Naseeruddin Shah will play Akbar soon.
Jalāl al-Dīn Muḥammad Akbar, the third Mughal emperor, not Mobasher Jawed Akbar, the sometime journalist and sometime minister.
"It's a series called Taj," Naseer tells Subhash K Jha. "It is about Akbar and the battle of succession among his sons. I'm playing Akbar, but not at all like Papaji's (Prithviraj Kapoor in Mughal-e-Azam) version."
Naseer's latest release Maarrich sank without a trace.
Clearly, his talent is not being properly used on the big screen.
Playing Akbar in a Web series might just be the boost his career needs.