Pradhanmantri (TV Series)

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Pradhanmantri
The Pradhanmantri Logo
Genre Documentary
Created by ABP News
Directed by Puneet Sharma
Starring Shekhar Kapur
Narrated by Shekhar Kapur
Country of origin India
Original language(s) Hindi
No. of episodes 26
Production
Producer(s) ABP News
Running time 60 minutes
Broadcast
Original run 13 July 2013 (2013-07-13) – 4 January 2014

Pradhanmantri was an Indian television political documentary series, hosted by actor-director Shekhar Kapur on Hindi news channel ABP News, which premiered on July 13, 2013.[1] It aims to bring to the audience the never seen before facts of Indian history.[2][3] The weekly programme chronicles the history of India from 1947 to the present day.[4][5][6] The TV series is hosted by the renowned film-maker, actor and host Shekhar Kapur,and directed by Puneet Sharma.[7][8][9] The show is a unique attempt to present the changes in the country during the tenures of 13 Indian Prime Ministers in the last 65 years. The show airs every Saturday at 10 PM on ABP news.[10][11][12] Raghi Papiya Joshi and Sohan Thakur are casting Directors of the show.[13] The series also aired the news telecast of death of Indira Gandhi on Doordarshan by Salma Sultan. Initially conceptualised for 23 episodes, the TV series was extended to 26 episodes with the last episode aired on 4 January 2014. The show was earlier rumoured to be titled as Idea of India.[14] Pradhanmantri series is now re-telecasted in Bengali on ABP Ananda from 14 December 2013,which is hosted by Bengali actor Dhritiman Chatterjee and re-telecasted in Marathi language on ABP Majha with the name Sinhasan, which is hosted by Marathi actor Vikram Gokhale from 23 November 2013.

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Episode Topic Original Air date
1
Integration of princely states with India
13 July 2013
2
Story of Hyderabad and Junagadh
20 July 2013
3
Story of Kashmir
27 July 2013
4
Story of Madras and Bombay
3 August 2013
5
Hindu Code Bill
10 August 2013
6
Sino-Indian War
17 August 2013
7
Lal Bahadur Shastri
24 August 2013
8
Indira Gandhi Becomes PM
1 September 2013
9
Split in Congress party
8 September 2013
10
Story before Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
15 September 2013
11
Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 and birth of Bangladesh
22 September 2013
12
1975-77 State of Emergency in India
29 September 2013
13
Story of Morarji Desai and Janata Party
5 October 2013
14
Indira Gandhi back as PM and Operation Blue Star
12 October 2013
15
Rajiv Gandhi becomes PM and Shah Bano case
19 October 2013
16
Ayodhya dispute
26 October 2013
17
Rajiv Gandhi and Bofors scandal
2 November 2013
18
Mandal Commission
9 November 2013
19
Rise of LTTE and Assassination of Rajiv Gandhi
16 November 2013
20
P. V. Narasimha Rao and Corruption charges against him
23 November 2013
21
Atal Bihari Vajpayee's 13 days government and India during 1996-98
30 November 2013
22
Pokhran-II and Kargil War
7 December 2013
23
2002 Gujarat Riots and Fall of Vajpayee Government
14 December 2013
24
Story of Sonia Gandhi and UPA-I Government
21 December 2013
25
Scams in UPA government and anti-corruption movement
28 December 2013
26
Untold stories of 6 decades of India
4 January 2014

Reception[edit]

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader L. K. Advani praised Pradhanmantri on his blog and public platforms.[15][16][17] Retired Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Kiran Bedi and Sunil Shashtri(son of Lal Bahadur Shastri) also praised Pradhanmantri series.[18]

Awards[edit]

Pradhanmantri bagged exchange4media News Broadcasting (ENBA) Awards 2013 for best in show in graphics-Hindi.[19] The award was given on 18 January 2014.[20]

Social Media[edit]

The show noticed a huge engagement on social media with the #Pradhanmantri trending on Twitter for over 4 days in India on its launch. The hash-tag was promoted heavily by ABP News through running contest on Twitter. The lucky winners of the #Pradhanmantri contest were given K Touch A15 smartphone and a set of 19 books by Rajkamal Prakashan Private Limited on topics like Maanav Samskrithi, Modern India, Lokayuth, Bhagath Singh, Prakrithi, Saahithya as gratifications.[21] #Pradhanmantri trended for more than 56 hours, had almost 2.2 million views on YouTube and had more than 1.2 million mentions on Twitter in 25 weeks.Seeing this series's success, Aaj Tak also started its own documentary series named Vande Mataram on August 18, 2013, which is narrated by Kabir Bedi and Raza Murad, and the lucky winners of Vande Mataram are awarded ME tablets.[22][23][24] There was a similar show "Pradhanmantri" on Zee TV which was launched on 6 April 2013.[25]

Review[edit]

It may be more intellectual and fact finding. Though some facts were not shown like in Ayodhya Dispute episode, the fact was not aired that many kar sevaks were gunned down by the police on 30 October 1990 on orders of the then Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, when they gathered in Ayodhya as participants of the Rath-Yatra and their bodies were thrown in the river Saryu.[26][27][28]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-07-20/news-interviews/40682040_1_politics-shekhar-kapur-courage
  2. ^ http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-05-22/tv/39444694_1_indira-gandhi-idea-of-india-essay
  3. ^ http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-07-01/news-and-gossip/40306617_1_tv-show-bani-speeding-car-navni-parihar
  4. ^ "Shekhar Kapur: Will tell untold stories in 'Pradhan Mantri'". CNN-IBN (IBN Live). Jul 12, 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  5. ^ "Shekhar Kapur turns narrator for TV series". NDTV Movies. July 12, 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  6. ^ "New TV show to tell untold stories of contemporary history". The Times of India. 13 July 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  7. ^ Bhopatkar, Tejashree (12 December 2013). "Shekhar Kapur turns host?". Times of India. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Vaquar Sheikh bags Pradhanmantri!". The Times of India. 13 October 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  9. ^ http://movies.ndtv.com/television/shekhar-kapur-s-email-account-hacked-435175
  10. ^ http://www.indianexpress.com/news/navni-parihar-is-indira-gandhi-on-pradhan-mantri/1161310/
  11. ^ Bureau, ABP News (July 12, 2013). "Untold stories in 'Pradhanmantri': Kapur". ABP News. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Freedom nuggets in new TV show". The Telegraph. 13 July 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  13. ^ Bhopatkar, Tejashree (12 December 2013). "Swanand Kirkire to host Saregama Production’s next". Times of India. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  14. ^ Shiv Subramaniam & Akhil Mishra returns!
  15. ^ ""Pradhanmantri: An excellent TV serial," writes LK Advani". 
  16. ^ http://blog.lkadvani.in/blog-in-english/pradhan-mantri-an-excellent-tv-serial
  17. ^ http://www.newsbullet.in/india/34-more/46662-watch-pradhanmantri-on-india-after-assassination-of-indira-gandhi-
  18. ^ "Kiran Bedi praised #Pradhanmantri on her Twitter handle-20 October 2013-11:04 PM". 
  19. ^ "ENBA 2013: NDTV 27x7, Aaj Tak adjudged News Channels of the Year". exchange4media.com. Jan 18, 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  20. ^ http://www.exchange4media.com/enba2013/Index.html
  21. ^ "#Pradhanmantri rules Social Media". 
  22. ^ http://www.hclinfosystems.in/newsroom/press-release/me-tablet-sponsors-vande-mataram
  23. ^ http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/vande-matram--indias-war-history-and-a-tribute-to-its-war-heroes/1/299880.html
  24. ^ http://aajtak.intoday.in/story/vande-mataram--a-new-show-on-aajtak-1-739348.html
  25. ^ "Zee to launch "Pradhan Mantri" from April 6". 
  26. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/1990-decision-to-order-firing-on-kar-sevaks-painful-Mulayam-Singh-Yadav-says/articleshow/21092809.cms
  27. ^ http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/mulayam-singh-yadav-ayodhya-remark-a-ploy-ahead-of-polls-jdu/1/291580.html
  28. ^ http://www.frontline.in/static/html/fl2022/stories/20031107007900600.htm

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