara Kumar-directed present, which traces the origins of a dynasty, Kapoor options as an emperor.
The Rang De Basanti actor mentioned The Empire was the right platform for him to make his digital debut with because it was “something that I never really had a chance to do before.”
“It has been an interesting experience. I don’t think I have been part of something that has been mounted on this big a scale. It is going to be an interesting experience for the audience because, primarily, it is a visual spectacle, the kind of which you have not seen on any platform in this country,” Kapoor mentioned in a digital press convention for the revealing of Disney Plus Hotstar’s new slate.
The actor mentioned it was difficult to movie the collection and mount big-scale motion items, particularly as a result of coronavirus pandemic. “Shooting all the battle scenes during the last couple of years, shooting a big spectacle in the middle of a pandemic has been difficult but it has turned out really well and I am looking forward to how the audience reacts to it,” he added.
The Empire additionally stars Shabana Azmi, Dino Morea and Drashti Dhami. Azmi, who was additionally current on the digital occasion, mentioned the present provided her the possibility to do a historic character.
“What intrigued me probably the most about my character was that she is feisty, educated and she or he is the king maker. You normally see a person being a king maker however in her case, she is the one. That excited me in regards to the half. The makers, Nikkhil and Mitakshara, have a fantastic eye.
“Mitakshara, particularly, is interested in the fine detailing of a frame. That was attractive for me. I am sure the show will be appreciated a great deal,” she added.
The 70-year-old actor mentioned the digital platforms have fully modified the viewing habits of the viewers and as artistes, one has to benefit from the fascinating initiatives which they’re provided on OTT companies.
“There have been two challenges which got here my approach. People on OTT don’t watch content material the best way one would normally sit down and watch a two-hour movie, with full focus. Here, folks devour in numerous methods, with the power to modify off if the story of the present or movie doesn’t attraction to them.
“As an actor, that challenge attracted me. OTT will bring with it the possibilities of getting more challenging roles, characters which don’t depend on gender or age but only on stories. If content is the king, that will always be a huge advantage for actors,” she added.
Nikkhil Advani, recognized for movies like Kal Ho Na Ho and D Day, will even function the showrunner on The Empire. His sister Monisha Advani will produce the present together with Madhu Bhojwani by their banner Emmay Entertainment.