Bharat Ek Khoj

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Bharat Ek Khoj
Bharat ek khoj DVD cover.jpg
Bharat Ek Khoj DVD cover
Genre Historical drama
Created by Shyam Benegal
Written by Shyam Benegal
Shama Zaidi
Vasant Dev (dialogues)
Starring Roshan Seth
Om Puri
Tom Alter
Sadashiv Amrapurkar
Naseeruddin Shah
Lucky Ali
Seema Kelkar
Mita Vashisht
Pallavi Joshi
Anjan Srivastav
Sohaila Kapoor
Ila Arun
Irrfan Khan
Narrated by Om Puri
Opening theme Vanraj Bhatia
Country of origin India
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 53
Production
Executive producer(s) Raj Pius
Cinematography V. K. Murthy
Production company(s) Doordarshan
Sahyadri Films
Broadcast
Original channel Doordarshan (DD National)
Original airing 1988

Bharat Ek Khoj (Hindi: भारत एक खोज, Urdu: بھارت ایک کھوج‎, English: The Discovery of India) is a 53-episode Indian historical drama based on the book The Discovery of India (1946) by Jawaharlal Nehru,[1] that dramatically unfolds the 5000-year history of India from its beginnings to the coming of independence in 1947. The drama was directed, written and produced by Shyam Benegal with cinematographer V. K. Murthy in 1988 for state-owned Doordarshan. Benegal's regular script collaborator Shama Zaidi also co-wrote the script.[2]

Overview[edit]

The series dramatically unfolds and explores the five-thousand year history of India from its beginnings to the coming of the independence in 1947. Its cast include Om Puri, Roshan Seth, Tom Alter and Sadashiv Amrapurkar. Jawaharlal Nehru was portrayed by Roshan Seth, who had previously portrayed Nehru in Richard Attenborough's Gandhi (1982).[3] While Seth enacted the part of Nehru as the story-teller at key points in every episode, Om Puri provided the narration.

The drama was later aired on DD Bharati and currently runs on Lok Sabha TV.

Cast[edit]

Episode Title Cast Role
1 Bharat Mata Ki Jai Roshan Seth Jawaharlal Nehru
2 The Beginnings Pallavi Joshi Atri
3 The Arrival of the Vedic People (the Rigveda) Harish Patel Draha, a Merchant
4 Caste Formation Piyush Mishra Seepahi
5 Mahabharata Part 1 Teejan Bai Herself
6 Mahabharata Part 2 Om Puri Duryodhan
7 Ramayana Part 1 Pallavi Joshi Sita
8 Ramayana Part 2 Om Puri Ravana
9 Republics and Kingdoms Virendra Saxena Vashithak
10 Negation and Acceptance of Life Om Puri Angulimaal
11 Chanakya and Chandragupta Part 1 Mita Vashisht Suhasini
12 Chanakya and Chandragupta Part 2
13 Ashoka Part 1 Om Puri Ashoka
14 Ashoka Part 2 Om Puri Ashoka
15 The Sangam Period: Silapaddirakam Part 1
16 The Sangam Period: Silapaddirakam Part 2
17 The Classical Age
18 Kalidas and Shakuntala Part 1
19 Kalidas and Shakuntala Part 2
20 Harshavardhana Pankaj Berry Harshavardhana
21 Bhakti
22 The Chola Empire Part 1
23 The Chola Empire Part 2
24 The Delhi Sultanate and Prithviraj Raso Part 1
25 The Delhi Sultanate and Prithviraj Raso Part 2
26 The Delhi Sultanate and Padmavat Om Puri Alauddin Khilji
27 Synthesis Pankaj Berry Lorik
28 The Vijayanagar Empire Om Puri Krishna Deva Raya
29 Feudalism
30 The Fall of the Vijayanagar Empire
31 Rana Sanga, Ibrahim Lodi and Babur
32 Akbar Part 1 (Din-e Ilahi) Kulbhushan Kharbanda Akbar
33 Akbar Part 2 Kulbhushan Kharbanda Akbar
34 Golden Hind
35 Aurangzeb Part 1 Om Puri Aurangzeb
36 Aurangzeb Part 2 Om Puri Aurangzeb
37 Shivaji Part 1 Naseeruddin Shah Shivaji
38 Shivaji Part 2 Naseeruddin Shah Shivaji
39 Company Bahadur (East India Company)
40 Tipu Sultan Salim Ghouse Tipu Sultan
41 The Bengal Renaissance and Raja Ram Mohan Roy Anang Desai Raja Ram Mohan Roy
42 1857 Part 1 Tom Alter British Commander
43 1857 Part 2 Tom Alter British Officer
44 Indigo Revolt Virendra Saxena Madhav
45 Mahatma Phule Sadashiv Amrapurkar Mahatma Phule
46 Sir Syed Ahmed Khan
47 Vivekananda Alok Nath Swami Vivekananda
48 Extremists and Moderates Mohan Gokhale Gopal Krishna Gokhale
49 And Gandhi Came Part 1
50 And Gandhi Came Part 2
51 Separatism
52 Do or Die
53 Epilogue

Production[edit]

Noted production designer Nitish Roy along with assistants Samir Chanda and Nitin Desai built 144 sets for the extensive production.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "What makes Shyam special...". The Hindu. Jan 17, 2003. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Music in her lines". The Hindu. October 1, 2011. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Roshan Seth waits for right role". The Hindu. November 19, 2001. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Samir Chanda's death was devasting: Shyam Benegal". The Times of India. Aug 20, 2011. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 

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