Shobha Somnath Ki

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Shobha Somnath Ki
Ashoor Kaur as Shobha.jpg
GenreIndian soap opera
Historical drama
Created byVikas Kapoor
Developed byVikas Kapoor
Written byVikas Kapoor
Screenplay byVikas Kapoor
StarringVikramjeet Virk
Ashnoor Kaur
Theme music composerRaju Singh
Opening theme"Shobha Somnath ki"
Composer(s)Raju Singh
Ravindra Jain
Surya Raj Kamal
Country of originIndia
Original language(s)Hindi
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes127
Production
Producer(s)Vikas Kapoor (First 65 Episodes) Vikas Sethi
Siddhart Kumar Tewary
Production location(s)Mumbai
CinematographyDeepak Pandey
Running time24 minutes
Production company(s)Candlestick Media
Swastik Pictures
Release
Original networkZee TV
Picture format576i (SDTV)
Original release20 June 2011 (2011-06-20) –
26 February 2012 (2012-02-26)
External links
Website

Shobha Somnath Ki (English: Shobha of Somnath) is an Indian historical television drama series on Zee TV based on Acharya Chatursen's Hindi novel Somnath Mahalay.[1] It tells the story of a young girl called Shobha amid the infamous raids in western India by Sultan Maḥmūd of Ghazni in the early 11th century.

The show replaced another historical drama Jhansi Ki Rani on Zee TV. Initially, the drama was produced by Contiloe Entertainment. However, due to Veer Shivaji on Colors TV and Mahabharat (2013 TV series) on Star Plus, Contiloe Telefilms handed over the reins to Swastik Pictures. The show was shown every day for some months, and was changed to being broadcast bi-weekly due to decreased popularity. Another show Hitler Didi replaced the time slot when Shobha Somnath Ki was shown (starting 7 November 2011). On 12 November 2011, the broadcast time was changed to weekends only. It aired its last episode on 26 February 2012.[2]

Cast[edit]

Young characters[edit]

Grown-up characters[edit]

Differences from the book[edit]

In the book, Shobhna was a Balvidhva, Brahmin girl; her father Krishna Swami was one of the "adhikari" in the famous Somnath temple. Chaula was chief dancer Ganga's daughter, later revealed to be Dadda Chalukya's daughter. Later on Shabhna lives with Chaula as her close friend. The drama shows Shobha as the daughter of Kirit Chalukya (brother of Dadda Chalukya) and eventually a princess of Bharuch.

As per the book, Dadda Chalukya used to believe a lot on Rudrabhadra: he got a son, due to his blessings. Dadda Chalukya got Bharucha's kingdom due to Rudrabhadra's blessings, he gave his first daughter Chaula to Goddess Tripursundari on Rudrabhadra's advice, but Gang Sarvagya interfered and she was given to God Somnath. As a result, Rudrabhadra was very angry. In the drama - Dadda Chalukya and Rudrabhadra are shown as great rivals and Rudhrabhadra one of the main parallel antagonist to Ghaznavi. Moreover, Gayathri Devi (wife of Dadda Chaulukya) was the person who got blessings to get a baby (without Dadda's permission). A "girl" was born not a boy and the girl is Chaula. Rudhrabhadra got a promise from Gayathri that at the age of 16 she must be given to Goddess Tripurasundari but she refused to do so later on when Chaula reached the age of 16.

Bhimdev, the son of Samrat Vallabhdev married to Udaymati, a princess of Saurastra Narvahan Khengar. He had also married to Bauladevi (also called Chauladevi) who was not a princess. Bhimdev had a son named Karandev from Udaymati and sons named Chemraj and Mulraj from Bauladev I. Mulraj died in very early age. In the series Chaula is indeed shown as a princess, but Bhimdev does not have any other wives.

Awards[edit]

ITA Awards
  • 2011: Best Lyricist - Devendra Qafir
  • 2011: Best Editing - Paresh Shah
  • 2011: Best Costumes - Nidhi Yasha
Zee Rishtey Awards
  • 2011: Favourite Khalnayak - Vikramjeet Virk

References[edit]

  1. ^ Press release: Zee TV presents The Biggest Ever Historical Magnum Opus Shobha Somnath Ki
  2. ^ "ZEE TV axes 'Shobha Somnath Ki' this month". madia 247. co.uk. Archived from the original on 21 February 2012. Retrieved 16 February 2012.

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