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Genre  Mythological Drama
Directed by  Ravi Chopra
Country of origin  India
Director  Ravi Chopra
9.4/10 IMDb

Based on  Mahabharata
Narrated by  Harish Bhimani
First episode date  2 October 1988
Network  DD National
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Written by  Pandit Narendra Sharma,Rahi Masoom Reza
Cast  Nitish Bharadwaj, Puneet Issar, Mukesh Khanna, Pankaj Dheer, Dara Singh
Similar  Mahabharat Katha, Krishna (TV series), Suryaputra Karn

Mahabharat is an Indian television series based on the Hindu epic of the same name. The 94-episode Hindi series originally ran from 2 October 1988 to 24 June 1990 on DD National. It was produced by B. R. Chopra and directed by his son Ravi Chopra. The music was composed by Rajkamal. The script was written by the Urdu poet Rahi Masoom Raza, based on the original story by Vyasa. Costumes for the series were provided by Maganlal Dresswala.

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Each episode ran for approximately 45 minutes and began with a title song that consisted of lyrical content and two verses from the Bhagavad Gita. The title song was sung and the verses rendered by singer Mahendra Kapoor. The title song was followed by a narration by Indian voice artist Harish Bhimani of a personification of Time, detailing the current circumstances and highlighting the spiritual significance of the content of the episode.

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It was shown in the United Kingdom by the BBC, where it achieved audience figures of 5 million. It was also the first programme broadcast on BBC2 after its 1991 revamp, It has also been shown on FBC TV in Fiji and Star Utsav.It also aired on Epic. The series was also dubbed in all major South Indian languages.

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Mahabharat Katha Part II - Story of Barbarik and Veer Babhruvahan was a spin-off series which contained portions and stories left out in Mahabharat.

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Kuru Clan

Oldest Generation
  • Raj Babbar as Bharat/ ancestor of Kauravas and Pandavas
  • Ashalata as Shakuntala, Bharata's mother/ King Dushyanta's wife
  • 1st Generation
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  • Rishabh Shukla as Shantanu
  • Kiran Juneja as Ganga, Shantanu's first wife
  • Debashree Roy as Satyavati, Shantanu's second wife/ Vichitravirya and Chitrangada's mother/ Bhisma's step-mother
  • 2nd Generation
  • Mukesh Khanna as Bhishma, Shantanu- Ganga's eighth son/ eighth Vasu/ Satyavati's step-son
  • Sudesh Berry as Vichitravirya, Shantanu-Satyavati's second son after Chitrangada, Bhisma's step brother
  • Meena Chakrabarty as Ambika, 2nd princess of Kashi/ Vichitravirya's first queen
  • Menaka Babbar as Ambalika, 3rd princess of Kashi/ Vichitravirya's second queen
  • 3rd generation
  • Girija Shankar as Dhritrashtra, Vichitravirya's son from Ambika(eldest)/ later king of Hastinapur/ father of Kauravas
  • Renuka Israni as Gandhari, wife of Dhritrashtra/ Queen of Hastinapur/ mother of Kauravas/ King of Gandhara
  • Tarakesh Chauhan as Pandu, Vichitravirya's son from Ambalika(youngest)/ King of Hastinapur/ father of Pandavas
  • Nazneen as Kunti, Pandu's first wife/ mother of Yudhisthira, Bhim and Arjun/ Daughter of Shoorsen hence Vasudev's sister andYadava princess
  • Roma Manik as Madri, Padu's second wife/ Matsya princess/ mother of Nakul and Sahadev
  • Virendra Razdan as Vidur, the Mahaa Mantri of Hastinapur / son of Ambika's head maid, Parishrami/ half-brother to the kings Dhritarashtra and Pandu of Hastinapura and also the uncle of Pandavas and Kauravas
  • Kamlesh Maan as Sulabha, Vidur's wife
  • 4th generation
    Pandavas
  • Pankaj Dheer as Karna / Adhiratha-Radha's foster son, King of Anga Desh
  • Gajendra Chouhan as Yudhishthir, 1st Pandav/ Eldest son of Kuru Clan/ King of Indraprastha
  • Praveen Kumar as Bhim, 2nd Pandav/ Second eldest son of Kuru clan/ Yuvraaj(crown Prince) of Indraprastha
  • Arjun (Firoz Khan) as Arjun, 3rd Pandava
  • Sameer as Nakul, 4th Pandav
  • Sanjeev as Sahadeva, 5th Pandav
  • Roopa Ganguly as Draupadi, Wife of all Pandav/Also called as Panchali/ Yagyaseni/ Younger daughter of Drupad/ Princess of Panchala
  • Aloka Mukherjee as Subhadra, Arjuna's 2nd wife/ Abhimanyu's mother/ Vasudev's daughter hence Krishna-Balaram's sister and Yadava princess
  • Kauravas
  • Puneet Issar as Duryodhan
  • Vinod Kapoor as Dushasan
  • Dinesh Anand as Vikarna
  • Deep Dhillon as Jayadratha, Dussala's husband, Kaurava's brother-in-law
  • 5th Generation
  • Razak Khan as Ghatotkach
  • Mayur Vakani as Abhimanyu
  • Varsha Usgaonkar as Uttara, Abhimanyu's wife/ Virata princess
  • 6th Generation
  • Ayub Khan as Parikshit, son of Abhimanyu and Uttara/ Grandson of Arjuna Subhadra
  • Officials
  • Dharmesh Tiwari as Kripacharya, Kulguru, Family Teacher
  • Surendra Pal as Dronacharya, Guru of Kauravas and Pandavas
  • Om Katare as Adhiratha, charioteer/Karna's foster father
  • Saroj Sharma as Radha, Adhiratha's wife,/Karna's foster mother
  • Pradeep Rawat as Ashwatthama, son of Dronacharya
  • Ram Mohan as Raj Purohit, Head Priest
  • Rafique Mukkadam as Minister
  • Vinod Raut as Purochana, Royal architect
  • Pramod Kumar as Dwarpal
  • Abha Mishra as Maid Servant to Ganga
  • Lalit Tiwari as Sanjaya, Dhritarashtra's advisor and also his charioteer
  • Yadava Clan
  • Nitish Bhardwaj as Lord Krishna, Vasudev's younger son
  • Ramlal Gupta as Ugrasen, King of Mathura
  • Goga Kapoor as Kans, son of Ugrasen
  • Devidas as Kans's Minister
  • Ashok Banthia as Senapati Kritvarma
  • Ajay Sinha as Akroor, Vrishni Chief
  • Bashir Khan as Satyaki, General
  • Vishnu Sharma as Vasudev, Son of Shoorsen, prince of Vrishni tribe
  • Kshama Raj as Rohini, Vasudev's elder wife
  • Sheela Sharma as Devaki, Vasudev's younger wife
  • Rasik Dave as Nand Raj, Chief of Gokul
  • Manju Vyas as Yashoda, Nand's wife
  • Sagar Salunke as Balram, Vasudev's elder son
  • Channa Ruparel as Rukmini, Krishna's chief wife
  • Parijat as Radha, Krishna's consort
  • Panchala
  • Pradeep Sharma as Drupada
  • Arun Bakshi as Dhrishtadyumna
  • Paintal as Shikhandi / Sudama
  • Virata
  • Ashok Sharma as Virata, King of Virata
  • Chandni Sharma as Sudeshna, Queen of Virata
  • Sameer Rajda as Uttar, crown prince of Virata
  • Sharat Saxena as Kichak, Army General of Virata
  • Madra
  • Kapil Kumar as Shalya
  • Kashi
  • Rakesh Bidua as Kashya, King Of Kashi
  • Jahnavi as Amba, 1st princess of Kashi
  • Gandhara
  • Vikrant Mathur as Shakuni's Father, King of Gandhara
  • Gufi Paintal as Shakuni, Gandhari's brother/ later King of Gandhara
  • Gods
  • Shivendra Mahal as Parshuram / Lord Shiva
  • Dara Singh as Hanuman (cameo)
  • Satish Kaul as Indra
  • Gopi Krishna as Chitrasena
  • Magadha
  • Rana Jung Bahadur as Jarasandh, King of Magadha, Father-in-law of Kans
  • Chedi
  • Karunakar Pathak as Shishupala, King of Chedi, Cousin of Krishna and Balaram
  • Salwa
  • Pawan Shukla as Shalv Kumar, Prince of Salwa Kingdom
  • Rishi
  • Prem Sagar as Rishi Kanva
  • Pankaj Berry as Rishi Kindama, sage who cursed Pandu
  • Rajesh Vivek as Maharishi Ved Vyas
  • Other
  • Vikas Prasad as Ekalavya
  • Randhir Singh as Hidimba / Bhootana (Putana)
  • Sabrina as Bhootana, (Putana)
  • Paramjeet Chima as Dashraj, Satyavati's Father
  • Harish Bhimani as Samay/ Narrator
  • Episodes

    Episode 1 - Introduction of Kuru Family, Raja Bharat and Raja Shantanu

    Episode 2 - Ganga Kills Her Sons

    Episode 3 -  Is Grown-up

    Episode 4 - Bhisma Pratigya/Iccha Mrityu Vardaan

    Episode 5 - Amba, Ambika and Ambalika's Introduction

    Episode 6 - Birth of Pandu, Dhritarashtra and Vidhur

    Episode 7 - Karna's Birth-story, Dhritarashtra and Gandhari Get Married and Pandu and Kunti Get Married

    Episode 8 - Madri is gifted to Pandu, Pandu is resting and Sage Kindama's curse on Pandu

    Episode 9 - Dhritarashtra is king his sanyas and Kansa is king and Akashwani about Krishna

    Episode 10 - Birth of Balarama and Five Pandavas

    Episode 11 - Krishna Janma

    Episode 12 - Pootna's Death

    Episode 13 - Krishna brahmand darshan and Krishna gets caught while stealing makhan

    Episode 14 - Maiya Mori Mai nahi makhan khayo and Kaliya Nag Tandav

    Episode 15 - Radha and Gopikas, protest against Mathura, Devakasur and Trulambasur Vadh

    Episode 16 - Kansa invites Krishna to Mathura

    Episode 17 - Kansa vadh

    Episode 18 - Pandu's Death

    Episode 19 - Satyavati, Ambika, Ambalika take sanyas with Rishi Vyas

    Episode 20 - Duryodhan Poisons Bhim and Bhim Gets Strength of 1000 Elephants

    Episode 21 - Sudama's chivda and Dron arrives to Hastinapur

    Episode 22 - Shastra Pooja, Drona insults Karna and Arjun's Test

    Episode 23 - Ekalavya, Karna's Education, Arjun's Test of Bird's Eye

    Episode 24 - All grown up, prince is to be nominated and everyone exhibit their skills in Rangbhoomi, Karna challenges Arjun and Duryodhan gives Anga desh to Karna

    Episode 25 - Drona's guru dakshina to capture Dhrupad

    Episode 26 - Krishna gets Sudarshan chakra from Parshuram, defeats Jarasandh and orders building Dwarika

    Episode 27 - Yudhishthir Is Crowned as Prince. Rukmini Is Being Forced to Marry Shishupal

    Episode 28 - Krishna Kidnaps Rukmini

    Episode 29 - Lakshagraha Is Built in Varnavar by Purochan

    Episode 30 - Tunneling in Varnavat Begins

    Episode 31 - Escape from Lakshagraha

    Episode 32 - Hidimb Vadh and Bhima's marriage

    Episode 33 - Bakasur Vadh

    Episode 34 - Dristadyumna & Draupadi Birth and Draupadi Swayamvar

    Episode 35 - Arjun Wins Draupadi and Later She Became the Wives of 5 Pandavas

    Episode 36 - Pandav Leave from Panchal to Hastinapur

    Episode 37 - Pandavas Arrives at Hastinapur and Kingdom Is Divided

    Episode 38 - Pandav Get Khandavprastha

    Episode 39 - Coronation of Yudhirsthir, Khandavprastha Becomes Indraprastha

    Episode 40 - Arjun runs away with Subhadra

    Episode 41 - Arjun Weds Subhadra. Arjun Gets Devdatta Conch and Gandiv and Bhim Gets His Gada

    Episode 42 - Jarasandh Vadh, Rajsuya Yagnya begins, Shishupals Story

    Episode 43 - Rajsuya Yagya, Shishupal Vadh

    Episode 44 - Vyas Predicts War, Draupadi Laughs at Duryodhan

    Episode 45 - Pandavas Go to Hastinapur to Gamble

    Episode 46 - Yudhirshthir Loses Everything

    Episode 47 - Vastraharan of Draupadi

    Episode 48 - Pandavas Get Back Everything

    Episode 49 - Re-match of Dyut

    Episode 50 - Vanvas Begins

    Episode 51 - Gandharvas Catch Duryodhan

    Episode 52 - Arjun Worships Lord Indra and Lord Shiva for Divyastra and Gets Pashupatastra

    Episode 53 - Krishna's story of one grain of rice, Bhim meets Ghatotkach and Hanuman, Arjun learns dance from Chitrasen

    Episode 54 - Arjun gets curse of impotency from Urvashi, Abhimanyus as a kid, Jayadraths head is shaved

    Episode 55 - Story of Poisoned Water and Yaksha, Abhimanyu Is Grown-up

    Episode 56 - Agyatvas in Matsya Desh

    Episode 57 - Karna's curse, Draupadi as Maid Sairandhri rejects Keechak

    Episode 58 - Keechak Vadh by Bheema

    Episode 59 - Kaurav Attack Matsya Desh

    Episode 60 - Viraat yudh and clothes for Uttaras dolls

    Episode 61 - Abhimanyu's Marriage and Pandavs Decide to Send a Doot to Hastinapur

    Episode 62 - Dhritarashtra Does Not Agree and Sends Sanjay

    Episode 63 - Duryodhan gets Narayani Sena from Krishna

    Episode 64 - Krishna Goes to Hastinapur as Shanti Doot

    Episode 65 - Krishna tooks Virat Avtar and Indra takes Karna's kawach kundala

    Episode 66 - Karna's Identity Is Disclosed

    Episode 67 - Vidur resigns as a prime minister, Kunti meets Karna

    Episode 68 - Sanjay gets divya drishti, Ulluk goes to Pandavs

    Episode 69 - Sanjay gets divya drishti, Ulluk goes to Pandavs

    Episode 70 - Shikhandi's Story

    Episode 71 - Arjun Worships Goddess Durga, Rules of War Laid

    Episode 72 - Kurukshetra War Begins and Arjun Drops His Weapons, Geeta Saar Begins

    Episode 73 - Geeta Saar Continues

    Episode 74 - Geeta Saar Continues and Krishna Shows His Maha-Avtaar

    Episode 75 - Yudhishthir Gets Blessings, Yuyutsu Changes Side and War Begins, Abhimanyu Faces Bhishma

    Episode 76 - Uttar dies, Arjun faces Bhishma and day 2 begins

    Episode 77 - Arjun is unstoppable, 3rd is over, 4th day begins, Bhim is surrounded, 10 Kauravs are killed, Krishna takes out his sudarshan

    Episode 78 - 9th Day Is Over and 16 Kauravs Are Dead, Bhisma Tells Arjun How to Take Him Out of the War

    Episode 79 - Bhishma lies on the Bed of Arrows, Karna meets Bhisma

    Episode 80 - Day 11, Dron tries to capture Yudhishthir but is unsuccessful, Shantanu comes to Bhishma

    Episode 81 - Chakra Vyuh Planned, Duryodhan Promises Susharma

    Episode 82 - Abhimanyu Vadh

    Episode 83 - Arjun Vows to Kill Jayadrath and Story About Jayadraths Curse

    Episode 84 - Arjun Breaks Kamal Vyuh to Get to Jayadrath

    Episode 85 - Jayadrath Vadh

    Episode 86 - Ghatotkach dies

    Episode 87 - Drona Dies

    Episode 88 - Dushasana dies and Karna fights with Arjun, Krishna puts the rath in the land so that Arjun is saved

    Episode 89 - Karna's curse, Karna Dies

    Episode 90 - Shakuni Dies, Yudhishthir Curses All Woman Kind and Duryodhan Becomes Iron Bodied

    Episode 91 - Balaram arrives, Bhim-Duryodhan Gada Yudh

    Episode 92 - Duryodhan Dies, Ashwathama, Krip and Kritvarma Remain, Parikshit's Story

    Episode 93 - Dhritarashtra Tries to Kill Bhim

    Episode 94 - Yudhisthir Becomes King of Hastinapur, Bhishma Dies

    Production

    According to production team member Kishore Malhotra, the total cost of producing the series was 9 crore (US$1.3 million). Firoz Khan was chosen to portray the character of Arjun (which he later adopted as his screen name) despite being rejected in auditions. Praveen Kumar was selected to portray Bheem after Chopra was looking for someone "who could look the robust mythological character". Around six actors were shortlisted for the role of Draupadi, including Juhi Chawla, who opted out of the show as she had bagged a film. Ramya Krishnan and Roopa Ganguly were the final names, and at last Roopa Ganguly was chosen, as her Hindi was good. Govinda (actor) and Chunky Pandey were signed for the role of Abhimanyu, but they opted out when they bagged films. Later, Master Mayur played the role.

    Broadcast

    It was shown in the United Kingdom by the BBC, where it achieved audience figures of 5 million. It was also the first programme broadcast on BBC2 after its 1991 revamp, but had also been shown late at night on BBC 1 the previous year. It has also been shown on FBC TV in Fiji and Star Utsav.It also aired on Epic. Dubbed versions were aired in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and also in Indonesia in the early 1990s.

    Reception

    Lavanya Mohan of The Hindu on her article "Retelling of Mahabharata on Television over the years" wrote "The version that left the maximum impact on me is BR Chopra’s. Yes, the sets were gaudy, the effects comical, and the acting got a little too dramatic at times, but the writing and the way the episodes were paced ensured that the series was ahead of its time."

    Home media

    The series was uploaded on the website "Rajshri.com" along with its dubbed Tamil version. Home video of Bengali dubbed version of its series has been released by Heart Video.

    Legacy

    Mahabharat along with Ramayana (1987) became one of the successful mythological television series in Indian television. Many actors went on to become popular through the series. Mukesh Khanna shot to fame as Bhishma and went on to name his production company after the character's name and Roopa Ganguly went on to become a successful actress in Bengali cinema.

    References

    Mahabharat (1988 TV series) Wikipedia


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