Kahaani Hamaaray Mahaabhaarat Ki
|Kahaani Hamaaray Mahaabhaarat Ki|
|Written by||Mahesh Pandey|
|Directed by||Garry Bhinder|
|Creative directors||Suraj Rao|
|Opening theme||"Katha Mahaabhaarat Ki" by Daler Mehndi and Pamela Jain|
|Country of origin||India|
|No. of episodes||75|
Rajiv Kumar Chanai
|Running time||24 minutes|
|Production company||Balaji Telefilms|
|Original release||7 July –|
6 November 2008
It's a dynastic struggle for the throne of Hastinapur, the kingdom ruled by the Kuru clan. The two branches of the family that participate in the struggle are the Kauravas and the Pandavas. Although the Kauravas are the senior branch of the family, Duryodhan, the eldest Kaurava, is younger than Yudhishthira, the eldest Pandav. The seeds of the climactic battle of Kurukshetra were laid in the boyhood days of the Kauravas and Pandavas, when Shakuni the maternal uncle of the Kauravas poisoned the mind of Duryodhana. This series ends before the Kurkshetra war actually occurs.
- Mrunal Jain as Krishna
- Puja Banerjee as Radha
- Kiran Karmarkar as Shantanu
- Sakshi Tanwar as Ganga
- Ronit Roy as Bhishma
- Deepak Jethi as Dronacharya
- Uma Shanker as Yudhishtir
- Chetan Hansraj as Bheem
- Harshad Chopda as Arjuna
- Deepak Sandhu as Nakul
- Jatin Shah as Sahadeva
- Anita Hassanandani as Draupadi
- Aryan Vaid as Duryodhan
- Hiten Tejwani as Karna
- Ajaz Khan / Varun Ananad Mousam as Dushasan
- Kali Prasad Mukherjee as Shakuni
- Ravee Gupta as Satyavati
- Sonal Udeshi as Ambalika
- Vindhya Tiwari as Ambika
- Jaya Bhattacharya as Kunti
- Makrand Deshpande as Ved Vyas
- Rituraj Singh as Kashi Naresh
- Akashdeep Saigal as Kans
- Rakshanda Khan as Amba
- Master Krrish Karnavat as Krishna (child)
- Amar Sharma as Jarasandh
- Alpesh Patel as King Virata
- Gaurav Nanda as Gargacharaya
- Manoj D Ramola as Shatrughna
- Gautam Gulati as Duryodhan (teenage)
- Vishal Thakkar as Bhishma (teenage)
- Lavanya Bhardwaj as Sahadeva (teenage)
Writing for Livemint, Padmaparna Ghosh wrote that "Ekta Kapoor's Mahabharat is another complicated multi-character soap which has revenge, hatred jealousy and family feuds on an epic scale, which for a Mythological series sums epic disaster". Actor Mukesh Khanna stated that producer Ekta Kapoor made so horrendous epic saga which was incomprehensible with the characterisation and costumes of the mythological characters. He also stated that the way Kapoor made the saga was a mockery of Mahabharata.
Navya Sinha another critic wrote for Hindustan Times that "Ekta Kapoor's Mahabharat is all about Six-pack abs, waxed chests, off-shoulder blouses and a scantily-clad Draupadi decked in a chiffon sari".
The sets of the series cost about ₹14 crores.
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