Dharti Ka Veer Yodha Prithviraj Chauhan

Dharti Ka Veer Yodha Prithviraj Chauhan (English: Prithviraj Chauhan, the Brave Warrior of the Land) is an Indian historical drama broadcast on Star Plus.[1][2] It was produced by Sagars which is based on Prithviraj Raso, a Brajbhasha poem by Chand Bardai which portrays the life of Prithviraj Chauhan, a 12th-century Rajput[3] emperor in India.[4][5] Rajat Tokas played the younger Prithviraj Chauhan and Anas Rashid played adult Prithviraj Chauhan.[6]

Dharti Ka Veer Yodha Prithviraj Chauhan
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Created bySagars
Screenplay bySanjay/ Saba Mumtaz/ Meenakshi Sagar
Story byMeenakshi Sagar/ Kalpesh Modi
Directed byDharmesh Shah,Ismail Umar Khan, Nikhil Sinha, Noel Smith, Krishnakant Pandey and Manish Singh
Creative directorMajid Azam
Opening theme"Dharti Ka Veer Yodha Prithviraj Chauhan"
ComposerRavindra Jain
Country of originIndia
Original languageHindi
No. of episodes382
Production
ProducersMoti Sagar, Meenakshi Sagar Amrit Sagar and Akash Sagar
Production locationVadodara Gujarat
EditorDipendra Singh Vatsa
Running time24 minutes
Production companySagars
Release
Original networkStar Plus
Picture format576i
Original release12 May 2006 (2006-05-12) –
15 March 2009 (2009-03-15)

The series is considered one of the costliest ones produced at that time.[7]

SynopsisEdit

The drama is based on Prithviraj Chauhan, a ruler of the Chauhan dynasty. Proficient in military skills, he took the throne of Ajmer at age 13 after his father died in battle. His maternal grandfather, Anangpal Tomar, ruler of Delhi, declared Prithviraj Chauhan his heir after discovering his courage and bravery. This antagonizes King Jaichand (Jaichand of Kannauj) who was expecting to be declared the heir. Chauhan falls in love with Sanyogita (Samyukta), the daughter of his enemy, Jaichand and elopes with her at her swayamvara ceremony.

BackgroundEdit

The serial is based on the tales of the three most powerful ruling Rajput families of that time: those of Ajmer, Kannauj and Delhi. Roopsundari and Kamlavati are daughters of the King of Delhi, Anangpal I. Kamlavati is married to Someshwar Chauhan of Ajmer and Roopsundari to Vijaypal of Kannauj. Someshwar and Kamlavati are worried about not having an heir. They offer prayers and seek blessings from the God for a child. Someshwar thanks Vijaypal and Roopsundari for supporting them. Kamlavati suggests Someshwar marry another woman so that the dynasty will have an heir, but he dismisses that suggestion. Finally, Someshwar is happy to know that Kamlavati will soon conceive, and proclaims it. After some time, Kamlavati and Someshwar pray to God and are blessed with a son they name Prithviraj Chauhan III. Prithvi is sent to Gurukul to study and gain martial skill. A brilliant student, Prithvi attends the Vansaj of Eklavya who can hit targets with a bow and arrow by merely hearing them which is also known as Shabd Bhedi Baan Vidya.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

The series was filmed at sets created in Sagar Sun City in Baroda with ₹4 and half crore spent for erecting the sets of palace which also consisted of a desert and a lake and with a budget of ₹20 crores .[9][10][11]

In November 2008, the shootings and telecast of all the Hindi television series including this series and films were stalled on 8 November 2008 due to dispute by the technician workers of FWICE (Federation of Western India Cine Employees) for increasing the wages, better work conditions and more breaks between shootings.[12] FWICE first took a strike on 1 October 2008 when they addressed their problems with the producers and production was stalled.[13] A contract was signed after four days discussions and shooting were happening only for two hours content in a day then after which differences increased between them while channels gave them time until 30 October 2008 to sort it out.[14] Failing to do so lead to protests again from 10 November 2008 to 19 November 2008 during which channels blacked out new broadcasts and repeat telecasts were shown from 10 November 2008.[14][15] On 19 November 2008, the strike was called off after settling the disputes and the production resumed.[16] The new episodes started to telecast from 1 December 2008.[17]

ReceptionEdit

During June 2006, it garnered its peak rating of 5.67 TVR.[18]

In September 2006, the Vice President of India then, Bhairon Singh Shekhawat appreciated the channel and producers for the series.[19]

Rajat Tokas received the best actor award in Indian Television Awards during 2007 for his lead role of Prithviraj Chauhan.[20]

MusicEdit

Sagar Pictures released an original soundtrack for the television series with lyrics and music by composer Ravindra Jain. The title song was written by Sohan Sharma and composed by Gaurav Issar. The songs were sung by Ajoy Chakrabarty, Udit Narayan, Roop Kumar Rathod, Babul Supriyo, Suresh Wadkar, Sushil Kumar, Shreya Ghoshal and Sadhna Sargam.

  • "Dharti Ka Veer Yodha Prithviraj Chauhan" (title song), sung by Shahid Malliya
  • "O Vidhaata", sung by Roop Kumar Rathod, Sadhna Sargam
  • "Raj Dulare so ja", sung by Sadhna Sargam
  • "Uttaradhikaari", sung by Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty
  • "Sun re Megha", sung by Udit Narayan, Shreya Ghoshal
  • "Jai Bholenath", sung by Babul Supriyo, Sushil Kumar
  • "Mitti", sung by Suresh Wadkar
  • "Har Nazar Ko Dua," (Singer unknown)
  • "Haayo Rabba," (Singer unknown)
  • "Prem Kaahaniyan," (Singer unknown)
  • "Kanha Re Thoda Sa Pyaar De," sung by Kavita Krishnamurthy and Suresh Wadkar
  • "Mitwaa – male and female versions (Singers unknown)
  • "Naa Aankhon Mein Aansu" (Singer unknown)
  • "Jai Gauri Jai Namah Shivaay" (Singer unknown)
  • "Mere Naam Ki Mehendi" (Singers unknown)
  • "Ek Tha Rajkumar (Mere Saathiyaa)" — (Singers unknown)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The history of Indian Historic Drama in Television". India.
  2. ^ "In pictures: TV shows based on Indian historical figures". Mid day.
  3. ^ "Prithviraja III | Rajput Chauhan king". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Sky Arts airs Star Plus' 'Prithviraj Chauhan'". Biz Asia.
  5. ^ "Hotstar - Watch TV Shows, Movies, Live Cricket Matches & News Online". StarTV. Retrieved 30 December 2014.
  6. ^ "History repeats itself for Rajat Tokas". Daily News and Analysis.
  7. ^ "The Best of Television, 2007: Dharti Ka Veer Yodha -- Prithvi Raj Chauhan". Rediff.com.
  8. ^ "Prithviraj in a new avatar". The Hindu.
  9. ^ "Prithviraj to rule the small-screen". Daily News and Analysis.
  10. ^ "Television: Quirky Facts". Hindustan Times.
  11. ^ "Smorgasbord of reality and high drama". The Financial Express.
  12. ^ "Cine technicians go on strike". The Indian Express.
  13. ^ "Work hit as 1.5 lakh cine workers strike work". Outlook India.
  14. ^ a b "Strike off, TV shooting to resume". The Indian Express.
  15. ^ "No more repeat of TV soaps as TV industry strike ends". India Today.
  16. ^ "No more repeat telecast of TV soaps as strike ends". Live Mint.
  17. ^ "New look return". The Telegraph.
  18. ^ "When in doubt, shell out". Business Standard.
  19. ^ "Guess who loves Prithviraj Chauhan?". Daily News and Analysis.
  20. ^ "Grabbing his chances". The Hindu.

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