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Chandrakanta (TV series)

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 created, written, produced, and directed by Nirja Guleri. The serial was controversially pulled off air by Doordarshan in 1996 and the producers had to file a suit in court for reinstatement.[1] In accordance with the Order of the Supreme Court of India, Chandrakanta was reinstated and restarted by Doordarshan in 1999. Reruns of the show also aired on Star Plus and Sony Entertainment Television.[2]

Chandrakanta
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The main lead of Chandrakanta: Shahbaz Khan as Prince Virendra Singh and Shikha Swaroop as Princess Chandrakanta.
Written byDevki nandan
Story byNirja Guleri
Directed byNirja Guleri
Creative director(s)Sunil Verma
StarringCast and characters
Narrated byHarish Bhimani
Theme music composerUsha Khanna
Opening theme"Chandrakanta" by Sonu Nigam
Country of originIndia
Original language(s)Hindi
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes130
Production
Executive producer(s)Shrey Guleri
Sahil Guleri
Producer(s)Nirja Guleri
Production location(s)Film City Mumbai
CinematographyNadeem Khan
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time52 minutes
Production company(s)M/s Prime Channel
Release
Original networkDD National
Picture format480i
Original release1994 (1994) – 1996 (1996)

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CriticismEdit

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 them as "jaado-tona" (sorcery), as well as criticising the characters and the sequences in the Chunar fort for being overly exaggerated, and how far into the show the Chandrakanta appeared.[3]

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