Sakshi Tanwar As Daenerys: Mindless ‘Cut-Copy-Paste’ With The Censors?


If you thought that “the red wedding” is the worst thing that could have happened to your favorite Game of Thrones, then, we have some news for you! If rumors are to be believed, Sony Entertainment Television is all set to remake the super-hit fantasy series for the Indian television. Well, if you find yourself shaking your head in disbelief already, we have some big (and bad) news for you! It is speculated that the Indian version of the GoT that is to be titled “Rani Mahal,” will focus heavily on Dragon mother, Daenerys. Guess who is playing your favorite Khaleesi! It’s none other than Ekta Kapoor’s ideal bahu (daughter-in-law), Sakshi Tanwar.

No, you’re not in for an early April Fool’s day! Apart from Daenerys, the Indian show has also found its Cersei Lannister and Jon Snow. Anita Hassanandani and Parth Samthaan have been finalized for the roles respectively. As the season 5 of the Game of Thrones is looking up the horizon, this piece of news has definitely dampened the spirits of the Indian GoT fans.

Remember Ekta Kapoor’s Pyaar Kii Yeh Ek Kahaani? Probably not! It was a daily soap, which was apparently, an adaptation of the Twilight saga. Adaptations in India have mostly been a disaster. In 2004, director Dheeraj Kumar directed a movie that had an uncanny resemblance to the celebrated Harry Potter series. It was called Aabra Ka Daabra. The fact that there is a collective amnesia about these adaptations, speaks volumes about how badly we Indians fair when it comes to drawing “inspirations” from the West.

At a time when the government is so persistent with the bans on explicit content in the entertainment industry, it is baffling to imagine an Indian version of GoT. In what seems a fairly liberal society, GoT has had to face a considerable amount of criticism from the Western critics owing to its explicit scenes. Going by the Indian standards and the announced star cast that reeks of tad bit too much sanskaar, one can only mourn at demise of the basic essence of GoT.

Sangeeta Purkayastha

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