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.
Mamik Singh as a DevaShahbaz Khan as Kunwar Virendra Vikram SinghShikha Swaroop as Princess ChandrakantaaJaved Khan as Tej SinghMukesh Khanna as Janbaaz, Also as Meghavat in later part of the storyVijayendra Ghatge as Sumer SinghParikshit Sahni as Maharaja Surendra Singh (King of Naugarh)Pankaj Dheer as Shiv Dutt (King of Chunargarh, a Vish Purush)Durga Jasraj as Rani KalawatiRajendra Gupta as Pandit Jagannath/Shani (his twin brother, a villain)Akhilendra Mishra as Kroor Singh aka YakooooIrrfan Khan as Badrinath/Somnath(his twin brother)Krutika Desai Khan in 4 roles as Sabhya/Ramya (twin sister of Sabya) and Amba (Vish Kanya) and Jwala the dacoitSonika Gill as Amrapali ambas mother.Anu Dhawan as Tara (Vish Kanya)Kalpana Iyer as Dum Dumi Maai/Sultana (Ally of Tara)Roopal Patel as Jamuna (Cousin sister of Roopmati, a villain)Vinod Kapoor as Amarjeet Singh/Barkat KhanBrownie as AjgarAashif Sheikh as Naagmani Devata (Snake King)Surendra Pal as King of VijaygarhPradeep Rawat as Himmat SinghArun Mathur as Vaidh Baba (Damini's father)Deepak Parashar as Devdutt (Shivdutt's father)Sudha Chandran as Stayavati(Shivdutt's mother)Bhushan Jeevan as Dalpati DevataRoopa Ganguly as vishvajeet singh mother DaaminiWaqar Sheikh as Vishwajeet Singh (illegal son of Raja Surendra Singh and Damini).Brahmachari as Nazim AiyyarAamir AiyyarAhamad AiyyarJeet Singh AiyyarAjit Singh AiyyarSumer SinghUdai SinghDeewan Kupat SinghChaplaChandniChampaBaharKetakiShaitan SinghZaalim SinghMaha Maya MayawatiChangejiRustamKanchanShakaalpatiMahakaalKesarKalyani DeviPannalalChunnilalRamnarayanBhagwanduttGhasita SinghVijay BahadurBadalJungiToofanPawanhansArjun (Firoz Khan) as magician mentor of vishvajeet singhChandrakanta (TV series) Wikipedia
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.