Anveshitha is an Indian Telugu-language supernatural drama television series written by Iliyas Jyotsna and directed by Iliyas Ahmed under the pseudonym Pradyumna. The Telugu-language serial premiered on ETV Telugu on August 27, 1997. The show ran for 100 episodes, and by the time of the telecast of its last episode in 1999, it became hugely popular among Telugu audience, winning eight Nandi Awards in different categories.
|Written by||Dr. Iliyas Jyotsna|
|Directed by||Iliyas Ahmed (Pradyumna)|
|Opening theme||Anveshitha (sung by K.S. Chitra)|
|Country of origin||India|
|No. of episodes||100|
|Running time||18–24 minutes|
|Production company||Ramoji Group|
|Original network||ETV Telugu|
|Original release||27 August 1997 –|
Each of its episodes lasted for about 18–24 minutes and drew in the elements of the paranormal, black magic, fantasy, horror, mystery and drama. It was produced by Ramoji Rao, the head of the Ramoji Group and the then head of ETV. The serial portrays several supernatural elements like witchcraft, black magic, the Astral world, Astral travel, demonic possessions, spirits, ghosts, working of the Ouija board, extrasensory perception, spirit guides, zombies, telepathy and Séance.
The serial was based on a paranormal novel of the same name written by the director Ilias Ahmed. The story revolves around a young woman named Snigdha (Yamuna) who comes to live in Hyderabad after marrying her beau Pavan (Achyuth), an archaeologist, much to the disapproval of her mother-in-law. There, certain events lead her to discover an eerily desolated monument, inside which she encounters a strange witch-cult[permanent dead link], whose members worship a bat-like demon named Karakinkara[permanent dead link]. Strangely, the place is visible only to Snigdha and when she recounts what she saw, everyone around her starts to think she is delusional, much to her chagrin. The statue of Karakinkara[permanent dead link] seems to haunt her wherever she goes and she starts experiencing terrifying nightmares[permanent dead link]. The terror-stricken woman spends sleepless nights, and spirals into depression with no one to believe her and a not-so-loving mother-in-law.
Meanwhile, a young woman named Masthanamma[permanent dead link](Lakshmi) is hired as a household help by Snigdha's mother-in-law. Unbeknownst to anyone, Mastanamma, who practices witchcraft, captures a terrifying paranormal entity known as 'Khabees[permanent dead link]' and holds him captive on the top a wardrobe as her slave. She also falls in love with Pavan and so intends to get rid of Snigdha with the help of Khabees, who starts terrifying Snigdha from above the wardrobe.
Meanwhile, Snigdha gets pregnant much to the dislike of her mother-in-law. A series of events make Mastanamma realize her mistakes and she becomes friends with Snigdha. Eventually, Snigdha gives birth to a boy named Aniruddh (Master Anil Raj[permanent dead link]), whom Mastanamma saves from the attack of the Karakinkara followers. But, soon after giving birth to Aniruddh, Snigdha dies in a fire accident and Mastanamma disappears without a trace. After the death of Snigdha, a grief-stricken Pavan raises Aniruddh on his own for 7 years, before uncovering hair-raising facts and shocking truths behind Snigdha's death.
The next few episodes answer questions like was Snigdha really dead? Does her mother-in-law has anything to do with her death? Where did Mastanamma disappear to? What happened to Khabees? Who are these Karakinkara followers? Why were they after Snigdha? How does young Aniruddh try to get into touch with his dead mother? Why does he start believing in the paranormal? Who is Professor Athma (Vallabhaneni Janardhan) and why does he befriend Aniruddh?
The first 50 episodes revolve around the struggles of Snigdha and Pavan, while the next 50 episodes focus entirely on a grown-up Aniruddh[permanent dead link] (Shanmukha Srinivas), who acquires extra-sensory perception and starts remembering his past life, with the help of a spirit guide named Clara (Suma Kanakala). A few more important characters are introduced like Bheesthi Nayak[permanent dead link] (Raja), the head of the Karakinkara cult, Ankitha (Meena), Aniruddh's best friend and Aneela[permanent dead link], Aniruddh's love interest. How he manages to eliminate the powerful and evil cult of Karakinkara forms the crux of the story.
- Achyuth as Pavan Kumar
- Yamuna as Snigdha Devi
- Lakshmi as Masthanamma
- Master Anil Raj as young Aniruddh (Pavan & Snighda's son)
- Vallabhaneni Janardhan as Professor Athma
- Suma Kanakala as Clara, spirit guide
- Shanmukha Srinivas as grown up Aniruddh
- Raja as Bheesthi Nayak, Karakinkara cult's head
- Meena as Ankitha
- Bangalore Padma
- Maharshi Raghava
The filming of the serial took place predominantly at Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad, where a huge Karakinkara set was constructed.
Anveshitha received critical acclaim from critics and audience alike for its unique, interesting and gripping story line. It became a favorite among children and adults alike for its horror content, with the character of 'Khabees' and the statue of Karakinkara becoming the trademarks of the serial. The performances of the lead actors, Yamuna and Achyuth received wide acclaim and the two actors became household names throughout the state.
Nandi TV Awards (Andhra Pradesh State Film,Music,Television and Arts Awards)Edit
|1998||Best Screenplay||Illias Jyostna||Won|||
|Best Costume||K. Koteshwar Rao||Won|||
|Best Art Director||V. Bhaskara Raju||Won|||
|1999||Second Best Mega Serial||Ramoji Rao||Won|||
|Best Playback Singer – Female||K. S. Chithra||Won|||
|Best Makeup Artist||P. Murali||Won|||
|Best Graphics||Eenadu Television||Won|||
- "Nandi TV Awards G.O and Results 1998". APSFTVTDC.
- "Nandi TV Awards G.O and Results 1999". APSFTVTDC.