TAJ: Divided by Blood series review

Taj: Divided by Blood is a Zee5 historical fiction series, it is produced by Mumbai-based Contiloe Pictures. The story of the series revolves around the 50-year reign of Emperor Akbar, the series shows war, bloodshed, palace intrigue, conspiracies hatched in the shadows, and forbidden love that turns father against son.  The series has a total of 10 episodes, it portrays Emperor Akbar as a man and a ruler navigating the pulls and pressures of his onerous royal duties, shouldering his paternal responsibilities, and dealing with his consorts. The series is now streaming on Zee5.

In all 10 episodes, there is no clear-cut antagonist, Mirza Hakim seemed like a good antagonist but he was quickly sidelined. The three sons of Akbar- Salim, Murad, and Daniyal competency and incompetency occupies the primary chunk of the plot. And before the show premiered, it seemed like Anarkali (Aditi Rao Hydari) will be having a major role to play, but as per the series she does not have much to do other than giving long gaze at her prince. Salim and Anarkali’s relationship  does not have any lasting impact on the series. Akbar has an important role to play and is basically the heart of the show, he is controlling all the characters with an iron grip.


Audience are disappointed with the series because the show has not dug deeper into the characters, the characterization of the main characters is limited to only three-four objectives. Salim is an opium lover, Jodha is a concerned mother and Akbar is a ruthless ruler.

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