Jhansi Ki Rani (TV series)
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|Ek Veer Stree Ki Kahaani... Jhansi Ki Rani|
|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 (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. 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 aired 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, 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, taking the form of Kranti Guru to tackle them. She becomes a rival to the British official named Manson, who creates various troubles for her. She is proposed to by Jhansi's Maharaja Ganghadar Rao Newalkar and accepts, her life changing from that of a normal woman to a Maharaja's wife, and her name changes to Lakshmi Bai. At Jhansi, a servant named Moti Bai is working secretly with a British officer named Captain Fraser, but she changes 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.
- Ulka Gupta as young Rani Lakshmibai / Manikarnika a.k.a. Manu / Kaali/ Kranti Guru
- Kratika Sengar as Rani Lakshmibai / KrantiGuru / Rana Bakura
- Sameer Dharmadhikari as King Gangadar Rao Newalkar
- Shailesh Dattar as Moropant Tambe
- Ravindra Mankani as Peshwa Baji Rao
- Aruna Irani as Vahini Sahiba
- Amit Pachori as Tatya Tope/ Kranti Guru 2
- Ashnoor Kaur as Prachi
- Puneet Panjwani as Nana Sahib
- Shaheer Sheikh / Satyajeet Dube as young Nana Sahib
- Dinesh Kaushik as Narsinghrao
- Hemant Choudhary as Raghunath Singh
- Siddharth Vasudev as Samar Singh
- Puneet Vashist as Karma
- Aarav Chowdhary as Mangal Pandey
- Garima Ajmani as Moti Bai
- Jaya Bhattacharya as Sakku Bai
- Amita Nangia as Lachchu Bai
- Susheela as Jankibai
- Priyam Ambalia as Anand Rao / Damodar Rao
- Tanya Malji as young Indu
- Surbhi Tiwari as Maina Bai
- Ishita Vyas as Jhalkaribai / Rana Bankura
- Tarun Khanna as Ali Bahadur
- Vishnu Sharma as Vadrayan
- Trishikha Tiwari as Vaaishali
- Dev Khubnani as Dhrupad
- Praneeta Sahu as Juhi
- Soni Singh as Vishkanya
- Minal Kapoor as Mandira
- Eva Grover as Bhagirathi Tambe
- Benaf Dadachandji as Ganga
- Ashwini Kalsekar as Heera Bai
- Achint Kaur as Larai Sarkar of Orchha
- Sudhanshu Pandey as Kunwar Yuvraj (Prince of Modh)
- Jayajirao Scindia as Gwalior
- Raja Bahadur || as Gwalior
- Dinkar Rao as Gwalior
- Sanjay Swaraj as Rao Dulaju
- Manoj Kumar as Ghulam Ghaus Khan
- Ben Kaplan as John Lang
- Gary Richardson as The Earl of Dalhousie
- Thomas Munro as Hugh Henry Rose
- David Steele as Captain Mac
- Edward Sonnenblick as Captain James Manson/Captain John W. Nelson
- Ramona Sav as Rose Nelson
- David Steele as Gall
- Vikas Verma as Marshall/Captain Robert Hamilton
- Alexx O'Nell as Major Robert W. Ellis
- Ganpat Roa as Captain Malcolm
- Samuel Brown as Captain Ross
- Simon Fraser as Captain Fraser
- Glen David Short as Commissioner Wilson
- Robin Pratt as Sir Moreland (Commissioner of Kanpur)
- Suzanne Bernert as Mistress Moreland
Other broadcast versions
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- The serial currently[when?] airs free to air on Dangal
- 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 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 as Jhansichi Rani.
- The drama was dubbed in Tamil as Jhansi Rani and broadcast on Zee Tamil . 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 . This Telugu version came to an end on 4 February 2012.
- The English language version is broadcasting on BUKEDDE TV.1 UGANDA since 14 November 2013 as Jhansi Ki Rani <The Worrier Queen Of jhansi>.
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."
- Best Videography(Fiction) - Deepak Pandey
- 'Best Art Direction - Sandesh Gondhalekar
- Best Editing
- Performer of the Year - Ulka Gupta
- 2010 FICCI Award
- 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.
- "Zee TV Official Website: Zee TV Shows, Zee TV Serials Online, Videos". zeetv.com. Retrieved 23 July 2012.