Jai Hanuman (1997 TV series)
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Jai Hanuman is a 1997 Indian television series based on the life of the Hindu deity Hanuman, an avatar of Shiva, in Hindi. It was directed by Sanjay Khan. The series was initially shown on the state-run DD Metro, and was later shown on Sony Entertainment Television in 2008.
|Created by||Sanjay Khan|
|Written by||Umesh Chandra Upadhyay|
|Directed by||Sanjay Khan|
|Starring||Raj Premi |
Siraj Mustafa Khan
|Theme music composer||Ravindra Jain|
|Country of origin||India|
|No. of episodes||178|
|Production company||AAA pr|
|Original network||DD Metro|
|Original release||1997 –|
In the Treta Yuga (2nd age), various events occur, including the defeat of demons by Lord Vishnu, which leads to the birth of positive and negative forces. One of the negative forces—the rise of demon dictator Ravana—plunges the universe into terror. The birth of God becomes necessary to eliminate the terror of Ravana, leading to the birth of two of the most powerful and mutually attached gods[clarification needed]: Shri Rama and Hanuman, sons of Ayodhya's King Dashrath and the ape-headed King Kesari[clarification needed] respectively. As time passes, the two meet and become close friends. Hanuman is a celibate monkey, dedicated friend, and brave warrior. Shri Ram is an ideal human being and an excellent warrior, whose love for Hanuman knows no bounds.[clarification needed] Shri Ram asks Hanuman to perform worldly duties until the call of time. As time progresses, events described in Valmiki's Ramayan take place.[clarification needed] During the war of Lanka, the war skills of human beings and monkeys (along with those of Shri Rama and Hanuman) lead to the end of demon warriors like Meghnad, Kumbhakarna, and Ravan. Shri Rama ultimately returns to Ayodhya, and Ramarajya comes into existence.
As time passes, friendship between Sri Rama and Hanuman grows, but after many dramatic events Shri Rama—along with his co-incarnated fellows Laxman, Sita, Shatrughna and Bharat—leaves Earth. They leave Hanuman alone to serve mankind. As time passes, the Dvapara Yuga (3rd age) arrives and Shri Rama, along with other incarnated souls, reincarnates as Shri Krishna to protect Dharma. Shri Krishna forms an alliance with Pandavas, the five Moral Brothers, against their 100 immoral cousins, the Kauravas. The third Pandava, Arjuna, is a friend and follower of Krishna. Shri Krishna makes Hanuman realise that he and his friend Shri Rama are the same, and asks him to support him in his mission Hanuman does so, and the events of Mahabharata take place. Before the war, Pandavas (on the advice of Shri Krishna) invokes Hanuman to help him in the upcoming war. Hanuman blesses them and takes a place in Arjuna's Chariot.[clarification needed] The sermon of Bhagavad Geeta and the 18 Days Battle of Kurukshetra take place, leading to a victory for Dharma. Hanuman watches the bloodshed in silence. After many other dramatic events, the Dvapara Yuga ends and Shri Krishna leaves Earth.
As time passes, the Kali Yuga (4th age) arrives and all morality from Earth fades away. Hanuman takes the responsibility of sowing the seeds of Dharma along with spreading the fame of Sri Rama with the help of Goswami Tulsidas, who is the incarnation of Maharishi Valmiki. Goswami Tulsidas rewrites the Ramayana in the form of the Ramcharitmanas to help uplift the masses. Hanuman helps Goswami Tulsidas in every way, including helping to fade of the illusion of lust. Goswami Tulsidas and Hanuman are successful to some extent in their mission.
Tulsidas pleases Shri Rama and Lakshman and they give their Darshan, while Sita gives Darshan to Ratna, his wife. After a long period Tulsidas leaves for Vaikunth, and Hanuman carries on the responsibility of sowing the seed of morality all by himself.
- Raj Premi as Hanuman / Shiva
- Kavin Dave as Child Hanuman / Child Raavan
- Siraj Mustafa Khan as Rama
- Shilpa Mukherjee / Meenakshi Gupta as Sita
- Falguni Parekh as Añjanā
- Deepak Jethi as Kesari / Angada (for few episodes)
- Upasana Singh as Mohini
- Prem Chand Sharma as Surya Dev
- Arup Pal as Indra
- Sharmeeli Raj as Shachi
- Sagar Saini as Varuna Dev
- Sunil Singh as Sage Vishwamitra
- Pradeep Sharma as Janaka
- Deep Dhillon as Dasharatha
- Manish Khanna as Lakshmana / Arjuna
- Riten Mukherjee / Rahul Khetarpal as Bharata
- Hitesh Kumar as Shatrughna
- Monika as Urmila
- Raji Sharma as Mandavi
- Samreen Naaz as Shrutakirti
- Anil Yadav as Ravana
- Sonia Kapoor as Mahagauri / Mandodari / Ganga in Hinduism
- Arun Mathur as Shukracharya / Dhritrashtra
- Brownie Parashar as Rahu / Mayasura / Sugriva
- Anirudh Aggarwal as Sambara
- Roma Manek as Kaushalya
- Maya Alagh as Kaikeyi
- Mangala Kenkare as Sumitra
- Sudhir Mitto as Vishnu (earlier episodes)
- Jaya Bhattacharya as Goddess Lakshmi
- Rohitash Gaud as Tulsidas
- Irrfan Khan / Sudhir Dalvi as Valmiki
- Mukesh Khanna as Bhagiratha
- Chand Dhar as Sumali
- Anupam Shyam as Mali
- Sunil Bob Gadhavali as Malyavan
- Nimai Bali as Vayu / Vali / Duryodhana / Makardhwaja
- Raju Shrestha as Narada
- Arun Bali as Vishrava
- Utkarsha Naik as Kaikasi
- Amit Pachori as Angada
- Deepraj Rana as Vibhishana
- Ritu Deepak as Sulochana
- Kumar Hegde as Vindyas
- Narendra Jha as Kubera
- Ravi Kishan as Krishna
- Raman Khatri as Parshurama / Indrajeet
- Govind Khatri as Gunasunder
- Ravi Chawala as Jatayu
- Mahendra Ghule as Kumbhakarna
- Praphulla Pandey as Karna
- Shailendra Srivastava as Ahiravan
- Ramesh Tiwari as Mahiravana
- Kali Prasad Mukherjee as Shani / Kali
- Rahul Bhat as Sujuti
- Barkha Pandit as Punjiksthala
- Naveen Bawa as Priyadhar
- Sanjay Swaraj as Himavat
- Syed Badr-ul Hasan Khan Bahadur
- Vilas Raj as Kalanemi
Created by Sanjay Khan, the series told the saga of Hanuman chronologically over 178 episodes. Jai Hanuman starred Raj Premi as Hanuman, Siraj Mustafa Khan as Shri Ram, Irrfan Khan as Maharishi Valmiki, and Manish Khanna as Lakshman. The series was produced by Sanjay Khan's production house, Numero Uno International, which had produced other series of his, including The Sword of Tipu Sultan (1989–1990) and The Great Maratha (1993).
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- "God is great". The Hindu. 28 March 2008.
- "Of a Bhojpuri film with 'phoren' heroine". The Times of India. 16 September 2005.
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- "For your eyes only". The Hindu. 27 February 2001.