Mahabharat (2013 TV series)
|Created by||Siddharth Kumar Tewary|
|Written by||Sharmin Joseph |
Siddharth Kumar Tewary
|Directed by||Siddharth Anand Kumar |
Mukesh Kumar Singh
|Creative director(s)||Amol surve|
|Starring||Saurabh Raj Jain |
|Narrated by||Saurabh Raj Jain|
|Opening theme||Hai katha Sangraam Ki|
|Country of origin||India|
|No. of seasons||28|
|No. of episodes||267|
|Producer(s)||Siddharth Kumar Tewary |
Gayatri Gil Tewary
Rahul Kumar Tewary
|Production location(s)||Umbergaon, Gujarat|
|Camera setup||multi camera|
|Running time||Episode→1: 40 minutes; Episode→2-11: 20 mins; Episode→12-267: 22 mins|
|Production company(s)||Swastik Productions|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV) |
|Original release||22 September 2013 –|
16 August 2014
It was produced by Swastik Productions Pvt. Ltd starring Saurabh Raj Jain as Shri Krishna, Shaheer Sheikh as Arjun, Pooja Sharma as Draupadi, Aham Sharma as Karna, Arav Chowdhary as Bhishma, Arpit Ranka as Duryodhan.
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Mahabharat presents the story of the throne of Hastinapur, the kingdom ruled by the Kuru clan where the Kauravs and the Pandavs brothers compete for rulership. Both Duryodhan and Yudhisthir claim to be first in line to inherit the throne. Duryodhan, younger than Yudhisthir, the eldest Pandav.
The story begins with Devrath, Shantanu and Ganga's son; an impeccable warrior, and Parshuram's disciple is obligated to swear an oath of celibacy in order to fulfill his father's happiness that is to marry Satyavati. Satyavati refused to enter the palace given that she had to take up of the position of a 'step-mother of the king'. Devrath's integral oath of celibacy earns him the name Bhisma. Bhisma swears an oath to forever stay a 'servant; to the throne of Hastinapur. Shocked and astonished by the intensity of the sacrifice Bhisma made for Shantanu, he grants Bhisma the boon of 'ichhya-mrityu' which meant that until and unless Bhisma was ever pushed to the point of the willingness of death, he would never die.
Bhisma gave up his rightful throne and Satyavati took over the kingdom as 'Rajmaata' (Mother of the King) after her husband died years later, as her son Vichitravirya became an alcoholic and heavy dependency on Bhisma as his elder brother. Satyavati, precisely worried about her husband's passed kingdom decides that if not Vichtiravirya, then his future son will be capable of handling the kingdom. Hence, she decides to get him married. As Vichitravirya, a drunkard is physically and mentally unable to go fetch a wife for himself in the swayamvaras (bridal match-making assembly), Bhisma takes it upon himself to bring a wife for him.
Later, in Salva Kingdom, the three princesses Amba, Ambika and Ambalika are presented for swayamvara, although Amba had already planned to get married to a groom of her choice. As an enraged Bhisma enters the swayamvara, no one dares to fight against him and hence, he wins over the three princesses and proceeds to take them to Hastinapur to get them married. Amba, furious that she did not get to choose the groom she wished demands release from Bhisma, which he rightfully provided. But, once the freed Amba went back to her beloved, she was shocked to be spurned by him as the rejected wife of another man.
In Hastinapur, Ambika and Ambalika's wedding takes place with Vichitravirya. Amba out of fury enters the Palace hall of Hastinapur and demands justice. She is given the choice to marry Vichitravirya like her sisters and become the queen of Hastinapur, but a virtuous Amba demands Bhisma to marry her since it was Bhisma who unwillingly 'won' her in the swaymavara. But, Bhisma due to his vow of celibacy refuses to marry her. This leads to Amba to ask Parshuram and Lord Shiva for justice upon which Shiva grants her the boon of rebirth with memory of past life and a written fate to be the 'reason of death of Bhisma'. Amba is later born in Panchal Kingdom as Shikhandi who participates in the ultimate demise of Bhisma, thus fulfilling the boon granted by Shiva.
In Kuntibhoj, Princess Kunti, sister of Vasudev obtained a boon from sage Durvasa, where she could invoke any deity and could bear his child. Out of childlike curiosity, she decided to test the boon and uttered the mantra calling upon the Sun god and was handed a baby, Karna. Kunti, an unwed mother, set Karna afloat on the river Ganga with a heavy heart, in order to avoid the embarrassment of having a child before marriage to her father and the kingdom. After her marriage to Pandu, Kunti invoked other deities and had her sons, Yudhishtir, Bhim and Arjun. The two remaining sons of Pandu,Nakul and Sahadev were born of Madri. Neither Karna, nor the Pandavs knew the true identity of Karna until the end of the Kurukshetra War. Karna fought against misfortune throughout his life, and was often ill-treated as he was the son of a charioteer. (Adirath, a charioteer and his wife Radha found Karna on the banks of river Ganga and raised him as their own.) Duryodhan, the mortal enemy of the Pandavs was the only person who supported Karna, even when the Pandav brothers insulted him for being a skilled archer while belonging to a lower caste. Thus Karna made a vow to protect Duryodhan throughout his lifetime and fought on his behalf against the Pandavs in the Kurukshetra War.
When Bhishma asked for Gandhari's hand in marriage for his blind nephew Dhritarashtra, her brother Shakuni got furious. But he later agreed when Bhishma persuaded them that Dhritrashtra would be the future king of Hastinapur. During the Coronation Ceremony; Dhritrashtra's younger brother Pandu was made the king due to the influence of Vidur (Dhritrashtra's other younger brother).
Shakuni felt that he was cheated and so he swore to himself that he would destroy the Kuru race. He sowed the seeds of the climactic battle during the adolescence of the Kauravs (Sons of Dhritarashtra) and the Pandavs (Sons of Pandu) by poisoning the mind of Duryodhan; the eldest Kaurav against the Pandavs.This results in the Kurukshetra War where Shri Krishna imparts Bhagwad Gita to his Pandav cousin Arjun. The battle saw the deaths of Bhishma, Karna among many. All the sons of Dhritarashtra and Gandhari, died in the war.
|Saurabh Raj Jain||Krishna/Vishnu||Rukmini’s husband|
|Shaheer Sheikh||Arjun||Third Pandav, Draupadi's husband.|
|Pooja Sharma||Draupadi||Wife of the Pandavs|
|Aham Sharma||Karna||Vrushali’s husband and Kunti’s sacrificed son|
|Aarav Chowdhary||Bhishma||Shantanu and Ganga’s son.|
|Arpit Ranka||Duryodhan||Bhanumati’s husband, eldest Kaurav|
|Praneet Bhat||Shakuni||Gandhari’s brother|
|Rohit Bharadwaj||Yudhisthir||First Pandav|
|Saurav Gurjar||Bheem||Second Pandav|
|Vin Rana||Nakul||Fourth Pandav|
|Lavanya Bhardwaj||Sahadeva||Fifth Pandav|
|Nirbhay Wadhwa||Dushasan||Duryodhan’s brother|
|Thakur Anoop Singh||Dhritarashtra||Ghandhari’s husband, father of the Kaurav's|
|Riya Deepsi||Gandhari||Dhritarashtra’s wife.|
|Shafaq Naaz||Kunti||Pandu’s wife|
- Naveen Jingar as Vidura Mahamantri of Hastinapur.
- Nissar Khan as Dronacharya Guru of Pandavas and Kauravas.
- Ankit Mohan as Ashwatthama Dronacharya’s son
- Tarun Khanna as Balram Krishna’s elder brother.
- Vibha Anand as Subhadra and Yogmaya Arjun’s wife.
- Pallavi Subhash as Rukmini Krishna’s wife.
- Ratan Rajput as Amba Recaranition of Shikandi to take revenge from Bhishma.
- Sayantani Ghosh as Satyavati Shantanu’s wife.
- Kanishka Soni as Parashvi
- Shikha Singh as Shikhandini Drupad’s 1st child.
- Karan Suchak as Dhrishtadyumna Drupad’s 2nd child.
- Paras Arora as Abhimanyu Uttara’s husband and Arjun and Subhadra’s son.
- Richa Mukherjee as Uttara Abhimanyu’s wife.
- Hemant Choudhary as Kripacharya
- Sudesh Berry as Dhrupad Shikandini,Drishtadyun and Draupadi’s father.
- Pravisht Mishra as Uttar Uttara’s brother.
- Nazea Hasan Sayed as Vrushali Karan’s wife and Vrishkethu’s mother
- Kaushik Chakravorty as Shalya Mama of Nakul and Sahadev.
- Sandeep Arora as Vikarn Dryodhan’s brother.
- Vandana Singh as Yashoda Balram and Krishna’s foster mother.
- Kunwar Vikram Soni as Krishna Radha’s lover.
- Ketki Kadam as Radha Krishna’s lover.
- Preeti Puri Choudhary as Devaki Balram and Krishna’s birth mother.
- Vivana Singh as Ganga Shantanu’s wife and Bhishma’s mother.
- Sameer Dharmadhikari as Shantanu Ganga and Satyavati’s husband.
- Aparna Dixit as Ambika Dritarashtra’s mother.
- Mansi Sharma as Ambalika Pandu’s mother.
- Aryamann Seth as Vichitravirya Ambika and Ambalika’s husband.
- Atul Mishra as Ved Vyas
- Arun Singh Rana as Pandu Kunti and Madri’s husband.
- Suhani Dhanki as Madri 2nd wife of Pandu.
- Ali Hassan as Takshak and Jayadratha
- Ajay Mishra as Sanjaya Dhritarashtra’s aide.
- Vaishnavi Dhanraj as Hidimbi Bheem’s first wife and Ghatothkacha's mother
- Anju Jadhav as Sukhada
- Garima Jain as Dushala Duryodhan’s sister and Jaydrath’s wife
- Ashnoor Kaur as Young Dushala
- Ketan Karande as Ghatothkach Bheem and Himdimbi’s son.
- Joy Mathur as Shishupala
- Mohit Raina as Shiva
- Puneet Issar as Parshurama
- Nikhil Arya/Sachin Verma as Indra
- Kunal Bhatia as Agni
- Deepak Jethi as Virata
- Tinu Verma as Jarasandha
- Gurpreet Singh as Prince Rukmi Rukmini’s brother.
- Jayantika Sengupta as Arshi
- Rio Kapadia as Subala
- Shweta Gautam as Sudharma
- Chandani Sharma as Kripi
- Raj Premi as Kalayavan
- Siddhant Gautam as Ekalavya
- Alam Khan as Duryodhan
- Vidyut Xavier as young Karna
- Ananya Agarwal as Malini
- Akhilendra Mishra as Kansa
- Rumi Khan as Kichaka
Production and promotion
Star spent ₹100 crore (US$14 million) on the project and spent another ₹20 crore (US$2.8 million) on marketing the show, making it India's most expensive TV series of its time. Its record of being India's most expensive TV show was later broken by Swastik Pictures' Porus.
Reception and impact
Writing for Rediff, Nishi Tiwari wrote that "If it maintains the quality of writing and able actors who portray key characters, we may have another winner among us". DNA praised the costumes, scenery, Krishna's flute theme which was given by Raj Mohan Sinha, and most of the CGI special effects, but said the story pace was too fast.
The viewership ratings of the week of 1 December 2013 reached 9,801 TVTs. The game of dice leading to Draupadi's 'cheer haran' took Mahabharat at its peak viewership(10TVTs.4 TVM) and helped the broadcasting channel Star Plus clock the highest GTVMs ever achieved by any channel in Indian Television History.
It won the trophy for the Best Drama in Star Guild Awards 2013 as well as number of accolades in other award shows. It won the Indian Telly Awards for Actor in a Supporting Role (Drama), given to Aham Sharma for his portrayal as Karna, and Actor in a Negative Role to Praneet Bhat in 2014. The crew members also won the awards for Best Costumes for a TV Programme, Best Make – Up Artist, and Best Stylist.
In Indonesia, the drama was broadcast on antv dubbed in Indonesian in March 2014. The casts of Mahabharat were invited to hold a fan meeting tour at Jakarta and Bali. The Times of India reported in 2014 that the show has a huge fan following abroad and as result, the prominent characters from the show had been called to Indonesia for a special event. The main casts of Mahabharat, performed on "Mahabharat Show: Fan Meeting Tour" in the year 2014 .
|2014||Star Guild Awards||Best Ensemble Cast||Sidharth Kumar Tewary||Won|
|Best Mythological Series||Swasthik Picture|
|Indian Television Academy Awards||Best Visual Effects||Swasthik Picture|
|Best Historical/Mythological Serial||Mahabharat|
|Indian Telly Award|
|Best Costumes for a TV Program||Bhanu Athaiya|
|Best Makeup Artist||G. A. Jamesh|
|Best Ensemble||Sidharth Kumar Tewary|
|Best Actor in a Negative Role||Praneet Bhat|
|Best Stylist||Shweta Korde|
|Best Actor in a Supporting Role||Aham Sharma|
|Star Parivaar Awards||Favourite Naya Sadasya (Male)||Shaheer Sheikh|
|Pehel Nayi Soch Ki||Saurabh Raj Jain and Pooja Sharma|
|Saathi Nayi Soch Ka||Aham Sharma|
|Nayi Soch||Saurabh Raj Jain|
|2015||Scroll of Honour|
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