Dharam Veer (TV series)

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Dharam Veer
Genre Period drama
Created by Sagar Pictures
Written by Varun Gautam, Meenakshi Sagar, Kalpesh Modi.
Directed by Dharmesh shah, nikhil sinha, Mukesh singh,Inayat shaikh
Presented by NDTV Group
Starring Rajat Tokas,
Mugdha Chaphekar,
Vikrant Massey,
Harssh Rajput,
Mehul Vyas
Opening theme Dharam Veer
Country of origin India
Original language(s) Hindi
No. of episodes 195
Executive producer(s) Upasna Mann
Producer(s) Moti Sagar Meenakshi Sagar Amrit Sagar Akash Sagar
Location(s) Baroda, Gujarat
Editor(s) Mohd. Shums
Camera setup Shahbaaz Khan
Running time 22 minutes
Original network NDTV Imagine
Original release 21 January – 30 October 2008
External links
Production website

Dharam Veer is an Indian period television drama. It is a fictional tale of two princes by the names of Dharam and Veer and their adventures as they traverse the path of life. It is presented by Sagar Pictures.


The story begins with the introduction to the 13th century kingdom of Aryanagar—a land divided into the royalty (the Aryavarts) and the slaves (the Shramiks). While the Aryavarts are in charge of managing the affairs of the state and caring for the needs of the slaves, the Shramiks fulfill their duties towards the state by devoting their lives and work towards the welfare of the kingdom. The king, Aryavardhan, believes that the system works well for the welfare of the kingdom. However, unknown to him, there is dissent and frustration creeping in amongst the slaves brought on by the humiliation and brutality they have to face at the hands of the older brother of Aryavardhan: Jaivardhan. Seeing Jaivardhan mercilessly whip an old man unable to fulfill his tasks, Soma, a young slave, dares to voice his dissent. While Aryavardhan gives him his freedom banishing him from the kingdom, Jaivardhan makes a mockery of this decision by killing Soma.

It is in this time and place that Soma’s son takes birth — believed by the slaves to be the messiah who will save them for the tyranny of the Aryavarts and give them the freedom they long for. Aryavardhan and Jaivardhan are informed about the birth of the messiah of the slaves, the destroyer of the centuries-old traditions and regime of the Aryavarts. Jaivardhan decides to take matters into his own hands. He sets the entire slave colony ablaze, killing all newborn children to ensure that the messiah fails to see the dawn of day. But Soma's wife, Pari gives birth to their son and tries to escape, along with her elder daughter, Sakshi from Jaivardhan and his soldiers. In order to save her son's life from the soldiers, she puts her son in a basket and throws the basket into the river. Aryavardhan and Jaivardhan's widowed sister, Nivriti finds the basket and decides to adopt the child and bring him up as her own son.

She lies to everyone that the child is her son. Aryavardhan is happy by knowing that his sister gave birth to a son and names him Veer. Both Dharam and Veer grow up together unaware of the fact that both are actually each other's bigger enemies than friends. Meanwhile,Jaivardhan has decided to make his son,Agni the king of Aryanagar so he sent a dacoit,Shera to kill Dharam. Shera follows the two rajkumars to a mela and tries to kill Dharam but fails miserably. Meanwhile, Dharam meets a princess called Sia and falls in love with her. Veer too gets to meet Shera who lies to him that she is a princess called Ananya. After the boys return from the mela,Aryavardhan decides to send the three rajkumars, Dharam,Veer and Agni to gurukul to train themselves to become rajkumar.

After reaching the gurukul, Dharam and Veer become each other's competitors and later rivals for the throne of Aryanagar. They try to defeat each other and a sense of rivalry turns their sweet relationship to bitter. But later, both of them realise that they are inseparable.During the end of their training, Veer again meets Shera and this time, they fall in love with each other.Shera changes herself completely due to Veer's love but Veer soon comes to know that Shera is not a princess but a dreaded dacoit who had once tried to kill Dharam. Heartbroken and angry, he returns to Aryanagar along with Dharam. Dharam announces to everyone that Veer deserves to be the king of Aryanagar. Aryavardhan announces Veer's coronation ceremony. This angers the head of the shramiks, Bhimsen and Veer's real mother, Pari and sister Sakshi, who were waiting for so many years for their messiah.Veer revolts against the Aryavrats and grant them freedom as according to his principles no one was to be forced slavery.

Due to a change in fate, Veer finally comes to know the biggest and most bitter truth of his life. He is not an aryavrath but the messiah of shramiks. On the day of his coronation, he enters the palace as the messiah of shramiks. Everyone is heartbroken and shocked seeing Veer like that. The Rajya Sabha arrests Veer and throws him in jail. Dharam is finally crowned as the king of Aryanagar. He releases Veer and tells him to come back but Veer asks him for Shramik's freedom and leaves to stay with his mother and sister. Dharam and Veer became big enemies of each other and start hating each other. Meanwhile, Dharam meets Sia once again.Veer too meets Shera and forgives her. Due to misunderstandings created by Jaivardhan and Agni, Dharam and Veer decide to kill each other. During the end of the drama,they come to know Jaivardhan and Agni's real plans and again reunite and kill them. Veer too comes back to the palace and starts staying with Dharam. In the end, Dharam and Veer are crowned the kings of Aryanagar and Dharam announces the freedom of shramiks. The show ends with Dharam and Veer hugging each other.

Main characters[edit]


Dharam (played by Vikrant Massey) Brought up to believe in righteousness, follow his dharma as a prince and fulfill his responsibilities and duties towards the kingdom and its people. He is a year older than Veer, who is his best friend and cousin. Dharam loves and has complete faith in Veer and he is the one who usually uses his mind and his knowledge of the Aryanagar parampara over his feelings when faced with a situation. He has also developed some feelings for the princess of Awadhi: Rajkumari Sia.


Veer (played by Rajat Tokas) is Dharam’s cousin and best friend, and he loves Dharam and believes it is his duty to protect him no matter what. Instinctive and spontaneous, blessed with a natural wit and intelligence which he uses to help Dharam fulfill his princely duties and responsibilities. His character is very interesting .


Shera (played by Mugdha Chaphekar) is a goon. She is a strong lady who does whatever her father says her to do. Her work is to rob people and increase the treasure. She had been given the ransom to kill Dharam . She represents herself as a princess named Ananya. She changes herself for her love. But her identity is disclosed which leads to veer and hers breakup. She helps veer in all possible ways. Finally she reunites with veer and help him and dharam succeed their throne.


Sia is the princess of Avadhi. She has got a sharp tongue and throws frequent tantrums. She wants everything to go her way. Her few encounters with Dharam leaves her angry but she falls for him later encouraged by a fortune-teller, who was actually Veer in disguise. When she speaks low of Shramiks in Aryanagar, Dharam indignantly tells her to step out of his kingdom. Later she realizes her mistake and loves Dharam but she does not get a response from Dharam.

First episode[edit]

The first episode of Dharam Veer was "Kingdom of Aryanagar" and was aired on 21 January 2008. The series continued till 4 December 2008.

Cultural Resemblance[edit]

The story of Dharam Veer is of close resemblance to the story of Moses from the Bible where Moses was abandoned by his poor parents in basket into the river Nile and how the royal family found him and was raised as a royal himself.

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