Saraswatichandra (TV series)
|Based on||Saraswatichandra by Govardhanram Tripathi|
|Written by||Ved Raj |
|Directed by||Arvind Babbal|
|Theme music composer||Aadil-Prashant|
|Opening theme||"Kuch Na Kahe" by Shreya Ghoshal and Javed Ali|
|Country of origin||India|
|No. of episodes||444|
Comall Sunjoy W.
|Running time||Approx. 22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||SLB productions (2013)|
Sphere Origins (2014)
|Original network||STAR Plus|
|Original release||25 February 2013 –|
20 September 2014
Saraswatichandra is an Indian soap opera and romantic drama, initially produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and written by Ved Raj and Abhijit Sinha. The show was initially based on Govardhanram Tripathi's novel of the same name. It aired on Star Plus from 25 February 2013 to 20 September 2014. It is dubbed into Malayalam as Swayamvaram.
Saraswatichandra narrates the story of a young, cultured aristocrat, Saraswatichandra Vyas (Saras) (Gautam Rode), whose mother, Saraswati (Maleeka R Ghai), committed suicide when he was a child. His father, Laxminandan Vyas (Chetan Pandit), then married Gumaan (Monica Bedi), an evil and selfish woman who bore him a son, Danny (Varun Kapoor), a kind and selfless boy.
Laxminandan arranges Saras' wedding with Kumud Desai (Jennifer Winget), the well-educated daughter of his best friend, Vidyachatur Desai (Yatin Karyekar/Ali Raza Naamdaar). However, Saras, indrawn since the death of his mother, refuses to marry and writes to Kumud to inform her. Having wholeheartedly accepted the marriage proposal, she challenges Saras to personally tell her father about his rejection. Saras leaves Dubai, the place where he had grown up, and comes to Ratnanagri, Kumud's village. However, as time goes on, Saras begins getting along with Kumud's family and starts adjusting to their ways. He eventually falls in love with Kumud and a short-lived romance follows.
However, on his return to Dubai, Saras finds a letter written by his mother, which a jealous Gumaan had secretly slipped into his things, revealing to Saras that the reason his mother committed suicide was that she found out that Laxminandan and Gumaan were having an affair. This shatters Saras who disowns his father and leaves his house. He then decides not to marry Kumud because he believes that, since he is no longer the son of a rich man, he will not be able to support her and is therefore unworthy to be her husband.
To save her family's reputation, a heartbroken Kumud agrees to marry Pramadan Dharmadhikari (Pramad) (Anshul Trivedi), the son of a political family. However, after the wedding, Kumud finds out that Pramad is an alcoholic who was forced to marry her and he refuses to accept her as his wife. Although Kumud is mistreated by Pramad, she decides to stay with him and change him into a better person.
Kumud is unaware that Saras has realised his mistake and wanted to stop her wedding with Pramad but before he could do so, thugs beat him and left him for dead. Alak, Pramad's sister finds Saras and brings him to her family mansion. He regains his health and on finding Kumud there and learning about the pain Pramad has been inflicting on her, he promises himself that he will change Pramad's ways and unite him with Kumud.
Buddhidhan Dharmadhikari (Sai Ballal), who despises the deplorable lifestyle of his son, Pramad, appoints Saras (presenting himself as Naveenchandra) as his secretary. This causes Pramad to be jealous of Saras because he thinks his father loves Saras more than him.
Upon learning why Saras refused to marry her, Kumud forgives him and asks him to leave her house as she cannot see his constant humiliations from Pramad. Saras tells Kumud he won't go out of her life until he unites her with Pramad.
Pramad still hates Kumud and he acts like a changed man and promises Kumud that they would soon start a new life but attempts to kill her and she is rescued by Saras. Kumud then separates from Pramad returns to her home. Saras and Kumud still love each other very much and Saras wanted to marry Kumud but Kusum (Shiny Doshi), Kumud's sister falls in love with Saras after he rescues her from some goons who kidnapped her (which was actually hired by Pramad to kidnap Kumud) and tells Kumud that she loves Saras and wanted to marry him. Heartbroken Kumud decided to sacrifice her love for her sister for the betterment of both her sister and Saras. Kumud's family is not happy with Kusum's decision but Kumud convinces her family to agree upon. When Saras came to know about this he was not ready to marry Kusum as he always considered Kusum as his own sister. But Kumud stays firm in her decision to get Saras married to Kusum to which an angered Saras agrees to and the marriage takes place. But it is revealed it was to Danny that Kusum was married to as Danny loved Kusum and it was Saras who was behind all these. Kusum initially angry at Danny slowly starts liking him and regrets her mistake for having feelings for Saras. Pramad is diagnosed with terminal cirrhosis and leaves abroad for treatment, going away from Kumud's life. After her divorce with Pramad Kumud gets married to her true love Saras. Further on, it is revealed that Saras' younger brother, Kabir (Ashish Kapoor), who was thought to have died in infancy, is alive and is working for Gumaan to destroy the Desai/Vyas Family. After some twists and turns, she is arrested and Kabir happily starts adjusting to his family and reconciles with his father, as well as Saras. He also discovers love with a bubbly girl from Mumbai named Anushka (Srishty Rode). Kumud also succeeds in finding Saras' long-lost mother who never died, but lost her memory and was imprissoned in a mental assylum. With the help of Kumud, she regains her memories and mental health, and reunites with her family. The story ends with the birth of Saras and Kumud's 1-st child, a daughter whom they name as Sanskriti Saraswatichandra Vyas.
- Varun Kapoor as Danny Vyas, Saras and Kabir's younger step brother, Kusum's husband (2013-14) 
- Shiny Doshi as Kusum Desai, Kumud's younger sister, Danny's wife (2013-14) 
- Ashish Kapoor as Kabir Vyas, Saras's long-lost younger brother, Anushka's husband (2014) 
- Srishty Rode as Anushka Vyas, Kabir's wife (2014) 
- Anshul Trivedi as Pramadan Dharmadhikari, Kumud's ex-fiance (2013) 
- Chetan Pandit as Laxminandan Vyas, Saras, Kabir and Danny's father (2013-14)
- Monica Bedi as Gumaan Kaur Vyas, Saras and Kabir's step-mother, Danny's mother (2013-14)
- Yatin Karyekar/Ali Raza Naamdaar as Vidyachatur Desai, Kumud and Kusum's father (2013-14) 
- Alpana Buch as Guniyal Devi Desai, Kumud and Kusum's mother (2013-14)
- Ragini Shah as Dugba (2013-14)
- Vinita Joshi Thakkar as Kumari
- Mehul Kajaria as Gyanchatur Desai, Vidyachatur's brother (2013-14) 
- Mansi Jain as Chandrika Kaur Desai, Gyanchatur's wife (2013-14)
- Surya Kanth/Winy Tripathi as Yash Desai, Gyanchatur and Chandrika's son (2013-14)
- Soni Singh as Kalika Desai, Yash's wife (2013-14)
- Sonia Shah as Menaka
- Sai Ballal as Buddhi Dhan Dharmadhikari, Pramad and Alak's father (2013)
- Pratichee Mishra as Saubhagyavati Devi Dharmadhikari (2013)
- Vahbbiz Dorabjee as Alak Kishori Dharmadhikari, Pramad's sister (2013) 
- Vijay Dadlani as Indresh
- Maleeka R Ghai as Saraswati Vyas, Saras and Kabir's mother (2013)
- Rahul Ram as Prashant
- Mithil Jain as Sub-Inspector Umesh Solanki
- Shahrukh Sadri as Murakh Das
- Smita Shetty as Sunder Baa
- Varun Sharma as Mihir
Awards and nominations
|2013||Indian Television Academy Awards||Best Actress Drama||Kumud||Jennifer Winget||Won|
- Albania: TV Klan (2016).
- Argentina: El Trece (2016).
- Bulgaria: bTV, bTV Lady (2015).
- Chile: TVN (2017).
- Costa Rica: Teletica (2017).
- Ethiopia: Kana TV (2016).
- Indonesia: Trans 7 & ANTV (2015).
- Japan: LaLa TV & BS Niteele (upcoming).
- Mexico: Imagen Televisión (2018).
- Panama: TVN (Panama) (2016).
- Peru: Panamericana (2017).
- MENA: MBC Bollywood (2015)
- Slovakia: TV Doma (2016).
- South Korea: DRAMACube & AsiaN (upcoming).
- Sri Lanka: TV One (2016), Sirasa TV (2017)
- Turkey: Kanal 7 (9 February 2017) [Turkish title: İki Yabancı].
- Vietnam: TodayTV (2016).
- United States:PasionesTV(2018)
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- "Never felt sidelined by Jennifer Winget in 'Saraswatichandra': Monica Bedi". The Indian Express. 26 January 2014. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
- "Bhansali turns to TV, with Saraswatichandra". Rediff. 16 May 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
- "Mehul Kajaria in Bhansali's Saraswati Chandra". The Times of India. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
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- "Сияйна луна в България".
- "Saras & Kumud - Imagen Televisión" (in Spanish). Retrieved 14 February 2018.
- "Telenovela Indická nevesta prichádza na DOMA" (in Slovak). Retrieved 5 February 2016.
- "Saraswatichandra / İki Yabancı".