Chandraprakash Dwivedi

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Dr. Chandra Prakash Dwivedi
Cine-Bahastalab-2012 Dr. Chandra Prakash Dwivedi (Film & TV Director+Actor)
Born (1960-02-26) February 26, 1960 (age 63)
  • Filmmaker
  • actor
Years active1990-present
SpouseMandira Dwivedi
HonoursPadma Shri (2022)[1]

Chandraprakash Dwivedi is an Indian actor, film director and screenwriter, who is best known for directing the 1991 television epic Chanakya in which he also played the title role of the political strategist Chanakya and an inspiration for millions. He has also directed the 1996 television series Mrityunjay which is based on the life of Karna, one of the main characters of the epic Mahabharata, and he won a Screen Videocon Best Director award for the same. His other major work is the 2003 film Pinjar, a tragic love story set amidst the Hindu-Muslim tensions during the Partition of India, based on Amrita Pritam's novel of the same name. [2][3] He also wrote and directed Akshay Kumar starrer Samrat Prithviraj (2022).


Dr. Dwivedi is a qualified medical professional who gave up his profession because of a deep interest in Indian literature, and began working in theatre instead. From 1990 to 1992, he wrote, directed and acted in the TV serial Chanakya, which took India by storm with its crafted dialog, mastery of Hindi and lessons on politics and philosophy. In the late 1990s, he held the position of programming division head at Zee TV.[2] During his stint at Zee, he tried his hand at retelling the Mahabharata (Ek Aur Mahabharat) but had to abort the experiment after 14 episodes due to a poor response from advertisers and viewers. The rerun of Chanakya too failed to attract advertisers.[4][5][6][7] Dwivedi wrote the dialogues for the 2001 epic Doordarshan television series on Chhatrapati Shivaji.[2][8]

In February 2008, Bobby Bedi announced that he had been planning a new Mahabharata with Dwivedi as director.[9] However, in April, Dwivedi disassociated himself from the project citing pressure brought on as a result of competition from Ekta Kapoor's Kahaani Hamaaray Mahaabhaarat Ki.[10][11]

In 2008, Dr. Dwivedi directed a television serial based on the Upanishads titled Upanishad Ganga.[10] He is presently working on The Legend of Kunal, a film based on the life of Kunal, the son of Emperor Asoka. In 2009, the South Asian Cinema Foundation honoured Dwivedi with its Cultural Catalyst Award "in recognition of his commitment to exploring India's ancient culture and history in television and popular cinema."[12]

In January 2011, his film Mohalla Assi set around Assi Ghat of Varanasi and based on Dr Kashi Nath Singh's famous novel, went into production with shooting starting in Film City, Mumbai, with Sunny Deol as lead actor.[13][14]

His next film was Zed Plus. This film was a political satire and comedy, starring Adil Hussain (best known for Life of Pi and English Vinglish) and Mona Singh (of Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahi fame). K K Raina, Sanjay Mishra, Kulbhushan Kharbanda are playing other important roles in this film.

In January 2022, he was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri award by the Government of India.[15]

He has directed a movie on Prithviraj Chauhan produced by Yash Raj Films, starring Akshay Kumar in a lead role.[16] The film Samrat Prithviraj was released on June 3, 2022 across India in Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu.[17]


Year Title Director Writer Actor Creative Producer Notes
1991–92 Chanakya Yes Yes Yes No 47 Episodes
1996 Mrityunjay Yes Yes No No 13 Episodes
1997 Ek Aur Mahabharat Yes Yes No No 14 Episodes
2003 Pinjar Yes Yes No No
2012 Upanishad Ganga Yes Yes No No Voice Role
52 Episodes
2014 Zed Plus Yes Yes No No
2018 Mohalla Assi Yes Yes No No
2019 Surajya Sanhita Yes Yes No No 13 Episodes
2022 Samrat Prithviraj Yes Yes No No
Ram Setu No No No Yes
2023 OMG 2 No No No Yes


  1. ^ "Filmmaker Chandraprakash Dwivedi felicitated with Padma Shri". 21 March 2022.
  2. ^ a b c "Pinjar – Celebrating humanity". Archived from the original on 3 August 2004. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Director special".
  4. ^ Chanakya TV Series
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  6. ^ Earshot: Where have all the ads gone?
  7. ^ Earshot: Out of sight, out of mind[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Building programmes". @businessline. July 2001.
  9. ^ "Mahabharata for the BPO generation". Archived from the original on 14 June 2008.
  10. ^ a b "Trebify | Your Reviews Partner". Trebify | Your Reviews Partner. Archived from the original on 13 July 2011.
  11. ^ "It is Chanakya Vs Ekta Kapoor". Archived from the original on 15 April 2008.
  12. ^ "Girish Kasaravalli gets 'Excellence in Cinema' award in UK". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 24 October 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
  13. ^ "Sunny is all set to play priest". Times of India. 8 February 2011.
  14. ^ "Sunny Deol to play a pandit in Mohalla Assi". NDTV Movies. Archived from the original on 12 February 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2011.
  15. ^ "Chandraprakash Dwivedi wins Padma Shri". News 18.
  16. ^ "Exclusive! Akshay Kumar to play Prithviraj Chauhan in Aditya Chopra's next". dna. 20 June 2018. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  17. ^ "Akshay Kumar's Samrat Prithviraj:Where to Watch". India TV News.

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