RadhaKrishn

RadhaKrishn is an Indian Hindi-language mythological television drama series that premiered on 1 October 2018 on Star Bharat[1][2][3][4] based on the life of Hindu deities Radha Krishna. It is produced by Siddharth Kumar Tewary, Rahul Kumar Tiwary and Gayatri Gill Tiwary for Swastik Productions and is directed by Rahul Kumar Tiwary.

RadhaKrishn
Title Montage of Radha Krishna
GenreMythology
Drama
Romance
Created bySiddharth Kumar Tewary
Developed bySiddharth Kumar Tewary
Written by
  • Mahesh Pandey
  • Utkarsh Naithani
  • Swapnil Deshpande
  • Dilip Jha
  • Vinod Sharma
Directed by
Creative directorNitin Mathura Gupta
StarringSumedh Mudgalkar
Mallika Singh
Narrated bySaurabh Raj Jain
Opening themeRadhaKrishn – song
Ending themeRadhaKrishn – music
Composers
  • Surya Raj Kamal
  • Jitesh Panchal
Country of originIndia
Original languageHindi
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes635
Production
Producers
EditorParesh Shah
Camera setupmulti-camera
Running time23 minutes
Production companySwastik Productions
DistributorStar India
BudgetINR 150 crores ($20million)
Release
Original networkStar Bharat
Picture format
Original release1 October 2018 (2018-10-01) –
present
Chronology
Related showsKannante Radha
External links
Website
Production website

PlotEdit

The series opens with Krishna's devotee, cursing Radha that she will spend 100 years outside their celestial home and will forget Krishna. Although Sridama is very repentant at his action, he comes to understand that all this was part of the cosmic play as it was time for Krishna to make his entry into the mortal world.

Krishna lives the life of an ordinary human with extraordinary powers and takes Radha out of all humanly weaknesses like bhay, moh, krodh, ghrina, irshya, ahankar and heenbhavna. Radha comes closer to Krishna after defeating each human weakness. In the greatest example of sacrifice (tyaag), the essence of true love, Radha-Krishna could not marry, even after being ardent lovers rather Radha is forced to marry her childhood friend, Ayan and finally, Radha understands the true meaning of love in the last stage of dedication and compliance (samarpan), which she understands after listening the story of seven avatars of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi from Krishna. The love of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi, how they got separated each time for the betterment of the universe and to teach love to the world and how they got united after each avatar. Radha also understands that her marriage is fake and eternally, she is Krishna's consort after Lord Brahma completes Brahma Vivaah of Radha and Krishna in Goloka, just before Krishna leaves Barsana after Radha's coronation as Radharani.

Krishna also performs other miraculous activities like Yashoda witnessing the universe in his mouth, Nalkuber, and Manigreeva Shaap Vimochan, Kaliya Naag Mardan and Govardhan Leela. The story also focuses on the establishment of Vrindavan, Radha Kund and Shyam Kund, Keshi Ghat, Prem Sarovar, Nidhi Van, Moti Kund, Kusum Sarovar, Adher Ghat, and Yugal Ghat along with many other unheard stories about Radha-Krishna. He performs Raas leela with Radha and other Gopis.

In this human life, apart from his love story with Radha, Krishna, along with Balaram, fights the demons sent by Kamsa, his cruel maternal uncle (who kept Krishna's original parents in Mathura's prison) like Putana, Trinavart, Bakasur, Aghasur, Vyomasur, Arishtasur, Dhumrasur, Markadikasur, Keshi, Timirasur, Shankhchur, Karkashasur, Ekdansh, Jwalantak, Sudarshan, demoness and enchantress Sammohana, Dhenukasur and Pralamba / Pralambasur. In the end, he sends his eight demon brothers to defeat Radha-Krishna but they also get defeated by Radha with her Ashtalakshmi forms. Kans also pits the likes of Shiva, Mahakali, Indra, Shukracharya, Yamuna, Kāla, Durvasa, Ashtavakra, Mahamaya and even Halahala poison against Krishna and at some times Radha but all in vain.

Finally, Kamsa calls Krishna and Balarama to Mathura, where he tries to have them killed by his elephant Kuvalyapid and his wrestlers, but all in vain. Balarama kills Kamsa's eight brothers, whereas Krishna kills Kamsa. His biological parents Vasudeva and Devaki are freed from prison and Kamsa's imprisoned father Ugrasena is crowned king. The show also focuses on the establishment of Dvārakā – the Yadavas' new home after Jarasandha continuous attacks even after getting defeated, cause losses to Mathura. Balarama marries Revati, the daughter of Kakudmi – the king of Kusasthali, whereas Krishna kidnaps and marries Vidarbha princess Rukmini. Krishna also marries Satyabhama and Jambavan's daughter Jambavati. He also kills the evil Narakasura and Moora.

The show then focuses on the story of Mahabharata. Balarama informs Krishna about their cousins, the Pandavas who have escaped Lakshagriha which was organised by their evil cousins – the Kauravas, their uncle Shakuni and Karna. He helps Panchala king Drupada arrange a swayamvara for his daughter Draupadi, who was born from a yagna (sacrificial fire). The third Pandava prince Arjuna wins Draupadi's swayamvara and marries her, however circumstances force Draupadi to marry all five Pandavas. Pandavas receive a new kingdom Indraprastha, faraway from Hastinapura (the Pandavas' original home) due to the conflict with the Kauravas – eldest of whom is Duryodhan.

Arjuna soon abducts and marries Krishna's sister Subhadra, whereas Krishna kills Pundra king Paundraka Vasudeva, an imposter. The second Pandava Bhima also kills Magadha king Jarasandha. Pandavas soon perform Rajasuya Yagna where they gain supremacy over all of Aryavarta, however Krishna's cousin Shishupala interrupts the ceremony, only to be killed by Krishna.

Duryodhana organises a dice game with Shakuni wherein Pandavas lose all their wealth and are humiliated, while Krishna saves Draupadi from getting disrobed in the court. However, the Pandavas and Draupadi are exiled for 13 years. When they return, their rights are refused and hence starts the Kurukshetra War, where Arjuna receives from Krishna, the knowledge of Bhagvad Gita. Arjuna kills his grandfather Bhishma and Karna, Dhrishtadyumna kills the Pandavas' tutor Dronacharya, Sahadeva kills Shakuni, whereas Bhima kills all the 100 Kauravas, with the war ending with the death of the last one – Duryodhana. On the other hand, Radha and Krishna turn Ayan into a better person, and make him realise that they are eternal consorts, destined to be. 

Radha and Krishna return to Dwaraka and Krishna reunites with his family. Krishna and Rukmini's son Pradyumna returns to Dwaraka after suppressing unrest in Vidarbha. Pradyumna marries Vidarbha king Rukmi's daughter Rukmavati, and soon a son Aniruddha is born to them. To Jambavati, a son Samba is born to her through the blessings of Lord Shiva, termed to be the reason for the Yadava destruction. Samba grows up to be short-tempered but loves his family, especially his mother, however, dislikes Radha.

Samba, Aniruddha and Balarama's sons Nishatha and Ulmuka are soon sent to Gurukul along with Radha, and return some years later, as teens. Aniruddh is kept in captivity at Shonitapura, the kingdom of Banasura, by his daughter Usha. This soon results in a war between Krishna and Banasura, wherein Shiva has to fight for Banasura due to his boon, resulting in a faceoff between Krishna and Shiva. Krishna defeats Shiva and punishes Banasura for kidnapping his grandson. Soon, Aniruddh is married to Usha while Samba is married to Hastinapur's princess Lakshmanaa As Samba had previously joined hands with Bana, he is cursed with leprosy by Krishna and Radha cures him. Soon, during Aniruddha and Usha's marriage ceremony, Rukmi plays a dice game with Balarama, where he cheats and is killed by Balarama. Later everyone blamed Radha for curing Samba.

After a few instances, Radha loses her memory, everything about her Krishna, Dwarka and others. She decides to leave dwaraka. Krishna tries his best to regain Radha's memory, he even danced but found no results. She left. On her way, she meets disguised lord Shiva and Parvati. Lord Shiva is disguised as sage Adiyogi. Radha decides to stay in his ashram. Krishna along with Samba, Jambhavati and his wife leaves Dwaraka to meet Radha at sage Adiyogi's ashram. Radha's Memory is regained after learning and falling in love with Krishna's Gopal Avatar. Krishna then starts to head towards Pataal Lok, where he needs to fight Bali, Shukracharya, And Nagraj Takshak. In order to win over pataal lok Krishn makes three friends in patal lok namely Shesnag,Vasuki and Garud Together they succeed and Krishna promises Bali that he would be the next king of Swarglok. But since the yagy had been already practiced Krishn is accused of the sin of giving Indra the throne of Swarg and not Bali who is much more deserving. Thus Krishn announces his death as the punishment of his sin This greately upsets Radha who asks for a boon from Saraswati Devi on vasant panchmi. Radha asks for her death before Krisn's death. Though unwillingly but. Bound to her duties Maa Saraswati grants Radha her boon which leaves Krishn heartbroken... Now you will see the marriage of Krishna and Maa Yamuna.

CastEdit

MainEdit

RecurringEdit

Season 1 and 4


Season 2 and 3

VoiceoverEdit

SoundtrackEdit

The original music of the series is composed by Surya Raj Kamal with the background score by Jitesh Panchal and Sushant Pawar. Lyrics are penned by Shekhar Astitwa, Neetu Pandey Kranti, Vikas Chauhan, Dr. Kannan, and others. The shlokas, mantras, and excerpts from various Hindu mythology scriptures and texts like Bhagavata Purana and Brahma Vaivarta Purana have been transformed into various themes. Popular devotional songs like Shri Krishna Govind Hare Murari, Govind Bolo Hari Gopal Bolo, and Bolo Jai Kanhaiya Lal Ki have also been recreated. Some shlokas, songs, and background music from Swastik's another magnum opus series Mahabharat are also used in the series. Surya Raj Kamal has composed more than 20 original compositions for Raasleela of Radha-Krishn.[5] Star Bharat in December 2018 uploaded a video consisting of 14 songs from the series till that date.[6]

Tracklisting
No.TitleLyricsMusicSinger(s)Length
1."Krishn Hai Vistar Yadi (Title Song)"Shekhar AstitwaSurya Raj KamalBharat Kamal, Gul Saxena 
2."Tum Prem Ho" (Solo, Duet, and Sad Versions)Shekhar AstitwaSurya Raj KamalMohit Lalwani, Aishwarya Anand 
3."Tum Bina Main Kuch Nahi"Shekhar AstitwaSurya Raj KamalMohit Lalwani, Gul Saxena 
4."Kya Ho Raha" (Solo, Duet, and Sad Versions)Shekhar AstitwaSurya Raj KamalAishwarya Anand, Mohit Lalwani 
5."O Kanha O Krishna"Shekhar AstitwaSurya Raj KamalAishwarya Anand 
6."Bina Krishn Ke Radha Kahan"Shekhar AstitwaSurya Raj KamalAishwarya Anand, Mohit Lalwani 
7."Prem Milan"Neetu Pandey KrantiJitesh PanchalKrishn Beura 
8."Param Premmay Radhika" (Golok Maharaas Version)Shekhar AstitwaSurya Raj KamalMohit Mishra, Gul Saxena 
9."Punarchandra Ujjwal Nisha" (Vrindavan Maharaas Version)Shekhar AstitwaSurya Raj KamalMohit Mishra, Gul Saxena 
10."Kanha Ki Dhun Pe Aaj" (Purnima Maharaas, Gopeshwar Mahadev Maharaas Version))Vikas ChauhanSurya Raj KamalMohit Mishra, Gul Saxena, Jitesh Panchal, Sushant Pawar, Chetan Sharma, Jolly Dasgupta (Chorus) 
11."Rang Prem Ka Chadhe" (Gopadevi Raas Version)Vikas ChauhanSurya Raj KamalMohit Mishra, Gul Saxena 
12."Jahan Jahan Radhe Wahan" (Holi Maharaas Version)Shekhar AstitwaSurya Raj KamalAbdul Shaikh, Aishwarya Anand, Gul Saxena 
13."Kanha Ke Adharan Dhari Bansuri" (Holi Version)Shekhar AstitwaSurya Raj KamalAbdul Shaikh 
14."Bansuri Krishn Ki Baajegi" (Vivaah Maharaas Version)Shekhar AstitwaSurya Raj Kamal, TraditionalAbdul Shaikh 
15."Radha Ke Sang Chhedkhani Kare"Shekhar AstitwaSurya Raj KamalAbdul Shaikh 
16."Bholi Bhali Radhe Ko"Shekhar AstitwaSurya Raj KamalVarious Artists 
17."Phoolon Wali Holi Mein" (Phoolon Ki Holi Version)Neeti Pandey KrantiJitesh PanchalJitesh Panchal, Sushant Pawar, Chetan Sharma, Jolly Dasgupta (Chorus) 
18."Paane Ko Hi Prem Kare"Shekhar AstitwaSurya Raj KamalPuran Shiva 
19."Radha Theme"Shekhar AstitwaSurya Raj KamalRandeep Bhaskar 
20."Shringar Chandra – Panchnaad Panchroop"Vinod SharmaSurya Raj KamalGul Saxena 
21."Koi Kahe Kanha"Neetu Pandey KrantiJitesh PanchalJitesh Panchal, Sushant Pawar, Chetan Sharma, Jolly Dasgupta (Chorus) 
22."Sab Utsav Aaj"Neetu Pandey KrantiLenin NandiRinku Giri 
23."Saathi Aao Re"Shekhar AstitwaSurya Raj KamalVarious Artists 
24."Radha-Krishna Arti"Dr. Kannan, TraditionalJitesh PanchalJitesh Panchal, Sushant Pawar, Chetan Sharma, Jolly Dasgupta (Chorus) 
25."O Maiya Mori"Shekhar AstitwaSurya Raj KamalSwaty Nandi 
26."Aaya Govinda" (Janmashtami Maharaas Version)Shekhar AstitwaSurya Raj KamalAbdul Shaikh, Jolly Dasgupta 
27."Bholi Bhali Radha Ko"Shekhar AstitwaSurya Raj KamalAbdul Shaikh, Aishwarya Anand 
28."Treta Ho Ya Dwapar Ho"Neetu Pandey KrantiSurya Raj KamalMohit Mishra 
29."Dwarkapati Se" (Krishna Sudama Milan Song)Shekhar AstitwaJitesh PanchalMohit Mishra, Rohit Shastri 
30."Shyam Mein Hai Radha"Shekhar AstitwaSurya Raj KamalPuran Shiva 
31."Holi Khelat Hai Nandlal" (Holi Version 2)Shekhar AstitwaSurya Raj KamalAbdul Sheikh, Mohit Mishra, Aishwarya Pandit 

ProductionEdit

The series is one of the costliest series on Indian Television as 150 Crores is said to have been spent by Swastik Productions.[7] Shooting is done in Umbergaon, a suburb in Gujarat, India. The series is majorly shot in front of a green/blue screen. Shibhapriya Sen is the set and costume designer and shared the challenges she faced while doing her job for a magnum opus like RadhaKrishn. Sets were inspired from their descriptions in scriptures, as well as different paintings. Surya Raj Kamal was the music director of the show who designed various themes. The crew of the show consists of around 200 people.[8][9][10]

AdaptationsEdit

The show is dubbed and broadcast in other languages including: Kannada in Star suvarna, Bengali in Star Jalsha , Malayalam in asianet , Tamil in Star Vijay,[11] Telugu in Star maa and Indonesian. The show started re-running on Star Plus from 30 March 2020[12] to 1 June 2020. The show has been airing again from 13 July 2020 post COVID-19 pandemic lockdown[citation needed].

ReceptionEdit

RadhaKrishn opened up with 6.427 million impressions and was the sixth most watched urban television in its debut week in India, raking in a TRP of 2.9.[13] In first week of December 2018, it was at fifth position with 6.6 million impressions.[14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "श्रीकृष्ण जन्माष्टमी पर रिलीज हुआ धारावाहिक 'राधाकृष्ण' का ये प्रोमो, क्या आपने देखा?– News18 हिंदी". News18 India. 2 September 2018. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Himanshu Soni: Going to parties cannot get me a role". The Times of India. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Arpit Ranka to play Kansa in Siddharth Kumar Tewary's 'Radha Krishna'". The Times of India. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Radha Krishna serial cast: जानें, कौन से ऐक्टर्स निभा रहे हैं 'राधा-कृष्ण' में रोल". Navbharat Times (in Hindi). 27 December 2018. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  5. ^ Team, Tellychakkar. "Radha-Krishn unite to call off the wedding!". Tellychakkar.com. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  6. ^ "राधाकृष्ण के 14 मधुर गीत". Retrieved 5 September 2019 – via www.youtube.com.
  7. ^ Team, Tellychakkar. "Mega budget of Rs 150 crore for Star Bharat's next Radha Krishna!". Tellychakkar.com. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  8. ^ "RadhaKrishn Actors, Crew of 180 People Stuck at Shoot Location Due to Coronavirus Lockdown". News18. 22 April 2020.
  9. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBIZZzv5llw
  10. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ES8VvSw4nwU
  11. ^ "New serial 'Radha Krishna' to premiere soon". The Times of India. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  12. ^ "TV in times of lockdown: How channels are trying to retain and attract new audience". The Week.
  13. ^ "Latest TRP Ratings:Kasautii Zindagi Kay, Bigg Boss Witness Major Drop; RadhaKrishn Makes Grand Entry". Filmy Beat.
  14. ^ "Naagin 3 dethroned from top spot by this popular family drama". India Today.

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