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Samvidhaan: The Making of the Constitution of India
Samvidhaan - The Making of Indian Constitution.jpg
Created byRajya Sabha TV
Written byShama Zaidi and Atul Tiwari
Directed byShyam Benegal
StarringSachin Khedekar
Dalip Tahilramani
Suzanne Bernert
Divya Dutta
Rajit Kapur
Tom Alter
Neeraj Kabi
Rahul Singh
Narrated bySwara Bhaskar
Original language(s)Hindi, English
No. of episodes10
Producer(s)For Rajya Sabha TV by Shyam Benegal Sahyadri Films
CinematographyAkashdeep Pandey
Running time52 minutes
Original release2 March (2014-03-02) –
4 May 2014 (2014-05-04)

Samvidhaan: The Making of the Constitution of India is a ten-part television mini-series based on the making of the Constitution of India, directed by Shyam Benegal. The show premiered on 2 March 2014 on Rajya Sabha TV, with an episode scheduled to air every Sunday morning.[1][2][3] The series can be viewed on YouTube on Rajya Sabha TV's channel.


Shama Zaidi and Atul Tiwari are writers of the series.[4][5][6] Zaidi said that it took her six months to write the script. The material came from debates, committee meetings and biographies of Jawaharlal Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi. Many of the famous speeches of India's freedom fighters figure in the series.[7] Swara Bhaskar has hosted and narrated the show.[8][9][10][11] The series was shot in Film City, Mumbai and recreates the debates that took place before the drafting of the Constitution of India. Dayal Nihalani is the associate director of the mini-series. For the series, a replica of the Central Hall of Parliament during the time of the Constituent Assembly was set up.[7]

The first look of Samvidhaan was unveiled on 24 September 2013.[12] The first look was officially launched on 20 February 2014, the pen-ultimate day of 15th Lok Sabha by President Pranab Mukherjee in Parliament House, New Delhi.[13][14] Music is composed by Shantanu Moitra.


Episode No. Episode Name
1 The First Step: Cabinet Mission To Objectives Resolution
2 Independence: A Divided Legacy
3 Independent India: Righting Fundamental Wrongs with Fundamental Rights
4 People's Rights, Principles of Governance and Duties
5 Strengthening The Weak: Minority, Women and Backward Rights
6 Whose Land Is It?: Land Reforms And Acquisition
7 Link Language: Hindi Or Hindustani?
8 Federalism: Linking The States And The Centre
9 Three Pillars: Executive, Legislature, Judiciary
10 From Preamble to the Final Draft and beyond



The series was teleacasted on Rajya Sabha TV from 2 March 2014 at 10 AM (with repeats at 1PM & 10PM) every Sunday.[18][19]

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  1. ^ "Samvidhaan: Shyam Benegal's TV series on Indian constitution". 26 September 2013. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Shyam Benegal: Samvidhaan not just for present generation | NDTV". 10 January 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  3. ^ Bose, Pramita (29 January 2014). "Benegal's magic all set to mesmerise audience on TV". The Asian Age. Archived from the original on 26 February 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ "Making Samvidhaan wasn't easy: Shyam Benegal". Retrieved 23 February 2014.
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  6. ^ a b "'Samvidhaan' not just for present generation: Shyam Benegal". 11 January 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  7. ^ a b "The making of the making of the Constitution". The Telegraph. 20 October 2013. Archived from the original on 20 May 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  8. ^ "Swara Bhaskar anchors Shyam Benegal's Samvidhaan". 8 January 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  9. ^ Swara Bhaskar and Shyam Benegal on sets of Samvidhaan Archived 2014-01-22 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "Anchoring 'Samvidhan' makes Swara proud to be Indian". Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  11. ^ "Samvidhaan shot within the Parliament of India". Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  12. ^ "Samvidhaan: Shyam Benegal's TV series on Indian constitution". Mumbai Mirror. 27 September 2013. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  13. ^ "Hon'ble President Pranab Mukherjee to launch serial Samvidhaan". 18 February 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  14. ^ To be felicitated by Prime Minister was a cherished moment: Divya Dutta
  15. ^ Sangeetha Devi Dundoo (3 August 2013). "The monk and the producer". The Hindu. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  16. ^ "Felicitation by PM makes Divya Dutta happy". Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  17. ^ "Anil Rastogi in TV's Samvidhaan". Amar Ujala. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  18. ^ "Suzanne Bernert & Narendra Jha in Samvidhaan". Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  19. ^ "I am a great supporter of gay rights: Shyam Benegal". 28 January 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2014.

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