Behula (TV series)
|Created by||Shree Venkatesh Films|
|Written by||Story |
|Directed by||Soumik Chatterjee|
|Starring||Payel Dey |
|Voices of||"Boron Senche" by Upaali Chatterjee|
|Country of origin||India|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||450|
|Producer(s)||Shrikant Mohta |
|Running time||20 mins|
|Production company(s)||Shree Venkatesh Films|
|Original network||Star Jalsha|
|Picture format||576i SDTV|
|Original release||March 15, 2010 –|
August 21, 2011
|Followed by||Sansaar Sukher Hoy Romonir Guney|
Behula was a Bengali television serial which used to air on GEC Star Jalsha..It has been aired on Star Vijay as a dubbed Tamil show Mangayin Sabatham and also has been aired in Sahara One as a dubbed Hindi show under the same name.This serial has also been dubbed in Assamese language as Soti Beula and aired on Focus Hifi.
The show was adapted from the Hindu mythological story of Manasamangal Kāvya and Behula. The story of Manasamangal begins with the conflict of the merchant Chandradhar or Chand Sadagar with Manasa and ends with Chandradhar becoming an ardent devotee of Manasa. Chandradhar is a worshipper of Shiva, but Manasa hopes that she can win over Chand to her worship. But, far from worshipping her, Chand refuses to even recognize her as a deity. Manasa takes revenge upon Chand by destroying seven of his ships at sea and killing his seven sons. Finally, Behula, the newly-wed wife of Chand's youngest son Lakhindar, makes the goddess bow to her love for her husband through her strength of character, limitless courage and deep devotion. Behula succeeds in bringing Chand's seven sons back to life and rescuing their ships. Then only does Behula return home.Manasamangal is basically the tale of oppressed humanity. Chandradhar and Behula have been portrayed as two strong and determined characters at a time when ordinary human beings were subjugated and humiliated. The epic brings out the caste divisions and the conflicts between Aryans and non-Aryans. The conflict between human beings and the goddess brings out the social discriminations of society, as well as the conflict between Aryans and non-Aryans. Shiva, whom Chand worshipped, was originally not an Aryan god, but over time was elevated to that position. Manasa's victory over Chand suggests the victory of the indigenous or non-Aryan deity over the Aryan god. However, even Manasa is defeated by Behula. The poem thus suggests not only the victory of the non-Aryan deity over the Aryan god, but also the victory of the human spirit over the powerful goddess. Manasamangal is also remarkable for its portrayal of Behula who epitomises the best in Indian womanhood, especially the Bengali woman's devotion to her husband. 
- Payel De as Behula
- Arka Majumdar as Lakhindar
- Rimjhim Mitra/Chandrayee Ghosh as Manasha
- Koushik Chakraborty as Chand Sadagar
- Rupanjana Mitra as Sanaka
- June Malia as Parvati
The show was produced by Shree Venkatesh Films.It was relaunched again in 2013 on Jalsha Movies along with Bou Kotha Kao. The show generated a TRP of 13.0 which was a record for Kolkata television.
- "STAR Jalsha TV Channel - Behula Bengali Show - An Epic tale of undying determination and eternal love".
- "Rupanjana turns choosy - Times of India".
- "Small screen to relaunch Bou Kotha Kou and Behula - Times of India".
- "STAR Jalsha dominates the Bengali Entertainment Category". www.bestmediaifo.com.