Jhansi Ki Rani (TV series)
|Ek Veer Stree Ki Kahaani... Jhansi Ki Rani|
|Also known as||Jhansi Ki Rani|
|Written by||Rajesh Saksham
Ila Dutta Bedi
|Directed by||Jitendra Srivastava
|Country of origin||India|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||520|
|Executive producer(s)||Tanveer Alam|
|Running time||24 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Contiloe Telefilms|
|Original channel||Zee TV|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV)|
|Original run||18 August 2009– 19 June 2011|
Ek Veer Stree Ki Kahaani... Jhansi Ki Rani (Devanagiri: एक वीर स्त्री की कहानी... झाँसी की रानी, English: The Story of a Brave Woman... The Queen of Jhansi) is an Indian historical drama based on the life of Lakshmi Bai, the Rani of Jhansi, one of the leading figures of the Indian Rebellion of 1857. The series was directed by Jitendra Srivastava and written by Rajesh Saksham, Ila Dutta Bedi, Malavika Asthana and Mairaj Zaidi. It premiered on 18 August 2009 on Zee TV with Ulka Gupta playing Queen Lakshmi Bai. On 8 June 2010 the story moved on several years and Kratika Sengar portrayed the Queen from there on. The show's last episode went to air on 19 June 2011.
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Jhansi Ki Rani starts with Manikarnika (Manu) at the age of 14. She lives with her father Moropant Tambe who is a Pandit in the court of Peshwa Baji Rao II and Nana Saheb in Bithoor. She is trained in the arts of war by Tatya Tope . She hates to see the British ruling India and is a threat to them. She takes the form of Kranti Guru to tackle them. She becomes a rival to the British official named Manson, who creates various troubles for her. A marriage proposal from Jhansi's Maharaja Ganghadar Rao Newalkar arrives and is accepted, and her life changed from a normal woman to a Maharaja's wife, and her name changed to Lakshmi Bai. At Jhansi, a servant named Moti Bai is working secretly with a British officer named Captain Fraser, but she changed sides after meeting Rani. Another officer named Marshal is sent and kills Prachi – Baji Rao's daughter – only to be killed by Kranti Guru as revenge. The Maharaja finds out that Kranti Guru is Rani and weakens their relationship. He makes a deal with a British officer to not blame Kranti Guru for Marshal's death under the condition that he hands over Samar Singh, a friend of Rani's. Rani saves Samar but is expelled by the Maharaja.
Outside Jhansi, she sees how the British are mistreating the people in villages and persuades the villagers of fighting the British. There she finds Samar Singh who helps her and Karma who wants to kill the Maharaja first as he blames everything on him. The British officer Captain Martin is sent there who promises Karma leadership of the villages if he works for them, but then stabs Karma in the back. Rani saves Karma and he becomes an ally. Martin challenges Rani – disguised as a man named Raja – to fight against a mad man and Raja wins the fight, but it's revealed that she is Rani. The Maharaja then accepts her back as the Maharani and Martin retires, so Captains Malcom and Ross are sent in his stead.
After several failed attempts to kill the Maharaja, Captain Nelson is sent there as well, who kills Ross to frame Samar Singh and hangs him. Meanwhile, Baji Rao is severely ill in Bithoor and Rani goes there and he dies while Manson tries to conquer Bithoor Fort. Rani starts a battle where she emerges victorious and cuts off Manson's leg. Rani then gives birth to Damodar Rao and adopts Anand Rao as well. Nelson kills Damodar and Ali Bahadur kills the Maharaja and Captain Hamilton is sent to Jhansi to conquer it. Rani renames Anand Damodar and wages war against the East India Company and the rebellion of 1857 breaks out.[clarification needed] Hamilton makes Jhansi and the city of Orchha go to war against each other as the queen of Orchha, Ladai Sarkar, thinks of the British as an ally and holds a personal grudge against Jhansi. Rani wins the battle and returns to a conquered Jhansi, which she reclaims after threatening the life of the 1st Earl of Dalhouise, but Nelson responds by framing her for the death of King of Mot, and Ladai Sarkar – who turned out to be the King's sister-in-law – captured Rani only to be stabbed in the back by Nelson.[clarification needed] In the prison cell, the two queens become allies and after escaping, Rani kills Nelson, and as a replacement, Queen Victoria sends General Hugh Henry Rose there, who helps Hamilton capture prince Damodar.
After Rani saved her son's life she kills Hamilton, but Hugh Rose attacks Jhansi Fort with his army, where many of her loyal followers and allies – Guass Khan, Karma, Moropant Tambe, Jhalkaribai, Ladai Sarkar, Kashi, Vahini Saheb – die, Bithoor is conquered and King Nana Saheb fled to Nepal, and Rani herself gets shot and killed by Captain Gall.
|Kratika Sengar||Rani Lakshmibai / KrantiGuru / Rana Bakura|
|Ulka Gupta||young Rani Lakshmibai / Manikarnika a.k.a. Manu / Kaali|
|Sameer Dharmadhikari||King Gangadar Rao Newalkar|
|Shailesh Dattar||Moropant Tambe|
|Ravindra Mankani||Peshwa Baji Rao|
|Aruna Irani||Vahini Sahiba|
|Amit Pachori||Tatya Tope|
|Puneet Panjwani||Nana Sahib|
|Shaheer Sheikh / Satyajeet Dube||young Nana Sahib|
|Hemant Choudhary||Raghunath Singh|
|Siddharth Vasudev||Samar Singh|
|Aarav Chowdhary||Mangal Pandey|
|Garima Ajmani||Moti Bai|
|Jaya Bhattacharya||Sakku Bai|
|Amita Nangia||Lachchu Bai|
|Priyam Ambalia||Anand Rao / Damodar Rao|
|Tanya Malji||young Indu|
|Surbhi Tiwari||Maina Bai|
|Ishita Vyas||Jhalkaribai / Rana Bankura|
|Tarun Khanna||Ali Bahadur|
|Eva Grover||Bhagirathi Tambe|
|Ashwini Kalsekar||Heera Bai|
|Achint Kaur||Larai Sarkar of Orchha|
|Sudhanshu Pandey||Kunwar Yuvraj (Prince of Modh)|
|Jayajirao Scindia of Gwalior|
|Raja Bahadur||of Gwalior|
|Dinkar Rao||of Gwalior|
|Sanjay Swaraj||Rao Dulaju|
|Manoj Kumar||Ghulam Ghaus Khan|
|Ben Kaplan||John Lang|
|-||Viscount Charles Canning|
|Gary Richardson||The Earl of Dalhousie|
|Thomas Munro||Hugh Henry Rose|
|David Steele||Captain Mac|
|Edward Sonnenblick||Captain James Manson/ Captain John W. Nelson|
|Ramona Sav||Rose Nelson|
|Vikas Verma||Marshall/ Captain Robert Hamilton|
|Alexx ONell||Major Robert W. Ellis|
|Samuel Brown||Captain Ross|
|simon fraser||Captain Fraser|
|Glen David Short||Commissioner Wilson|
|Robin Pratt||Sir Moreland (Commissioner of Kanpur)|
|Suzanne bernert||Mistress Moreland|
Other broadcast versions
- The serial currently[when?] airs free to air on Dangal Monday to Friday 8 p.m.
- An Arabic dubbed version is broadcasting on Zee Alwan since 19 September 2012 under the name "ملكة جانسي" Arabic for "Malikat Jhansi; Queen of Jhansi".
- The Hindi version of the serial with English subtitles debuted on Zee TV USA and ATN Canada on 10 October 2011 and ended c. August 2013.
- The drama was dubbed in Kurdish as "شاژنی جانسی" Kurdish for "Shajni Jhansi;Queen of Jhansi" on Kurdish satellite channel Kurdsat in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The series is aired every evening and has got popularity in the Kurdish community. The language of the drama in Sorani dialect of Kurdish language.
- Jhansi Ki Rani has been dubbed in Marathi and this version started airing on 31 October 2011; it was broadcast on Zee Marathi (Monday to Saturday, 1400 hours) as Jhansichi Rani.
- The drama was dubbed in Tamil as Jhansi Rani and broadcast on Zee Tamil (Monday to Friday, 2030 hours). The Tamil version of the drama came to an end on 27 January 2012.
- The drama was dubbed in Telugu as Veera Naari Jhansi Lakshmi and broadcast on Zee Telugu (Monday to Friday, 1800 hours). This Telugu version came to an end on 4 February 2012.
The drama was praised for the historical accuracy of the dresses and ornaments worn by the characters. However, doubts were raised on the authenticity of "Ek Veer Stree Ki Kahani... Jhansi Ki Rani" by some historians. Jhansi-based historian Professor Jawaharlal Kanchan protested that the drama is playing with history and providing incorrect information to young minds. Dr A. K. Pandey, director, State Museum, Jhansi states, "makers of the serial should understand that they cannot distort historical facts just for the sake of TRPs."
Reactions from orthodox viewers
Certain reactions from orthodox Indian viewers and historians were negative. The director of the State Museum (Dr A. K. Pandey) at Jhansi states, "Rani Lakshmi Bai is like a goddess to us and seeing her story presented in a distorted manner is painful. Showing intimate bedroom scenes of Jhansi ki Rani is also unacceptable." Dharmesh Shah, the director of the drama defends the protests[clarification needed] by pointing out, "The British ruled that any kingdom without an heir would be annexed by the East India Company. So Rani Laxmi Bai wanted an heir, because of which we were required to show those intimate scenes. There is no need of creating a hullabaloo."
|2009||Indian Telly Awards||Best Historical Show||Jhansi Ki Rani (TV series)||–|
|2009||Indian Telly Awards||Best Videography(Fiction)||Deepak Pandey||-|
|2009||Indian Telly Awards||Best Stylist||Neerushah||-|
|2010||Indian Telly Awards||Most Popular Historical/Mythological Show||Jhansi Ki Rani (TV series)||–|
|2010||Indian Telly Awards||Most Popular Child Artist||Ulka Gupta||Manubai/Rani Laxmibai|
|2010||Indian Telly Awards||Best Costumes||Nikhat, Mariyam & Neerushah||–|
|2010||Indian Telly Awards||Best Videography(Fiction)||Deepak Pandey||–|
|2010||Indian Telly Awards||Best TV Lyricist||Mairaj Zaidi||–|
|2011||Indian Telly Awards||Most Popular Historical/Mythological Show||Jhansi Ki Rani (TV series)||–|
|2010||Indian Television Academy Awards||Best Historical/Mythological Show||Jhansi Ki Rani (TV series)||–|
|2010||Zee Rishtey Awards||Special Award for Most Popular Character||Ulka Gupta||Manubai/Rani Laxmibai|
|2010||Zee Rishtey Awards||Favourite Beti||Kratika Sengar||Rani Laxmibai|
|2010||Zee Rishtey Awards||Favourite Serial||Jhansi Ki Rani (TV series)||–|
|2010||Zee Gold Awards||Best Videography(Fiction)||Deepak Pandey||–|
|2010||Zee Gold Awards||Best Art Direction||Sandesh Gondhalekar||–|
|2010||Zee Gold Awards||Best Editing||–|
|2010||Zee Gold Awards||Performer of the Year||Ulka Gupta||–|
|2011||The Global Indian Film and Television Honours||Best Art Direction||Sandesh Gondhalekar|
|2011||The Global Indian Film and Television Honours||Best Fresh New Face(Female)||Kratika Sengar||Rani Laxmibai|
|2010||New Talent Awards||Editor's Choice Most Popular New Historical/Mythological Show||Jhansi Ki Rani (TV series)||–|
|2010||FICCI Award||Best Entertainer of the Year||Ulka Gupta||Manubai/Rani Laxmibai|
|2012||Madhavrao Scindia Leadership Awards||Best Television Actress||Kratika Sengar||Rani Lakshmi Bai|
|2011||BIG Television Awards||Veer Character Female (Fiction)||Kratika Sengar||Rani Lakshmi Bai|
- Sumit Jha (18 August 2010). "Jhansi Ki Rani in trouble – Times of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
- Siddiqui, A. U. (2004). Indian Freedom Movement in Princely States of Vindhya Pradesh. Northern Book Centre, New Delhi. pp. 44.
-  The bone of contention for Prof Kanchan is an episode which shows Rani Laxmi Bai wounded by enemy soldiers while on a visit to a hilltop temple in Jhansi. "And despite being hurt she visits the temple. But there is no historical evidence of such an incident and neither is there any such hilltop temple in Jhansi," he points out.
- "Zee TV Official Website: Zee TV Shows, Zee TV Serials Online, Videos". zeetv.com. 4 July 2011. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
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