ZEE5 Global’s Original ‘Taj – Divided by Blood’ series now streaming on platform

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By Aijaz Khokhar

DUBAI: ZEE5 Global, the world’s largest streaming platform for South Asian content, has received global love and appreciation for its most anticipated series of the year ‘Taj – Divided by Blood’. Inspired by true events, the period drama stars Naseeruddin Shah, Dharmendra, Aditi Rao Hydari, Aashim Gulati, Taha Shah Badussha, and Shubham Kumar Mehra in the lead. It chronicles the story of King Akbar (played by Naseeruddin Shah) and the ensuing blood battle between his sons for the Mughal throne. The 10 part succession and family drama series is now streaming on ZEE5 Global.

‘Taj – Divided by Blood’ encapsulates the reign of King Akbar who is on a quest to find a worthy successor for his grand legacy. The series dramatizes the rise and fall of the generations that follow, showcasing the beauty and brutality of this great dynasty, their passion for arts, poetry, and architecture, but at the same time their remarkably cold blooded decisions with regards to their own family, in the quest for power.

Produced by Contiloe Digital along with William Borthwick as the showrunner, Simon Fantauzzo as the writer and Ron Scalpello as the director, ‘Taj – Divided by Blood’ stars Naseeruddin Shah as King Akbar, Aditi Rao Hydari as Anarkali, Aashim Gulati as Prince Salim, Taha Shah Badussha as Prince Murad, Shubham Kumar Mehra as Prince Daniyal, Sandhya Mridul as Queen Jodha Bai, Zareena Wahab as Queen Salima, Queen Ruqaiya Begum as Padma Damodaran, Rahul Bose as Mirza Hakim and Dharmendra as Sheikh Salim Chishti. The series also stars Subodh Bhave, Aayam Mehta, Deepraj Rana, Shivani Tanksale, Pankaj Saraswat, Digambar Prasad and Zachary Coffin in supporting roles.
Archana Anand, Chief Business Officer, ZEE5 Global said,”ZEE5 has always been committed to bringing its viewers across countries the biggest and most resonant stories from South Asia.
Director Ron Scalpello said, “I have been an avid follower of Indian History hence when I got the opportunity to put forth a series on the Mughal empire, I was ecstatic.
Naseeruddin Shah said, a brilliant team from across the globe has brought this series to life and from whatever I have seen so far, I can tell that it is going to be one of the most riveting series of the year”.
Aditi Rao Hydari said, “I have always enjoyed history; there are always great stories, many of which are outside of our textbooks.

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