Chandrakanta (TV series)

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The main lead of Chandrakanta: Shahbaz Khan as Prince Virendra Singh and Shikha Swaroop as Princess Chandrakanta.
Written by Devki nandan
Story by Nirja Guleri
Directed by Nirja Guleri
Creative director(s) Sunil Verma
Starring Cast and characters
Narrated by Harish Bhimani
Theme music composer Usha Khanna
Opening theme "Chandrakanta" by Sonu Nigam
Country of origin India
Original language(s) Hindi
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 130
Executive producer(s) Shrey Guleri
Sahil Guleri
Producer(s) Nirja Guleri
Production location(s) Film City Mumbai
Cinematography Nadeem Khan
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 52 minutes
Production company(s) M/s Prime Channel
Original network DD National
Picture format 480i
Original release 1994 (1994) – 1996 (1996)

Chandrakanta is an Indian fantasy television series partly based on Devaki Nandan Khatri's novel of the same name . It was originally telecast on Doordarshan's DD National between 1994 and 1996, and was created, written, produced, and directed by Nirja Guleri. The serial was controversially pulled off air by Doordarshan in 1996 and the producers had to file a suit in court for reinstatement.[1] In accordance with the Order of the Supreme Court of India, Chandrakanta was reinstated and restarted by Doordarshan in 1999. Reruns of the show also aired on Star Plus and Sony Entertainment Television.[2]

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Kamlapati Khatri, the grandson of the novel's author, has said that the producer "had not done justice to the soul of Khatri's Chandrakanta". He has also accused the producers of willfully misrepresenting certain concepts from the novel, such as "tilism" (kind of a maze) and "ayyari" (spying), and showing them as "jaado-tona" (sorcery), as well as criticising the characters and the sequences in the Chunar fort for being overly exaggerated, and how far into the show the Chandrakanta appeared.[3]


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