The internet is a fascinating web for Shabana Azmi . “This is the first web series(for Hotstar) that I’ve done . The reach of the medium is tremendous. The Moghuls is an adaptation of Alex Rutherfood’s historical book.It deals with Moghul history all the way from Babar to Aurangzeb.”
What fascinated Shabana Azmi was the space and attention given to the women figures from Moghul history.
Shabana Azmi feels women have been treated with scant attention by Moghul historians. “I mean , everyone knows Mumtaz Mahal because Shah Jehan built the Taj Mahal for her. But what was she really like? I play Babar’s grandmother Esan Daulat. Not much is known about her. But she was the power behind the throne.When Babar was 12, she made sure he was crowned emperor.”
She enjoys the freedom offered by the web. “One can tell a story as elaborately as one wants. Though Esan Daulat is little-known outside the domain of history books my character is done at length. I am shooting for 40 days for The Moghuls.”