Directed by Nirja Guleri
Starring Cast and characters
Theme music composer Usha Khanna
Final episode date April 1996
Written by Devaki Nandan Khatri
Creative director(s) Sunil Verma
Narrated by Harish Bhimani
First episode date 4 March 1994
Number of episodes 130
Number of seasons 2
|Opening theme "Chandrakanta" by Sonu Nigam|
Networks Sony Entertainment Television, DD National
Similar Kahani Chandrakanta Ki, Vikram Aur Betaal, The Adventures of Hatim
Chandrakanta Doordarshan 1st Episode
Chandrakanta is an Indian fantasy television series partly based on Devaki Nandan Khatri's novel of the same name. It was originally telecast on Doordarshan's DD National between 1994 and 1996 and was produced by Nirja Guleri and directed by Sunil Agnihotri.
The serial was controversially pulled off air by Doordarshan in 1996 and the producers had to file a suit in court for reinstatement. It later enjoyed reruns on Star Plus and Sony Entertainment Television.
Cast and characters
The serial started with story oysters chandrakantas search for her prince but ended up with Sabiyas story. The series was restarted in 1999, but production was stopped once again due to financial problems. In the last episode, Chandrakanta had been kidnapped by Shivdutt.
Kamlapati Khatri, the grandson of the novel's author has said that the producer "had not done justice to the soul of Khatri’s Chandrakanta". He has also accused the producers of willfully misrepresenting certain concepts from the novel such as "tilism" (kind of a maze) and "ayyari" (spying) and showing it as "jaado-tona" (sorcery) plus the characters and the sequences in the Chunar fort were exaggerated beyond requirement while the Chandrakanta appeared after a really long time in the show.