Neerja Director’s Next Project Is A Mythological Web Series Based On The Founder Of Martial Arts

Salina Uppal

Salina Uppal

A reporter for TubeScoop on most days, Salina is otherwise a part-time writer, designer, 'web series watcher' and full-time 'fun haver!'
Salina Uppal

Prasoon Joshi (L) and Ram Madhvani (R) are developing the web series, Bodhidharma: Master of Shaolin, for Amazon Prime Video

Neerja director Ram Madhvani is all set to dive into his next project – an ambitious, mythological web series titled Bodhidharma: Master of Shaolin.

The series will follow the story of a warrior prince in the 6th century who became the founder of martial arts and the Shaolin Temple in China. Madhvani is collaborating with writer-lyricist Prasoon Joshi (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Rang De Basanti) on this series which will release and stream on Amazon Prime Video.

During a recent interaction with the press, Madhvani shared that Bodhidharma will be a dramatic, gut-wrenching, adventure fiction tale with a light love story running parallelly. The director also assured that the series will be quite accurate in terms of portraying the time period that it’s set in.

“I am on this project for years. Even in the case of Neerja, we were extremely extensive in research. I like to do research on a subject and then make it,” he said.

“Researching is easy, making it is difficult. Now for Bodhidharma we are completely honest to that era. At the same time, there is not much known about the man,” added the director.

For Joshi, who’s writing as well as co-producing the series, the most challenging part was that apart from the central character, most of the characters had to be imagined out of thin air.

“They are fictional but had to connect to the historical truth. One also decided to give it a philosophical nuanced approach whilst keeping the entertainment quotient alive,” he said.

The makers are yet to finalise the cast for the 10-episode series but intend to begin pre-production.

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