Applause Entertainment, the content studio from the Aditya Birla Group, led by media pioneer Sameer Nair, along with Baweja Movies has announced a cutting-edge crime drama titled ‘Bhaukaal’.
The series is inspired by the real-life achievements of Navniet Sekera, an IPS officer who brought down the organized crime syndicates in Uttar Pradesh in the early 2000s. Mohit Raina, hot off the success of ‘Uri – The Surgical Strike’, and the series ’21 Sarfarosh – Saragarhi 1897′, besides being a television superstar, plays the lead in this gripping series. ‘Bhaukaal’ (aka Dabang, Bahubali) is a local slang used in Uttar Pradesh and means impressive and robust.
Actor and producer Harman Baweja is the creator and show runner, and has teamed up with director Jatin Wagle, whose Marathi film ‘Manjha’ garnered nine Filmfare nominations recently. Police officer Navniet Sekera, caught the attention of the national media for his achievements as a cop, hell bent on cleaning up and controlling gangs and crimes in Muzaffarnagar, Western Uttar Pradesh. The series adapts real life stories based on the criminal gangs and their turf wars. It also highlights the nexus of criminals, local persons of influence and authority and their impact on people and local culture in this part of the country. Bhaukaal aims to retell this real life drama with premium quality production and a gripping narrative. Abhimanyu Singh, Siddhanth Kapoor, Bidita Bag, Sunny Hinduja, Rashmi Rajput, Pradeep Nagar and Gulki Joshi also play key characters in the show, which is written by Akash Mohimen, Jay Bansal and Rohit Chauhan.
Speaking about the series, Sameer Nair, CEO Applause Entertainment said, “Bhaukaal captures the thrill and drama of law and order tackling crime in a localized Indian context. Cops & bad guys are a favourite dramatic genre globally, and with Bhaukaal, we bring an edge of the seat, home grown crime saga for Indian audiences. Mohit Raina is an extremely talented actor and he adds heft and muscle to his character.”
Producer and show runner Harman Baweja adds, “I’ve always wanted to create a show that flips how we perceive the real world and Navniet Sekera’s story is just that, unapologetic, compelling and inspiring. The riveting story showcases the challenges faced and heart with which the Police Force fights crime.”
Speaking about his role, Mohit Raina said, “Bhaukaal brings me a chance to play a brave police officer, one who brought change and broke through the age old criminal and local political nexus. I am happy and excited to play this character, under the expertise of veterans like Sameer Nair and the very passionate Harman Baweja.”
Director, Jatin Wagle added, “What drew me to the story is the length a person can go for what is right; risking his own existence is the essence of the story. The risks Navniet Sekera took to try and better a faulty society is just outstanding. A son, a husband, a father and above all this a true Indian and a true human being, this is a story that needs to be told.”
Applause Entertainment continues to raise the bar on original Indian digital content with each of its fresh and exciting new series.